THE BOOKSHELF YOUR PERSONAL BEST:FROM COLLEGE DROP OUT TO CORPORATE SELL OUT I can’ t believe I read Steve Harris debut book in no time.Yes am an unrepentant book buff, but this book captured me right from its catchy title to its unusual cover picture,fused with the inspiring tagline:’Its not what you don’t have that limits you,its what you have but don’t know how to use’.My first encounter with Steve Harris was on the platform of SPEAKER’S CORNER- A personal development fora for motivational speakers, public speakers, and anyone desirous of sharpening their communication skills.In his usual storytelling fashion and near American accent, I was blown away by the story he shared on that day.Therefore I wasn’t surprised when he decided to go beyond telling stories from the platform to a book form. In the brilliantly crafted foreword written by Tonye P.Cole, he says:’This book is an advice for everyone , anecdotes for parents with children in crisis,for siblings managing success and failures of each other, for entrepreneurs who look beyond the surface and take risks on people no one else would touch, for the downtrodden who can still find hope, for the backslider who overcomes his shame and runs back to God’.The book offers the reader a peek into how he rose from adversity and converted his clays into diamonds.Chapter1 IN THE BEGINNING, xrays his growing up years, family background, chidhood heroes e.t.c.IN LIVING ABROAD Chapter 2, he narrates with the storytelling ability of a master story teller ,his experience abroad and meeting his grandad.GETTING INTO THE UNIVERSITY Chapter 3 ,chronicles his experiences as a ‘Jambito’(Green horn)in the university, exploring freedom, and the bitter tales of having challenges with his grades, and eventually dropping out from college as a result of not having passion for his course of study Mathematics.In his words:’I couldn’t believe my eyes, as I ran my finger across the board, I was shocked first to see the F’s I had gathered, but secondly the ominous sentence that concluded my result –CANDIDATE IS ADVICED TO WITHDRAW.COLLEGE DROP OUT 2, captures the emotional trauma and the pain of having to rewriite JAMB and gaining admission for the second time but dropping out again as a result of :’Little boredom and absolute hopelessness that my life was going nowhere’. His life gained incredible momentum when he decided to take responsibility.He met Fela Durotoye and then began the journey of greatness.He started out at V.I.P consulting fela Durotoye’s consulting outfit as an office assistant, and in no time became the head of the consulting group of Visible impact.Just by deciding to go back to his creator, his destiny encounter with Fela durotoye,maximizing opportunities and taking a chance on himself. Today, Harris is a corporate sell out-Managing consulatnt at EDGECUTION (His consulting outfit),radioshow host-Upgrade, sought after motivational speaker, who has moved from earning 15,000 a month to being able to earn well over a Million to speak for a day.He has picked up from where he left off on his formal education pursuits.He is currently engaged in Masters degree in management consulting from the University of Wales an also a U.K certified life coach. The book is not an encouragement for the reader to drop out from school, or from life, but rather a motivational capsule rejuvenating your dead dreams, failures, and encourages you to turn your lemons into lemonades, your setback into a set up for a comeback.According to him,:’There is a sellout in every drop out’.Steve Harris has suceeded in capturing his struggles in a better than fiction, straight from the earth , entertaining manner.The book is laced with introductory quotations in every chapter and every chaper ends with a closing quotaion aptly called:’SELL OUT SECRETS’.So what are you waiting for?Go grab your own copy of FROM COLLEGE DROP OUT TO CORPORATE SELL OUT.Before it leaves the bookshelf to become a sellout!
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