Official Review: Bet On Yourself by Vernard L Hodges

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Official Review: Bet On Yourself by Vernard L Hodges

Post by Yolimari » 10 Apr 2018, 13:08

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Bet On Yourself" by Vernard L Hodges.]
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Dr. Vernard L. Hodges grew up in rural Georgia in a trailer park located in a poor neighborhood. Most of his friends did not attend college, sold drugs, went to jail, or were killed. Even though he learned how to be street-smart during his childhood, he always wanted a different kind of life. In Bet On Yourself: From Zero to Millions, Dr. Hodges accounts how he went from picking peaches for cents to attending a prestigious veterinary school, owning veterinary practices and hospitals, and becoming a successful real estate entrepreneur.

Bet On Yourself: From Zero to Millions is a motivational and business memoir consisting of 196 pages. The book is divided in two parts. Part I focuses on Dr. Hodges' life as an African-American growing up in a poor neighborhood and overcoming obstacles to achieve a better life. He narrates how he hung out with the wrong crowd at the Trap (where his friends sold drugs), carved himself a different path, went to college and a prestigious veterinary school, and started his own veterinary practice. Part II is about how Dr. Hodges built a real estate empire with his BRRRR method, which means Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, and Repeat. He also offers advice about business, real estate, giving back to the community, and life.

Dr. Hodges' writing tone is uplifting and pragmatic from the very beginning of the book. He affirms: "Refuse to be a victim of your surroundings. Get up every time life knocks you down. Never quit, despite how hard life gets. If you're going to do well in life, bet on yourself, because if you don’t, then who will?" I liked that he kept this motivational and down-to-earth approach throughout the whole book. I also appreciated that his writing style is easy for the layperson to understand.

One of the main reasons Dr. Hodges wrote this book was because he wants to serve as an example of success to his son and other African-Americans. He explains that African-Americans lack male role models in their neighborhoods. Another important reason for writing about his life and success was because he rightly argues that schools do not teach children about managing money. I believe that Dr. Hodges accomplished his goals concerning writing this book. His life indeed serves as a role model for African-Americans of thriving despite adversity. In addition, the book gives useful advice on real estate and managing personal and business finances.

Without a doubt, I rate Bet On Yourself: From Zero to Millions by Dr. Vernard L. Hodges 4 out of 4 stars. I chose to read this book because I wanted to read the author's advice on real estate since that is an interest of mine and my husband. However, I got so much more from this story. Dr. Hodges is a role model for African-Americans and other minorities. He demonstrates that people can attain success despite growing up in underprivileged communities. I cannot think of something negative about this book. I only found two typos and one grammatical error. I recommend this book to African-Americans, minorities, and those who would like to learn about real estate and managing finances.

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Post by kandscreeley » 12 Apr 2018, 07:15

This definitely sounds like a very motivating book. It's amazing when someone can pick themselves up from a life like that and "carve" their own way. Thanks for the review!
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Post by kfwilson6 » 12 Apr 2018, 08:29

I have heard that people like Dr. Hodges who find successful after living an impoverished childhood, typically leave that childhood far behind and never go back to their communities to help other's advance. So the cycle of poverty in those communities continues because the ones who find success, abandon their past. I can't say that I blame them because that takes a lot of hard work and they don't want to be reminded of a past that was not satisfying but Dr. Hodges seems like the kind of man who would never forget where he came from. He sounds like the type of man who would do what he could to uplift his childhood community as a whole and provide opportunities where he could for those still there. It's great that he wants to be a role model for others and I hope that he has found more ways to do that than just writing this book.

Having grown up in a typical, middle-class community I would agree with the doc. Schools do not teach money management. I have always thought there needs to be a class on basic life skills: how to apply for a mortgage, how to create and manage a budget, what you need to know about interest rates, etc...

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Post by Eileen R » 12 Apr 2018, 08:44

I love reading about success stories. They always motivate me to do better regardless of the situation. I loved the review. Thanks

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Post by Libs_Books » 12 Apr 2018, 10:01

This sounds like a really inspiring book, and the author's motives are really honourable. I'm glad you got a lot out of it, but I'm not a huge fan of autobiography, so I don't think this one's for me.

