4 out of 4 stars
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The tagline “Journey from Janitor to Silicon Valley Millionaire in five years” on the cover might mislead the book as a self-help guide on how to be rich or something like that. However, the book is an inspiring story of the author about his troubled youth and unconventional path to success, leading to a Millionaire in just five years!
The Mindset by Ace Bowers is a motivational memoir highlighting his transformation from janitor to millionaire. The book illustrates how a positive attitude could cultivate a makeover in our social and economic life in a long time.
This story accounts for the life of Bower, the author of this memoir. The book narrated a story about a child, who cleaned a motel for $6 an hour, and later, he groomed luxurious life as a millionaire in adulthood. He was shined like a gem from grass to grace. Bowers was the youngest child among the three. His sister had moved out for college studies, while his brother, surrounded by criminal offenses. Therefore, for the most time, Bowers was always home with his parents. The weaker financial management by his parents had led to the burden of running a house. He lived in trauma and suffocated in a timid financial condition. The frequent domestic violence influenced his mental well-being that had affected his studies. Depression and cigar addictions put him in debt and obese. Bower also tries to hide his identity as a poor from the friends. Later, he learned from his father about the psychological condition of his mother. He then understood why his father tolerated her from an early age. The revelation from the confession then changes Bowers' attitude towards his parents. He happened to choose a wise path and moved to the brightened side of life.
I found the book is well-organized and professionally edited. The right-justified format of the pages turned neat and clean. Overall, the flow and aesthetic appeal make the reading pleasing. I did encounter some minor errors in the book that were not so critical in grammatical norms to dither the reading intently. What I liked most about the book is the crispy and concise content. The artistically crafted chapters in the story present many sympathetic elements. They illustrate several facts about the life of the author. The book is to the point and without unnecessary fancy jargon. This approach made the memoir stand different from any fictional book. Considering the overall merits of the book, I could not think to rate anything less. So I rate this book a 4 out of 4 stars.
What I liked most about the book is the calm tone the author used throughout his narrations.
The story reveals shocking and heart-shattering, painful scenes of childhood days, such as his living in a poor, addicted, and quarreling family. The only thing I disliked about the book that it had a lesser number of pages. I felt the memoir had highlighted limited phases of the author’s childhood life. Maybe this is what the scope Bowers might have decided for the book. However, I am sure he must have much more experience, personally in finance, family bonds, emotional battles, and the lessons he learned. I wish he could have shared with the readers.
The core narration surrounds the author's life in his twenties. The story of this age segment could attract teens and appeal to young adults. Even mature readers would find profound wisdom in the majority of part of the book. I recommend this autobiography to young adults who can learn from motivational stories. This book would also be valuable tips to guardians who care about nurturing their wards. This book is not for audiences who prefer fictional stories as against memoirs of great personalities.
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