5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…Gary A. Johnson, Author of “25 Things That Really Matter in Life”

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By Joey Pinkney

25 Things That Really Matter In Life will help you identify your natural gifts and how to use them to feel better about yourself. Gary Johnson uses worksheets to outline the principles of Life Mastery to cleanse your mind of all the dysfunctional thoughts that have accumulated over the years.

Practicing Life Mastery will allow you to develop yourself to be the best “you” that you can be for yourself, family and friends. Control the quality of your life by making 25 Things That Really Matter In Life a part of your daily living. This book was written for people who have some sense of needing to make changes in their life but do not know how to do it.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write 25 Things That Really Matter in Life?

Gary Johnson: I wrote this book at one of the lowest points in my life. My businesses were heavily in debt . Although I continued to function every day, there were times when I did not feel good about myself. Through it all, I continued to try to affect the lives of others through my training seminars and speeches.

I also went out of my way to make sure I was an active dad for my sons. On a Friday night, in September 2006, I decided to write down the things that really mattered to me. I stopped the list at twenty-five and shelved the project for another year.

Putting pen to paper was a measure of accountability. Thirteen months later I was ready to be accountable and make a change in my life. Writing my thoughts on paper was therapeutic and gave me a sense of relief. This process was a “freeing” experience that helped me to feel good again.

JP: What sets 25 Things That Really Matter in Life apart from other motivational books?

GJ: This book is universal in that it is easy to read and understand and appeals to men and women of all races and culture. The book has worksheets that help examine your life in a way that perhaps you haven’t done before.

Looking at your life and the choices you’ve made in an open and honest way can be an emotional and gut-wrenching experience. As you rewind your mental tapes, you are likely to see a pattern of decision-making that is self-defeating or sabotaging. This book wastes no time helping you to help yourself.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to 25 Things That Really Matter in Life getting out to the public?

GJ: I’m fortunate that I own digital media in the form of a very popular web site/online magazine called Black Men In America.com (www.blackmeninamerica.com). This site gets millions of hits a month from both men and women and provides a forum that most authors don’t have as a starting point.

I’m also a successful management consultant and motivational speaker who has traveled around the world and developed a network. I have to consistently work hard. When you have an established network, you can also work smart. For authors who don’t have a web site, my advice is to get one. The key to success is to market and let people know you are out there and that your book is worth buying.

JP: Who would best benefit from 25 Things That Really Matter in Life?

GJ: I firmly believe that anyone who purchases this book will benefit from reading it. If you’re asking me about a demographic or target market, I would have to say women would benefit the most from reading this book because my experience is that they tend to read more books than men.

JP: What’s next for Gary Johnson?

GJ: I plan to write a book on relationships using the same “keep it simple and keep it real” formula as 25 Things That Really Matter in Life. I’m not ready to share the specifics just yet. Let’s just say that you can never have enough books on relationships. I also want to continue my efforts to help authors and independent artist have their voices heard through Black Men In America.com.


Joey Pinkney Joey Pinkney is a passionate book reviewer whose goal is to give authors extra exposure.  He is the founder of JoeyPinkney.com a web site about books and authors.  Joey’s “5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…” author interview series features self-published authors and best-selling authors.  The popular interview series gives readers an often rare glimpse into the author’s mind as he/she shares insights about their book.


“25 Things That Really Matter In Life” – DC Area Book Signing

Gary Johnson’s Washington, DC area book signing at Borders Books In Largo, MD was a huge success. Gary “sold out” all of the books in the store.

“I want to thank everyone who came out to support me. I sincerely appreciate all of you who took the time to come to the store and purchase my book.”

Click here to see more pictures from the DC area book signing event.

25 Things That Really Matter In Life (Blog)

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Welcome to the “25 Things…”Weblog! The “25 Things…”weblog was inspired by the book “25 Things That Really Matter In Life” by Gary A. Johnson.

“25 Things That Really Matter In Life,” is a little book with a big message. The techniques and steps that I describe in the book are ones that I’ve been using for over thirty years. If you commit to them, I guarantee you will live a more meaningful and healthier life.

Changing certain aspects of your life is not easy. Looking at your life and the choices you’ve made in an open and honest way can be an emotional and gut-wrenching experience. As you rewind your mental tapes, you are likely to see a pattern of decision-making that is self-defeating or sabotaging. It doesn’t have to be that way.

This is your chance to enhance your quality of life and to feel good about yourself. You can improve your situation today. Don’t blow this opportunity.

When you read the words in this book, know that I am not speaking from an exalted position. This is what I’ve experienced and know to be true. My job is to tell you everything I know to help you make your life successful. Your job is to take what I tell you and develop a flexible and customized plan that will work for you. If you make a commitment to do this, you can live every day as if it’s your last, and enjoy your life. If you want to change your life, change the way you act and the way you think.

You can control the quality of your life by making “25 Things That Really Matter In Life,” a part of your daily living. Once you have “mastered” them, I will show you how to start living your best life–today!


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Here’s what the experts are saying about “25 Things…””Gary Johnson has taken his personal pain and turned it into the power to share home truths. His list of the things we need for a fulfilling and successful life will be confirmation for some, a reminder for others, and a much-needed wake-up call for still another group of readers. This is a great gift for people at life’s crossroads, and for those looking for a tool to guide them through self-exploration.”

Dr. Julianne Malveaux
President, Bennett College for Women
Economist, Author & Commentator

“Gary Johnson has written a book that will encourage you, inspire you and empower you for greater personal and professional success! It will help you do more, be more and achieve more! Read it and then re-read it! You will be glad you did!

“Willie Jolley
Best Selling Author of “It Only Takes A Minute To Change Your Life” and “A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback”

“Finally a person who has a plan for success that is accessible, tested and proven. Gary’s words implore you to make moves toward success and he gives you the clear tools to be a winner. Plus it is never ever a bad thing to learn about success from someone who is actually successful. Bravo Gary for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us!”

LaDawn Black, relationship expert, radio personality and the author of Stripped Bare

“Johnson packs a powerful punch with this practical guide designed to quick-start your journey to a more meaningful and healthier life in just three steps. From faith, family, and love to wealth building, giving, and more, the book encourages readers to make these twenty-five key aspects a priority in everyday life, providing valuable tips and worksheets along the way. Ultimately, you’ll learn how to map out what is most important to you, what you really want to do before you die, and apply what you’ve learned to live the best life possible.”

Tammy Richards-LeSure
Richards Public Relations

“A great read for anyone contemplating the things that really matter in life. Lean, mean, and full of wisdom.”

Jonathan Luckett, nationally acclaimed author of “The Mating Game,” “The Forever Game,” “Dissolve,” and “Jasminium”

Here’s what the “people” are saying about “25 Things…”

“Gary Johnson is a raconteur and his stories invoke transformation in people’s lives in different ways. For me, Johnson’s writings facilitate an experience; prompting authentic notions, leading to awareness, new perspectives and at times momentous breakthroughs. Revitalizing, inspiring and provocative…”25 Things That Really Matter In Life,” is a must read.”


Other testimonials:


I meant to tell you how much your book blessed my life. Have already recommended that my friends get a copy. In fact, I plan to order a bunch to hand out at our church’s Seasoned Luncheon.

P. Miller – Washington, DC

I’m going to purchase 10 books to give to friends, but I’ll love receiving an autographed copy from you!

R. G. – Eldridge, IA

Gary, your book stays on my nightstand. You were right, I see something different in me every time I read it.

T. Jones, Temple Hills, MD