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Post by cpru68 » 12 Apr 2018, 15:45

Wow! This one sounds like a great book on that his story is a true rags to riches. It is so rewarding to read a book such as this to open up our view of the world. Generally, you won’t see this type of story on the news, so this is why we need books! Inspirational stories are so good for the spirit to help us all be a bit more positive. I enjoyed your review and this one is going on my want to read shelf. Thank you!
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Post by stacie k » 12 Apr 2018, 16:51

I like motivational and uplifting books! I'm glad Dr. Hodges employed a writing style that is easily understood. Even though I'm not particularly interested in real estate or the industry of financial management, I feel confident that I could learn from Dr. Hodges' book. Thanks for a great review!
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Post by Yolimari » 13 Apr 2018, 03:49

kandscreeley wrote:
12 Apr 2018, 07:15
This definitely sounds like a very motivating book. It's amazing when someone can pick themselves up from a life like that and "carve" their own way. Thanks for the review!

I was amazed by how he hung out all of his childhood and teen years with the wrong crowd but never succumbed to the temptation of easy money (example: selling drugs). He is even still friends with some of the men who ended up in jail and helps them. I think he is an amazing person. Thanks for reading and commenting!
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Post by Mercy Bolo » 13 Apr 2018, 05:59

This goes on to show that determination and hard work will open doors for anyone who's willing to make an effort. This is such an inspirational story.
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Post by Yolimari » 13 Apr 2018, 08:19

kfwilson6 wrote:
12 Apr 2018, 08:29
I have heard that people like Dr. Hodges who find successful after living an impoverished childhood, typically leave that childhood far behind and never go back to their communities to help other's advance. So the cycle of poverty in those communities continues because the ones who find success, abandon their past. I can't say that I blame them because that takes a lot of hard work and they don't want to be reminded of a past that was not satisfying but Dr. Hodges seems like the kind of man who would never forget where he came from. He sounds like the type of man who would do what he could to uplift his childhood community as a whole and provide opportunities where he could for those still there. It's great that he wants to be a role model for others and I hope that he has found more ways to do that than just writing this book.

Having grown up in a typical, middle-class community I would agree with the doc. Schools do not teach money management. I have always thought there needs to be a class on basic life skills: how to apply for a mortgage, how to create and manage a budget, what you need to know about interest rates, etc...
Dr. Hodges gives back a lot to his community. He has a foundation, is a member of a church, and helps people. For example, he sends money to a friend from his past who is in jail.

I agree that schools should teach managing finances and basic life skills. Thanks for reading and commenting!
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Post by crediblereading2 » 13 Apr 2018, 15:34

Dr. Hodges has shown the world that with determination, focus, and ambition, anyone will attain their goals.

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Post by Yolimari » 14 Apr 2018, 10:47

Eileen R wrote:
12 Apr 2018, 08:44
I love reading about success stories. They always motivate me to do better regardless of the situation. I loved the review. Thanks
I love reading them too because they are uplifting. Thanks for your kind words, reading, and commenting!
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Post by Yolimari » 14 Apr 2018, 10:55

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Libs_Books wrote:
12 Apr 2018, 10:01
This sounds like a really inspiring book, and the author's motives are really honourable. I'm glad you got a lot out of it, but I'm not a huge fan of autobiography, so I don't think this one's for me.
Yes, it is inspiring and the author had valuable motives to write the book. Thanks for reading and commenting!
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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 15 Apr 2018, 00:15

Veteran topics is not my thing but I like how he uplifted his life and work he worked hard in his life to walk out of his past. A truly a inspirational tale for all of us if we want to change our destiny and life. Thank you for sharing this book through your review!
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Post by Yolimari » 15 Apr 2018, 04:16

cpru68 wrote:
12 Apr 2018, 15:45
Wow! This one sounds like a great book on that his story is a true rags to riches. It is so rewarding to read a book such as this to open up our view of the world. Generally, you won’t see this type of story on the news, so this is why we need books! Inspirational stories are so good for the spirit to help us all be a bit more positive. I enjoyed your review and this one is going on my want to read shelf. Thank you!
I completely agree with you. The news are so negative and fail to show inspirational and positive stories like this one. Thanks for reading and commenting!
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