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Risk and Return by Yomi Jemibewon
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There are just some books you read and you tend to highlight every other line because the book is so relatable and you learn a lot from it. Once I stated reading this book, I knew I was going to have cramps in my legs from sitting in one spot just reading until the very last word.

In 277 pages, Jemibewon tells his captivating story without airbrushing the doubts and struggles he faced once he decided to move back to Nigeria and start an enterprise with 3 partners.

It felt like I was listening to a life coach or a preacher because reading every other page had me saying "boom" or "wow". At some points, I was speechless and stared out of my window taking in what I had read.

I had to keep reminding myself that this was not just a story, it was the reality that 4 men who dared to think lived. Although this is told from a perspective of starting a venture in Africa (specifically Nigeria), I think it applies to anyone who dares to do anything outside their comfort zone.

At the end of the book, there are 15 profound lessons outlined, just incase you missed them while reading the whole book. If you are at crossroads or wondering if you can take a leap of faith into a new venture, read this book. The lessons will definitely guide your decision making process.
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Quotes Toyin Liked

“Only by fulfilling those immediate roles and responsibilities would I put myself in a position to figure out how to make a future I could live with.”
Yomi Jemibewon, Risk and Return: A journey of entrepreneurship and self-discovery in Africa

“I don't need to prove that I deserved to be there. I just needed to connect and be sensible in what I was saying.”
Yomi Jemibewon, Risk and Return: A journey of entrepreneurship and self-discovery in Africa

“Were we ready to relearn things we had learned to ignore?”
Yomi Jemibewon, Risk and Return: A journey of entrepreneurship and self-discovery in Africa

“Would my energy be mistaken for rudeness? Could I deal with that?”
Yomi Jemibewon, Risk and Return: A journey of entrepreneurship and self-discovery in Africa

“I was speaking with a confidence I didn't completely feel.”
Yomi Jemibewon, Risk and Return: A journey of entrepreneurship and self-discovery in Africa

“What you get from something should be worth more than what you put into it.”
Yomi Jemibewon, Risk and Return: A journey of entrepreneurship and self-discovery in Africa

“Sometimes a catalogue of mistakes can become a collection of good decisions.”
Yomi Jemibewon, Risk and Return: A journey of entrepreneurship and self-discovery in Africa

“In every new journey you will encounter many situations where you do not know what to do. Yet you are not without resources.”
Yomi Jemibewon, Risk and Return: A journey of entrepreneurship and self-discovery in Africa

“Whatever you did before, whatever you learned from life, there will be a competency from your own past that can be of service to you.”
Yomi Jemibewon, Risk and Return: A journey of entrepreneurship and self-discovery in Africa

“Yet even when you don't win, you learn.”
Yomi Jemibewon, Risk and Return: A journey of entrepreneurship and self-discovery in Africa

“But that's is the simple genius of entrepreneurship. You find a need and supply it.”
Yomi Jemibewon, Risk and Return: A journey of entrepreneurship and self-discovery in Africa

“I wasn't trying to be Gandhi. I just wanted to go home and make a life for myself.”
Yomi Jemibewon, Risk and Return: A journey of entrepreneurship and self-discovery in Africa

“We need more contributors to drive the change that we all wish to see on our continent.”
Yomi Jemibewon, Risk and Return: A journey of entrepreneurship and self-discovery in Africa

“Admitting my fears was the only thing that allowed me to estimate the price of the plunge and find the courage to take it.”
Yomi Jemibewon, Risk and Return: A journey of entrepreneurship and self-discovery in Africa


Reading Progress

December 31, 2018 – Shelved
December 31, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
January 1, 2019 – Started Reading
January 1, 2019 – Finished Reading

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