4 out of 4 stars
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Burn Zones by Jorge P. Newbery is an inspirational book about a hard-working, natural-born entrepreneur, Jorge P. Newbery; outlining his incredible rise to tremendous success, downfall, and eventual comeback.
Being a bicycle racer, he defines burn zones as short periods of extraordinary effort that separate the winners from the losers. He was of the philosophy that life has several burn zones and in order to succeed, one needs to prepare for, persevere through and overcome those burn zones.
He demonstrated his ability and desire to work hard and succeed at an early age of seven when he got his first job as a paperboy. His entrepreneurial capabilities showed up in his first business venture selling ice cream. A 16 year old high school dropout, he started his own record company, then pursued bicycle racing professionally, and eventually went on to become a real estate mogul who purchased troubled buildings and transformed them into assets, amassing over 4,000 units and having a net worth in millions.
However, one natural disaster, an ice storm in particular, at woodland meadows changed everything and turned his life upside down, efforts to save it resulted in him losing everything and plunging into at least $26 million dollars worth of debt. This book tells of struggles, betrayal and injustice, all of which are prevalent in the world. Most people can relate to the events depicted in this book and draw several life lessons from it, one of those being that you can achieve anything you set your mind to and work hard for. It is indeed a very good read.
I'm rating this book 4 out of 4 because I absolutely loved it. It is very inspirational and motivational. It provides a push for anyone who is trying to achieve things that everyone says are impossible, or that you are not good enough. This book is also suitable for readers in all age groups, except perhaps children, because it does not contain any inappropriate scenes or excessive profanity. I only noted two instances of boarder line profanity. In addition, it is professionally edited as it does not contain grammar errors and is well formatted.
I would recommended this book to anyone in search of inspiration, anyone who is going through a tough time in their life and doesn't believe that things will get better, and anyone who thinks that they are too young or too old to go after their dreams. Fans of non-fiction and drama would also enjoy this book.
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