4 out of 4 stars
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Jorge P. Newbery is a phenomenal writer. He has authored several books, including his memoir Burn Zones: Playing Life’s Bad Hands . In his memoir, Jorge tells of his life as a very successful entrepreneur. Starting at the age of seven, Jorge would obtain his own paper route. By the time he was a teenager with his own record company, he’d already had his own ice-cream trike and had been a busboy.
Jorge was a high school dropout but always relied on his life’s lessons to succeed at the next venture. When he was racing bicycles, he considered these intense moments of struggle his burn zones. These were times when he was not the only one to struggle but would be the one to overcome and come out ahead of the pack. Jorge became a loan originator which introduced him to one of his great accomplishments of being a real-estate mogul. However, real estate would put him into $26 million dollars in debt. Getting out of that debt would be the greatest burn zone he’d ever face and overcome. Now, he successfully runs a company dedicated to helping others get out of their own debt.
This book is an easy read and candid. Jorge has a good sense of humor and remains positive throughout most of his tribulations. All the more when he found himself down or feeling a failure, he recognized what would be his defining characteristic. Jorge stated, “as is common in life, I learned a lot more from my losses than my success, but I enjoyed my time on the podium far more than my time in the middle of the pack.” A person would have to be optimistic to overcome and accomplish what he has. Jorge is very driven and very generous.
Most of Jorge’s ventures have been in the pursuit of helping others. His humanity is what I liked the best about this memoir. He did not give up on people he cared about and believed in when things got challenging. Even when he did not receive any help from others. There wasn’t anything about this book that I disliked.
The words of inspiration written by Jorge are humble and intriguing. Even with all his successes, he remembers where he came from and appreciates his experiences. This book is brilliantly written and professionally edited. I only recognized one error where a word was missing. It is such an exceptional book and written so many from all walks of life could understand and take away the values discovered in the pages. I rate this book 4 out of 4 because of these fine points.
There isn’t a single person that couldn’t relate to this book in some way. It would appeal to any person that has struggled with their own mountains to climb. It would especially appeal to a person finding themselves in a struggle they don’t feel they can overcome. Jorge proved repeatedly there isn’t a burn zone he couldn’t overcome. He subsequently shared his experiences so others could learn from his accomplishments and trials.
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