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Marc Demetriou, a leading expert on mortgages, is releasing a new book in January, Lessons From My Grandfather: Wisdom for Success in Business and Life. Demetriou, a branch manager and mortgage consultant with Residential Home Funding Corporation, learned early in his life that success is a choice thanks to the teachings of his grandfather, Haralambos “Charlie” Pistis.

Charlie was a self-made man, having left Cyprus at the age of 16 and immigrated to America. Despite all the challenges he faced, Charlie managed to beat the odds and retired at the age of 60 as a millionaire, enjoying life for another 37 years until his passing at age 97.

Like many immigrants of his time, Charlie had never been far from his home before arriving in America. He had to survive on wit, determination and a rock-solid set of timeless values. Through his steadfast willingness to work hard, and a determination to control life rather than allowing it to control him, Charlie succeeded on his own terms, finding happiness and financial security. In this book, Demetriou tells Charlie’s compelling story and shares his 15 timeless principles for success, applying them to the world today.

The lessons Demetriou learned from his grandfather are compellingly revealed and explained in the book through Charlie’s life story. They include:

  • Attitude is everything.
  • Take the mighty risks.
  • Be resilient, persevere and never give up on yourself.
  • Everyone you pass in life has something to teach you.
  • No one ever does it alone.
  • Never stop moving in the direction of your dreams.
  • Go the extra mile.
  • Remain humble always.
  • Look for what others don’t see.
  • Be awake and alive to the suffering of others.
  • To work is to survive, and that is not enough.
  • Be thankful for what you have.
  • There are no limits and no ends.
  • Believe in yourself always.
  • Be joyful!

Through Charlie’s inspirational wisdom, Demetriou provides insight that readers can use to recognize their own unique talents and use them to achieve their goals in life and business.


Wisdom for Success in Business and Life

By Marc Demetriou

Highpoint Life; January 16, 2018

$ 24.99 (hardcover); 176 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9989840-0-1

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