Book Name : Irrationally Passionate : My Turnaround from Rebel to Entrepreneur
Author : Jason Kothari
Genre : Non Fiction/ Business/ Autobiography
Format : Kindle eBook
Book Length : 269 pages
Price : ₹101
Published By : HarperBusiness
Publication Date : 11th March, 2020
My Rating : 4/5
Blurb :While a college student at Wharton, Jason Kothari scraped together money from family and friends to save his childhood favourite comic book company, Valiant Entertainment, from bankruptcy and bring it back to life. A few years later, he transformed Valiant into the third-largest superhero entertainment company in the world after Marvel and DC Comics and sold it for $100 million. Jason then became a professional turnaround leader and went on to transform distressed Indian Internet icons Housing.com, FreeCharge and Snapdeal, helping save billions of dollars in value, and advise giants like technology investor Softbank and real estate developer Emaar, who have invested billions of dollars in India. Irrationally Passionate reveals the inside story of how a rebel, train-wreck kid transformed himself into a successful young entrepreneur and business leader who became one of the top ten paid executives in India while only in his 30s. From getting his first job as an assistant to Jackie Chan in Hong Kong, to learning strategy from champion Muay Thai fighters in Thailand, to tackling huge personal setbacks, to becoming a CEO in 60 seconds, among many other stories – Jason’s inspiring journey across countries, industries and companies has something for everyone, right from students to entrepreneurs to corporate CEOs to even parents of students and entrepreneurs. Irrationally Passionate is a highly personal, authentic, open and complete account of a young entrepreneur’s life. Brimming with practical advice and philosophical insights, it will force readers to reflect on how they perceive life, work, family and spirituality by giving them a fresh perspective.
Review :Irrationally Passionate by Jason Kothari is about the author, his life with business with a fraction of his personal life.
The book starts off with a very hilarious incident which the author mentions as his first encounter with entrepreneurship. This incident really provides a good start in terms of humour and developing the readers interest. The storyline then proceeds to take us through Jason’s childhood, how he was bullied, beaten up and all the places they had moved to while he was a kid. The incidents he tells us about help us perceive that he wasn’t a born success. His childhood helped him become what he became and the sources from wherein he imbibed certain values are described like basketball which taught him teamwork and leadership and Muay Thai boxing lessons from where he learns how strategy and lateral thinking compensate for lesser capabilities. He devised his buisness plan based on it and helped donate to the charity. He talks about how comic books impacted him and his love for them gave him an opportunity to start off a mini business. Gradually, he falls into a wrong group of friends and has his lows. Upon receiving criticism from family, he improves himself and academics, and gets into Wharton. He pursues a few internships there and then gets involved in Valiant which was responsible for his love for comics in childhood. Valiant is on the verge of bankruptcy and Jason along with his friend decides to buy it and bring it back. Their struggles, lack of financial resources, strategies, encounters with law, passion, determination, etc which ultimately helped Jason with Valiant have been described in extreme detail. It gave me so much information about what goes into buying, uplifting and making a company a success. He steps down as the CEO later on and joins Housing.com which was on a quest for a CEO. He flips Housing.com from the verge of bankruptcy to the profit making company that it used it be by restructuring. Next up, he takes up Snapdeal and helps it to work its way up. Basically, the way he works with the companies to uplift them has been deeply described. The book is written in a simple manner and is very inspiring to all the entrepreneurs out there. It’s well written but the readers of a particular genre will be opting for it. The books in the initial half is more interesting. The writing style is simple and honest. All his personal and professional lows have been told about with equal honesty as his successes are. The book and the author ooze of extreme hard work and dedication. How his passion and determination overcame his struggles in the critical time period is described. If you want to know about how he became a success and what goes in business, read this book. It inspired me to know more, be courageous and have determination in oneself.
Quotes I liked :- Your passions are your spirit’s compass. Don’t ignore them. Take them seriously. Embrace them. I know I did. And in the end, that made all the difference.- If you’re at peace with yourself and filled with joy and concern for others, you’ll use your wealth and influence to improve the lives of others and make the world a better place. If, however, you’re still battling inner demons, money will only inflame them and make them bigger.- Sometimes the right business partner today will not be the right business partner tomorrow as their or your vision and values shift or evolve.Thanks to the author for sending me the review copy in exchange of an honest review.