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.
I was interested in this book as I have read the author Jason Kothari’s achievement online and he is hailed as a turnaround expert.
Turnaround expert why? Because he acquired the broke superhero entertainment company while a college student at Wharton and later traded it for $100 million to Hollywood. He has also transformed several troubled Indian firms like Housing.com, free charge, and Snapdeal to name a few.
This book ‘Irrationally Passionate’ talks about his life from a rebellious and train wreck kid to the top 10 young entrepreneurs and establishes the imperative factor in one’s life- Passion. Now that you know, he was not born with a silver spoon.
Irrationally Passionate has 11 chapters talking about several aspects of the individual journey. However, one chapter kept me thinking about how we pact with passion ourselves. The 7th chapter “Push yourself Harder than you do others”. We are prodigious advice-givers when it emanates for others, but when smearing pragmatism in one’s life-we try to take it laid-back or adjourn it for the next yug. To that point- easier said than done applies to self.
This book ‘Irrationally Passionate’ promises to be a jewel for all the young achievers that in a failed life, there will be a turnaround. The ‘turn around’ can transpire at any age but one needs to be zealous about it.
Great entrepreneurs are great negotiators. In the prologue, Jason references about the bargain he had as a young child when he negotiated and bought a chess board for 30Rs when the seller asked for 500Rs and the stories flinch from there and to those numerous companies that he dealt and at the end, he talks about the golden pillars of Ideal Startups.
Call me patriotic, but he mentions this line “You’ll never know how fortunate you are to live in India until you’ve been made to live elsewhere”. I have my friends who have said the same but coming from a billionaire is something every Indian needs to be proud of.
The language is modest and appealing and goes with an even stride. Harper Collins has done a marvelous job with the presentation of the book. The Cover design is decent too. Not to overlook, Chapters are also well organized.
The best part of this book is that the author has made this book simple which otherwise would have been complicated for young adults to comprehend something complex like running a startup.
Who needs to read the book? This book needs to be read by aspiring entrepreneurs and young dreamers. As the title suggests, limits are just illusions when there is passion.
Thanks to Blogadda & Harper Collins for the review copy