As the star of the E! reality series Pretty Wild, Alexis appeared to be living the glamorous life. In reality, she was battling depression, drug addiction and trauma. Her firsthand experience with sexual assault and substance abuse, combined with the explosive effects of social media storytelling, ignited a desire in her to eradicate shame around our greatest struggles. In Recovering from Reality, Alexis shares how she learned to turn embarrassment into empowerment, using her public meltdown as an opportunity to pull back the covers on the misogyny and abuse that fuels so much of popular culture. With profound insight, Alexis shows how women can stand up and heal from the institutionalized and systemic trauma that keeps them from recognizing how powerful they truly are. From panhandling drugs on the streets to partying with some of the biggest rock stars in the world (often on the same day), Alexis’ life was more than just pretty wild; it was nearly fatal.
Inspired by her public journey from reality TV meme to sobriety, motherhood and wellness, Alexis is living proof that you can heal yourself—if you’re willing to recover from reality.
As a teenager, Courtney Friel was a shy girl tormented by constant, cruel bullying. Then, at the age of 15, she got drunk for the first time. That’s when she formed her alter ego, “Reporter Friel”—a whip-smart girl who partied hard, bulldozed any haters in her path and went on to become the youngest on-air anchor ever hired at Fox News.
After falling in love with the big city and the fast life of broadcast television, Friel moved to New York City, married a handsome fellow newscaster and had two beautiful children. Her career and her status were skyrocketing, and from the outside, her life seemed perfect. In reality, Friel was living a double life as a professional newscaster by day and a debauched party girl by night.
To keep the trauma of the mass shootings, murders and car accidents she covered at bay, Friel drank more alcohol and ramped up her use of Adderall, Xanax and cocaine…until she ended up in rehab. What came next was a rocky divorce, a spiritual crisis and a hopeful shot at a new life—if she could reckon with who she really was.
A music prodigy, head of her class, and well-liked in school, Emily Paulson decided early that embellishment paved the road to success. As she grew up, she figured out how to make the picture look even better - with a successful husband, five beautiful children, and all the required accompanying accoutrements.
Highlight Real: Finding Honesty and Recovery Behind the Filtered Life is the true story of what happens when a so-called perfect mother and businesswoman is forced to find reckoning with her past and build a future based on the authenticity she has always sought. Searingly honest, heartbreaking and packed with uncountable did-she-actually-just-say-that moments, Highlight Real is a memoir of healing as well as a fully modern look at what happens when the filters fall off and real life emerges into the light.
From the inner city of Paterson, New Jersey to real estate mogul and real husband of New Jersey, Joe Gorga has learned how to build an empire from the ground up. In The Gorga Guide to Success, Gorga shows how to succeed in business, in marriage, and in life by following timeless, old school rules to living with passion, remaining humble, and never giving up. Gorga understood early on that you "gotta have balls" in order to get ahead. From his first job selling papers to his first forays into business, he learned from his immigrant Italian parents how to work hard, negotiate the best deals, and always keep “two feet in one boot,” which have helped lead him to real estate success.As one of the stars of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Gorga now applies those same principles to his family, his marriage, and his unexpected stardom. The Gorga Guide to Success offers real-world lessons in how to navigate everything from real estate deals to relationships… and how to turn any good idea into an empire.
Aiming High is the astonishing story of sports and celebrity agent Darren Prince, who battled addiction while representing some of the most iconic figures in the world. After a drug overdose, many demoralizing nights, and mornings where he couldn't get out of bed without a prescription in hand, Darren hit rock bottom at the top--and in the process discovered the true meaning of success.
Darren Prince is a prominent sports and celebrity agent and global advocate for addiction and recovery. Through his agency, Prince Marketing Group, he represents icons such as Magic Johnson, Hulk Hogan, Charlie Sheen, Dennis Rodman and the late Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali to name a few.
After over 11 years of sobriety, it’s now Darren’s mission to help others avoid and break free from addiction.
Most companies have no idea how to navigate, let alone understand, the complex process of federal sales. The federal government spends more than a Trillion (with a T) dollars annually on discretionary purchases. Yet most businesses rely on a business-to-business sales strategy complete with misplaced CRM tools. Since the government can be your bedrock customer of a lifetime, there’s no reason to approach it like just another sale.
Step right up to the big top, where Gene Moran will guide you through the 3 strategic rings of the federal funding and policy circus. This is where you’ll learn to navigate the organized chaos of the government without making missteps that could send you plummeting from the high wire.
No New Ideas: Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Successful Franchise is the go-to book for anyone working on, interested in, or thinking about starting a franchise. From what it takes to be a successful franchisee to the best franchises in the market today, Tim Conn walks the reader through every step of the process.
Conn offers a frank, step-by-step guide to finding the franchise that meets your interests, skills, and resources. Even more importantly, he guides potential franchisees through how to make a franchise succeed.
No New Ideas: Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Successful Franchise shares both the ups and downs of franchise life, and shows why the best-implemented ideas are always the ones that flourish.
Much of recent human history has revolved around achievement – capitalism, consumerism, the desire for more. But as Oren Rosen explains in The Fulfillment Evolution, humankind has evolved past the limitations of achievement. Based in ancient impulses around scarcity and need, the old instincts no longer serve modern life. Instead, humans must evolve towards fulfillment – creating lives which are not only more rewarding in the present tense, but which create lasting and sustainable impact for generations to come. Utilizing Darwin’s concepts around natural selection – identity, consistency, growth, and impact – Rosen offers a new plan for living, and a new design for humankind.
Let’s face it: the nonprofit sector has a major branding issue.
Seen as either poorly run charities looking for handouts or the pet projects of well-meaning, ineffectual civil servants, the world of the 501c3 is misunderstood, maligned and sometimes mismanaged. Matt George is here to change the narrative.
As the CEO of the Children’s Home Association of Illinois, a nonprofit leader facing the state’s most serious social ills, George draws his unorthodox philosophies straight from the frontlines. In Nonprofit Game Plan, he reveals the real story of nonprofits, the one no one talks about: they are the world’s best defense against the gnawing grind of social decay, poverty, homelessness and crime.
Whether he’s breaking tennis world records, partnering with star athletes or making deals with Fortune 500 companies, George demystifies nonprofit management while inspiring a new generation to take up the mantle of social service. What emerges is a strong case that non-profits ought to run like businesses, not charities. Though it might ruffle some feathers, the message is a wake-up call that’s sure to radicalize the nonprofit world.
For anyone who cares about making the world a better place, from volunteers to CEOs, Nonprofit Game Plan is a must-read that’s much more than just a how-to guide—it’s a gut-punch.