ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Independent Author Network (IAN) has selected Rule #1 Don’t Be #2 by Daniel Milstein as the #1 Business, Sales & Economics Book of 2017.

The Independent Author Network (IAN) has selected Rule #1 Don’t Be #2 by Daniel Milstein as the #1 Business, Sales & Economics Book of 2017.

IAN represents authors published by Indie Press. More than 20,000 readers visit the IAN website each day to find great books through a network of 550,000 Twitter followers and 101,000 Facebook fans.

Rule #1 Don’t Be #2 has received several awards and distinctions including:

  • #1 Bestselling Business Book July, 2017 by 800-CEO-READ
  • Hollywood Book Festival- WINNER Best Business Book
  • Beach Book Festival – WINNER Best Business Book
  • New York Book Festival – Named Runner Up in Business

A man known for motivating others and overcoming his own challenges to create the Gold Star Family of Companies, specializing in Financial Services, Sports Management, Publishing and Film Production, and also the nation’s #1 mortgage lender, shares what has inspired him and how he inspires others in his new book Rule #1 Don’t Be #2 – You Get What You Work For, Not What You Wish For.

Known for his own strong work ethic and “don’t-quit” attitude, Milstein lays out 25 Rules for how he got where he is. It’s not a soothing book of inspiration; instead it’s a motivational how-to that can propel you from mediocre to the top of your field.

“While you’re asking whether the glass is half empty or half full, I’ve sold it,” says Milstein in his book. Mincing no words, Milstein’s chapters, titled: “Get Off the Couch,” “Failure is Your Best Teacher” and “You Can’t Stop Believing” mix an inspiring, motivational approach with his “no holds barred” work ethic. Milstein believes no dream is too big, but he reminds readers that it’s not dreaming, but hard work and dedicated planning, that will get them where they want to go.

“By the time they have a solid ‘career,’ ninety-seven percent of the people who have a dream will have ‘settled’ into a life of the mundane,” says Milstein in the prologue. “Only three percent of those who dreamed of pursuing their passion will be successful. What’s different about this three percent? I can tell you they weren’t born with silver spoons, and they weren’t simply luckier than the rest.”

Milstein knows something about hard work. He came to the United States at the age of 16, with only 17 cents in his pocket, when his parents fled the religious and political persecution in Russia. Having survived that and the Chernobyl disaster, Milstein’s biggest problem in the US was learning how to navigate in high school where he didn’t speak the language. Wanting more in life and with an immigrant’s vision uncolored by entitlement, he found a job at McDonald’s and worked full time, sandwiching high school in between two shifts. The job taught him a strong work ethic that has stayed with him.

Milstein has filled the book with stories of people who are successful and have inspired him: athletes, inventors, mothers, and survivors. It’s a collage of people who have overcome great odds to realize their goals.

“Anyone, can make it,” says Milstein. “No one is born successful. Success or failure is only determined by where you stop.”

Whether you are a business person looking to better yourself and your company, a recent college graduate entering the work world for the first time, or a person who is fed up with their current job and looking to make a change, this book is for you. Prepare to be inspired.

Rule #1 Don’t Be #2 – You Get What You Work For, Not What You Wish For (ISBN 978-1-947165-03-8, 2017, hardcover ($19.99) e-book and paperback, 236 pages, available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, 800-CEO-Read and View the book trailer:
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