Colm OBrien recently launched his book ‘Feeding Johnny: How To Build A Business Despite The Roadblock’ on the 5th of February. Colm O’Brien is a Limerick native. He is a dynamic Irish businessman, who created a successful business Carambola Kidz after a series of self-confessed failed business ventures. He has established the Ace Training Book Club, aimed at helping Start Your Own Business group participants develop a lifelong reading habit. In 2012, he helped found a small theatre company, Payday Productions.
In Feeding Johnny, Colm has collected his vast business experience to present the reader with motivational and no-nonsense advice, guiding readers who are keen to be inspired by his own unique entrepreneurial path.
In Feeding Johnny, Colm explains his rise from teenaged kitchen porter, to manager of Bewley’s on Grafton Street, to owner of Carambola Kidz, which delivers school lunches to 100,000 children in Ireland every week, employing 80 people. O’Brien aims to help his readers learn from his highs and lows, in their quest to start their own businesses. Drawing on all of his experiences – good and bad, success and failure – O’ Brien gifts readers with his most valuable and honest business advice, delivered in a motivational, down to earth tone, peppered with positivity and with a message that anything is possible with hard work.
His book is more than just an autobiography. Feeding Johnny is a story with a distinctive perspective. O’Brien’s self-criticism gives a level of insight unlike in other books of business advice. His stories go beyond the theoretical level of business advice and into the real, gritty, genuine lessons that only experience can provide. Though O’Brien has found success in Carambola Kidz, it was hard earned. Candid and frank, O’Brien’s stories give a glimpse of what failure feels like, but also of how rewarding and possible success in the wake of failure can be.
The book is now available in all bookshops, including O’Mahony’s Booksellers in Limerick.