Vincentian Jamal Browne has released a book “Defying the Odds – Your Personal Guide to Victorious Living”, in which he says he responds to “thousands of requests for personal and career guidance from young professionals all across the globe”.
Browne said that many of these persons first learnt about his story in 2016 through a viral post on the popular professional networking site, LinkedIn.
The post used the example of his life and career to highlight the importance of taking extravagant leaps of faith when pursuing certain personal and career goals.
Within hours, thousands of persons responded to the post, ultimately drawing the attention of over one million LinkedIn users worldwide.
“It is amazing how curious, talented and determined our youths are. The challenge is that there aren’t enough committed mentors to answer the myriad of questions that we all have about our personal lives and careers. So when the questions started being directed towards me, I immediately saw an opportunity to impart the lessons that I would have learnt thus far in my life and career. This book captures those lessons in a concise and compelling way,” said Browne, a 2016 Fellow of President Barack Obama’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), and a former United Nations Project Officer.
Browne, who is originally from Murray’s Village, was raised in a strict Christian household under the watchful eyes of his grandmother.
He recalls developing an insatiable desire for new knowledge at a very early age, and attributes this to his family’s unwavering commitment to his education.
“I do not subscribe to the notion of one being self-made, as we all need someone who is willing to sacrifice something – whether time, energy or finances – to afford us a reasonable shot at success. That has been the story of my life,” said Browne who holds a doctorate from the University of the West Indies.
The four-part book has been divided into nine chapters, with the first two chapters taking readers on a compelling journey through the author’s early life and career, highlighting the roles of key individuals, institutions and environments that helped to shape his character, and nurture his talents.
From his humble beginnings growing up in his tiny Caribbean village, to his induction as a United Nations Project Officer in Nairobi, Kenya in 2014, Browne meticulously weaves his way through a series of life-changing experiences that ultimately charted his course.
Chapters three through nine have been divided into three parts, and respond to the hundreds of questions posed to him over the years by young adults and young professionals from all across the globe — most of which follow common themes such as “overcoming fear”, “financial freedom”, “finding the right field of study”, and “practical Christian living”.
“There are days on which I find myself on the verge of tears with some of the stories and requests for personal and career guidance that I receive, and in light of my familiarity with some of these accounts. So in preparing this book, I was compelled to dig deeply into my own experiences to unearth those invaluable lessons and solutions that I found along the way,” Browne said as he reflected on the preparation of his maiden inspirational publication.
Copies of ‘Defying the Odds – Your Personal Guide to Victorious Living’ are currently available on Amazon Kindle and Amazon Books in both e-book and print versions.