Born in Africa, at the age of twelve Fiori Giovanni's marriage was already arranged. By fourteen, she was recruited into the Eritrean army. Her destiny, like that of so many girls in Third World countries, had been dictated, defined and determined. It was yet, though, to be defied.
At fifteen, Fiori made the agonising decision to flee war-torn Eritrea without friends or family. She crossed five continents and twenty countries in search of knowledge, personal growth and wisdom, eventually settling in Australia where she's now a highly sought-after and respected business and executive coach, as well as a keynote speaker and media commentator.
After repeatedly overcoming harrowing experiences and insurmountable obstacles, Fiori decoded her own steps to survival, transformation and success, creating a framework that empowers others to do the same. This framework is now available to you in Defy Your Destiny.
After reading this book, you will be uplifted by Fiori's spirit, inspired by her courage, and motivated to take positive action in all areas of your life.
Defy Your Destiny is an incredible and moving story about one woman's resilience, grit, determination and choice to survive and thrive, despite overwhelming odds, challenges and suffering. 'Inspirational and empowering' doesn't even begin to describe Fiori's incredible memoir. A must-read for every woman, man and child, to truly understand how ordinary people are capable of the most extraordinary things.
Rabia Siddique--International humanitarian, professional speaker, and best-selling author of Equal Justice
Fiori's harrowing and inspirational life story personifies courage against insurmountable odds, including war, death threats, abuse, racism and sexism. An ordinary person would have succumbed. Fiori demonstrates, time and time again through her story, that she is extraordinary. From a teenage boat-person refugee, to building a new life in diverse cultures across Africa, Europe and finally Australia, she now guides and mentors leading corporate achievers.
Fiori's story is transformational. Maximise your life with Fiori's blueprint, which you are holding now. There is power in this story. Plug in, turn on, take action and never give up. Everyone should be so lucky to have Fiori Giovanni in their life.
Brian James--National and international award-winning journalist, and radio and TV presenter
Fiori Giovanni's story of survival demonstrates that the path out of almost impossible circumstances is built on a foundation of courage, determination and resilience.
David Pougher--Opinion Editor, Herald Sun and Sunday Herald Sun
A deeply powerful and complex personal story expressed thoughtfully and with rare candour. Fiori's openness to life and generosity radiate throughout the text, providing insights that are both immediate and universal. Her ability to draw lessons from her past to define her own future, provides an invaluable example applicable to readers, irrespective of their unique circumstances.
Emil Davityan--Co-Founder, CEO of Bluedot Innovation
Absolutely enrapturing. From the minute you open the book, you will struggle to put it down. Fiori takes you on a journey, her journey--one where you find yourself empathising, crying with her, smiling unwittingly, feeling fear for her, and ultimately rooting for her with a sense of empowerment along the way. This book was pure enjoyment to read. Highly recommended.
Kel Ho--Senior Marketing Consultant