4 out of 4 stars
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An absolute page-turner. Jorge P. Newbery’s writing takes you to 1973 where his seven-year-old self has this absolute need to be an entrepreneur. Starting out as a paper delivery boy, going on to selling ice cream, making purchasing decisions at the age of 11 and getting experience in the restaurant and catering business as a busboy. All before the age of 13.
With his love for music, talent on a bicycle and mind for business he went from stride to stride. From introducing his own record label, with punk rock band members scattered across his parents living room floor to entering (and winning) multiple international bicycle races, one of which was the qualifying rounds for the 1988 Olympic games. Finally finding his niche in the property market. Newbery has done it all. And he has lost it all.
Owning multiple properties, and making a success of turning once slum ridden areas into flowering centers where the people can thrive, Newbery sees the best in people and believes that people treat you the way you treat them. He helped developed communities, taking the youth, destined to fall under the pressures of drug use and helping them to get educated and getting employment. He is ever looking for new, and more challenging ventures and this is where Newbery took on one too many projects. This specific one leading to his complete downfall, bordering on bankruptcy.
Burn zones – Playing life’s bad hands is written in such a manner that the reader can relate, learn and overcome similar obstacles. It is all about, well, “Life’s bad hands”. Newbery is the epitome of how to pick yourself back up when life throws you down. Being a very shy person, and how he calls himself a loner, he did not just overcome internal battles connecting with people but it is inspiring how Newbery went from losing everything, yet to come out the other end realising the importance of relationships, family, people, and making a success from just being happy.
I give this book 4 out of 4 stars. It is incredibly well-edited and there is nothing that I disliked about the book. The writing is so enticing and easily readable. Readers can expect to put some special time aside for reading. This is definitely a book for young and old alike. Audiences who like to hear about success stories, people needing some motivation and some who just like to read autobiographies. This one is for you.
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