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"You have a lot of nerve trying to earn $15,000 on one deal; why, you're only a broker."

My friend Chris gave me a copy of "Winning Through Intimidation" to read - wow. Just wow.

Title's misleading. It's actually about how not to be intimidated, and how to generally do good business by being prepared and ready. At least, I think that's what it is, I'm only halfway through.

Here's an excerpt from page 106-107. Bold added by me:

The lender went crazy. During the ensuing heated discussion he said two things that would ring in my ears for a long time to come and, consequently, help me to prepare for earning and receiving substantial money in the near future.

The first thing he said was: "You have a lot of nerve trying to earn $15,000 on one deal; why, you're only a broker."

Review - Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

On Books In Progress

Mark Lawrence has been on my list of authors to read for a while and I finally got around to reading his first novel - Prince of Thorns.

This book is an evil, twisted and exceptionally dark tale. It is also brilliant.

It follows the adventures of Jorg, a young man scarred (mentally and physically) by his childhood, and especially by the death of his mother and brother at the hands of assissins. At the time of the story he is only 14 but leading a band of ruffians, cutthroats and robbers in a trail of looting, pillaging and destruction across the land of the Hundred kingdoms.

It is clear from the outset that Jorg lets nothing - and nobody - stand in his way to getting what he wants, even if that involves murder, torture and mutilation. Everybody is expendable in his determination to take one of the kingdoms as his own.

His ruthlessness makes him a dangerous foe and he defeats armies and entire kingdoms while hopelessly outnumbered.

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