What does it mean to be an entrepreneur?

Entrepreneur and business media has created a legend around the entrepreneur. For many reasons, this has helped – increasing the amount of people who choose this career and lifestyle is a great thing for our economies and society. The downside is that the narrative it espouses tells a tale of a successful solo entrepreneur facing all odds and coming out victorious with no less than billion dollar evaluation at the end. It paints the prototypical entrepreneur, often white, as a mythical figure of sorts.

This narrative is dangerous. I bet a lot of people give up because the emphasis is always put on the event – “the end result” – rather than the process of getting there.

I was always told this path would be hard but honestly, if I were to look back 3 years ago and be told what I would have to go through, I have doubts about whether I would have done it. It’s not what you think it is. It’s highs, lows and everything in between. I really believe that entrepreneurs are a type of people -with very specific DNA.

Like Steve Jobs said, unless you love it, there is no reason to be doing. It’s sheer insanity. You have to have the passion to put yourself through it.

I came across a short answer on Quora that sums this up and I liked it enough that I wanted to share it on my blog:

“Because all decisions are yours and THERE IS NO ONE TO PASS THINGS OFF TO AT THE END OF THE DAY – the day doesn’t end.  You have some amount of flexibility in WHICH hours you work, sometimes, but zero flexibility in getting sh!t done.

If you are not a person who gets sh!t done, you will fail.  Any opportunities (re: “luck”) will be worthless – because they are only opportunities.  You still need to ACT on them, and figure out how to maximize them correctly.  You have manage relationships, build your product, figure out your finances, keep your cash, figure out your competition (it’s not always obvious), build, manage and grow your client base, and figure out where the hell it’s all going – while maintaining your own health (physical, psychological and emotional).  Simultaneously.  And optimistically.  While a world of people are telling you you’re basically nuts.

You think that’s not a crapload of hard work?  This is why the e-myth is a myth.  There’s a lot of whitewashing (I have no idea why) on the struggles of entrepreneurship.  It is a hard, crazy mess – you do it because you have love, true passion, and vision for something that must arise on the other side.  That “luck” is friggin’ sheer force of will – you don’t see all the nos that happened before that amazing yes.

Robert Croak, creator of Silly Bandz, said it took him 15 years to become an overnight success.  THAT’s what starting a business is.”

The Myth of Focus

There’s a myth when it comes to what we’ve been taught about focus. Doing only 1 thing isn’t focusing. It’s essentially just doing 1 thing.

Following a course of action until completion is FOCUS. This can be momentary or this can be a series of consistent or inconsistent series of action. Either way, whatever you focused on should get done.

Modern business wisdom likes to tell people not to spread themselves too thin. I agree completely that you shouldn’t tackle too many fronts all at once. It’s better to do only what you can do well at once. 

What is misconstrued in these discussions has been to confuse “You should only do one thing at a time” to “You should only BE one thing at a time.”

There is almost this moral reprehension against being able to expand yourself otherwise traditional wisdom teaches us it’s guaranteed to end up in failure.

The greats in history did many things. You could find that one person was a poet, a philosopher and a doctor, all wrapped up into one being.

There are many examples:

Julius Caesar- Politician, Writer, Military General, Emperor of Rome

Averroes- Philosopher, Physician

Leonardo Da Vinci- Architect, Engineer, Painter, Artist

Aristotle- Scientist, Biologist, Philosopher, Teacher, Writer

They were masters at many thing but they FOCUSED when working on one thing at a time. That’s how they become great at many things.

Don’t let anyone convince you that you only have to BE one thing.

Be whatever you wish to be.

66 Pieces of Wisdom from T Harv Eker Seminar “Millionaire Mind Intensive” Financial Education For Marginalized Groups

About 2 months  ago, I had the chance to attend a financial education seminar by best-selling and internationally recognized author T Harv Eker. The idea behind the seminar was “undoing your money blueprint”. tharv_eker Simply put, it was about helping undo the way we think, feel, and understand money and wealth. A huge part of it was telling ourselves a new story about who we are. It was a life changing moment when I essentially rewrote the story of my family after discovering where I truly came from. My parents were refugees but it’s so easy to forget that Africa was(and still is) the land of wealth, of kings,of intellectual and spiritual wealth that surpassed what wealth looks like today. Not to mention, East Africa is more resource rich than most people had led us to believe.  Somalia alone sits on about 3x the oil wealth as Saudia Arabia. The story that I was sold and as a people was one of struggle, subservience and chronic poverty. That we weren’t made for success, or that wealth wasn’t for us because apparently we didn’t have it. This is quite important point because it’s more than just about money. This point isn’t even about money. It’s about understanding who and what I am and who my ancestors were. In that context, it completely changes what’s possible for my generation. It just starts by changing how we think of ourselves. I wanted to condense everything I learned in those 3 intense days to bring this crucial financial education to everyone, particularly those who come from marginalized communities where information is the most valuable commodity we have.

