4 out of 4 stars
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This is the wisdom of a woman who has risen above many social norms and professional obstacles to become one of the most sought-after hoteliers in the United Arab Emirates.
Mona AlHebsi is the eldest daughter in a traditional family. Throughout her life, she has always been the stubborn fish who refuses to swim along the current. Despite the initial disapproval from her family and friends, she determined to become a renowned hotelier. After fourteen years facing many challenges and self-doubt, she is now confident to reveal her winning formula for professional success. The advice is designed to build an independent and visionary mindset, strong integrity, cunning skills, and a stellar reputation. She also shares many encouraging words and dares you to reach the heights of your own field.
The stories of strong-minded women who fight their ways to become formidable forces in the business world are popular in mainstream media. And yet, what I find so exceptional about AlHebsi’s book is that it is neither a generic self-help book nor an inspiring fairy tale. In fact, Beat The Odds resembles a personal coaching session. Each chapter will equip you with a fundamental tool to achieve professional fulfillment. It starts with a condensed piece of advice and then expands into a practical, step-by-step action plan. Following is a short Q&A section where she addresses your inhibitions and discusses possible dilemmas in workplaces. The chapter ends with instructions to craft a personal game plan to suit your character and goals. Supplementary references, including a list of recommended books written by experts and assessment tests designed by trustworthy institutions, are also provided. My favorite part is where AlHebsi shares some tips on how to broadcast your accomplishments to further your credibility and assist others without coming across as boastful and irritating.
Mona AlHebsi’s spirit shines in every word and builds her up to be a commanding and steadfast figure. At the same time, she speaks from personal experience, thereby reminding you of a supportive and reliable sister. All in all, she projects the image of an extraordinary yet ordinary woman, which will convince you that you can achieve the same level of success by emulating her wisdom, patience, and determination.
The book is well edited, and it is written in clear and concise terms. If there is any critique, I think AlHebsi could have dedicated a chapter to deal with specific difficulties which women are more likely to face, such as sex discrimination and the struggle to balance between family and career. Despite that, the book is still wholesome and satisfactory, so I am happy to rate it 4 out of 4 stars.
Beat The Odds is highly recommended to professionals who desire to achieve long-term success in any field requiring business savvy and adept social skills. Besides, ambitious college students should read it to plan out their future paths. However, women who do not focus too much on their careers can find this book counter-intuitive and demanding.
Beat The Odds
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