Ron Walker " I Almost Gave Up" - NXUP
Interview with Ron Walker
Tell me about your book “I Almost Gave Up: How I Made It over Depression and Inadequacy”.
“I Almost Gave Up: How I Made It over Depression and Inadequacy,” is one of my shortest works, but one of the most powerful. I use the acronym R.E.F.O.C.U.S. to describe the seven keys I used to unlock the door to my joy. When my wife left, my business failed and my grandmother died, it left me in a very low place. A place that I didn’t think I would ever escape, but somehow I did.
What inspired you to write it?
I woke up on a Wednesday with a need to get it out and by that Friday it was done. I went through some of the lowest times in my life a few years ago and no one really knew how much I was suffering because I didn’t talk about it. I wrote this book because it was cathartic and because I realize there is someone still on the ground with a hand out reaching for help. This book is my way of reaching out to help pick that person back up again. I believe that we have a social responsibility to help others. This is just one of the ways that I use my experience to give back.
What formats is the book available in and where can it be purchased?
The book is available pretty much everywhere and is available in pretty much every format available. I love Amazon and oftentimes simply direct people to my Amazon author page, www.amazon.com/author/ronwalker, but it’s available wherever books are sold online. It can even be requested at most book stores. I simply like Amazon because people can also view some of my other works as well.
What’s your favorite book and author?
I once tried my hand at fiction, but didn’t stick with it because non-fiction is simply a better fit for me. But I must credit my love of reading and writing to Horatio Alger. The first book I ever published was a collection of fictional short stories and I thought that I would spend the rest of my life writing short stories. I can’t remember exactly which book or story it was that first sparked my interest, but Alger’s rags to riches stories touched my heart and motivated me to want to follow in his footsteps. So I must say that Alger is my favorite author, but “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” by Robert Kiyosaki is probably my favorite book.
If you could only take one movie to a deserted island, what would it be?
If I could take one movie to a deserted island, it would have to be an anthology. That’s a difficult question because I love movies. I spend many days simply reading while watching movies. I love music biopics. Ideally, I would want an anthology of music based movies like, “The Temptations,” “Get on Up,” “The Five Heartbeats,” “Ray,” “Walk the Line,” “Purple Rain,” “8 Mile,” “Dreamgirls,” “La Bamba,” this list could go on for a while. If I had to narrow it down to one movie, I just don’t know if I could.
Who are your biggest supporters?
My parents are definitely my biggest supporters. They have stood by my side through thick and thin. When my house was foreclosed, they took me in. When my company was sued for a quarter million dollars, they helped me hire the best attorneys. Whether it was moral support, a bed to rest my head on or finances to help get me back on my feet, they were there. My parents aren’t rich in the traditional sense, but I have watched them do whatever they could to support me in whatever manner I needed support.
What are some of the books that you have written?
I have written about six or seven books and recorded three or four motivational CD’s under the Ron Walker and R. Shamar name, but I have also ghostwritten multiple books as well. “It’s My Time,” “Dollar and A Dream,” “Passion 101,” and “Your Best Day Today,” are a few of my titles, but there are definitely more. Most of them are available on Amazon.
What advice would you give to a writer who dreams to be a published author?
Don’t give up. Whether they want to go the traditional route or self publishing route, persistence is the key. Decide what you want and go after it until you get it. There are plenty of books on publishing and many people that specialize in this field. If a person is not sure of what to do, I advise them to get a mentor. I gladly help people and mentor as many as I can through social media. I’m @AuthorRonWalker on Instagram and will gladly assist in any way that I can.
You’re a fan of Lucille Ball, what is it that you like about her? I have to admit she was quite the comedian in her time.
I’m a Lucy fan because she encompasses strength to me. I was raised on black and white “I Love Lucy,” shows, but learned so much more about her as I grew up. I admire the trailblazing, barrier breaking, woman that she was. What Lucy did with her show is still a staple in filming today. Many of the methods we still employ in television now, were because of her innovations. Most people don’t know that Lucy’s company Desilu produced more than just the shows she was in. Desilu produced Star Trek and so many other popular shows of that time. Lucy is a legend. I not only adore her because she’s gorgeous (and I have a proclivity for redheads), but also because she was one of the best at what she did. She was a true pioneer with a great business mind.
How do you stay motivated to pursue your dreams?
People watching keep me motivated and my kids and extended family as well. I came from what many would consider nothing and I made something of myself. I was the first in my family to step foot in a college. Now, I have cousins that are becoming doctors. I used to ride the bus with my dad when he drove part time to make ends meet (one of three jobs). Now, my kids get to walk in the garage and select which vehicle they want to ride in and only work when I choose to. I don’t just do it for me. I do it so that others can see that it’s possible. That’s what keeps me motivated.
Now you’re a public speaker, what are some events that you’ve been a speaker at?
I don’t speak as much as I used to, simply because my focus has been more on building businesses. At one time, I was speaking in schools, colleges and organizations in several states. I wouldn’t say there was ever any really big event that people would know of, but my focus was mainly schools and churches. Now, I mostly spend time motivating those that work with me.
Where do you see yourself in a year?
This time next year, I simply hope to be a little happier, a little healthier and a little wealthier. I’ve learned to enjoy the journey. I do my best and accept the outcome. I would love to be a billionaire next year with a company that changes life as we know it and betters society as a whole, but it’s probably not going to happen. So my simple goal is to be happy, healthy and wealthy.
Tell me 3 fun facts about you?
I love food and will try just about anything. Even ate a sour cream and onion cricket once.
I love to laugh, but I don’t smile a lot. Most of my photographers hate that about me.
I’m happiest when I’m home. I am probably in my house 85% of the time.
May 29, 2016
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