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I approached the book with some trepidation. Greene is the author of The 48 Laws of Power, a best selling book that appealed to hip hop artists and many others by setting forth survival tactics in a cut throat world.
I ran into Jackson and Greene in the green room at CNBC where we were both appearing (separately) to promote our respective books. Jackson was impeccably dressed in a black, pin striped suit. He was charming, engaging and without the affectation you would expect of a Hip Hop artist reported to be worth in excess of $150 million.
At the time, I was not aware of his background. His mother was murdered when he was a young boy. He started hustling drugs at age twelve, did a short stint in prison and miraculously survived an assassination attempt when nine bullets were pumped into his body.
It's not surprising the mantra of the book is "fear nothing."
The book is inspiring, empowering and an excellent read.
If Jackson can overcome the obstacles he faced, there's clearly hope for the rest of us. Greene's extraordinary grasp of history gives the reader guidance and insight about overcoming adversity and getting control of your life.
Now for the wisdom of "fear nothing."
The litmus test for Jackson will be whether he falls victim to those who manage his money. Wall Street makes the mean streets of South Jamaica, Queens seem like a walk in the park. To hold onto his money -- much less grow it -- will take strict adherence to everything Jackson learned from his drug hustling days to the present, with one exception:
He needs to fear something: Wall Street and the "market beating" brokers and advisors whose daily grist will be to separate him from his money.
Be afraid, Curtis. Be very afraid.
Dan Solin is the author of the newly published book, The Smartest Retirement Book You'll Ever Read (Perigee Books 2009). His prior books include the New York Times bestsellers,The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read and The Smartest 401(k) Book You'll Ever Read.See SmartestInvestmentBook.com.