How and when did you find your passion?
I grew up in modest circumstances and the idea that I could impact people’s lives in a positive way has always motivated me. As a 3rd generation entrepreneur, I like building things and solving problems. So I started my first company right after high school. Technology has been a great tool/method for me to achieve the impact I’ve always sought out.
How do you hone your skills?
Reading a lot. I am an avid reader. Then practicing what I read. Practice makes perfect.
What is failure to you, and how do you deal with it?
Failure is a milestone you have to hit in order to master a skill. I am an athlete, and know you have to make mistakes while training in order to perfect form. The same thing applies to entrepreneurship--and to many things in life, really.
What is your biggest fear?
I don’t have a lot of fears in the typical sense. However, one thing that is always a concern of mine is making sure I am investing my time in the most important thing, with the right intentions and a clear purpose.
Was there a time when you were running out of money?
Many times in the past. The hardest one was after starting my first company and raising some capital from family and friends. The company didn’t do well, but it was bleeding money. So I was losing not only my money, but my family’s and friends’ money too. That was really hard for me.
What is self-love to you? And how important is it to your journey?
Self-love is living your life with a purpose. It is probably one of the most important things that we need for our journeys. This purpose will help you know whether your current job is going to be fulfilling for you or not. It is going to help you to live your life to the max by eliminating all the distractions that don’t fit into this purpose, etc.
Who inspires you and why?
The more recent ones is Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. He is inspiring in his dedication, determination, and impact on the world.
Are there mentors that support you? Who are they?
One of my mentors is Bill Boebel, very successful entrepreneur in Austin. Another one is Dr. Asad Tarsin, he is a surgeon who helps me with my spirituality and religious studies.
Please share a piece of advice with our community of men and women who are looking to leave their traditional jobs and live their passions.
You’ll only be truly fulfilled when you do something you truly want to do. No one is responsible for your fulfillment but yourself...so listen to your heart.