We are extremely excited about the opportunity to share with you the world renowned Author and Pro-MMA fighter Jerome “Jay” Isip in an interview about his book, Happy Chasing Happy: An Aimless High To Happiness. This book is packed with vivid true stories, funny metaphors, and obscure pop-culture references. Happy Chasing Happy is a humorous, insightful, informative, and inspiring book that will entertain readers and help them find some hope for happiness despite the trials and tribulations of life.
Thanks so much for being here Jay. Tell us a little bit about yourself? I am a nobody, who became a somebody to nobody but me. I was born and raised in Belleville, New Jersey and was never one for academics. I got caught up in enjoying life and the people around me so I ended up quitting college and getting into mixed martial arts. My lifestyle was very self-destructive and I took a lot of risks. One day I started to feel like I was just another washed up MMA fighter that was addicted to drugs and alcohol, so I decided to make a change and I stuck with it. Today, I am a savvy entrepreneur and a published author.
Wow! That’s a powerful story of change! Congratulations! Can you share with us, what inspired you to write? I was in a dark place and writing helped me to get things back together. From the darkest depths of drug addiction, and listless living came my book, Happy Chasing Happy. It’s my story and I share how I went from that darkness to incredible heights of physical perfection, mental clarity, and self fulfilment.
Extremely motivational! A lot of people have trouble telling their story. Why did you want to write this book specifically? Because in it, I share the things that people don’t want to talk about. I share my abuse of drugs, alcohol, and Pro-MMA fighting. There’s nothing special about me besides the fact I am alive after all the drug and alcohol abuse I put myself through. I know that there are many people out there looking for a way out, a way out of the drug use and the alcohol addiction, a way out of the misery. They want to be happy. I’m hoping that sharing my story and how I came out of it, will help somebody else to see that they, too, can find happiness; no matter what place they are in.
It’s a very inspiring story. Everyone at some point in life, has had to face adversity but it sounds like you have overcome and have made true positive change in your life. This is something that makes your book, Happy Chasing Happy, different from others on the market, because its real and raw and we can all relate to being at low points in our lives.
Many of my readers want to become published authors. If you can only give one piece of advice what would it be? I would say don’t overthink it. I put on my running shoes, plug in my headphones run, losing myself to the vibrant tunes. After my jog, I can get pretty grounding. I clear my mind and I think of nothing but positivity. I feel connected to everything around me, a part of it all., there is no better place and there is no better feeling than being connected to the earth. It is a place I never want to leave—but eventually I have to because I have to get back to “reality.” After my soul searching reflection—I write. After I write—I write more. After I write more—I learn something more about myself. Writing is my therapy, my new addiction, my new dream and if I stop I may go back to taking acid; or drinking myself into a belligerent asshole; or go back into the MMA cage to get my faced punched in.
That’s amazing, Jay. I have much respect for you, your journey, and your desire to help others find the happiness that they deserve. We need more positivity in the world. You can’t get enough of that. Just out of curiosity, do you plan to publish any additional books? Yes. My first book was called 10 Stacks To Success: How To Achieve Success One Goal At A Time You can learn more about my current works, future projects, and follow me on my website at www.brainofjayisip.com. By next year I should have Happy Chasing Happy, Volume: 2 finished; which focuses more on how I got out of the dark times, and also shows how it didn’t happen overnight with the story picking up right where the first book ended.
Awesome! Can you tell the readers where they can purchase Happy Chasing Happy? Happy Chasing. Happy can be purchased on Amazon.com and the Kindle store.
Jerome “Jay” Isip is a successful businessman, Author, and Motivational Speaker. He is the author of the inspirational literary work Happy Chasing Happy. Isip’s book is not any sort of exercise in fluff and feel-good platitudes. It’s a hard-nosed, practical, kick-in-the-butt guide to success in life. -Mike Ball You can connect with Author Jerome “Jay” Isip on Facebook.