4 out of 4 stars
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If you would enjoy reading a wholesome story about an enterprising spirit, then Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands by Jorge P. Newbery is the book to include on your reading list. From an adolescent on, Jorge is determined to go into business and pursues opportunities that others have tackled and failed. His optimistic attitude, his ability to focus, and his nerves of steel all combine to offer him a rewarding life.
It is interesting to read about his thoughts on taking chances and going after what he desires. No obstacle is too big to get in his way. It seems that the more challenging a situation is, the more he is attracted to the opportunity. He attributes his persistence to the impact that his father has on his life. There are candid moments scattered throughout the book that he shares with his parents, particularly his father. The writer defines the burn zone as part of a bicycle race that separates the elite from the ordinary. As the title suggests, he doesn't run away from trials but prepares himself the best he can and perseveres during hardships.
The writer's mind never stops shifting gears to navigate his various vocational paths. I appreciate his ability to problem-solve and never give up no matter what circumstances come his way. His determination is inspiring, so I enjoyed the stories of his life on the cycling team. He is sincere in his writing approach and shares photos of his family and his work experiences, which tell even more of his story than his words. He writes about his cycling experiences and real estate endeavors with great feeling. It seems like he is telling me his life story over a cup of coffee. Since the author includes many details, some readers who prefer more of a summary might not appreciate all the specifics.
Some sections are relatively lengthy, and the story would have been more natural to read if the writer broke these chapters down even further. There is only one grammatical error, so the book is edited well. This book is for mature readers because of some cursing. Those who like cycling, real estate dealings or non-fiction memoirs about the power of a strong work-ethic could admire his talent.
I give this story 4 out of 4 stars. The author spells out his formula for success and offers his readers a glimpse into the mind of an entrepreneur. He has the tenacity and discipline of a dedicated athlete who rides through the burn zones in his life.
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