I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban may seem like a strange book for a success book review blog but I believe it is an inspirational fit. The strength and struggles of this young lady in the midst of extreme adversity that most of us can only imagine.
I Am Malala is Malala’s own recollection (memoir), along with her family’s, of her life story growing up in Swat Valley, Pakistan during a time the Taliban controlled that area of Pakistan. Swat Valley is close enough to the Afghanistan border where many residents were introduced to the United States by drones shelling their countryside.
Prior to Malala being shot in the head by the Taliban (failed assassination attempt), her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, an outspoken activist himself, had received death threats himself. Ziauddin Yousafzai understood the danger he was in but did not believe his daughter and family would be a target.
Malala was a blogger (anonymously) for the BBC and active on social media, despite her seclusion. Malala is educated and speaks three languages despite the Taliban restricting and even banning her education because she is female. Malala has been heard worldwide despite so many obstacles and so many people trying to shut her up, even going as far as an assassination attempt.
Even to this day, Malala fights for the rights of girls and woman to receive an education. Malala is improving the lives others and isn’t being dissuaded by very serious hurdles and challenges, culture, or negative opinion.
I believe this story of sacrifice, struggle, and determination can help us put things into perspective and, if applied to our own lives and businesses, help with our own obstacles.