By Daniel Milstein
On a chilly December evening in 1991, a tender boy with seventeen cents in his pocket first set foot within the usa. 20 years later that younger guy came across himself the founder and CEO of a Multi-Million greenback company. Daniel Milstein’s harrowing tale approximately how his mom, father and brother escaped the oppressive executive of the U.S.S.R and immigrated to the USA and carved out a existence for themselves has been defined because the necessary immigrant tale of the era.
17 Cents and a Dream starts with a candid, gripping account of the Milstein family’s tricky lifestyles in Kiev, Ukraine below the oppressive govt of the previous Soviet Union. He recollects how he and his kin have been tormented by the 1986 explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear energy plant: Daniel used to be ten years previous, and the catastrophe came about basically seventy eight miles from their domestic, killing 100,000 humans and spreading toxic radiation in the course of the setting. many years later the kin, suffering opposed to poverty, executive oppression, and anti-Semitism, made a mystery plan to escape to the United States. After a slender get away, the family members arrived in Ann Arbor, Michigan with out knowing of English and few assets. younger Daniel had in basic terms seventeen cents in his pocket, given to him by means of a chum to hide the price of a postage stamp so Daniel might ship him a letter. within the resulting years, Daniel continued severe poverty, unending starvation, relentless bullying from his new classmates, and vicious mistreatment whereas operating lengthy hours mopping flooring and cleansing toilets.
“The endless feel of starvation within the pit of my stomach,” he writes, “became part of me and manifested into the force to do extra, to be extra, so my family members may possibly consume with no worry.”
That starvation, plus the paintings ethic instilled in him by way of his grandfather, fueled Milstein’s decision; after graduating from university, he labored for numerous monetary associations and was once always promoted due to his powerful paintings ethic.
But maybe most provoking is Milstein’s braveness and sheer dedication as he started to construct upon his luck on the planet of finance, operating tougher and longer than somebody else till starting and becoming his personal multimillion-dollar corporation, Gold superstar loan monetary staff.
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17 Cents & a Dream: My Incredible Journey from the USSR to Living the American Dream by Daniel Milstein