Author: Ken Dunn
Publisher: Next Century Publishing
Type of book: USA, 1910-1930s? business, women, Chicago, Alaska, prospecting, being raised by someone, loss, gains, parables, entrepreneur
Year it was published: 2016
Laura Dunagan, was born in the gold prospecting days of rustic Alaska in the early 1900's. When Laura was 16 years old, her father was trapped under a mud slide while prospecting in a nearby river and died. Laura was forced to move to Chicago in the care of her rich Uncle Joe. Laura hated Uncle Joe because he forced her to leave the river, but also because he had left the family prospecting business to move to Chicago years before she was born. Laura discovers that Uncle Joe made his fortune selling insurance and was the owner of the largest insurance company in Illinois. While wondering through the mansion one day, she found Uncle's Joe personal den. In it, she discovered an entire new life that would lead her to heights that she would never had realized panning for gold in Alaska. Uncle Joe used the 6 gold prospecting rules for safety to prospect new clients for his insurance company and in doing so, discovered the secrets to wealth in selling.
The main characters include Laura, a young woman who at the beginning is an angry preteen but then grows up to become an extremely mature businesswoman. Laura is tomboyish and isn't afraid of expressing herself no matter what the world dares to think of her. There is also Uncle Joe who becomes Laura's mentor and gives her very sound advice and who sees her as a daughter he never had, and who also has a feud of sorts with her father. One of the other characters that also played a big role in Laura's life is one of her customers who helped Laura out a great deal by recommendations. Other characters didn't play a big role in Laura's life.
Life changes unexpectedly
The story is written in first person narrative from Laura's point of view. I have to be honest in saying that it wasn't until Laura began learning the parables that I actually felt drawn in. Prior to that, the story didn't really grab my attention. While the author did talk about some history, namely the prejudice that women experienced back then, (and how little has changed I fear) I felt a detachment when it came to characters living that history. I'm not sure, but something felt off when it came to the story.
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Ken Dunn is one of the leadership training world’s up and coming great speakers and trainers. An incredible hunger to learn and teach others has led Ken successfully through five different professional careers in the past 25 years.
Ken began a policing career at the age of 18. He was involved in the policing world’s most exhilarating and challenging disciplines, including undercover drug and surveillance work, S.W.A.T. team work, aggravated child abuse, frauds, aggravated assaults, illegal weapons smuggling and homicides.
Today, Ken regularly speaks to groups in the direct sales, mortgage, insurance and banking industries. He uses humor and his own experiences to inspire audiences around the world. Ken lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife, Julie, and children Matthew and Laura.
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Personally speaking, the lessons in the book are great, but I do feel that the story itself needed a little more work. The lessons, or parables as they are called, are something one can use in any situation, be it friendship, career, interview and so forth. The story, while incorporating the parables in an entertaining way, there were a few things that seemed to bug me a little, one being that the characters aren't as deeply explored as they should have been, and the historical aspects are a little bit incorporated but it seems to be more in passing rather than something that should provoke discussion. For parables alone I'd definitely read the book.
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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)