Becoming By Michelle Obama

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Am I good enough? Yes, I am.
Are we good enough? Yes, we are.

The journey of an average middle-class young girl from the South Side of Chicago to becoming the First Lady of the United States of America (FLOTUS), Michelle Obama has outlined her story in the most intricate way possible.

When we flip through the pages of a book, some stories will inspire you, bring out the best in you, make you feel a part of their journey and, above all, give you hope to live the best version of YOU.

‘Becoming’ chronicles the experiences that have shaped her. The readers are welcome into her world with unnerving honesty and animated wit.   

Michelle – the girl

What happens when a young South Side Chicago girl battles the odds of being the one of ‘colour’ and pushes ahead? The outcome is one of that will lead the reader to be in awe of Michelle Robinson, who later became Michelle Obama.

Right from a young age, Michelle was taught a sense of self-confidence and belief in making her own decisions. This ultimately became the crux of her journey ahead.

Michelle – the ambitious girl

From working in the top firms of Chicago to charting her course through a series of non-profits, Michelle saw the world from a different perspective, her perspective. But she never let her ‘colour’ of skin define who she was.

Her ways to manage her demanding work schedule coupled with being present for her daughters at all times, she has beautifully showcased the struggles that almost all working women go through.

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 Michelle – the FLOTUS

As the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama created the most comprehensive and welcoming White House in the history of its presidencies. While establishing herself as a powerful promoter of woman’s rights and the girls in the U.S., and around the globe, she dramatically changed the way families lead their lives, making them a healthier and more active. Standing with her husband, Barack Obama, as he led the U.S. through the most harrowing moments, she has shown us that there is a silver lining behind every cloud.

Their journey together comes as the assimilation of ideas, passion, the grit to do the right thing and just being focused on whatever you believe. From dealing with the nuances of having a public life to politics to being a highly ambitious career-oriented woman to raising two amazing daughters and all the work that goes on, there is something for everyone to take back from this book.

‘Becoming’ touches you and helps you to reason your aspirations, drives you to achieve what you thought was impossible and helps you get a perspective of the immense opportunities that lie ahead.

My key takeaways-

  • Every journey has its difficulties. It is up to you to make the best of the situation in front of you.
  • You can be anything you want to be, only if you have the grit to achieve it.
  • No journey is complete without the support of your friends, family and close associates. These are the people who get you going even in the toughest times.

This memoir showcases all these emotions and much more.

Warm, wise and visionary, Becoming is a passionate account of a woman of depth and substance; one who has defied all expectations and deftly risen beyond those expectations.

A story that inspires us to do the same.

Irrationally Passionate – My Turnaround from Rebel to Entrepreneur by Jason Kothari

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BOOK REVIEW

Title: Irrationally Passionate- My Turnaround from Rebel to Entrepreneur
Author: Jason Kothari
Length: 269 pages
Format: Kindle Edition (also available in hardcover)
Publisher: HarperCollins (11th March 2020)
Rating: 5/5

While still pursuing his studies in Wharton University, Jason Kothari put together money from family and friends to salvage his childhood favourite comic book company, Valiant Entertainment. From saving the company from bankruptcy to making it to the top 3 comic book companies, after Marvel and DC, he transformed the landscape of Valiant. The company was later sold for $100 million.

Jason is known as a ‘Turnaround Leader’ because of his innate ability to turn the landscape of any business around. By transforming distressed companies such as Housing.com, FreeCharge and SnapDeal, Jason helped them save billions of dollars over a short period of time. His association with technology titans such as SoftBank and real estate conglomerate Emaar prove to be vital in their functioning today, who have invested billions of dollars in India.

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Irrationally Passionate reveals the very intriguing journey, an autobiography, of Jason from being a rebel and a train-wrecked kid to transforming into a successful business leader, who went on to become one of the top paid executives in India while only in his 30s.

It is not a typical rags to riches story but one that outlines his journey through methodical approach, passion about doing things, continuous learning and remaining focused throughout.

From learning sales at a tender age of 8 to becoming an assistant to Jackie Chan in Hong Kong at the age of 15, to learning strategy and teamwork from champion Muay Thai fighters in Thailand, to tackling huge set-backs in personal and professional life, to becoming a CEO early in his life, and many such stories are a true inspiration to every young mind beginning to make a fresh start.

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Jason’s inspiring journey across businesses, countries and companies has something for everyone to takeaway. From students to entrepreneurs to corporate CEOs to even parents of students, there is a lesson that can be derived from every stage of his life.

Irrationally Passionate is a highly personal, witty, authentic and complete account of a young entrepreneurs journey. Power packed with personal advice, professional failures and successes, and deep philosophical impacts, it will force readers to open their mind and reflect on how they observe life, work, family and spirituality by giving them a fresh outlook.

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His tone is not authoritative but communicative. His language and writing style is ‘casual’ and ‘informal’ yet ‘informative’ and ‘engaging’, making it interesting and easy to follow. Jason Kothari takes the subject of ‘Entrepreneurship’ and ‘Life Philosophies’ and relates it aptly through his life story and very clearly outlines the learning from each phase.

The chapters of the book are conversant in nature and seem to speak with us in many ways. ‘Not every seed is meant to bloom a forest’ or ‘Nothing worthwhile comes easy’, etc. are crisp reflections of the essence of the story.

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If you are looking for something to string the pearls in your mind, looking for inspiration to start a new venture or just about anything new or experimental, this book will give you valuable insights that you need.

The story play in the book makes you visualize the journey as if it’s your own and immerse you into the situation effectively.

HAPPY READING!