3 out of 4 stars
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Our childhood experiences often have a huge impact on our adult life, and even on our children's lives later on.The Mindset by Ace Bowers is a memoir which shows how the author's awful childhood experiences engineered his success and shaped his children's lives.
Having been born of and raised by parents who were drug addicts, Ace experienced the worst as a child. He had to witness his parents smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol, not to mention the domestic violence which had to occur every night.He started developing depression at a tender age. His self-esteem was lowered and he felt unwanted. They turned out to be poor because his parents mismanaged funds, most of which were channeled to be used to purchase drugs.To make matters worse, his brother was involved in criminal activities and was in and out of jail more often than not.
Having finished highschool, Ace struggled with life. He got employed as a janitor with a minimum wage of $6 USD per hour.He later fell in love with a lady roommate and got her pregnant. The pregnancy announcement marked the turning point of his life.
Having read the book, I feel like I've found myself and I'm ready to realize my full potential!The book is both emotional and motivational. The author insists that our success depends on our mindset, and I agree with him. Since I can relate to some of the author's childhood experiences, I found the book quite relatable and I felt like the author had me in mind.The book is all about self-motivation and changing one's mindset, though there are some elements of family relations and conflicts.
The book was well edited, I didn't find even a single error. The language used was very simple and straight forward, the kind that even a teenager can comprehend. The themes and experiences were relatable, and how the author overcame them was motivational. Those are some of the things I liked most about the book.
Although the book was flawless, I was somehow disappointed. I expected an explicit explanation on how the author turned his life around from a janitor to a billionaire in five years, not the usual narratives of a mindset and self-motivation. I expected a step by step instructions and explanations on how to be a billionaire in five years, which were to include the businesses to get involved in. So, the bottom line is that the book consisted of what I would call "obvious" ideas. Nothing new.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I've decided to take out one star because I didn't find new ideas in the book. If you're looking for a book to guide you on how to be rich in five years, then this shouldn't be your pick, you'll be greatly disappointed. But if you want self-motivation, if your aim is to turn your life around and find yourself, then this will work for you.
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