17 Cents & a Dream: My Incredible Journey from the USSR to by Daniel Milstein

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 came upon 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 govt of the U.S.S.R and immigrated to the USA and carved out a existence for themselves has been defined because the essential immigrant tale of the era.

17 Cents and a Dream starts with a candid, gripping account of the Milstein family’s difficult existence in Kiev, Ukraine lower than the oppressive executive of the previous Soviet Union. He recollects how he and his relations have been laid low with the 1986 explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear strength plant: Daniel was once ten years previous, and the catastrophe came about simply seventy eight miles from their domestic, killing 100,000 humans and spreading toxic radiation in the course of the atmosphere. many years later the kin, suffering opposed to poverty, govt oppression, and anti-Semitism, made a mystery plan to escape to the United States. After a slender break out, the kin arrived in Ann Arbor, Michigan without realizing of English and few property. younger Daniel had purely seventeen cents in his pocket, given to him through a chum 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 harsh mistreatment whereas operating lengthy hours mopping flooring and cleansing toilets.

“The endless 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 relations may well devour with no worry.”

That starvation, plus the paintings ethic instilled in him by means of his grandfather, fueled Milstein’s choice; after graduating from collage, he labored for varied monetary associations and was once continually promoted due to his powerful paintings ethic.

But maybe most galvanizing is Milstein’s braveness and sheer dedication as he started to construct upon his good fortune on the planet of finance, operating tougher and longer than someone else until commencing and growing to be his personal multimillion-dollar corporation, Gold big name loan monetary staff.

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And you learn not only to protect yourself, but your partners as well. Today’s wrestlers are for the most part superior athletes, but the kind of accidents I see happening now tell me that some of them are not being taught the basics of wrestling. It makes me really sad to see talented people sidelined by injuries that are preventable. So for the next couple of years I was working at my various jobs, working out, and wrestling. It was a rewarding time in my life, since I now had a number of life skills under my belt — I had been active in sports and had a short career in golf already, plus almost ten years in the workforce.

I had been waiting for a chance like this, so I was quick to respond and got into the ring with him, thinking that I would be finally be learning to body-slam. And I did — but I was on the receiving end every time. I’m sure Jack gave me about a thousand bodyslams over the course of these lessons. But I liked it, because he taught me how to fall properly. He also taught me the basic holds: a head lock, hammer lock, top wrist lock and a straight arm bar, plus many others. Al’s gym was also where I had my first Bang Your Head experience, so to speak.

Today’s wrestlers are for the most part superior athletes, but the kind of accidents I see happening now tell me that some of them are not being taught the basics of wrestling. It makes me really sad to see talented people sidelined by injuries that are preventable. So for the next couple of years I was working at my various jobs, working out, and wrestling. It was a rewarding time in my life, since I now had a number of life skills under my belt — I had been active in sports and had a short career in golf already, plus almost ten years in the workforce.

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