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Book Review: Imbibe The Greats

To start with, the book includes stories of famous personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Sachin Tendulkar and the likes and gives us a simple message

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The title of the book 12 Essential Abilities of Extraordinary People, could at first, seem like a motivational book. But you will be surprised to know that author Virender Kapoor has brought in a whole new dimension by profiling famous personalities and bringing out their important traits in this book.

To start with, the book includes stories of famous personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Sachin Tendulkar and the likes and gives us a simple message. If you don’t have the traits of these famous people, then there is nothing wrong in learning them in order to become an achiever.

Kapoor is an educationist and was a director of a management institute under the Symbiosis umbrella. Kapoor’s book describes and suggests a set of habits or characteristics a person should inculcate in his life, in his thoughts and communicate them constructively to benefit others around him/her. The book makes a strong case for imbibing traits from great leaders and applying them in the long run. It is time to focus on long-term success and not chase the short-term goals, which could be sweeter now, bitter later.

Industry is a place where it is very difficult to stay true to values and practices, which are ideal; where people are constantly trying to move ahead sometimes even by pulling others down, where success is the ultimate goal and attaining it by hook or by crook is acceptable for many of them. However, it is important for the reader to appreciate those key business leaders, who have stayed at the top because of sheer hard work and by practicing what they have preached all along.

Most readers will like the fact that the knowledge and instances shared in the book are relatable, flow in the right direction and are clear, which may influence an aspiring learner. The sun sign information and covering the masses by categorising them, is something many won’t agree or relate with and is impractical.

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Gaurav Dureja

The author is Director, Ambrane India

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