Inspirational Lessons From Tony Fernandes


Book Review – Tony Fernandes: Flying High: My Story: From AirAsia to QPR. Penguin, 2017.
He has seemingly made the impossible, possible; and has kept his humility and unabating zest to fly higher – as revealed through his candid memoir.

It was fitting that I was flying high on a United Airlines flight to San Francisco when I read the new book by Tony Fernandes, group CEO of AirAsia, as he told of his journey from his low-cost airline to QPR (Queen’s Park Rangers, for those who may not be familiar with football).

Flying High: My Story: From AirAsia to QPR is a great inflight read – it’s easy to digest; it uses simple, clear language to tell a linear narrative; and it did feel like I had Fernandes sitting next to me, telling me his story. I finished it in one sitting – quite an accomplishment these days when the human attention span is said to be now less than that of a goldfish’s eight seconds.

While I had known bits and bobs about his story, it was interesting to have the layers peeled back on a man who, through a combination of luck, talent, courage, audacity and persistence, has somehow not only lived out his dreams, but went one better.

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