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This debut memoir presents a
modern-day, rags-to-riches story that articulates the concepts employed by the
author to overcome his personal demons.

Bowers, “a boy born into blue-collar
beginnings,” progressed “from a secondhand start” and a “lackluster adulthood”
to being a millionaire by the age of 28. His early years were fraught with
anxiety over his parents’ constant fights and poverty: “Our lives consisted of
hand-me-downs, handouts, and empty pockets; we lived a paycheck-to-paycheck
lifestyle.” In elementary school, as he saw how his friends’ families lived (he
was raised in upscale communities), he began building “walls” to protect
himself “from ridicule and embarrassment.” Adding to the family’s tribulations
was his older brother, Billy, who was constantly in jail for a variety of
crimes. High school provided the author with a period of stability: “I was one
of the popular kids, liked by almost everyone.” He had a girlfriend, played on
the school’s baseball team, and worked as a bus boy at night for some
much-needed money. But with his friends off to college and no clear goals,
Bowers crashed after high school. While working as a janitor in a motel, he met
Yuka and fell in love. A curveball—an unexpected baby—became the motivation the
22-year-old needed to set himself on the road to success. While the author
recalls that “nothing was ever given to me for free” and he remains critical of
his mother and father (“My parents never knew how to budget money”), he seems
to overlook the value of his childhood milieu, which raised his aspirations.
Still, the captivating book’s simple, straightforward prose effectively
communicates the turmoil of young Bowers’ life, the valuable steps he took to
shed his glass-half-empty mindset, and the worthy lessons he learned along the
way. Initially crafting this memoir to “vent” and “fan the flames of
frustration” he felt toward his parents, the author skillfully expanded his
mission: “Now I know I am writing it to release everything I’ve pent up within
me, and to hopefully help others in the process.”

An intriguing account that shows
readers how to use life’s difficulties to turn a negative self-image into a
positive, goal-oriented one.

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