Why would you need to know this?

Being Somali and Muslim, entrepreneurship runs deep in my blood. Business and commerce are regarded highly by Islam and Somalis are naturally entrepreneurial people, especially women. Financial education is more than learning to how to earn more dollars. It wasn’t taught in school, most likely your parents perpetuating the same industrial thinking(you know, go to school, get a job, blah, blah…). Very few of us understand or grasp the underlying foundations of what wealth or money is. The intention behind this post isn’t to turn you into some Gordon Gekko type or the often-misperceived life of an entrepreneur(entrepreneur =/= greedy Wall street financiers). The point is if you are going to live the life you want, you need control. Much of us abdicate everything from education to our money to other people…including knowledge of it. Readers of this blog are people working to make the world a better place and that must include financial education and realizing that social change and money CAN be married. After all, broke people don’t build hospitals, schools or donate millions to philanthropic causes.

The goal here is to teach us knowledge that was taken away from us, particularly those from marginalized or underrepresented communities and put the power of independence and ownership back into our hands.

This starts with the single thing that can change your life right now: changing your thinking.

You were not set up to succeed

Many of the ideas you hold right now aren’t actually your own. This was the biggest lesson I got out of the seminar. The world I had created for myself based on my reality wasn’t the world I wanted, it was simply the manifestation of ideas that were social engineered into me. As humans, we operate 95% of our conscious lives using the subconscious parts of our brain and only 5% using the conscious parts of our brain. Social programming is utilized in every aspect of our lives imaginable, from music we hear at shopping malls to the curriculum we learn at school.

Your social programming starts at age 5 and the primary source of conditioning as child is mostly your parents, friends, government and culture. The first step to separating what you believe from what others believe is understanding that society doesn’t want you to succeed and puts up barriers that you need to fight through into order to manifesto your personal best. Your environment is stronger than your will power. So, deep meditation is needed in order to create an environment that reflects your internal state.

The relationship many of us have with money is the same as the relationship we have with a person. We feel sad, shame, guilt and anger based on our past experiences and we unfortunately project that baggage on others. The solution to that is for you to get in touch with those emotions and let them go. Only then will you be able to have a healthy relationship with whomever you choose to. The same goes with money.

 Think about how you have been conditioned to think about money?

This is what I was taught through subconscious condition and have since worked my way out of this trap through intense personal and financial development. I’ve since then come to the conclusion that money is:

1. A medium of exchange
2. Represents no real value(we’re talking fiat currency here)
3. The value is in people’s perceptions of money
4. Create wealth(aka value) and you will instantly have money

Growing up, I was conditioned and modeled that conditioned in a few ways:

1) Money was controlled in my household and also used as a mechanism of control
2) The acquisition of money was connected to struggle and hard work, instead of working hard.
3) I was never taught how to make money–that it could only come from a job
4) I was taught that there was no such thing as easy money, whereas if you know how to provide value to the right people, getting money isn’t hard.

Much of this is actually what is taught in many immigrant homes. The discussion of money is quite
reminiscent of puritanical Christianity, where money = hard work or salvation or rather we interpret wealth through white society and upper middle class ideas of what wealth means without every asking ourselves whether its true or not.

In that case, below are 67 little pieces of wisdom that I got from T Harv Eker and I hope they inspire you to start changing the one thing that you can change right now to have a prosperous life: your mind.

