Serial entrepreneur and mental health advocate, George Johnson is breaking the stigmas around mental wellness and providing a light in his community by sharing his own struggles, successes, and life lessons in his new tell-all memoir, “Double Crossed”. We Empower Magazine got an exclusive interview with George.
Tammy Reese: What inspired you to become an Entrepreneur?
George Johnson: To be honest, I became an entrepreneur out of fear, fear of having my destiny in the hands of another man. Fear of not being able to provide and simply knowing that being an entrepreneur there is no ceiling on how far I could go.
Tammy Reese: How did your transition to becoming an author come about?
George Johnson: I never set out to be an author, I began writing down my thoughts and feelings that I never shared with anyone. It was a therapeutic process, and one day I realized I had written down so much stuff, it hit me to turn it all into a memoir.
Tammy Reese: How has being a mental health advocate made an impact on you?
George Johnson: Being a mental health advocate has helped me personally a lot. Sharing my struggles with others has in a way been therapeutic. I’ve helped so many others share their journey because I shared mine.
Tammy Reese: How do you use your platform to empower others?
George Johnson: I use my Instagram now by providing education on different topics such as PTSD, anxiety, coping skills and other mental health issues.
Tammy Reese: Please tell us about your tell-all memoir “Double Crossed” and what can readers expect from it?
George Johnson: Well, to make a long story short. My story kind of touches on my upbringing lightly, then dives deep into my past 5 years. I’m the youngest of 5 boys, and in a horror movie fashion, both of my oldest brothers turned into federal informants against me. I spent the past 5 years fighting against them and the federal government. My books tell great detail on how my family fell apart and the mental health issues I gained from it all.
Tammy Reese: What else are you currently working on?
George Johnson: Well, I do a lot. Much of my time goes to managing my 4 mental health outpatient companies, my TURO car business & a bunch of other small businesses.
Tammy Reese: What do you enjoy most about the work that you do?
George Johnson: I think I enjoy helping others, and providing opportunities for people.
Tammy Reese: What else can we be on the lookout for?
George Johnson: More of me spreading awareness of mental health all over the world!
Tammy Reese: Any words of encouragement you would leave our readers with during these unprecedented times?
George Johnson: I truly think we all are dealing with something, I know for sure we all get a little bit of anxiety due to the times we are living in. I would encourage everyone to find a therapist or simply someone they trust to sit down & just unload your feelings, what you are thinking at least once a week.
Keep up-to-date with George by connecting on Instagram @2xcrossed
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Multimedia Creative and Personality Tammy Reese is an award-winning Writer and Journalist. Writing and Directing short films on social issues to spread awareness through the arts gained Tammy the Makers: Women Who Make America Award honor on International Women's Day 2019. Tammy currently serves on the Communications Committee for New York Women In Film and Television. She is also the Founder and Owner of Visionary Minds Public Relations and Media.