4 out of 4 stars
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In this nonfictional story about success and triumphing adversities, Jorge P. Newbery takes you along with him to a journey many would not surmount. Energetic and relentless in his endeavors, he began working at the age of seven, garnering work experiences such as delivering newspaper, selling ice-cream, becoming a bicycle store clerk and as he grew, opened a record label, became a bike racer and venturing into real estate, becoming a loan officer, owning rental properties and finally creating American Homeowner Preservation. Most of these achievements, you would later find were not without their individual difficulties. The most of these challenges was buying an apartment complex that threatened to leave him destitute and that dug him deep into the pit hole of debt. Burn Zones: Playing Life’s Bad Hands, as he titled the book, was Newbery taking on life’s challenges regardless of his readiness. He finds tackling and overcoming problems thrilling, so much so that he purchased the complex, ignoring the pending warning of doom. Lo and behold, this one drastic move cost him his lifelong fortune and thereby needing insight to dig himself out the debt hole.
The book consists of ten chapters, six of which are divided into subchapters to further breakdown different aspect and route he took to becoming successful, losing it all and rebuilding from scratch. The author’s achievements were chronologically narrated, along with picture inserts thus making it an engaging easy read.
What I loved most about the narrative was that it had the glaring message of never relenting on one’s dreams; and that the journey to the top requires starting from the bottom. Despite being a high school dropout, I admired the author’s zeal to seek knowledge on any material he was not familiar with or that needed further clarity. I did not dislike anything about this book, it was well written.
There were barely any typo, spelling or grammatical errors. I was only able to spot one, which was insignificant and did not detract from the story. Additionally, minimal profane words were used, two of which are reference to the title of a song. I rate Burn Zones: Playing Life’s Bad Hands by Jorge P. Newbery a 4 out of 4 stars because it was professionally edited and also he did a beautiful job recounting his life. One of the many morals of the story is to know when to quit without being overly optimistic.
To those seeking inspiration as they journey through becoming entrepreneurs, those who fell off the success ladder, teenagers and young adults creating their path in life, I do recommend this book. Religious and non-religious people can read this book.
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