Author: David E Gordon
Power, fortune, and prestige… Greed, threats, and dangerous liaisons… Nothing is worth your life, but is your life worth living? Self made billionaire Robert Cutter made his money investing in struggling companies. Plagued by “accidents", it becomes apparent that someone is trying to kill him. Injured by a concussion in one of the accidents, the agonizing realization is that his not-so-perfect past is coming into clear focus. Cutter has everything a man could ask for - money, women, cars, houses, and power. But, with the latest attempts on his life, he starts to rethink his life and evoke change. Soon he begins to realize that was important is no longer that significant. He thought he had everything, but he had nothing.
Hello, my name is Robert Cutter and I am the owner and chief executive of Cutter & Co. an investment firm in New York City.
Mika: Hello Robert. Welcome to my blog. I’m going to ask you a few questions so my audience can get to know you a little better.
Robert Cutter: My greatest achievement up until a couple of months ago was making something of myself. I didn’t have much to start with. Thanks to my mentor for taking a chance on me, I was able to accomplish more than I ever imagined. I now have more money than I ever dreamed of, houses, cars, power, prestige, and women.
Robert Cutter: It’s a tough choice for me. Signing a deal to buy a company and adding it to my portfolio or riding through the streets of Manhattan in my Aston Martin with a beautiful woman beside me. Probably business first, the car is nice but I do enjoy the challenge of turning around a struggling company and making it stronger.
Robert Cutter: No more secrets for me, well you never know what might happen in book 2.
Robert Cutter: I never knew my parents, so I don’t know if I do have any siblings.
Robert Cutter: Towards the end of my story I learn something amazing that changes my outlook on parts of my childhood, and even changes how I see the future me. It teaches me that you should never lose hope in people.
Robert Cutter: This is hard for me to answer, because I never really give women much time. In my life, my focus is on work. I run a multi-billion dollar investment firm with many subsidiaries that are counting on me. That leaves very little time for dating, but I do have lady friends. They are beautiful and I enjoy having them around. I always found women to be more of a distraction than anything. (Exhales) To answer your question, the best quality would have to be dealing with me not settling down.
Robert Cutter: It took me awhile to decide that I really loved her. But, we had a connection right from the start. It was hard for me to accept these feelings because I really don’t have the time for this in my life.
Robert Cutter: I am hoping my story isn’t over.
Robert Cutter: Not having money and being poor again.
Robert Cutter: My house in Cape May, although I don’t go there this time. I had it built for me and did a take a part in the architecture and design, but I actually have not even seen it yet.
Robert Cutter: I try not to hate or despise anyone. In business you have to keep bridges open at all times. But there is one person who constantly gets under my skin, you will get to know him. I don’t really think he is a bad guy, but he put my friends in danger, and that is unacceptable.
Robert Cutter: My one regret is that my mentor doesn’t get to see me succeed. He would have liked that and hopefully he would be proud of me.
Robert Cutter: I would like to play a musical instrument, perhaps the piano.
Robert Cutter: I live in Manhattan with a house in Cape May and stay in the best hotels in the world. But, it does get cold here in the winters. I am not sure to be honest if I could ever give up Manhattan, it is just so alive. Constantly moving like I am with running and building my businesses.
Robert Cutter: People say that I am a workaholic, but considering how I grew up I just believe that a man can never have too much. People have to make their own luck, and take their chances when they get them. Sometimes it doesn’t work out, but so far it has for me.
Robert Cutter: Gordon Gekko. He was a genius.
Robert Cutter: My real life heroes are police and firefighters of New York who ran into the World Trade Center, and protect us every day. I also think that the doctors and nurses in our hospitals are incredible people. You will meet one in particular who stands out above the rest.
Mika: Great interview Robert. It was a pleasure meeting you. I wish you lots of success.
I live in Southern New Jersey with my amazing wife, who is also my best friend. We live just outside of Philadelphia and about an hour from an awesome selection of beaches. It was on a beach that I wrote my first short story and I love to spend as much time as possible there. There is something so invigorating about the sun and the blue skies. While this is my first novel, I am already working on my second and hope to have many more to come. When not working on writing books or my blog I am a husband to an amazing woman, and a father to two fantastic young adults. I am also a corporate finance professional that spends the rest of my time helping executives and business leaders improve and grow their business. It is some of this experience, which has helped bring this story and the sequel to life
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book almost feels like an autobiographical, possibly memoirs of Wall Street millionaire. It's a feel good story. There is some drama and tragedy, but mostly it walks the reader through the steps of what it takes start to finish when you take on a humanitarian project. The author is obviously very knowledgable on all subjects of business surrounding the idea. Also, it's a comes full circle story. The reader is forced to think
the question will always be—why not.
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