Guest blogger George A. Santino was born into a family living in poverty in Philadelphia’s violent Tasker Street Projects. He was subjected to his alcoholic father’s fits of temper as he tried to earn money for himself by selling tomatoes from the back of a truck. A freak injury caused him to be discharged from the military in his first week. His real estate ventures collapsed and his businesses failed one after another. Just when he thought he’d get on his feet at last, another freak injury left him the mercy of doctors who predicted that before his thirtieth birthday, he’d never work again. What do you do?

If you’re George A. Santino—you get back up. And when you achieve success in spite of it all, you write a book to tell people what you learned.

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