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.
“Joe Gorga’s homespun wisdom is usually surprising, often hilarious, occasionally dead-on, and always entertaining!”
– Andy Cohen, Executive Producer, The Real Housewives franchise and Watch What Happens Live
“Joe Gorga is the quintessential example of the American dream. He loves his wife and kids, came from very humble beginnings, and is entirely self-made: he went from flipping two-family houses to flipping apartment complexes because he’s courageous enough to take risks.”
- Buddy “The Cake Boss” Valastro
Joe Gorga is a real estate developer and entrepreneur. Starting at the age of nine, he began selling newspapers, learning early how to work with people and negotiate deals.
Today, he owns and develops multi-million dollar properties throughout New Jersey and also owns and manages apartment rentals. In addition to his three-decades working in real estate, Gorga is one of the stars of Bravo’s hit series, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, alongside his wife, Melissa. Joe and Melissa live in New Jersey with their three children.
Anna David was, in every way, groomed for success. She grew up in an affluent community and came from a family that prioritized SAT scores, Harvard attendance and high-paying jobs.
The problem was, she had low SAT scores, was rejected by Harvard and spent her early life feeling like the family’s great disappointment.
Concluding that success was not for her, Anna focused her energies on an area where she excelled: drugs, alcohol and general mayhem. Washing ashore on the beaches of recovery at the age of 30, she begrudgingly entered a world of sobriety. That’s when she discovered that there were all sorts of ways to define success—and what’s more, that it was never too late to find it.
The stories in this collection document her journey from self-indulgent party girl to sober and only semi-indulgent woman. By turns hilarious and touching, disturbing and ridiculous, How I Got Successful By F*cking Up My Life proves that you truly can f*ck up your way to the top.
“Anna David’s portrayal of the experience of addiction and nuances of recovery is the most accurate I have come across.”
– Dr. Drew Pinsky, addiction expert
“At the intersection of storytelling and recovery, you meet Anna David.”
“A witty prose stylist.”
– Martha Stewart’s Whole Living
“Anna David may have invented a new genre: Chick Lit With a Message.”
– The New York Post
Anna David is the New York Times and #1 Amazon bestselling author of two novels and five non-fiction books about addiction, recovery and relationships.
She’s been published in The New York Times, Time, The LA Times, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Vice, Cosmo, People, Marie Claire, Redbook, Esquire, Self, Women’s Health, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Salon among many others, written about in numerous publications, including Forbes, Martha Stewart Living, Entrepreneur, Allure and Women’s Health and has appeared repeatedly on The Today Show, Hannity, Attack of the Show, Dr. Drew, Red Eye, The Talk, The CBS Morning Show, The Insider and numerous other programs on Fox News, NBC, CBS, MTV, VH1 and E.
She speaks at colleges across the country about relationships, addiction and recovery and has been a featured speaker at three different TedX events.