  1. Take the worlds “try” and “can’t” out of your vocabulary
  2. Think about passive income. Stop thinking about a retirement plan from your company or the government and work smart for yourself.
  3. Act in spite of fear.
  4. Fear breaks you out of your comfort zone. That means growth.
  5. Your conditioning mind doesn’t want you to change.
  6. You are in control of you.
  7. Working for all your life and making someone else rich is not rational.
  8. Entrepreneur= solve a pain you’ve experienced and help others with that pain
  9. The herd gets slaughtered.
  10. Rules of Wealth 1. Must own a business 2. Have no limits on your income. If you have a job working for someone else, you have limited. 3. Learn.
  11. Business is a learnable skill.
  12. The bigger the why, the easier the how.
  13. Your WHY must be stronger than your mental road blocks.
  14. Whatever energy you put in, you get back.
  15. If all you want to do is pay bills, that not being enough reason to be financially free.
  16.  If you’re broke, you can’t help anyone else.
  17.  You need to set boundaries with your family and friends.
  18. Honor your mother and father and your days will be long.
  19. What people think about you says more about them than you.
  20. People are going to do what they are going to do no matter what, so you shouldn’t care.
  21. If you have the wherewithall to get rich, you have a duty to do to help others
  22. “Be a better receiver”. Greek Translation: Better to be in a position to give than in need to receive(referring to the proverb “the hand that gives is better than the hand that takes”)
  23. The secret to whether you are worth something or not is a myth.
  24. Nothing has meaning except the meaning you give it.
  25. If I say I’m worthy, I am.
  26. If a mind of a 10ft oak tree had a mind of a human being, it would grow only 1 feet tall.
  27. 80% of success is showing up
  28. Time only commodity you can’t buy back.
  29. Life your purpose, or else you are miserable
  30. Your conditioned mind’s primary function is survival and keep you in your comfort zone.
  31. People live in the box(and comfort keeps you in their box).
  32. Do thins that scare you. Safety=risk When your brain starts to doubt you just say “thank you for sharing”.
  33. Warrior does whatever it takes.
  34. Lots of smart broke people.
  35. Make up your mind quickly, change slowly
  36. 95% philosophy to work, save then retire. This model is DEAD
  37. What are you willing to give up to achieve that dream? Distractions? Comfort?
  38. There is a darkness in the world because of lack of light. Be the light
  39. You weren’t taught how to be wealthy or be happy
  40. If you are not growing, you are dying(nature)
  41. If you have a gift to share and you don’t share it, you are causing more suffering in the world
  42. No candle became dim by lighting another candle
  43. Stop listening to people who tell you you can’t. Believe in yourself.
  44. To win the money game, you need passive income and investment income
  45. What you focus on expands
  46. Your income can only grow to the extent you do
  47. If it doesn’t move you forward then I want nothing to do with it
  48. Stop caring what people want
  49. The most successful people live on 30%-40% of their income
  50. Have fun and feel your childhood imagination
  51. Passive Income Lifestyle. How much do you need to be financially free? (hint, its actually cheaper than you think)
  52. Never seen a hospital or school donated by a broke person
  53. Making money is easy. Your money should be having babies.
  54. Your head has the questions. Your heart has the answers
  55. I believe we were created to DO things
  56. The hardest thing is just starting. The secret is to start doing it now.
  57. Thoughts–>feelings–>actions–>results(blueprint)
  58. What’s your blueprint designed for? Hundred? Thousands?Millions?
  59. Understand ways of thinking and believe come from outside of you. Then separate yourself from your thoughts.
  60. Align yourself with rich and successful people.
  61. If you want to be rich, do what they do.
  62. Our society is built on working income
  63. Get your parents words out of your head and out of your life when tey tell you that it isn’t for you but it is for someone else
  64. What people count in the past can’t be counted now
  65. Don’t depend on other people(jobs, income)
  66. How to change yourself: Step 1: Awareness Step 2: Understand Step 3: Disassociate yourself Step 4: Recondition

 

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Entrepreneurship as a tool for Social Impact in Somalia

An incredibly inspiring story I wanted to spotlight. Rare but beautiful.

Mohamed Ali, a young investor in Somalia using entrepreneurship as a tool for social impact. He created the Iftiin Foundation, “an organisation that seeks to promote stability in Somalia through entrepreneurship” and to invest and support young entrepreneurs in the war-torn city of Mogadishu.

There are many young Somalis from the diaspora realizing the importance of utilizing once’s skills set and network by bringing them back home and helping out. Many of our parents fled 20 + years ago due to war but now many people are fleeing due to lack of opportunity.

