The Book Reader: ‘Self Made’

Patrik Henry Bass of Essence Magazine checks out Nely Galán’s first book, “Self Made: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant and Rich in Every Way,” in NY1’s The Book Reader.

Home aficionados - and you know who are - will instantly know the name Nely Galán.

Her sumptuous, canary yellow California estate on Venice Beach is now the most photographed home on Instagram.

Millions of viewers around the world will know the visionary for her trailblazing work as one of the brain trusts and a former president of the Telemundo network.

And striving female entrepreneurs and anyone hoping to take the reins of their financial future will find a kindred spirit through Galán’s first book, “Self Made: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant and Rich in Every Way” (Spiegel & Grau, $25).

A confession: as someone who has challenges balancing a checkbook and that learned the difference between an IRA and the IRS the hard way, “Self Made” instantly drew me in. I believe it will do the same for you.

Galán, who was born Arnely Alvarez in Santa Clara, Cuba, owns every moment of her phenomenal rise from anonymous dreamer to one of the driving forces in an economy where women’s consumer participation outranks any other group.

The power of “Self Made’s” message is not to fall into the trap of most first generation success stories. To that end, Galán discourages adding to your shoe collection to mark a financial triumph, and instead investing in real estate.

For a woman who created a reality series called “The Swan,” the Teaneck, New Jersey raised dynamo also cautions us to create our own dreams instead of depending on someone else to make our dreams come true.

Far beyond pithy quotes, “Self Made” separates itself from other self-help and inspirational books in large part due to its energetic author who reinvents the notion of A Can Do spirit into Will Do and Then Some.

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