Author, The Underdog Paradox
Jamie Russo is a writer living in Brooklyn, NY. His breakthrough title, The Underdog Paradox, is a #1 Amazon Bestseller, available in 130+ countries, and 10,000+ bookstores.
"A year ago, I was laid off," Jamie Russo explains. "In that dark moment, I started writing. Along the way, I met a publisher willing to take a risk on a first-time author."
The greatest stories don't always make the biggest headlines. The Underdog Paradox chronicles the journeys of five entrepreneurs who defied the odds en route to building a brighter future.
"This book isn't about me," Russo says. "It's about the unlikely heroes I've met that inspire others to dream big."
Lual Mayen spent the first twenty-two years of his life growing up in a refugee camp. After his mother fled the civil war in South Sudan, Lual taught himself to code and build video games. Lual's next game, Salaam, puts the player in the shoes of a refugee forced to flee a war-torn region.
"If you have an opportunity to impact the world, you've gotta do it."
-- Lual Mayen
Marcus Bullock was sixteen years old when he was sentenced to eight years in an adult maximum-security prison. Today, he's the founder and CEO of Flikshop, a mobile application keeping families connected to incarcerated loved ones.
"The one thing that separates me from everyone else is that I didn't give up."
-- Marcus Bullock
Shavini Fernando suffered a heart attack while hiking through the mountains of Sri Lanka. After being rushed to the hospital, doctors diagnosed her with a congenital heart defect; she had less than two years to live. But Shavini is a fighter and has dedicated her life to finding a solution.
"Once you go through something as I have, you learn to appreciate the small things."
-- Shavini Fernando
"Underdogs are underestimated; they are made to feel that the world is stacked against them."
"Against all odds, underdogs win because they have a greater sense of commitment and a higher threshold for pain."
"If we define a situation as possible, we can turn belief into reality with confidence and conviction. If can we dream it, we can achieve it."
"Underdogs aren't afraid to bend the rules. They stretch boundaries to outsmart the competition."
"You may not be able to change a highly stressful event, but you can change how you interpret and respond to it."
Value negative experiences as much as positive ones; they are both great teachers.
illustrated by Bryan Ho
"It is impossible to walk away from this book without feeling immensely inspired."
Author of Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer
"Jamie captures the triumphs of five people beating the odds."
Author of More than a Balance Sheet
"This book shares lessons we all can learn from. Truly inspiring!"
Author of Among Friends and Fraudsters
"Russo put in meticulous care to make sure he's telling these stories right."
"One of the most talented writers I've come across."
"There is simply no way to read this book and leave without inspiration."
A book that reflects the mind and soul of underdogs that never gave up hope in their journey towards greatness.
No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what you want to be, you have the power to make a difference.
JAIME MARTIN KO
A powerful book about overcoming the odds and winning. And let's face it, if we dream big enough, we are all underdogs.