Author: Chitoka Webb
Year Published: 2011
Source: I picked up a copy of this book at BookExpoAmerica.
Chitoka Webb’s memoir tells the incredible story of how she rose from poverty to become a powerful businesswoman. She grew up in the projects of Nashville and faced hurdles by being African-American and a woman. Early on, Chitoka knew she was different. She learned to have a certain belief in herself – something inside of her -- that has been good for her through the years.
She became a master barber and also opened up two barbershops and three health-care agencies, all before the age of thirty. She was doing exceptionally well when a devastating illness threatened everything – her work, her sight, and even her life.
How did Chitoka Webb, who almost didn’t graduate from high school, find the courage to fight poverty, drug addiction, racism, sexism, a somewhat obsessive-compulsive nature, and the agonizingly painful illness that left her blind and threatened her life? She says:
Choices are a form of power when you are faced with a situation that offers you no options. You don’t always have control of your options, but you always have control of your choices.I think this book and Chitoka are truly inspirational! It is a short book, but very empowering. Chitoka believes in doing everything with “excellence.” This book should be required reading for everyone -- especially all young people.
You can read about Chitoka at her website.