4 out of 4 stars
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Burn Zones: Playing Life’s Bad Hands by Jorge P. Newbery is an inspirational autobiography/memoir of Jorge’s life journey starting as a newspaper delivery boy and ending as a successful real-estate mogul and the CEO of American Homeowner Preservation (AHP).
We are given a simple, honest and emotional outlook at the author’s life and his experiences. The book tells us that life is full of setbacks, and only those who will overcome their “burn zones” (short periods in life that require extraordinary effort) will come out successful. Burn zones are important events in the author’s life. These events may be negative, but collectively they define who he is.
The book focuses on Jorge (the author), who rose to the top through hard work and determination, only to lose everything he gained later in life. Jorge’s inspiring journey begins with his first job delivering newspapers and goes on as he opens an ice-cream shop, a record company, becomes a cyclist and then moves on to real estate, telling about the challenges he faced along the way.
Jorge P. Newbery is a successful entrepreneur, distressed debt and real-estate investor. He turned around the most troubled housing compounds in urban districts and assembled a portfolio of 4,000 apartments across the US between 1992 and 2005. He had a business mind from an early age and how he worked to achieve his objectives and went through the hardships in life shows his determination. Jorge also worked with his community to decrease the crime rates, provide employment to over 200 African American men and create a peaceful climate in Woodland Meadows.
The pictures are one of the best parts of the book. The articles and photos made the book more impressive. The author tells his fascinating and uplifting story in such a way that it binds the reader to the book. Just knowing that it is a real-life story, and curiosity over what happens next and how does he deal with it is too much. I loved how his parents supported him through every step of his life. Dropping out of college is such a taboo, and they supported him in this too.
The pacing was very good, neither too fast nor too slow. The writing and editing were flawless. It was fascinating and compelling, different from some of the memoirs I have read. It will be an excellent choice if someone wants motivational books, especially related to business/real estate. It can be helpful to people going through hurdles in life and are feeling beaten down by it. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I didn’t notice any mistakes, so the book is well-edited.
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