"John, I am a member of the 700 Credit Score Club."
This is what I heard most after the inagural HOPE 100-City Book Tour event at the Gallup Building. And by the end of the evening, if I had not hear it a dozen or more times, from a dozen different people, I had not heard it once. And it inspired me, because this is precisely what the book's main message is all about — real solutions to and for real people.
Our HOPE 700 Credit Score Communities initiative, which include inclient led HOPE 700 Credit Score Clubs and is a central part of Project 5117, is but one of the solutions I outline in our HOPE Plan. And the HOPE Plan is central to and in the new book, "How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class. The Solution for the 100%."
As I said clearly on the Steve Harvey Morning Show this week, "nothing changes your life more, than God or love, than moving your credit score 120 points."
Money is the number one cause for divorce in America, and stress (brought on by money) is the number cause of heart attack. And financial predators are preying not on black or brown or poor or minority, or military communities, because of racism or even descrimination.
These financial predators are target marketing. Targeting a 500 credit score customer. We must simply rob them of their customer. And the HOPE 700 Credit Score Clubs do precisely this — it robs them of their customer.
And we will do this city by city, community by community, person by person — in HOPE Inside by HOPE Inside location. This book is our organization's manifesto, for a movement. A movement, about you and me.
I am inspired, and this is just the beginning. Let's go.
John Hope Bryant is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), and is the only 2010-2012 bestselling business author in America who is also African-American. His newest book, due out June, 2014, is HOW THE POOR CAN SAVE CAPITALISM, and will be published by Berrett Koehler Publishing. Bryant is a Member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans,and co-chair for Project 5117, which is a plan for the rebirth of underserved America.