To be totally candid, when I was first presented with the opportunity to review Brandon Steiner’s “You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire,” at first blush, my reaction was “Do I really want to read about this guy?” But, I decided to give it a go, nonetheless.
And, now, I am very happy that I decided to give it a try!
Part autobiography and part business philosophy help book, “You Gotta Have Balls” is an amazing read. It’s interesting, entertaining, and educational!
Some kids are born with a silver spoon in their mouth and others are born on third base screaming that they just hit a triple. However, Steiner’s upbringing was the polar opposite of being privileged – as he grew up in a broken home, living in great poverty. However, with the support of his hard working mother, Steiner lifted himself from that and took advantages of opportunities – often thinking outside the box to create them rather than waiting for them to self-identify. And, later in life, Steiner used social networking – long before that term was branded as we know it today – to continue finding that next opportunity. Brandon Steiner’s life is one of the great modern day American success stories. And, it’s told in griping fashion in “You Gotta Have Balls.” Also, the business/management/customer service tips shared in this book are excellent as well.
I highly recommend checking out “You Gotta Have Balls.” And, you don’t even have to be a baseball or sports fan to enjoy this book. If you like rags to riches stories or sound business strategy books, you’ll find a lot in this one for you.