By Eddie Brown
Beating the Odds is the unbelievable, inspiring autobiography of monetary guru Eddie C. Brown, one of many nation's most sensible inventory pickers and funds managers. It info how Brown skillfully stored Brown Capital administration afloat throughout the dot-com bust, 11th of September and the good Recession. Born to a 13-year-old unwed mom within the rural South, this African-American funding whiz created a Baltimore-based monetary enterprise that collected greater than $6 Billion less than management.
Brown delves into the profound heartbreak and disorientation upon the demise of his loved grandmother – who was once his surrogate mom -- and recounts how Brown's moonshine-running Uncle Jake consequently turned the dominant grownup determine in Brown's lifestyles. His unflinchingly sincere, easy-to-read memoir info how highbrow interest, abiding self-belief, labor and divine windfall helped Brown earn an electric engineering measure, turn into a military officer, and later a civilian IBM engineer. Readers will study of the strife that ensued whilst Brown give up IBM to earn an MBA, resulting in funding jobs that ready him to begin his personal cash administration corporation in 1983.
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On Saturdays I work as a bootblack cleaning and shining shoes on the black side of town. Another money-making enterprise is a small plant nursery I’ve built behind Uncle Jake’s house. Monkey and I also pull Spanish moss from trees and sell the moss by the pound to people who use it as stuffing for pillows and furniture. Also, if Mom goes through with this Allentown transfer, I’ll be waving bye bye to Hungerford High School, a segregated school I attend in nearby Eatonville, Florida, because the high school in Apopka is for whites only.
But I’ve performed this move so many times that I could nearly pull it off blindfolded. I’m on my way to wash the Ford, one of 12 moonshine-mobiles Uncle Jake keeps stashed around Apopka. After the car is clean, I’ll gas it up and return it to its hiding place. Accompanying me and smiling like a Cheshire cat is my friend Monkey, so named because of his uncanny resemblance to a howler monkey I saw in an elementary school textbook. “G`wan Pee Wee, you crazy! ” hollers Monkey, a strapping boy whose yellow teeth glisten in the fading evening light.
She’s fidgeting and fanning herself, even though plenty of evening air is streaming into the car at 55 mph. She turns to my uncle, and I see her face is glistening with sweat. “It’s so hot. I feel like I’m gonna faint! ” My grandmother never complains about anything, so her words and urgent tone instantly get my attention, as well as Uncle Jake’s. ” my uncle inquires, looking quite concerned. “I dunno. ” Hearing fear in Grandma’s and Uncle Jake’s voices, I lean over the front seat and turn toward my grandmother.
Beating the Odds: Eddie Brown's Investing and Life Strategies by Eddie Brown