4 out of 4 stars
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Burn zones by Jorge P. Newbery is a book about the author's journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur by overcoming various obstacles during his life, which are described as "burn zones" in the introduction of the book. The book starts with Jorge's childhood. He started working at 7 years old as a newspaper delivery boy, then began climbing from there: Ice cream seller, busboy, bike racer, real estate buyer and finally CEO of AHP (American Homeowner Preservation).
The main character is shy and introverted, but his talent for doing business becomes immediately apparent at the beginning of the book. Jorge is a workaholic and his hard-working attitude is motivated by his passion to become successful without stomping on other people. He likes challenging himself to try and push his limits. Once he overcomes a challenge, he moves onto the next one. He is a risk-taker which leads to some bad decisions further into the book. Everyone makes mistakes, but few try to learn from them. He does his best to turn a mistake or bad decision into a lesson.
What I liked most about this book is how realistically it portrays America in the past. Like how punk people used to have issues with the police and how racist some people could be, even towards honest working individuals. The author does not sugarcoat that part of American history and tells it in a respectful manner. The book makes you realize that, by the end of the day, even the wealthiest are just humans and aren't invincible to tragedies.
There isn't anything to dislike about the book. Chapters are short, easy to read and the reader is spared the boring/mundane details about owning a business. The book is short and isn't a "how to get rich" guide, more like a personal story about becoming successful from the perspective of a person who has a passion for business. Small decision matter and hard work is required to succeed.
This book easily earns a 4 out of 4. It is professionally edited and I didn't notice any typos or mistakes whatsoever. People who like business-related books will love this one as well but for fantasy/fiction lovers it may feel a bit stale after the first half and towards the end.
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