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Book Review #70 – Overcoming by Tonny Rutakirwa

This book, that you can buy here, shines a light on the importance of obstacles in our lives. People pray and hope that everything goes smoothly in their journey. In truth, no one would willingly want an obstacle to be in their way, would they?

That’s interesting because it is known that obstacles bring out the best in people, help build character, and, most importantly, increase mental toughness and prepare us for troubles ahead. After all, there’ll always be trouble in life. This book accurately explains how to positively look at obstacles and use them to one’s advantage.

What To Expect From This Book

The writer suggests that when obstacles are encountered, a “Never give up” attitude is essential to surpassing them. Particularly impressive is the role of a positive mindset in overcoming problems and obstacles — something so simple yet incredibly important in the process of overcoming.

It adeptly expresses the influences of negative thinking on our mind and why thinking about things negatively breeds bad vibes and reinforces failure. The importance of identifying and removing negativity from your thoughts can’t be overemphasized, and it is perfectly addressed early on here.

The writer uses several examples to buttress their point and hammer home the essence of persistence in career and life.

A Break Down Of This Book

They start from big names in business, first starting from the life story of the eternal Henry Ford, founder of Ford motors; One of the world’s biggest automobile companies. It tells of his journey through childhood, his love for machines, and how he and his setbacks even made his first company shut down. The book shows how he got back up, finding his feet from ground zero again and pushing on to be one of the best automobile minds of his time, and maybe, of all time.

It moves on, still in the business niche, to other great names. From Rowland Macy, whose early years were a series of failed business and setbacks, who kept getting up and trying till he hit the right combination on which Macy & Co stores are built, to Soichiro Honda (yes, founder of that Honda), who overcame everything life could throw at him including an earthquake that destroyed his factory and an economic recession that made gasoline scarce, down to Dr Sudhir Ruparelia, Bill Gates, Job Sanders, Richard Branson, Walt Disney, etc.

All these men have one thing in common, despite coming from different life shades and different continents even. They had in common the never give in attitude and the ability or willingness to keep trying.

It’s been said that only a fool keeps doing the same thing the same way and expects different results. The writer uses the stories to emphasize the importance of changing approaches when trying to get past an obstacle.

Sometimes, you don’t have to go through it. You could climb over it, jump past it, or go round it. Whatever happens, the most important thing is to keep trying and never give in. As Soichiro Honda rightly put it, ” I just wouldn’t give in, no way” – immortal words befitting an immortal man.

The author brings examples from all walks of life, from scientists like Einstein and Edison to historic Public figures like Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill. Even to Entertainers and athletes, the message is clear; Persistence is the key to success and essential to greatness because life will try its best to bring you down. But don’t take it personally; it’s life. It’s entropy (the degree of randomness and disorderliness in a system).

The author weaves a series of tales that buttress the point that tough times don’t last, but tough people do. The way these famous people live today or lived when they were at the peak of their careers, one would never imagine they went through all the obstacles described in this book. But they did. And they came out stronger because they saw obstacles for just what they were; a character-building opportunity.

Some didn’t see it like that, yes. Some people lost everything. But as the book shows, it’s essential not to give up because only then is it truly over.

Take-Home From This Book

One thing the book does not address enough is knowing when to give up and step back. Sometimes, one needs to leave an Enterprise in entirety and step back for self-reflection. This is essential so as not to end up spending one’s entire life chasing a pointless dream.

Sometimes, luck also plays a significant role in success; hence the invention of the phrase “lucky break.” However, it’s only someone who keeps working hard and never gives up that’d get that lucky break.

To Wrap It Up

In conclusion, this book does exactly what the title would suggest. It tells the advantages of obstacles, talks about what to do to overcome setbacks, and then with very good examples, goes ahead to show how people that are admired met their obstacles and overcame it.

The examples form a large portion of the book and have a nice touch as it brings out the stories of idols and role models all around the world from all walks of life. The entertainment section would resonate with a lot of young people, especially. On the other hand, the science portion both educates and motivates. Every part of the examples does just that.

The author succeeds in keeping the reader’s attention with the stories and always makes sure the moral stays the same; keep grinding, keep going, if necessary, change approach, but NEVER GIVE UP.

In the end, it’s a very good book. On a scale of 1 to 10, it would be rated a very solid 9/10. It’s aptly titled “Overcoming,” and it does exactly what you would expect before reading it. It teaches you how to overcome obstacles and shows you how your idols overcame.

Even if you’re not motivated by the author’s words, you’ll be motivated by the stories. Either way, you’ll end up being motivated to OVERCOME.

Reviewed by;

Natalie Hauser


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