Somalis are naturally very entrepreneurial people but the long-term effect of war can wear down even the most resourceful people.

Check out Mohamed’s story here: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-26919542

Interview with Mohamed Geraldez, Entrepreneur & Investor in Fashion, Technology & Finance.

Interview with Mohamed Geraldez, Entrepreneur & Investor on Increasing Entrepreneurship in the Muslim community

Growing up, I, like many others, were never educated that entrepreneurship was a viable career path to take. The lack of job opportunities for the young Muslim generation(and most grads) has a lot of people asking for alternative ideas. Our parents brought us up believing that going to school and getting a job is what we needed to do with our lives. It’s increasingly clear that young people want more than that. They want fulfillment, meaning and to want to contribute significantly to our world. Economic imperatives are also pushing people to find non traditional forms of employment due to global competition and technological advancements.

I stumbled upon entrepreneurship after doing a few “entrepreneurial activities”. I had no idea this was entrepreneurship and that it could prove useful as a mechanism to help solve community issues. What’s worse, everyone treated it like I was pursuing a hobby rather than trying to live out my natural inclination to create things, as if that was a bad thing and it got in the way of ‘normal’ things I should be doing.

Resources don’t just refer to capital but also knowledge. Unfortunately, the lack of community leaders, role models and discussions were a big part of my lack of knowledge. Our thinking is in need of innovation before we will ever see community leaders who embrace the idea of entrepreneurship.

Many of our parents came half way across the world leaving their assets behind. Even though you may not have assets like land, real estate, owning major infrastructure(much of it has been destroyed by way of war and conquest) there is one asset that you can build from scratch: build your own company. And while you may not want to own a company, the principle of entrepreneurship comes down to this: creating value by solving problems. Something that, regardless of the argument, we are in desperate need of.

I really believe a strong case needs to be made in order to ensure that entrepreneurship is a key component in shaping the future of the Muslim community in the modern world.

I had the great pleasure of speaking to and interviewing Mohamed Geraldez, an inspirational and successful Muslim entrepreneur.

Mohamed Geraldez is an American Muslim entrepreneur, motivational speaker and investor in a few companies in different industries like the first and largest vegan necktie company in the world www.JaanJ.com, and www.GeorgeCharlesAndSons.com – a men’s custom suit maker in New York City. He actively invests in various commercial arenas including technology with startups like www.TheTechBlock.com, a curator of tech-related content, and is a strategic adviser to www.Pivotshare.com, a digital media distribution and monetization startup.

Mr. Geraldez also serves as an advisory board member to several entities like the Information Technology Consulting Firm, GeniusCo, and the American Muslim Consumer Conference group that hosts the most important yearly gathering that connects leading American corporations with American Muslim entrepreneurs, companies, businessmen/women and investors.

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I asked him some questions around the theme of increasing entrepreneurship in the Muslim community and wanted to share the incredible answers and an inside view into the mind of a successful Muslim entrepreneur.

Hodan: “What were the main reasons why you become an entrepreneur? Where any of those reasons inspired by Islamic principles?

Mohamed: “I wanted to be my own boss. I didn’t like working for people and wanted to have more control over my life . I got fired from 4-5 job, so I figured the job path wasn’t working for me . As a kid, I liked selling. I was always a doer. I just didn’t like making other people rich, I wanted to have say in my life . For example, I couldn’t join happy hour in the work place. All my co-workers would go for a drink but because I was Muslim I didn’t participate. I couldn’t rise in the rank because of the barriers that prevented me from doing so due to my adherence to my faith.

What are two hurdles you faced and how did you overcome them?

When becoming an entrepreneur, I faced a few things. Two things would be:

One I never had a mentor in the space. I couldn’t get one. There were a lack of practicing Muslims and the few that are practicing weren’t not scrupulous about entrepreneurship. And those who are good at business weren’t good at Islam. For example, there are Islamic prohibitions that many don’t adhere to such as I couldn’t go to the bank and get one due to interest.

The way I overcame this that was to become one.

Secondly, there was a lack of support. Unfortunately, there is always lots of backbiting, doubting and people bootlegging my products. What they needed to realized is that someone winning isn’t going to take away from the bounties offered by Allah(SWT).

The only way to overcome people wanting you to fail is just telling them: I’m going to show you.

Hodan: Considering that Islam has a strong tradition of entrepreneurship and business, what do you feel is the main reason for not many young Muslim wanting to tread this path?

