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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!

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