“There is a lot of discussion these days about whether or not the economy is improving. Here are two facts: The economy has been very, very bad, and the only way it is going to improve for you is if you take control of your situation.
JT Sather, author of How To Survive When the Bottom Drops Out, has ridden the economic roller coaster for twenty years. He's experienced the highs of a multi-million dollar construction business and the lows of squatting in a friend's foreclosed mansion. He doesn't base his future on Wall Street but on Main Street.
In his debut book, he tells the brutal truth, but with humor and hope; reviewers have described it as listening to a great storyteller share his life over a couple of beers. No matter where you are in the Economic Recovery, you'll find anecdotes and advice you can use today, tomorrow, and whenever the bottom drops out of your life.”
JT Sather describes himself as “your next door neighbor. I'm the guy that you just passed on the highway. I've worked construction for most of my adult life, and I did pretty good at it for decades. When the economy crashed and burnt, I found myself with nothing but time on my hands, and a pocket full of lint, so I began to write. It's been said many times by my friends and family that I need to write a book. I've had more than my share of adventures over the years, and this seemed like the right time to put some of them down.”
This quote from late in How to Survive When the Bottom Drops Out seemed to get at the heart of what the book is about:
“The stories of your life are the things that define you. If you can’t come up with any good ones, then look at what that has to say about you. Your stories are you. What you’ve done, where you’ve been, and the things that are yet to come if you are not afraid to take a chance.”
Life is full of ups and downs and in his stories JT Sather tells us how he's reacted to some of the bigger downs he's experienced. There's a lot of advice for how you might react when (not if, when) you have a downturn of your own. Whether that advice is right for you, you'll need to decide on your own.
However, the attitudes at the root of the advice, to keep on pushing and to view life as an adventure, is a lesson we should all heed.
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Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 20-25,000 words