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Review by Rachel Lea -- The Mindset by Ace Bowers

Posted: 09 May 2019, 18:37
by Rachel Lea
[Following is a volunteer review of "The Mindset" by Ace Bowers.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Ace Bowers’ memoir, The Mindset, is the inspirational, real-life story about how a young man from a rough background who had very little hope for success became, in only five short years, a Silicon Valley millionaire through hard work and perseverance. This memoir is also, as Bowers states, a therapeutic effort for him, as many of the painful stories from his childhood that he relates here he has never told anyone before.

“One of my mom’s favorite songs has always been ‘Simple Man,’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd,” Bowers starts off his book poignantly, “because it encompassed her greatest aspirations for me,” that he would be “satisfied.” But Bowers adds that it would be a long time before this was actually realized in his life.

The youngest of three kids, Bowers bluntly describes himself and his family growing up as “white trash.” His parents could not handle money and were deep in debt. Their oldest son was constantly in and out of jail, further straining his parents’ finances. Cracking under the stress, both of Bowers’ parents ended up turning to alcohol and they fought with each other almost every night. Bowers battled depression at an early age because of his dysfunctional home life and this deep depression continued on into his early adulthood when he finally took the plunge and moved away from his family.

At the age of 22, Ace Bowers had found himself going on a nowhere path in life. He was swimming in credit card debt, was very overweight and smoking heavily, and he was working a job as a janitor at a hotel and earning only $6 an hour. The painful memories of his childhood were ghosts that haunted him ceaselessly. But one day, one simple text changed his life forever: His girlfriend was pregnant. This was the catalyst that hit Bowers roundly upside the head and jumpstarted him to really get a hold of his life, no matter what. He was determined to not give his child the same upbringing that he had.

Bowers divides his short memoir into ten chapters, each chapter covering a different era of his life and a few specific ones devoted to individuals who helped and supported him throughout his journey (including one section dedicated entirely to his girlfriend—now wife—and how much she means to him, which was really sweet). Bowers’ prose itself is mesmerizing and he has an excellent sense of pacing. His rags-to-riches story is very inspirational and, as he states himself, truly encompasses the American Dream. He claims that all of his successes in life stem from his motivation—or in his words, an “overcomer’s mindset.” “Because I refused to settle,” Bowers murmurs in quiet triumph from the pages, “I excelled.”

A powerful truth that really hit home for me while reading this memoir was how that even though bad experiences are obviously painful, we learn important lessons from them. They make us who we are. In fact, many times, these bad experiences make us better people than we would have been if we had never gone through them—if we allow ourselves to let the experiences teach us and not instead become embittered by them. As Bowers puts it, “Nothing is ever a waste of time if you learn something from it.” He advises the reader to make their past work for them and not against them.

Overall, I rate The Mindset 3 out of 4 stars. I really wanted to give it four stars, but there were several grammar errors throughout the book that made me bump the rating down a bit. Ace Bowers—the former janitor now turned millionaire—tells an incredible story, and it's even more incredible because it’s true. I would recommend The Mindset to anyone interested in very real, human stories of people rising above their circumstances despite the odds. This little book is a gem.

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Re: Review by Rachel Lea -- The Mindset by Ace Bowers

Posted: 23 May 2019, 04:27
by Jgideon
A memoir that shows that all goals are achievable when one is determined to keep going, and to make the change they want in life. Such an inspiration. I enjoyed reading your review.

Re: Review by Rachel Lea -- The Mindset by Ace Bowers

Posted: 23 May 2019, 06:23
by Rachel Lea
Jgideon wrote:
23 May 2019, 04:27
A memoir that shows that all goals are achievable when one is determined to keep going, and to make the change they want in life. Such an inspiration. I enjoyed reading your review.
I really loved this book! Thank you so much, Jgideon!

Re: Review by Rachel Lea -- The Mindset by Ace Bowers

Posted: 23 May 2019, 09:04
by Artizi
It sounds like an inspirational book! Stories of thriving against the odds are always a good read if well written.

Thanks for the insightful review!

If you wouldn't mind checking out my latest review, I'd really appreciate it!

Re: Review by Rachel Lea -- The Mindset by Ace Bowers

Posted: 23 May 2019, 19:32
by Rachel Lea
Artizi wrote:
23 May 2019, 09:04
It sounds like an inspirational book! Stories of thriving against the odds are always a good read if well written.

Thanks for the insightful review!

If you wouldn't mind checking out my latest review, I'd really appreciate it!
Thank you so much! :)

Re: Review by Rachel Lea -- The Mindset by Ace Bowers

Posted: 24 May 2019, 11:18
by kdstrack
I love this story! His determination to overcome his past and not let himself become bitter is truly inspiring. The chapter about his wife also melts my heart. Thanks for this wonderful recommendation!

Re: Review by Rachel Lea -- The Mindset by Ace Bowers

Posted: 24 May 2019, 13:55
by Rachel Lea
kdstrack wrote:
24 May 2019, 11:18
I love this story! His determination to overcome his past and not let himself become bitter is truly inspiring. The chapter about his wife also melts my heart. Thanks for this wonderful recommendation!
It's a really great book! Thank you so much! :D

Re: Review by Rachel Lea -- The Mindset by Ace Bowers

Posted: 25 May 2019, 00:51
by maggi3
"Nothing is ever a waste of time if you learn something from it" is such a wonderful quote. The grammatical errors are unfortunate, but it sounds like this story is worth looking past them for. Thanks for the review!

Re: Review by Rachel Lea -- The Mindset by Ace Bowers

Posted: 25 May 2019, 06:21
by Rachel Lea
maggi3 wrote:
25 May 2019, 00:51
"Nothing is ever a waste of time if you learn something from it" is such a wonderful quote. The grammatical errors are unfortunate, but it sounds like this story is worth looking past them for. Thanks for the review!
That quote really stuck with me as well. Thank you, maggi3! :)

Re: Review by Rachel Lea -- The Mindset by Ace Bowers

Posted: 25 May 2019, 07:40
by Letora
This sounds like an amazing read. Despite the errors, I would give this one a try! Thank you for reviewing!

Re: Review by Rachel Lea -- The Mindset by Ace Bowers

Posted: 25 May 2019, 17:02
by Bluebird03
This does sound like an excellent story with valuable lessons, in spite of the errors. I love that he thanked his wife and developed such an inspirational attitude. Thank you for an excellent review, Rachel! This truly does sound like a gem!

Re: Review by Rachel Lea -- The Mindset by Ace Bowers

Posted: 26 May 2019, 04:44
by Rachel Lea
Letora wrote:
25 May 2019, 07:40
This sounds like an amazing read. Despite the errors, I would give this one a try! Thank you for reviewing!
Thank you, Letora!

Re: Review by Rachel Lea -- The Mindset by Ace Bowers

Posted: 26 May 2019, 04:45
by Rachel Lea
Bluebird03 wrote:
25 May 2019, 17:02
This does sound like an excellent story with valuable lessons, in spite of the errors. I love that he thanked his wife and developed such an inspirational attitude. Thank you for an excellent review, Rachel! This truly does sound like a gem!
Thank you so much!!

Re: Review by Rachel Lea -- The Mindset by Ace Bowers

Posted: 26 May 2019, 14:55
by Stephanie Elizabeth
This sounds like such an inspirational book. Thanks for the lovely review!

Re: Review by Rachel Lea -- The Mindset by Ace Bowers

Posted: 26 May 2019, 17:43
by Rachel Lea
Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
26 May 2019, 14:55
This sounds like such an inspirational book. Thanks for the lovely review!
Thank you, Stephanie!