4 out of 4 stars
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Burn Zones is the autobiography of Jorge P. Newbery. A hardworking and successful entrepreneur, he achieved a lot of success and wealth early on in life. When he went to put his abilities, money and hard work to the service of helping the poorer, more disadvantaged members of society he had his first failure after a storm damaged his property and was used against him by those who did not support him.
Burn Zones is a phrase taken from professional bike riding, that refers to the times one must put all one's strength and effort into something to overcome hardships and reach one's goals. Jorge Newbery uses it to refer to the hard times we go through in life, where we struggle, and this is different for each person. At times we struggle with oppression, but a sick person may struggle just to walk.
What I enjoyed about the book was that it was an honest and sincere account of a hard-working, honest and conscientious man who had been successful throughout his life. It was unfortunate that he was not able to achieve his goal of helping the community, but there did seem to be positive aspects to that.
The book was also well written, and appeared professionally edited and was organised beginning from his life as a child and his earlier successes so that we can follow him throughout life. He also lists his skills and tells readers exactly how he achieved his successes, which is useful for those hoping to follow him.
What was more negative about the book was probably the major focus on this set back as a failure, when it is an experience to be learned from and from it perhaps there were other opportunities. Also had he related the experience of bike riding to the story more it would have been more interesting.
I gave the book 4 out of 4 stars because it was well written and edited as well as a very useful and influential book to read. There was no reason to give out less than that.
It would most likely interest people interested in biography and autobiography, as well as those looking for self-help books about how to be successful and people who want to know how to be a successful entrepreneur.
I guess the book may not appeal to people who have been affected by their own failures and bankruptcy and may be emotionally affected by reading about another person's setbacks.
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