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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: self; 1ST edition (2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1934379476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934379479
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert abandoned the deadly path which drug abuse and drug dealing was leading him down. After considerable struggles, at the age of twenty-two (March 11, 1991) Robert was able to turn his life around "180 Degrees". Robert soon realized that sobriety and hard work provided him inner-peace and prosperity beyond his highest expectations, resulting in becoming a self-made millionaire by the age of thirty.

Eternally grateful to everyone who helped him become and remain sober, Robert felt an overwhelming duty to reach out to addicts like himself and hopes his story will inspire others battling addiction to find their own success.

Once achieving monetary abundance, Robert has been an active citizen and philanthropist. Deeply concerned for the well-being of young adults, Robert has been the speaker for drug and alcohol abuse classes at high schools, juvenile detention centers, recovery hospitals and rehabilitation centers. Also, he is a panel speaker and secretary at many twelve-step meetings.

In 1998, Robert was a Co-Founder of the Golf Tournament benefitting Habit for Humanity Charity at the Malibu Country Club. In 2000, 2001 and 2002 Robert sponsored the Charity Tennis Tournament benefitting Spinal Muscular Atrophy at the Riviera Country Club. And in 2003 and 2004, he co-sponsored the Tennis Tournament benefitting Chrysalis which also took place at The Riviera Country Club.

Some of Robert's business accomplishments include real estate office manager, agent coach, and has been the key note speaker at over fifty company office meetings, participated in agent training videos, and he has been featured in print and on television. With over twenty years of experience in real estate, he is considered one of the nation's leading agents.

Now, at the age of forty, Robert is a successful business man and loving family man residing in Los Angeles, California with his wife and two sons.

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Read this book, I promise you will NOT be disappointed.
Michael C. Booz
It really was so inspiring to see what faith, gratitude, and commitment can help a person achieve.
Renee Friedrich
I know him better than I know most people in my life just from reading his book.
Lisa Tannert

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is fantastically written for anyone going through recovery. It is an easy read filled with juicy details of what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now for Robert. It's a truly entertaining story and an inspiration for anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debra A. Johnson on February 22, 2009
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You may pick up this book or be given this book because someone thinks you or a loved one needs to know about alcoholism and addiction. And it certainly will educate you about those topics. But I believe that this book can also inspire anyone to believe that all things are possible and that what we need to achieve our dreams, lies within each of us.

There are very few people getting "clean and sober" today who only abuse alcohol or only abuse drugs. This author has touched on them all and has shown just how bad it can get! Just when you think it can't get worse, it does!
But the journey upward is awe inspiring. There is a description of Rob finding his first "professional" clothes at a garage sale that had me laughing and crying. Been there! But the journey forward, the strength the author discovers within, the belief system, the quest for more self knowledge- THIS part can help and inspire anyone!
When you begin this book, you will not be able to put it down. After you finish it, parts of it will reverberate in your heart and in your head! I also know that you will end up ordering more copies to give away so that others can also learn some amazing life lessons.
So, buy a copy today. It will be your first copy. But it will definitely not be your last!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Okada on February 19, 2009
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I was a classmate with Rob during his days in northern California. We went to some of the same parties and we had some friends in common, but we ran in different circles. I knew about Rob's heavy partying reputation that is so accurately described in the book, but other than that, just viewed him as another classmate in a public school.

I was gripped by Rob's journey from a dysfunctional childhood, through addiction, identity struggle and ultimate career and personal triumph!! It nailed home the message that you may come across thousands of people in your life and you really have NO IDEA the type of struggles they have endured (or are currently enduring). There are so many messages in the book of strength, courage, perseverance, surrender and unconditional faith which were far too many to count. The end of the book is so triumphant that you feel a part of the glory that Rob has achieved. I was genuinely happy for all that Rob has achieved, even though I was a very passive acquaintance from a very long time ago.

180 degrees is like watching an excellent TV mini-series, but is really a true story about an ordinary person with extraordinary character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Tannert on March 3, 2009
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180 Degrees is a treasure. It's one of those books that leave an impression - forever. Reading this book is time well spent, I'm so grateful I stumbled upon it. I consider Robert a close friend of mine now; anyone who reads his story will feel that way. I know him better than I know most people in my life just from reading his book. His honest portrayal of the tribulations he endured as a teenage drug addict are terrifying, especially for a mother. His story is so real and so intense that it was like being there as well. I found myself really caring for Robert and wanting so badly for him to be OK. I actually cried when he walked into the rooms of AA and knew he was home. It was so moving.

The fact that today he's successful in every respect brings me so much joy and hope. I love it that he is unselfishly sharing his recipe for success with the rest of us by revealing his Eight Equities. Robert is obviously a very wise and genuinely caring man. He's got the kind of insight that only comes from having lived two distinctively different lives. I think it's fantastic that he's opened himself up like he has with the intent of helping others - not just those suffering from the disease of addiction, but everyone who's seeking to have it all. Thanks for letting us know you, Robert, and thanks for the inspiration! This is a great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Mckeon on February 27, 2009
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This is one of the most awe inspiring books I have ever read. Thank you Robert for sharing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JF on February 20, 2009
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I was really touched by this book, in fact, I was blown away. It is unflinchingly honest, and I believe every single solitary word. It is a true insider's perspective. Although I knew all along that it turns out well, very well, it didn't stop me from getting caught up in the author's life. By page three I was so sad, on the docks of Miami I was so nervous, and at the end I was so relieved and happy. And there were some funny lines along the way. I am impressed with how fully this life has been lived, and how fully it continues to be lived today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Fuegert on February 16, 2009
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what a wonderful and inspiring book to read. it helped me with my past and most importantly is helping me understand that you can achieve anything in life what you want no matter how good or bad your past currently is or was. This book teached me self discipline and helped me grow my values. You will not want to stop reading until you have finished this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookman Bruce on December 23, 2011
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When I first saw the cover for 180 Degrees and read the description images of Benjamin Bratt carrying an addict from a burnt out crack house raced through my mind. I was a big fan of The Cleaner and sorry to see it go. The stories of Bratt's character giving everything of himself and the people around him to give the down-and-out addicts every chance at getting clean were compelling and made me root for these people - whom I didn't know in any way.

While reading Robert's book, I felt that way for him. I found his story compelling and genuine. His descriptions of the moments, the passage of time and how far the climb from druggie teen to sober millionaire really was is nothing short of inspiring for anyone - whether you struggle with addiction or simply love to feel the charge that comes at the end of that movie when the person you were rooting for gets their just desserts. Robert pieces it out for the reader and then puts it all back together for them.

Whether you are looking for inspiration or just a compelling true story, 180 Degrees is the answer for the question, "What's your excuse?"
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