Mohamed: I believe it comes down to ethnic problems and the way entrepreneurship talked about. There are cultural pressures to work hard at taking jobs such as doctors, engineers or higher paid employees. Being an entrepreneur being looked down upon . Typically, we have the idea that only poor people become entrepreneurs. Those who can’t find a ‘real’ job take on jobs such as selling bread or clothing. They’re forced to create economic opportunities for themselves.

Hodan: What are some tips and pieces of advice on the way we can start helping increase entrepreneurship in the Muslim community, particularly in North America?

Mohamed: WE need a culture that allows for failure. If you don’t fail, you can’t succeed. We need incubators in big Islamic organizations like ICNA and ISNA. In terms of funding , it first starts locally with Imams in our communities discussing the benefits of entrepreneurship in our community. The fact of the matter is, big companies people want to work for today came from the entrepreneurs .

I remember one scholar saying: “In terms of impact, I would take 1 successful businessman than 10 doctor.” That’s how powerful the impact of an entrepreneur is.

We need to support each other and be able to receive feedback , and not support the very factors that keep us stagnating. Ultimately, we need to take pride in entrepreneurship as a tool of value creation.

Hodan: What are some tips and advice for young(often isolated and under resourced) Muslims who want to go this path?

Mohamed: I would say don’t be afraid to fail. Step up and stand out.

Embrace your identity and use it to your advantage. Be courageous. Follow your heart. Listen to your parents and don’t be disrespectful. It’s important that you serve them. Prophet Ibrahim(as) engaged his father when he(as) accepted Islam. He was respectful and kind.

If your parents disagree with your life choose, just tell them: “believe in me, and all I want is for you not to say anything against my decision. Don’t hurt me with your words. ” Try to make them understand it is not for everyone but it’s the right choice for you. It’s difficult. Try to find your lane and be faithful to your Lord. Your parents may be wrong but you should understand.

But overall, prepare for a hard journey because it is not easy.

To learn more about Mohammed, visit his website or read his unique personal story in the book by White Cloud Publications “All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim.” The book can be ordered at Amazon.com.

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Review: Can the Muslim World Be Rebranded?

Review: Can the Muslim World Be Re-branded?

In a old yet good article, the New York Times covers the Islamic Economic Forum.

There are some key ideas this piece touched upon that is quite relevant to helping grow innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in the Muslim world. I wanted to go through each and give some commentary on it from a young Muslim based here in the West.

1. Muslims need a new PR agent: Reshaping the image of Islamic Countries– According to business leaders and policy makers from around the Muslim world during the Islamic Economic Forum, the image of the Muslim world needs to be changed collectively, from one of violence and poverty to vibrancy and prosperity.

Rather than focusing on the multitude of socio-economic problems “they talked about job creation, streamlining bureaucracy and strengthening intellectual property rights”. I think it’s important to focus on these issues but you can’t have a solution without focusing on solving the problem. Public relations can be a good method of reputation management but people will realize the focus should be on infrastructure development and educating the masses rather than superficially trying to develop an exterior that perhaps can not mask the interior problems entirely.

Rhethoric, not Action

The lack of education across the Muslim  world also comes up as an issue.  The piece notes how many of these influential thought leaders believe in investing in education so as to not make their populations vulnerable to misinformation and propaganda.

Education in the 21st century is shifting, and so must the methods with which Muslim countries educate their society.

Universities, 800 year old institutions, are slowly moving away from corportized, credentialism predicated on an industrial model towards the democratized model based on self-initiated learning and growth.  More people are realizing the flaws in the current education model that has, unfortunately, been adopted by most of the industrialized world, including the Islamic world. The future of education in the Muslim world is one where education is FREE and enabled by technology. One where we accept that there are multiple methods of educating oneself whether that  would be distance education, homeschooling, unschooling and other methods. The acceptance of alternative education methods in Muslim countries is virtually non existent as public school is seen as necessary and often time required by law.

Lack  Islamic Training along side Science, Technology and the Humanities 

This is also mentioned as a crucial point of change needed. In many ways, the Muslim population represents their leaders. There are a lot of university-trained scholars. Not many of them are classically trained in Islam or have any rigorous scholastic methodology-based training. This is also reflective in the Muslim community.Inevitably, it’s these people that end up taking on leadership roles and stay confined to discussions around the parameters of Islam alone.

