What It Takes

Wesley's Review

This one will be a short book review. I’m traveling with the family and it’s damn near impossible to write with my three little monkeys jumping all over everything.

Anytime a self-made man who has built $17 Billion in personal wealth gives advice, we should listen. Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump have called on him for financial, strategic and political advice. That alone is enough for me to pick up his book.

Stephen Schwarzman is one of the most influential men in the world that you’ve probably never heard of. Schwarzman founded investment firm, The Blackstone Group, with just $400,000 in seed funding. The company went public in 2007 with a $ Billion IPO. Today Blackstone manages about $550 Billion in assets.

This book is memoir also full of great advice. Honestly, a lot of the advice is high level. This guy is a straight up baller. I wouldn’t say his advice is necessarily for small business folks. Maybe even not for medium sized business folks. Those who run large businesses should definitely read this book. Or, perhaps anyone just looking for some motivation. Schwarzman was a nobody who became one of the richest men in the world who is sought after for advice from the most powerful men on the planet. I sure wouldn’t mind being like him.

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