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Memoirs of a Financial Warrior – About My Book: Start-Up Saboteurs

I am often asked why I decided to write this book and what should people expect to learn from reading it.

Start-Up Saboteurs

My answer is quite simple.


This book was not created to entertain. This book is not going to be for everyone in the venture capital and entrepreneurial world, and that’s okay. If you try to please everybody and worry about offending anybody, nothing is going to happen. You might make some money, but you certainly won’t create wealth.


I’m an action-driven individual; too many people— including economists and academics in their ivory tower—watch from the sidelines and pontificate. You should do this. You should do that. But most of them have no skin in the game. They have nothing at risk, so they can talk the talk from now to the next century, and it’s not going to make a difference.


A while back a guy came up to me and said: I love what you write, referring to all the blogs and articles I publish. Then he asked: How do you make a living? He expected me to answer: Oh, I do this. I do that. I work here. I work there. Instead, I told him the reality: I am not here to make a living. He didn’t expect that. But the truth is I don’t work here and there. I don’t make a living; I create wealth using the strategies, knowledge, and truths presented in this book.


I’m not an idealist. I’m a capitalist who wants to empower others to do what I did—find freedom. My uncle was a very successful guy—worked very hard, never got married—who lived to be ninety-one years old. Before he passed away I asked him: How do you define success? Is it money? Is it power is it? He told me it was none of the above. Success is about empowering people. The more you empower people, the more you are going to succeed.

I want to create a movement of smart, educated, well-informed, independent people and wrote this book to empower them to create their own wealth. And the best way to do that is by explaining how the system really works.


Start-up Saboteurs is a guide to help striving entrepreneurs navigate through the challenging maze of egos, incompetence, and ignorance so they can separate fact from fiction. I cover it all.


But in the end it comes down to this: To create real wealth you must abandon your limited thinking, eliminate boundaries, and stop defining the outcome. Most importantly it means not letting people motivated by jealousy, greed, and envy dictate what your limitations are.

You have to take risks in life. Your actions are what count.



By : Ziad K Abdelnour


Ziad is also the author of the best selling book Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics (Wiley, 2011),


Mr. Ziad Abdelnour continues to be featured in hundreds of media channels and publications every year and is widely seen as one of the top business leaders by millions around the world.


He was also featured as one of the 500 Most Influential CEOs in the World.

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