4 out of 4 stars
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An inspirational memoir about one man's determination for more, and the dedication to achieve every goal he would envision for himself. The book's title is a play on words from the writer's time in the professional biking circuit in pursuit of an Olympic dream and then used to describe significant moments throughout his life. I admired the young work ethic expressed in this memoir, which even continued as I read through to the times of adulthood when writer, Jorge Newbery refers to himself as becoming “hero to zero.”
I enjoyed reading about his childhood experiences as a growing entrepreneur and found his time as a “record mogul” very intriguing and appreciated the many references about his family and their involvement and encouragement. Throughout the book, various business ventures from childhood, through his youth, and into adulthood remain ever-changing as is the era’s in which his experiences took place and his references to pivotal moments in history that not just affected him, but his family. Some of the more significant struggles are those associated with his time in real estate investing that seemed to offer him both the highest of high’s and the lowest of low’s.
There are honest reflections from the problematic periods expressed affecting him professionally, financially, mentally, and emotionally following difficult business decisions resulting in both financial losses and criminal charges. Remaining strong while using the same determination present throughout his life, Jorge Newbery persevered toward new goals and challenges both professionally as well as personally. The book is a reflection of growth with the mentions of family and relationships, reflecting a more vulnerable side.
A quote from Nelson Mandela said to have been influential during a rough period of his life, and I also think it represents the feeling and emotions depicted in the story: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” Jorge Newbery then shares his "ravenous desire to rebuild himself, taking what he had learned and to put his struggles and failures to productive use,” which he certainly did. His memoir is an excellent testament to his life's strengths and trials with unfaltering determination during those burn zones.
I would rate Burn Zones: Playing Life's Bad Hands 4 out of 4 stars because I feel it has a strong inspirational message, especially to entrepreneurs. Still, there is only a small portion of the book devoted to the athletics in which the title is derived from. I enjoyed the book, mostly towards the beginning because the end dealt with a lot of negative aspects that contributed from bad business dealings that engulfed the memoir and pulled from the positive messages shared in the first half. Another praise for this book is that it seems to have been professionally edited and published. Today, Jorge P. Newbery remains an entrepreneur, endurance athlete, and author.
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