Friday, April 30, 2010

The real deal?

I must say, I was a bit skeptical when I first picked up this book. A former mob boss and son of a mob boss in the Colombo Crime Family who was responsible for making money for the mob writing a book about business.

It seemed to me that it was either another one of those guys blowing off steam about how he used to be big time or the book would be full of tips on how to land in prison, like he did.

But it looks like this guy is the real deal.

In a previous book, Michael Franzese talks about how God (and a girl) turned his life around and how he turned himself in for a Federal Rap, spent time in prison and rebuilt himself and his a different direction.

This book looks at he business principles that he used to make money for the mob. While he cautions against the unethical, immoral and illegal practices criminal syndicates participate in, he strongly believes that he learned some principles that can be applied to any upright, honest business to help make it profitable and effective. That is why he wrote this book..

Here is a little something from the end of this book that resonates with me:

"Take time to reevaluate your idea of success. Sweeter and richer are not always mutually inclusive. If your idea of success is cheating you out of life, you need to make some changes." p149.

Here is a little video about Michael:

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