4 out of 4 stars
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Jorge Newberry shares his story, providing lessons that he has learned over the years in his book Burn Zones: Playing Life’s Bad Hands. Through his life, Jorge Newberry demonstrates a need to face challenges as he explores how he can make a marked difference on the world. Once he masters a goal, his drive pushes him to fully explore something different. Both successes and hardships mold him into an inspirational figure from whom others can learn.
An entrepreneurial spirit has guided Jorge throughout his life; the book has anecdotes about his drive, beginning at age seven. In his narrative, he goes over the various professional and personal experiences he has had. This ranges from being a paperboy as a child to starting a record label as a teenager. In early adult years, his exploration went from bicycle racing to real estate. Jorge seems passionate about every endeavor he explores; he tells his audience how each activity has helped him grow. Of course, not everything goes well and there is more possible to learn from the hardships than the successes. It is much more difficult to find things to improve when things always go your way.
Each anecdote provides at least one lesson for the engaged reader. The book is well-written and the narrative is engaging. It is inspirational to read the story of a real person who is constantly striving to improve. There is something about professional development, personal outlook, and risk-taking endeavors within the anecdotes; this allows a wide-ranging audience to gain something from this book.
Jorge’s personal story provides snippets of historical periods. It brushes upon the punk counterculture and, although it would sidetrack from the message of this book, made me interested in learning more. For me, there were no glaring faults in Burn Zones. It flows well and has limited mechanical errors. Above all else, its authenticity is evident: the author clearly lives behind these words. He has taken each experience to heart and actively wants to help others through his story.
Overall, I give Burn Zones four out of four stars. It is a fascinating tale of achievement and one man’s methods for overcoming personal struggles. The autobiography is a book for readers that like self-help and motivational books. Jorge Newberry can teach an open audience many things. I would recommend it to those searching for inspiration to lead a fulfilling life, though it is something to avoid if your preferred reading provides fantastical escapes from reality.
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