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I Got There: How I Overcame Racism, Poverty, and Abuse to Achieve the American Dream Hardcover – January 20, 2017
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From the Back Cover
"I'm not a drug dealer.
I'm not a rapper.
I'm not an athlete.
But I am very successful."
That's not how you're supposed to open a speech if you're a successful businessman. Especially if you're a successful minority businessman in America.
But I'm no ordinary businessman, this was no ordinary speech, and I've had no ordinary life.
JT McCormick shouldn't have succeeded.
He was born the mixed-race son of a negligent, drug-dealing pimp father and a struggling, single mother. He was raised in the slums of Dayton, Ohio, suffered incredible abuse and racism, and had multiple stints in the juvenile justice system. He barely graduated high school and has no college degree.
But succeed he did.
Starting by scrubbing toilets, JT hustled and worked his way into better opportunities, eventually finding incredible success in the mortgage industry. He was on top of the world.
And then it all fell apart. He lost his job, and his money.
But instead of stopping him, this setback became the springboard for him to reach even bigger heights--eventually growing and becoming President of a multimillion-dollar software company, and then CEO of a multimillion-dollar book-publishing start-up.
Gripping, heartbreaking, enlightening, and ultimately uplifting, I Got There proves that no obstacle is too difficult to conquer--and that the game can be won by anyone, from anywhere.
About the Author
JT McCormick is currently the President and CEO of Book In A Box. Previously, he was the President of HeadSpring Software. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Megan, and their three children.
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Very quick read. I knocked it out in one sitting. One of those that makes you think for a while after you put it down.
JT McCormick’s story challenged my theory and won.
I’m still having trouble believing that anyone can survive what he experienced as a kid and lived to tell it in this wonderfully written, modern-day Dickens tale.
Growing up poor as dirt, abused, neglected and literally nowhere to turn is the sad, despairing setting within the first half of the book. And, because you know he is still alive and had the audacity to become a multi millionaire, you can’t fight the urge to find out what happened next nor put the book down. But, take note, you’ll need a few seconds to pause and ask “wait…What? Why? How?”
The book credibly compliments the strengths of Mr. McCormick’s character. He always makes a conscious effort to say hello to everyone (thank to a bittersweet moment with his dad) and showers the women who clean his office with grand gestures of appreciation. He takes pride in being the best damn toilet cleaner in the universe. And, he hustles like no other to go that extra mile, breaking records as a salesman. However, what makes this story more compelling is the poignant view of his weaknesses. His success as a salesman involved selling products and services to those unable to afford them and just as poor as he was growing up. Also, despite his amazing drive to be the best of the best, he somehow lost a buttload of money (and pride) in the housing market crash leaving him nearly poor a second time. The most gripping part within the book (and also very climactic) is the daunting guilt he shares of an unfortunate childhood memory of his younger half sister.
Mr. McCormick’s journey is a success story that doesn’t rely on promoting a set of rules to abide by to become a millionaire mogul. His success is that, although the memories still haunt him, he lived to tell. AND, the true happy ending is his continued passion to mentor and help others at risk. Priceless.
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