Something Inside of Me: How to Hang On To Heaven When You're Going Through Hell

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The inspiring story of how one woman's journey through poverty and debilitating illness catapulted her to the halls of power as a successful businesswoman.

Long before selling secondhand belongings on Ebay and Craigslist was the rage, a preteen Chitoka Webb sold what others saw as junk to the residents of her neighborhood and made a profit. At the age of thirteen, she talked her way into a job as the youngest checker at a local grocery store. ...

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Overview

The inspiring story of how one woman's journey through poverty and debilitating illness catapulted her to the halls of power as a successful businesswoman.

Long before selling secondhand belongings on Ebay and Craigslist was the rage, a preteen Chitoka Webb sold what others saw as junk to the residents of her neighborhood and made a profit. At the age of thirteen, she talked her way into a job as the youngest checker at a local grocery store. Without a college degree, through tenacity, grit, and a healthy dose of faith in herself, Chitoka became the owner of several businesses before the age of thirty.

In Something Inside of Me, Chitoka Webb shares her poignant, funny, and inspiring life story, from her humble beginnings in the Nashville housing projects to her rise as the CEO of several companies. Through stories of the many struggles she faced, from poverty to racism to the loss of her vision, Chitoka demonstrates the amazing human ability to triumph over extreme adversity through willpower, faith, and a constant love for oneself.

Chitoka will inspire you to find the something inside that provides the hope to discover what is most important to you and the courage to attain it for yourself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934572863
  • Publisher: Emerald Book Co.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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Chitoka Webb is a successful business owner, motivational speaker and author who lives in Hendersonville, TN. She began her self employed career at 23. In 1999 Webb left Nashville and moved to Atlanta, where she nurtured numerous relationships with professional athletes and successful business leaders. After much success and accomplishing set goals she returned to Nashville in pursuit of a dream to own her own barbershop, which she opened in October 2001. Some of Webb's successes include being appointed by the governor of Tennessee as a board of trustee to a state appointed board, a mentor for the Nashville Juvenile Justice Center, president of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce Business Council and being elected to the prestigious Entrepreneurs Organization. Webb currently volunteers as an auditor for the Nashville United Way and serves as a board member for the Middle Tennessee YMCA.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Wisdom of Growing Up 3

The Loneliness of Being Different 13

The Good Thing About Struggling 21

Moving On 33

Changing Lanes 45

Going Home 57

A Brand New Mind, A Brand New Reality 75

I Never Saw It Coming 91

The Waiting Room 109

My Eyes 125

Something Inside of Me 137

We Have All Benefited from Someone Else's Labor 149

About the Author 155

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    A Truly Inspiring Book

    I was initially drawn to this book by the title alone. I had seen a review for it, and I thought I would check it out. Lately, my family has been going through a lot of garbage, and I have felt sometimes that I was in the pit of hell. Yes, even as a committed Christian, you can have a very rough road. In fact, probably the more committed you are, the more the enemy attacks!

    I began reading this book, and I was instantly drawn to Chitoka's easy-to-read style. In this book, she shared many personal stories that stretched all the way back into her childhood through the present day. She talked about her schooling, her aspirations, her dreams, and her visions. If there ever was a type A personality, I think Chitoka embodies it! And if there ever was a woman who refused to give up, it was Chitoka!

    When she shared about her childhood stories of how she never seemed to fit in (she was a black who didn't talk and act like her other black friends), I could relate. Yes, I am a white woman, but when I was growing up, I never fit in. I was often a loner. I think because like Chitoka, I too knew I wanted to do great things. I was amazed at how she overcame her early schooling issues. I never had to overcome that. Instead, I had to overcome the strange feelings I had a couple years ago when I (the straight A student) had to sub for a guy who graduated from high school the same year I did (and he was just an average student). Talk about feeling strange. I think Chitoka proves in her book that grades are not everything.

    As I read about the businesses she began, I was absolutely enthralled! I couldn't get over the ambition this young woman had. If someone said she couldn't do it, she did it. (Okay, that describes me pretty well too, but I was never as ambitious as Chitoka.) She had a setback, and she never viewed it that way. She kept going and going. Her drive really impressed me.

    The way she viewed the tragedies in her life (including her eye trouble--I won't go into detail, you have to read it) continued to amaze me. I thought of what I had said in recent times to my friend who is doing nothing but complain about the situations here at home (he is involved in them too). I said that what God had asked me to go through was really pretty easy compared to what some have to endure. And I now know that is true. What Chitoka has endured goes far beyond what I could imagine.

    But here is the thing that absolutely amazes me. She is never mean-spirited. She could go back and blame all sorts of people and circumstances for what happened to her. She could have become bitter. She even asked God why she had to go through all this suffering. Well, after all, haven't we all asked that? Isn't that a typical reason people give for not believing in God?

    Chitoka's response is very different. Why do bad things happen to good people? Because we are humans. We are flawed humans, and not everything is going to work out right every time. Bad things are going to happen. Things are going to happen that we cannot control. But it is our response that is key. Chitoka never gave up even when the whole world was against her. Many people would have just curled up in a fetal position and given up. But she didn't do that. And as a result, she had continued to move on with her life.

    I was greatly intrigued with the little things that gave her hope. Even an old ugly clock gave her hope. You have to read that to know what I mean! Her relationship with God conti

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

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    CHITOKA WEBB'S "SOMETHING INSIDE OF ME" (REVIEW)

    One of the best words I can think of that comes to mind when I read this book is 'admiration'. I admire this woman for her courageous journey through life and the ups and downs she has learned to overcome. This book is remarkably written and her story is one that shows just how important it is to take life as it comes and work with it not against it. One great lesson is to treat others as you would have them treat you. This is something everyone should live by and something that Chitoka makes abundantly clear in her book.

    This is another of my recommended reads. This book just may have the power to change your life, or at the very least teach you some very valuable lessons about how to live each day to the fullest.

    -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club

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