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on 7 November 2013
Read this book during a flight from London to Doha-excellent book! I could not stop reading it from start to finish and loved it. I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to know the true Mo Farah, not the one that the Dailymail and alike would want to you to believe. This guy came from nowhere to somewhere, in terms of his career development and professionalism, thank to his dedications and help from a lot of people and as a result created history in many ways. No doubt about this. In the book he comes across as an honest (admitted his mistakes in life + admitted his dyslexia); appreciative (mentioned people who contributed to his success); family man (loyal to his wife although I’d have loved him to say a bit more about her background); committed (once he decided to be an athlete he was fully committed to it, no ifs no buts); hard-worker (my God how could someone runs 120-150 miles per wk, and traveled to Kenya, Ethiopia and the US to advance his career); visionary and a good planner (to be honest these could largely be attributed to his coaches); good decision maker (got rid one of his coaches when needed), and has sense of responsibility (set up the Mo Foundation to help poor and disadvantaged people both in the UK and the Horn of Africa).
I liked his appreciations and frankness on what the UK, as a country, offered to him -just like him I'm also originally from Somalia (around same age as him) so I can relate to myself a lot of things that Mo mentioned in the book-although I thought he could be accused of exaggerating few things here and there(generalizing certain aspects of his experiences to the entire community). Another limitation I found in the book is his indirect 'promotion' of Somaliland cause. Mo correctly mentioned that 'Somaliland' is a breakaway region in Somalia and internationally no country recognizes it as a state. But Mo kept referring Somaliland as a country alongside Somalia. In my view, this could have two potential problems: A) confuse readers , B) Drag Mo and his reputation into a deeply divisive issue. Make no mistake, I admit and in fact admirer/proud of what the people in the 'Somaliland' region did over the past 20 years -in self-governing and keeping peace-, but people need to know one simple fact: that Somaliland is not a country, but rather a region of Somalia State. In my view these limitations can be blamed on his PR team rather than this wonderful human being.
Just buy the book and I can assure you that you’ll not be disappointed-a true human story. Recommend it particularly for teachers, community workers and parents.
Mo is a true hero an inspirational to a lot of disadvantage pupils in the UK and ethnic Somalis around the world are proud of your achievements. Best of luck.