Wow, what an inspirational book! So what is it about, I hear you ask?
Well, is it a memoir, a wake-up call, confessions, a fly on the wall book, inspirational, horrific, well I could just keep going. However, if I had to use one word it would be mind-blowing!
Jay Isip is very brave writing this very open book about his life. He writes with passion and absolute honesty about his paths in life, and looking back can see the reasons behind his behaviour.
Deliberately under achieving at school, he was a rebel and started very early on drink and drugs. He discusses very candidly alcohol addiction and the mind set of an addict, and how hard it is to come to terms with being labelled as one. Enter the world of drugs, as he says, he has tried them all, uppers, downers, the lot. I have lead a very sheltered life in respect of drugs, and his descriptions of the effects of Ecstasy and other drugs made for fascinating reading. However, looking back he can also see how the effects of drugs made him instantly ‘Mr popular’ and gave him a very warped outlook on life, behaviour and who were his friends.
Deep down though, Jay has true determination and grit, and it was this which lead him to a very successful MMA wrestling career. He was dedicated and well respected in the ring and outside. This book will be fascinating to fans of MMA, it contains a lot of his career, some brutal, sometimes horrific truths, and some really great photographs.
Then the tide turns, he loses three professional fights, then has his last Championship Title fight at Mass Destruction. Suddenly the self-destruction button kicks in, full pelt.
Mr Bad Boy is an understatement, girls, drink, booze, run-ins with the law, you name it, he done it, until he had a desperate suicide attempt. Suddenly Jay was made him look within and see himself in the cruel light of day.
And a harsh light it was. However, it gave him the strength to pick himself up, and change.
Now he is a successful business man, and best-selling author. It has been hard, but with the love and support of his family and friends, who are very important to him, he now lives by the beach and continues to fight professionally.
This book is fascinating to read. At the end I found myself totally in awe of this young man who has not only come through very difficult times but has had the strength to look back and write this very candid book as total inspiration to others. He done it, and you can too!
About the Author: Though Jerome “Jay” Isip now enjoys the success of being a professional MMA fighter, entrepreneur, and author, he is no stranger to the feelings of self-doubt, depression, and lack of direction that many people— young and old, male and female— struggle with at one point or another in life.
About the Book: There is hope for those who are lost in transition, addicted to drugs or alcohol, and those who are depressed because they see no way out.
An escape route from feeling trapped to freedom has been spelled out by retired Mixed Martial Arts fighter, Jerome “Jay” Isip, a success first in business and then as an author, who has published his second book focusing on a darker time in his life when alcohol and drugs ruled.
Although he is now a well-recognized author with several entrepreneurial ventures on his professional resume, he is no stranger to the feelings of self-doubt, depression and lack of direction that overwhelm so many teens and young adults. For Isip that period caused him to lead a life controlled by alcohol and drugs (prescriptions and street drugs) that almost ended his life. Then he climbed back from near self-destruction and found the courage to live a life of fulfillment, lasting happiness, clarity and purpose, and a joy that endures.
That story is told in Isip’s second book, Happy Chasing Happy: An Aimless High to Happiness (Volume 1 Fight Addiction) which is the no-holds barred memoir of an MMA fighter who got back up after defeat and found a worthwhile, successful life outside the ring. “Happy Chasing Happy is my new book series about my journey to happiness,” says Isip. “Readers will enjoy the colorful, hilarious, and emotional roller-coaster of events and lessons. I am no stranger to chasing ‘happy.’ Caught in the exciting, yet dangerous, cycle of seeking higher highs and lower lows and pushing the limits of my body, mind and spirit with drugs, alcohol and life experiences, I made the journey to the abyss and survived to tell the tale.” Inside the candid biography, this conversational, authentically-written book tells the story of a man on a mission to find his own version of happy in a way that only a kid from the streets of New Jersey could attempt.
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 find some hope for happiness.
Isip’s first book was the top selling inspirational and motivating “10 Stacks to Success: How to Achieve Success One Goal at a Time.” Isip has plans for publishing volume 2 of Happy Chasing Happy with emphasis on clearing the cloudy road away from smog to a self-driven life of clarity.