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Warning

This is Not a Motivational Story

Warning: This book is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any of your problems.

In actuality, this book expresses all of the problems I’ve encountered in my life since I was a child. Hi, my name is Yousef Saleh Erakat aka Fousey. I am a YouTuber, Actor, Wannabe Motivational Speaker, Artist, and a Depressive with over 15 million total YouTube subscribers, a couple of Hollywood movies on my resume, some big awards on my shelf, and for the first time, I will be opening up about how I survived my struggles with depression, anxiety, fame, suicidal thoughts, and addiction. Welcome to my life.

Yousef Erakat, also known as Fousey, is a YouTube personality, actor and motivational speaker with over 15 million subscribers on his YouTube channels, over 21 million on social media and over 1.7 billion views. In 2015, Fousey won “Show of the Year” for youtube.com/FouseyTube at the 5th Annual Streamy Awards. In 2016, he won “Entertainer of the Year” at the 6th Annual Streamy Awards for his daily vlog, youtube.com/doseoffousey. He has toured worldwide with Roman Atwood. Yousef has starred in Tyler Perry's “BOO! A Madea Halloween” Part One and Two; YouTube Red’s feature film, “We Love You”, Netflix’s scripted comedy series “Reality High” and YouTube Red’s “Fight of the Living Dead”. Yousef has partnered with AdBlitz, Verizon, Nike, Google and Microsoft for major brand campaigns. He was listed 3rd on the list of "40 Inspiring Muslims Under 40" by MBMuslima Magazine. Last year, he trained and appeared in his first boxing match for the “Fight Night” Charity Event in London to raise money for Yemen. Raised in the Bay Area Yousef is of Palestinian descent. He attended San Jose University where he earned his BA in Theater Arts and Writing. And now, he begins to share his life story with the world with the hope to inspire others who might be facing similar battles.