Book Review: Obstacles Welcome

The book is classified as a business book and I suppose it is…I’d classify it as leadership-lite taught through autobiography-lite. Through personal story, mainly professional life, the author teaches leadership principles. These are the broad range of leadership principles like overcoming obstacles, having vision, goal setting, personal sacrifice, and character.

There are great leadership concepts and ideas in this book. What I find is that the world is not short on leadership ideas and concepts and this book provides many. The world is short on leadership in execution, but that problem has little to do with this book.

Clearly the story is rags to riches through determination but it wasn’t gritty enough for me. The author rose up from nothing (escaping from Cuba w/ out his family as a child) to become the CEO of ATT Mobility which is no small feat. He has much to be proud of. He clearly has great leadership skills as proven by his success.

The book is somewhat sterile and corporate. That’s not an indictment on the book. Just know that this is the story of a man who climbed the corporate ladder to succeed in his life. If you do not compare this book to leadership teaching through the life of George Washington, who helped build this nation and pry it from the grips of the British Empire you’ll be just fine.

I would recommend this book to someone as a primer to corporate leadership, wanting to climb the ranks.

Rascals and renegades need not apply!



  1. I've never been very good at climbing corporate ladders…may have to read that one.

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