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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Book review- Free from Corporate Slavery by Jimi Tewe

YEAR: 2011
PRICE: N1,600
“…Don’t find a reason to say, coulda woulda shoulda, but I didn’t do that, give it a shot, better believe and don’t say you…”.The famous singer, Celine Dion, seemed not to be the only one with this point of view, Jimi Tewe expresses how one could avoid saying those words while following one’s dream, passion and purpose against all odds.

Jimi Tewe, the CEO of Inspiro Consulting, a Human Resource Solution provider shares his personal experiences in this book on how he was able to be free from the bonds of slavery that would have restrained him from fulfilling his purpose in life. After being a beneficiary of the good things that accompanies a managerial position in one of the top banks in Nigeria, he did not let himself be consumed by this achievement which he attained five years after youth service.

The author poses some questions to enable the readers assess themselves on whether they are victims of corporate slavery and suggests ways in whicht hey could be free from this.

He also identifies a security/risk taking continuum where most individuals would prefer to continue with their jobs ( regardless of whether it’s in line with their passion or the time is right to move), than be exposed to the uncertainties that results from pursuing another career path or starting a new business. The author considers this as myopic which could leave the individual regretting this waste of time and vital resources in the long run.

I have come to realize that life is too valuable and should not be wasted using the major part of my finite time doing activities that do not utilize my talents, abilities, passion, creativity and all the facilities that I have. (pg 29)

The author urges every individual to discover the reason for their existence as this is one avenue through which we can truly be celebrated as we ought to be:

I have found that more often than not, those we celebrate are those people who have discovered their domain of passion and have given room for its expression”. (pg 32)

In a bid to follow our dreams, he recognizes seven potential dream killers that we would have to encounter. They include: people, societal expectation, fear of the unknown, debt, the pursuit of security, personal insecurity and competitive mentality. The author stresses the fact that these would have to be managed properly in order to avoid making wrong decisions.

The author makes it clear that there are models that can aid one in achieving career success. He identifies self discovery and apprenticeship as part of this model. The place of apprenticeship is essential, but considering the employment situation in the country, one wonders whether this is achievable.

Also on the issue of employment, the author does not seem to be aware of the fact that employers of labour in some organizations in Nigeria, subject their employers to some form of slavery. The employees are made to sign an undertaking for a period of time with which they are not permitted to leave the organization, and when they decide to, they would have to pay a huge sum. How can an individual then be truly free from corporate slavery when that individual feels within few months that it was not his career path in the first place?

On another note, asides the use of words that are simple and easy to understand, the front cover of the book clearly presents the idea of the book. The use of chains round a suitcase presents slavery in its literal sense.

Jimi’ s use of real life examples is also worthy of note. In chapter 8, which he titled “Success stories”, he attempts to show examples of individuals who moved from one thriving career path to the other where people felt were less honourable compared to previous jobs, but those businesses have achieved great successes till date.

We can deduce the fact that some suggestions or guidelines offered in this book has not just been tailored around his personal experience but those of other individuals who took same steps and are achieving great successes. This makes the book credible in some way.

Jimi did not limit the content of this book to individuals who need to either start a business on theor own or follow another career path, but to individuals who are about to start their career. This he does by stressing the importance of purpose and passion as financial benefits alone is never enough. According to him, a job should give: fulfillment, sense of accomplishment, valuable experience and financial rewards.

whatever you eventually settle to do, make sure you enjoy life and this is not a function of how much money you have at your disposal. It is more of a function of the state of your mind.

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