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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. two decades later that younger guy stumbled on himself the founder and CEO of a Multi-Million buck 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 U.S. and carved out a lifestyles for themselves has been defined because the fundamental immigrant tale of the era.

17 Cents and a Dream starts off with a candid, gripping account of the Milstein family’s difficult lifestyles in Kiev, Ukraine below the oppressive executive of the previous Soviet Union. He remembers how he and his relatives have been plagued by the 1986 explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear strength plant: Daniel was once ten years previous, and the catastrophe happened basically seventy eight miles from their domestic, killing 100,000 humans and spreading toxic radiation through the surroundings. many years later the family members, suffering opposed to poverty, govt oppression, and anti-Semitism, made a mystery plan to escape to the USA. After a slim get away, the kinfolk arrived in Ann Arbor, Michigan with out realizing of English and few assets. younger Daniel had basically seventeen cents in his pocket, given to him by way of a pal to hide the price of a postage stamp so Daniel may perhaps ship him a letter. within the resulting years, Daniel persisted severe poverty, never-ending starvation, relentless bullying from his new classmates, and vicious mistreatment whereas operating lengthy hours mopping flooring and cleansing toilets.

“The unending 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 kin may possibly consume with no worry.”

That starvation, plus the paintings ethic instilled in him through his grandfather, fueled Milstein’s selection; after graduating from university, he labored for varied monetary associations and was once continuously promoted due to his powerful paintings ethic.

But might be most galvanizing is Milstein’s braveness and sheer determination as he started to construct upon his luck on this planet of finance, operating tougher and longer than someone else till beginning and turning out to be his personal multimillion-dollar corporation, Gold famous person loan monetary workforce.

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