Obstacles Welcome: How to Turn Adversity into Advantage in Business and in Life is a book that challenged me to not get so easily derailed. Ralph de la Vega was separated without warning from his family in Cuba at the age of 10 to start a new life in the United States. Immigrating by himself at that tender age was only the beginning of the challenges through which he persevered to better himself time and time again.
Now the CEO of AT&T Mobility, the second-largest mobile phone company in the United States, Mr. de la Vega uses what he has learned to help others – whether it be through providing excellent customer service in a crisis or challenging young people to see the opportunities in the middle of what seem to be hopeless situations.
While this book is largely about leadership and succeeding in business, it is a good book for anyone to read. The book initially piqued my interest because my husband is in the mobile phone industry and has worked for AT&T in the past, and I am very glad that I chose it. I was able to interest my teenaged Boy Scout sons in reading the book by letting them know that Mr. de la Vega is a board member for Boy Scouts of America. I believe that anyone – teenagers, stay-at-home moms, college students, entrepreneurs, etc. – would benefit from reading Obstacles Welcome.
I was given a free copy of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review.