Lemonade!

Squeeze Your Challenging Life Experiences into a Successful Business

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
338 Pages
Reviewed on 07/07/2022
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Reviewed by Ronél Steyn for Readers' Favorite

When life throws a stick into the spokes of our bicycle, we often sit down, head in our hands, and say: “Why me?” What if we really should be asking ourselves: “Why not me? How can I turn this into something positive?” In her book Lemonade! Squeeze Your Challenging Life Experiences into a Successful Business, Melane Mullings shows us that our lemon experiences can be used to make a difference. The moments that could have broken us might just be the reason for our existence. She gives a list of 17 basic ingredients to find our purpose in life and to turn it into a success, into our Lemonade! Continuously guiding, reassuring, and rooting for us, she willingly shares the pivotal lessons she has learned on her own road to success. After all, life is a journey, and we should be enjoying every single moment.

I have to admit that I do not readily open books listed as non-fiction or even business-related. Perhaps it’s because of my constant search for my own purpose that I selected it, and I’m happy I did. Melane Mullings has set out the 17 strategies in such a way that pitfalls and failures are expected as part of the journey, and to look forward to it. She has written this book in a way that is easy to understand and easy to follow. The terminology is not daunting. I love the fact that the entire strategy is centered around a Higher Power, a complete and utter surrender to His Grace and Guidance. Her passion saturated this book and had no other place to go but to the reader, filling them up. I am definitely keeping Lemonade! near me and will be returning to it again and again.

K.C. Finn

Lemonade! Squeeze Your Challenging Life Experiences into a Successful Business is a work of non-fiction in the business and finance subgenre. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by Melane Mullings. The book contains a multitude of life lessons and proven strategies for turning hurdles and hardships into success in both business and life, literally turning lemons into lemonade. Following the author’s life of ups and downs and how she found success by using her negative experiences as a strength, the book sets out to guide others experiencing adversity on how to turn their weakness into an advantage.

I loved the positive attitude promoted throughout this book. Even the sourest lemons that land in your life can be turned into delicious lemonade through insight and hard work. Melane Mullings’s sharing of her personal story was beautiful and inspirational as she puts together her collection of strategies and advice from a position of being on our level rather than above us. This underpins the practical advice with a grounding in reality as the autobiographical sections of the work draw the reader in and make them realize that the author can personally relate to them. Lemonade! is a guide that can be dipped into for advice in specific areas, but unlike some books in the genre, there is something to be gained from reading it in order. An insight into the big picture of the author's life and the difference that her strategies have made ties the whole work together into one unmissable work.

Foluso Falaye

In Lemonade! Squeeze Your Challenging Life Experiences into a Successful Business, Melane Mullings shares insights and tips gained from her experience as an entrepreneur to help readers advance their businesses. Melane tells you how she created a thriving business with no background or experience in business and little capital. Determined to help others avoid the type of "emotionally debilitating hospital experience" she had during her leukemia treatment at 17, she created a health care business that gave her a sense of purpose and saved her from her unsatisfactory experience as a nurse. The book offers 17 strategies to use in business, which are divided into three parts—the first part focuses on building the internal self and healthy goals, the next part includes guidelines for aligning the external elements and forces with one's goals, and the final part discusses the best practices to employ when one is fully invested in entrepreneurship.

It's refreshing how real and honest Lemonade! is. The inclusion of the author's personal story made me feel like she knows what it's like to go through some of the difficulties I faced in my various pursuits. Like Melane Mullings, I know what burnouts feel like and I also have to remind myself to celebrate my achievements from time to time. The book's proven methods and actionable strategies pack the right punch and convincing elements to get you off the couch and push you to challenge yourself to be better. Personally, it got me to stop focusing on mundane activities and to incorporate more innovative ideas into my work. With various practical instructions, personal examples, and stories from several inspiring individuals, Lemonade! is the perfect friend in need for entrepreneurs and business owners who wish to perform at the top level.