“Patrick Asare’s unlikely and astonishing journey from the child of a subsistence farmer in Ghana to a successful corporate professional with a beautiful family in America is truly fascinating and awe-inspiring. This is a story of inspiration, grit and resilience that teaches all of us to continue to work toward our biggest dreams.” — Shannon Huffman Polson, author of The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience and Leadership in the Most Male Dominated Organization in the World
“As the child of an illiterate farmer in a small village in Ghana, Patrick Asare supplemented his elementary-school education by reading newspaper fragments used to wrap fish. From there, his story just gets stranger and more inspirational. Asare’s journey takes him to the Soviet Union, where he earns a BS and becomes fluent enough to teach Russian. From there he travels to the United States, where more hard work and perseverance land him in a distinguished career in business. Should be required reading in every high school.” — John C. Shively, author of Profiles in Survival: The Experiences of American POWs in the Philippines during World War II
“Some books inspire because they help us understand and see ourselves in the kinds of challenges and decisions many of us so rarely have reason to face. Patrick Asare’s story of hard-won success offers insight into what it looks like to overcome very real fears and incredible hurdles in life — with courage, optimism, perseverance, and love.” — David Garrison, CEO, Climate & Capital Connect
“Patrick Asare’s jaw-dropping coming-of-age story reads like a Dickensian Bildungsroman. A sterling example of the places courage, love, hard work, and a strong will to succeed can take you. Compelling reading.” — Abena Birago Addo-Kumi, chair of the Department of English, Achimota School, Accra, Ghana
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