The Center for Writing and Literature at Miami Dade College (MDC) and Books and Books will present the launch of Miguel “Mike” Benito Fernandez’s memoir, Humbled by the Journey: Lessons for My Family and Yours, in conversation with his friend and business partner, NBA legend Magic Johnson, at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. This event is free to the public.
In 2013, Fernandez hiked along El Camino de Santiago, an ancient, spiritual trail that attracts pilgrims from around the world, and raised millions for Miami Childrens Hospital. The experience, challenging and rigorous, gave him the opportunity to reflect and embrace his life in a deep and meaningful way.
Humbled by the Journey, part self-portrait and part adventure story, shuttles readers back-and-forth between Fernandezs 508-mile pilgrimage along El Camino and his journey through a life touched by kindness and prosperity, as well as pain and hardship. The book shines a light on the lessons he learned in a lifetime of hard work and overcoming obstacles.
In 1964, Fernandez fled his native Cuba with his parents and sister and made a new home in New York City. He was 12 and stumbled academically through school while working as a floor cleaner and delivery boy to help pay for his private schooling. During those early years, Fernandez learned values and principles from those around him, including his father and a Jesuit priest who led the school he attended. After a stint as an Army paratrooper, Fernandez sold insurance door-to-door, subsequently finding his stride and enormous success in business. Fernandez is the founder of MBF Healthcare Partners, a private equity firm that invests in healthcare service companies nationwide. Humbled by the Journey is his first book.
Fernandez has given more than $125 million to causes focused on health care, education and those most in need. His generous giving is mostly anonymous. He requires only that recipients must want to help themselves, be willing to sacrifice to gain a better future, and promise to pay it forward when they can.