Rule #1 Don't Be #2 Wins Beach Book Festival, Named Runner Up in New York Book Festival

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ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ The 2017 Beach Book Contest has named Rule #1 Don't Be #2 as the winner of their Business category. The book also received runner-up in the Business category of The New York Book Festival Awards.

Best-selling author, motivational speaker, and business CEO Daniel Milsteinshares what has inspired him and how he inspires others in his latest, and fourth, book, on sale July 25. A man known for motivating others and overcoming his own challenges to create the Gold Star Family of Companies, specializing in Financial Services, Sports Management, Publishing and Film Production, and also the nation's #1 mortgage lender, Rule #1 Don't Be #2 - You Get What You Work For, Not What You Wish For is a motivational kick-in-the pants to propel you to the top of your field.

The 2017 Beach Book Contest is an annual competition to spotlight "the hottest reads of the summer." The New York Book Festival Awards is held annually to "honors books worth of further attention from the world's publishing capital."

Known for his own strong work ethic and "don't-quit" attitude, Milstein lays out 25 Rules for how he got where he is. It's not a soothing book of inspiration; instead it's a motivational how-to that can propel you from mediocre into the top of your field.

"While you're asking whether the glass is half empty, or half full, I've sold it," says Milstein in his book.

"His compact book is eye-catching, utilizing a variety of font sizes and styles and mixing colorful text and graphic backgrounds. Each chapter title spurs the reader to think and act.Recommended."


Milstein knows about hard work and overcoming obstacles. He arrived in the US at the age of sixteen with only 17 cents in his pocket and one suitcase, fleeing religious and political persecution in the Soviet Union. He overcame the language barrier and in less than 10 years was named a top loan officer in the country out of 550,000 leading industry professionals.

Now, he shares what has inspired him and how he inspires others in his new bookand hard work is the key. In his motivational, non-nonsense voice, Milstein guides you through his top "Rules to Business Success." His personal story, along with the top businessmen and women, athletes and others he quotes in his book, will empower you to overcome your personal challenges and reach your dreams.

"Through pure determination, fortitude and attitude, Daniel pulled out of impossibly difficult situations. His story is true, his story is a personal inspiration to me and I hope it will inspire you too to maximize your potential and go for the greatest of dreams."

- Mark Victor Hansen, Bestselling Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul

"Success must begin in your mind, but you're also charged with taking action because you are the sole architect of your destiny," says Milstein. "There's not a lot of hand-holding here; my philosophy runs more along the lines of a swift kick in the pants when you need it."

Milstein doesn't promise success will come easy. In fact, he insists it will be hard. Success is an ongoing process, not something you ever "arrive at." You must work hard to get it, and work hard every day to keep it.

"I found Rule #1 Don't Be #2 to be an outstanding read. The ideas are outstanding, and worthy of serious consideration. I suggest reading through the ideas, then thinking about the practical implications. I did."

- Chris Lawson, Amazon Top 10 Reviewer

Mincing no words, Milstein's chapters, titled: "Get Off the Couch," "Failure is Your Best Teacher" and "You Can't Stop Believing" mixes an inspiring, motivational approach with his "no holds barred" work ethic. Milstein believes no dream is too big, but he reminds readers that it's not dreaming, but hard work and dedicated planning, that will get them where they want to go.

"As I always say, success is never owned. It's rented, and the rent is due every day," says Milstein.

Rule #1 Don't Be #2 - You Get What You Work For, Not What You Wish For ISBN 978-1947165038, 2016, hardcover, $19.99 available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, 800-CEO-Read and View the book trailer:

About Daniel Milstein
Daniel Milstein is the CEO and founder of the Gold Star Family of Companies, operating in over 40 offices worldwide, specializing in financial services, sports management, publishing, and film production. Under Dan's visionary leadership, Gold Star has been named among Inc. magazine's 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America. Now the award-winning, international best-selling author of The ABC of Sales, 17 Cents and a Dream and Street Smart Selling, Dan adds the greatly anticipated Rule #1: Don't Be #2 to his body of work. Consultant, speaker and member of the esteemed National Academy of Best-Selling Authors, Milstein is credited with motivating hundreds of thousands with his simple, yet powerful, brand of inspiration.

Media Contact: For a review copy ofRule #1 Don't Be #2 - You Get What You Work For, Not What You Wish Foror to arrange an interview with Dan Milstein, contact Scott Lorenz of Westwind Communications Book Marketing at or by phone at 734-667-2090.

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