Book Review: Disasters To Dreams: A Gritty Guide to Finding Success In The Face Of Failure

Fired, robbed, divorced, and with two businesses down the drain, Chris Patrick was stuck on a one-way street of screwups and failures.The life he was leading wasn’t what he wanted—but sometimes, not getting what you want is exactly what you need.Disaster to Dreams is the story of one man’s biggest catastrophes and greatest comebacks, but it’s also a story that demonstrates how amazing opportunities lie just on the other side of adversity—if you’re willing to do the dirty work and dig through defeat. Refreshingly candid, this tough-love and unfiltered self-improvement guide will motivate you to transform stress into stability, train wrecks into trophies, and disasters into dreams.You’ll discover:The ultimate personal growth mindset to help you create your own rules and master life-changing manifestation.Interviews with entrepreneurs, full of inspiration to help you power through any obstacle.How to swallow your “bad” pride and ask people for help—because sometimes finding your purpose takes some hand-holding.Self-reflection exercises to unearth the seeds to future success in the dirt of your past.A step-by-step business-booming process that can improve your subpar enterprise into a prosperous empire.Build triumph on the foundation of failure. No path is a dead end, no matter how epic your mess of defeat. Get Disasters to Dreams and prepare for a path of limitless opportunity in your perfect storm of success!

Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I loved the honest sharing of the author in this book, detailing out his experiences and how he rose from all the struggles life threw his way. From having a bad father, to finding a great father figure and losing dear ones (including relationships), the author has detailed out very clearly what went wrong in his life and how he strived through it. We also get to see how his family stood by his side when he was falsely accused of rape. As the story develops, we see how Chris developed love for entrepreneurship, how he failed in some his ventures before finding success. We could also learn from his multiple relationships before he found his wife, and the lessons behind the struggles to conceive a child.

I particularly like the way the book is written with multiple short interviews with successful people, and there is an element of surprise in one of the interviews as well. Each chapter is accompanied by a “What About You” section to help us readers reflect on our life as well – and I thought this format is similar to Evan Carmichael’s book “Built to Serve”. I also got a feeling of reading Mark Manson’s book with the use of sh*t throughout the book. But other than that, I really think any entrepreneur would enjoy reading this book, as we all can related to most of the lessons conveyed in this book.

I also liked how he suggest to find a tribe or community for support as this is what I am particularly trying to do in my life right now. If you doubt the law of attraction, you may want to give this book a read.

Book Review by Jas – Birth of a Unicorn: Six Basic Steps to Success by Heather Wilde

Birth of a Unicorn: Six Basic Steps to Success by Heather Wilde

Blurb:

Have you ever dreamed about creating your own company? Have you wondered what it takes to make it to that elite, inner circle of the “Unicorn Club”?

In this book, you’ll find the true story behind one of Silicon Valley’s famous companies on its rise to the top. Peek behind the curtain as you see the highs and lows from an insider perspective, on the roller coaster that is the startup life. What emerges is a lasting friendship, a billion-dollar company, and an understandable framework of success for you to replicate.

You’ll learn:
● How to find the balance between your career and personal life.
● Why emotional awareness and critical thinking are as important as specialized knowledge.
● How to identify the real skills you need to build a “Unicorn” team.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Heather, along with her husband, was one of Evernote’s first employees. Heather, unlike other self-help writers who have built successful businesses in Silicon Valley, shows us the reality of building a Fortune 500 company, which includes the strain it can cause on relationships, health, and emotions. Heather walks down memory lane to the time where she and her husband worked hard with the other founders of Evernote, how the workload brought them together but also separated each other. Heather also came to a point where she had to prioritize her marriage amidst the increasing workload and how as a couple, she managed to do it. The challenge doesn’t stop just there, as she had to deal with fatigue and sleep deprivation.

The core of her coaching methods rests on six basic needs for humanity: uncertainty, significance, love/connection, growth, contribution, and certainty. I love how she placed an emphasis on love and connection because, without these two elements, life gets very meaningless. I also think that as entrepreneurs embrace greater challenges, they often forgo their health, family, and friends, which are the very reasons why they started working hard in the first place.

Some of the marketing efforts she made can serve as inspiration for anyone having small businesses and I feel that her opinions are honest and they come from a place to help people.

The formatting of the book was a little confusing and the headings were all over the place, which made it confusing. The narration sometimes gets a little repetitive, especially surrounding the relationship with her husband however, this is a worthwhile read.

Book Video Review #9: Built to Serve by Evan Carmichael

Book Video Review #9

As you know, I’ve started doing book video reviews as a #booktuber and my reviews would be book-fiction books.

This book review is #BuilttoServe by #EvanCarmichael

The scores are:
Internal Layout: 9/10
Plot Development: 8/10
Key Takeaway Message: 8/10
Overall score: 8.7/10

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Book Video Review #4 by Jas: High Tea in Mosul by Lynne O’Donnell

High Tea in Mosul by Lynne O’Donnell

Book Video Review #4. Be sure to drop your comments below, follow the channel and blog. I’d be happy to make new friends as I make book video reviews.

Book Video Review #4

As you know, I’ve started doing book video reviews as a #booktuber and my reviews would be book-fiction books.

This book review is for High Tea in Mosul by Lynne O’Donnell.

