4 out of 4 stars
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Burn Zones: Playing at Life’s Bad Hands is a non-fictional autobiography written by Jorge P. Newbery. The concept of the book is as unique and motivating as Jorge’s personality itself. Living the whole life by his rules and his parent’s teachings, Jorge was a man of his words, highly motivating, confident, inspirational, enthusiastic, hard-working, determined, purposeful, focused, risky, impulsive, insistent and strong-willed. He never allowed himself any excuse to lose over life, always striving for a happy ending. He made amazing use of his skills as a real estate mogul and earned a great deal, therefore.
When he was 7, he started selling papers over his cycle. At 11, he started selling ice creams. At 13, he worked as a bus conductor while continuing his studies. At 15, he left school and started a recording business. At 19, he found his life in bike racing and at 29, settled himself as successful real estate mogul. Life was always competitive and challenging for Newbery but he would always overcome these challenges with his dedication and diligence until an epic and stoic ice storm hit the apartment complex he was building namely Woodland meadows. The foundation of Newbery’s unfathomable confidence and motivation crumbled down with the closing of Woodland Meadows leaving him in a hopeless state with millions and millions of dollars in debt. Newbery accepted defeat but he never lost the dedication to take his life back to the same track.
As a former bike racer, the author considers temporary but intense spasms of hard times as Burn Zones. He also believes that surviving each Burn zone pushes you next level in the race of life as in a bike race and eventually you will win the day. Newbery conveys this motivation amazingly well through this book. The author also adds an essence of discrimination between races following aimless murders, cruelty, injustice and foul games played by the authorities of those times. The fact that bothers me a bit is that Newbery strictly despised the idea of discrimination and crimes related to it but he let the topic flow so smoothly, without making any hard impact on readers.
The author is great at painting vivid images of not only eras and locations but delivers hundreds of emotions only through his words which is the most appealing aspect of the novel. Though the content of the book is 85% of Newbery’s professional life, the 15% is a glimpse of his personal life such as his relationship with his parents, his marriage and the death of his father. Moreover, the little insights into his life throughout the novel makes it easily readable by any person of any age group.
If you’re Seven and thinking you are young enough to waste your time, If you’re Eleven and thinking you are immature with dealing people, If you’re Thirteen and thinking you are incapable to cope up with your studies and work, If you’re Fifteen and do not have enough courage to take risks, If you’re 19 and still not sure about your ambition, If you’re 23 and still haven’t pursued your dream, If you’re 24 and not able to have a fruitful job, If you’re 26 and still not experienced enough, If you’re 29 and still living with your parents, If you’re 39 and lost all your earning, hopes and find no reason to live, If you’re 46 and still not happily married and successful. Don’t lose hope and refer to this book as the best motivation.
Lastly, The book is exceptionally engaging, motivating and is well-written without any typo mistakes. Thus, I rate Burn Zones: Playing Hard at Life’s Bad Hands 4 out of 4 stars.
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