Lessons from my Grandfather: Wisdom for Success in Business and Life by Marc Demetriou is an insightful guide from the real estate and finance expert. Sharing his pappou’s immigrant success story and teachings in this self-help and career advice book, Demetriou will undoubtedly inspire readers to recognize their own potential and achieve life and business goals by applying the principles his grandfather taught him.
In spite of the hardships and challenges of living in the early part of the twentieth century, Haralambos “Charlie” Pistis, the archetypical self-made man who left Kyrenia, Cyprus penniless at the age of 16 and immigrated to America, beat the odds and ultimately retired at the age of 60 as a millionaire. Demetriou dedicated the book to his grandfather, noting that, “I learned so much from him about life, business, and the pursuit of happiness.”
He told The National Herald, “I wanted to share the gift of my grandfather, mentor and best friend with the world. I was extremely fortunate having my grandfather as my mentor and inspiration and I needed to give him to the world to help as many people as I could…thousands and one day hopefully millions.”
“I was blessed to have him in my life until he passed away at 97 when I was 37 years old,” Demetriou writes in the acknowledgments. He dedicated the book to his parents, John and Fannie Demetriou, as well, “I am blessed and grateful to have such loving, supportive, and caring parents.”
When asked how long the process took from idea to publication, Demetriou told TNH, “A little over 2 years from start to finish.”
“I literally spent all my spare time writing, editing and then marketing the book. I spent a tremendous amount of hours,” he added.
Demetriou also told TNH, “Nights and weekends is the only time I worked on the book. As a Branch Manager with Residential Home Funding Corp. for over 12 years, my days are very busy focusing on originating residential mortgages and managing the staff. On some weekends, I would stay in the house literally all weekend long and sometimes even booked a hotel room in NYC just to be removed from everything to focus 100% on my book. Writing the manuscript wasn’t as hard as the editing process. I wanted the book to come out a certain way and was very critical during the editing process. I probably read the book at least 100 times to carefully review every word, punctuation and impact the words on the pages were trying to make. I needed to make sure all of my messages, thoughts and meanings were coming across clearly to inspire, motivate and empower anyone that would read my book. Of course, the book will inspire everyone in a different way depending on their age and mindset. But I did write the book so the reader range could be from 16 to 100.”
Living a well-balanced life, paying attention to the world and the people around you, being humble and thankful, and believing in yourself are just a few of the keys to success. “Everyone you pass in life has something to teach you,” and “Attitude is everything,” are also important lessons Demetriou’s grandfather taught him which seem especially relevant today.
Demetriou also quotes from experts and historical figures, sharing tips from Abraham Lincoln, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet among others. The book also quotes from Thomas Corley’s book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, highlighting a few of the differences in the habits of the rich and poor.
The Kirkus Review from February 10 called Demetriou’s book, “A highly readable motivational book derived from the wisdom of one humble man.”
Not only a mortgage and finance expert, Demetriou is also a top-rated motivational speaker who has appeared at the Mastermind Summit along with world-renowned motivational speaker Tony Robbins and Barbara Corcoran from ABC Television’s Shark Tank. As an authority on real estate and finance, Demetriou has been quoted in articles in The New York Times, Reuters, the Associated Press, Huffington Post and many other local and national publications and media outlets. He has been consistently ranked in the top 1 percent of loan originations in the country by Scotsman’s Guide, Mortgage Executive Magazine and National Mortgage Professional Magazine, and received the “Forty Under 40” award as one of the 40 most successful business professionals in New Jersey. He is a certified and licensed instructor, offering continuing education credits to accountants, realtors, financial planners, and managed care professionals throughout New Jersey. Additionally, he was co-host on WVNJ’s popular The Real Estate and Money Show. Demetriou is the proud father of three daughters, Alexis, Julianna, and Charley.
Lessons from my Grandfather: Wisdom for Success in Business and Life by Marc Demetriou is available at: grandfatherlessons.com.
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