The scores are:
Internal Layout: 5/10
Plot Development: 7/10
Key Takeaway Message: 8/10 Overall score: 6.7/10

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Book Video Review #3 by Jas: Tryst With Power (Indira Gandhi) by Nayanthara Saghal

Tryst With Power (Indira Gandhi) by Nayanthara Saghal

Book Video Review #2. Be sure to drop your comments below, follow the channel and blog. I’d be happy to make new friends as I make book video reviews.

Book Video Review #3

As you know, I’ve started doing book video reviews as a #booktuber and my reviews would be book-fiction books. One of the last few weeks, I reviewed #whatitoldmydaughter and this week is for #trystwithpower which is about #IndiraGandhi

The scores are:
Internal Layout: 10/10
Plot Development: 4/10
Key Takeaway Message: 6/10

Overall score: 6.7/10

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Stories of Women of Substance

Non-Fiction Book Reviews

I read a lot of non-fiction books: memoirs, biographies and autobiographies from my school days, and the women featured in these books and their stories have truly inspired my life to date and turned me into a fan of non-fiction books, especially stories from the Middle East.

I will try to post the video reviews for the books I have read in the past once I have cleared the books in my TBR list. Or probably do them concurrently. For those of you who are new to my blog, you can check out my video reviews or #booktube here on YouTube.

M book video reviews

Shame by Jasvinder Sanghera (Memoir)

Shame

Jasvinder Sanghera, CBE, is a campaigner who fights against forced marriages and honour-based crimes in the UK. Shame is her memoir that walks us through her life as a victim of forced marriage at the age of 14. Jasvinder was born into a Sikh family living in the UK. Her parents emigrated to the UK from India before she was born, and the family still has a very close connection with their roots in India.

Jasvinder ran away from home to escape her marriage and had since been outcasted by her family. Jasvinder’s pain of being rejected by her own mother and family because of her choice to not get married was saddening and it tells the reader the importance of being accepted and loved by family members in order to have a fulfilling life as one grows up.

Jasvinder had a failed a marriage and after that found the love of her life. She went on to study at a university after having kids and founded Karma Nirvana to speak for the victims of forced marriages, both men and women, in the UK. A highly recommended book for anyone looking turn adversity into strength.

Mayada, Daughter of Iraq: One Woman’s Survival Under Saddam Hussein by Jean Sasson (Biography)

Mayada

One of the most disturbing books I have ever read. The details of how women suffer behind the bar during the time Saddam Hussein was in power, as described in this book, were too harrowing and sickening. I had to just pause a few times while reading as I was baffled with the fact that women can be treated so lowly just because they were put behind the bar.

Mayada is the granddaughter of one of the most prominent leaders of Iraq, and she was arrested for a crime she did not commit, which is printing leaflets against Saddam at her shop. The rest of the story is about what happened to her and the rest of the ‘Shadow Women’ in the jail. She got out the jail quickly and was not tortured like the rest of her inmates.

While the incident is based on true events, I did not find any potential conflict of interest over the story of this book, yet. It is highly recommended to anyone who loves being teleported to a different world, especially Iraq and the Middle East.

Burned Alive: A Survivor of an “Honor Killing” Speaks Out by Souad (Biography)

Burned Alive

Burned Alive is a story of a woman surviving honour killing after being tried to be murdered by her family members for getting pregnant with her man she loved. This story will open your eyes to how women were tortured in past by denying the rights to express their thoughts freely. This event took place in the seventies, during the time when women’s rights movement had not gained prevalence in many parts of the world.

Souad lived in a society that considered a seventeen-year-old girl to be an old maid, and she lost hope in getting married to a man of her family’s choice because her elder sisters were still not married, and she was left with no choice but to wait for her sisters’ turn to come because older girls were married off first. She fell in love with a man and got pregnant with him. The pregnancy was kept a secret but soon the family got to know about it and attempted to murder her and her child.

Souad recalled the story after some twenty years this incident happened to her from a place somewhere in Europe, where she lived after escaping her home country. Although Souad later got married, found an employment opportunity and learned a second language, she preferred to keep her whereabouts a secret due to the fear of her family tracing her back and killing her.

Highly recommended for those who like to read about the lives of women in the seventies in of the Middle Eastern countries.

Book Video Review #2 by Jas: What I Told My Daughters by Nina Tassler

Book Video Review #2. Be sure to drop your comments below, follow the channel and blog. I’d be happy to make new friends as I make book video reviews.

As you know, I’ve started doing book video reviews as a #booktuber and my reviews would be book-fiction books. Last week, I reviewed #nujeen and this week is for #whatitoldmydaughter

The scores are:
Internal Layout: 10/10
Plot Development: 8/10
Key Takeaway Message: 10/10

Overall score: 9/10

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Book Review by Jas: Nujeen by Nujeen Mustafa and Christina Lamb

Book Review: Nujeen
Nujeen

This is my first book video review and I’ve been wanting to do this for quite sometime but I chose to wait for my tripod and microphone to arrive.

Finally, here I am, with my non-fiction book review. As an avid non-fiction book reader, I’d be posting NF book reviews as my #Booktube posts.

Review on #Nujeen:

Internal layout: 10
Plot development: 7
Key takeaway message: 10
Overall: 9/10

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