4 out of 4 stars
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Burn Zones is an autobiography of the life experiences of Jorge P. Newbery. He is now a successful entrepreneur who came from nothing. This book shares his personal journey from paper delivery boy to a millionaire. Despite being a high school dropout, his life was good. He took risks and worked endlessly. Life was good until he took one risk too many and lost everything.
Jorge P. Newbery is intrinsically a hard worker. From the young age of seven, he was already building his own business. He began as a paper delivery boy and worked his way through entrepreneurship. He went from paper delivery to an ice cream truck owner, record company owner, up to a real estate investor. An amazing fact to note is that along the way he dropped out of high school. Newbery was driven to be the best at every job he held. He pushed himself personally and professionally.
At nineteen, he took up bike racing. His father had given him a used bike. The Olympics were in his hometown of Los Angeles in 1984, and he was inspired to race. He bought books on the subject and pushed himself until he too was a professional bike racer. It was in this athletic environment that Newbery found his “burn zones”. Those areas where it hurts and you are beyond your limit, but you push anyway. Those “burn zones” are where you grow.
Newbery applied this theory to his business aspirations. He had become a real estate investor, purchasing rental properties. He started small and as his wealth grew so did his purchases. He began acquiring run-down properties that other investors refused to touch. It was risky, but he was successful. The success faltered when a natural disaster hit one of his properties and he lost millions. It was devastating, but once again Newbery turned a loss into a win.
Through it all Newbery found his life’s passion. He now wants to help Americans who suffer under the weight of unaffordable debt. It is humbling to see that he is not a selfish person only concerned with his own success. He has seen how difficult life can be and only wants to use his experience to be helpful.
What I loved most about this book is the fact that it was written with complete humility and honesty. Newbery openly shares his successes and failures. His candor allows anyone to see that success is attainable if persistence and positivity are the forefronts of our thoughts. It would be tempting to hide or minimize the failures and only promote the successes he experienced. Newbery chose to share everything in order to demonstrate that success is tied to effort. This is a story of playing life’s bad hands and overcoming adversity. Not only is this a story of one man’s life but it is also a self-help book for anyone looking to better their life.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because it is professionally edited and easy to read. I found nothing I disliked about this book. Newbery is a very observant person, and this is evident in the book as he fluidly recounts his life experiences. This book will appeal to anyone looking for inspiration from someone who has turned their life into a success story.
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