A forthright motivational memoir from a professional motivator.

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NAVIGATING THROUGH THE VALLEYS OF SUCCESS

A PERSPECTIVE IN THE THICK OF IT

Debut author Joseph recounts how Christianity guided him during doubtful periods of his professional career in this inspirational remembrance.

The author grew up learning the entrepreneurial spirit from his father, Milton Joseph, a Los Angeles businessman who made millions in various enterprises, including a construction business and a real estate investment firm. His father also taught Joseph failure, however: while the author was in his early 20s, his parents were nearly driven into bankruptcy by poor business decisions. Joseph had expected to follow in his father’s footsteps as a businessman, but instead he became a police officer. He channeled his energy into off-duty martial arts and raising a young family, but Joseph felt unfulfilled until he heard a chance sermon from his Baptist pastor one Sunday: “The sermon he preached was not a message of hope and triumph. It was about the realities of the valleys in your life. I was taken aback by the sermon because it patterned my current state.” Joseph says that he then opened himself to divine guidance, often finding it in the form of friends or strangers who offered him advice or opportunities. He began to build a fitness and martial arts training gym, slowly investing time and money to grow his reputation and client base. Relying on his trust in God and the support of his wife, he sought to avoid the mistakes of his father. Joseph recounts his story in confident, straightforward, and unexpectedly nuanced prose: “I had a moment of doubt in the middle of my good fortune,” he writes. “You might call me a positive pessimist. It means I’d rather think of the worst-case scenario so if something does not go well my emotions would be balanced.” Joseph also recognizes that not everyone is a Christian believer, and so the book is rather light on proselytizing. Joseph can be quite confrontational, as proven by the numerous feuds detailed in the book; whether the reader attributes his success to divine intervention, luck, or hard work, his account surely demonstrates a doggedness that would-be entrepreneurs should note.

A forthright motivational memoir from a professional motivator.

Pub Date: Nov. 15, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-578-19811-8

Page Count: 256

Publisher: CJ's Functional Fitness & Self Defense LLC

Review Posted Online: Feb. 5, 2018

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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