Very few scholars, and there are many great examples, are trained academically or professional in topics other than Islam. And the consequences are not being about to practically engaged with the world around you and adding to discussions on how to solve 21st century issues from a scriptural perspective is a main reason holding us from progress.

Muslim Community doesn’t really exist

 

Here, I must make a differentiation between the Muslim world and the Muslim community. In theory, there is an organized and  united faith that brings all Muslims together but the Muslim “world” is largely fictitious. In reality, there is a realm of Muslim countries, but communities are localized and rarely does support extend beyond helping the poor in one’s own homeland. This might be different from people from the diaspora who don’t identify with a country, but only their faith. However a lot of people are unfortunately still connected based only ethnic, tribal lines.

Cultural, social and intellectual insulation can be a form of death for society. And we’re already succeeding well at one–economic isolation. Rather than Muslims trading with one another, we are effectively insulating ourselves from one another. The article explains  that “Muslim countries send 51.5 percent of their exports to industrialized countries, compared with just 13.5 percent to fellow Muslims nations, according to the …Islamic Development Bank”. What’s surprising that is 2/3 of the world’s energy come from the Muslim world and we have many powerful resources along with faith to make us successful, such as commodities, relatively young population, strong multi-ethnic and strategic land etc

Need to Critically Examine What Passes for Scholarship

Faith is not defined by rituals and ceremonies, as they are so prevalent now, as the Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi of Malaysia says.

Going beyond dogmatic rhetoric, often is tied to addressing the true purpose of Islamic scholars in our community. They hold a great deal of importance but I do feel they’re real role and results of their work needs thorough neutral critical analysis.

As the piece says, the Muslim world needs to move  away from rhetoric and dogmatism. But how are we to do that and who are the ones at the forefront of this?

Islamic scholarship can be some sort of awe-inspiring position. We give so much attention to these individuals that it has come at price. The price is not being about to properly train, educate and vet the types of people responsible for guiding our communities. And in this process, we’ve accepted less from them. There is less rigidity  for what we accept in our community that passes for a community leader. Like a celebrity that gets a slap on the wrist for a crime or a DUI, we accept what scholars tell us without a rigorous examination of whether we believe in what they are telling us and whether it is in fact correct. Quite frankly, most scholarship is quite lazy.

The idea of work as worship is ingrained in our faith. But few people associate working as worship. In others, many people believe our worldly life and afterlife are completely separate. You need to realize that both are integrated and what you do in your daily life counts. What you do on earth is something you are rewarded with later on. There is no separation.

The solution is to start looking beyond ourselves. We’ve shriveled away, confidence stripped from us  although we have everything we need to make ourselves successful in the world. A sign of a society’s decay is when it no longer interacts with the world around them and leads through a binary world construct. We’re hindering ourselves economically, socially, culturally and it’s going to need more of a makeover to get ourselves to be taken seriously in the world.

The Muslim Women Doesn’t Need To Be Empowered- She Empowers Herself.

Possibly the best quote in the entire piece said: “”We are Muslims and we are women,” she Khalida Azbane Belkady, director of Groupe Azbane, a cosmetics company also based in Morocco,. “But maybe we should stop talking about Muslim this-and-that and just get to work.”

It’s not a surprise that it’s women who have to make this point. The place of women in Islamic is one of strength, power and honour. I hate to make this a discussion of talking points generally set by Western feminists who have no idea of what it is to be a Muslim women, but Women in Islam have been empowered in many ways.  And the ability to lead and given respect for that leadership is one of them. One, they don’t have to spend a dime of their own money when earning anything. It’s the man’s job to be a breadwinner and pay the bill. Two, the men generally turn over their paychecks to women and they handle the family finances. The perspective is that women are always having their hands out begging, but I’m afraid that’s not the case in most Muslim homes. The Western response has been to equate women working outside the home with power but in all honesty, there is more power in the latter.

I have no doubt that Muslim women will be the one’s leading our community through the innovation and creative processes needed to change our condition but it will have to be an active women. One this blog, I call for more Muslim entrepreneurs to arise, sorta of a reverse answer to the West’s women’s liberation movement. Living in your home, working there and taking care of your children seems to be the way of the future for Muslim women, one that I will continue to advocate for.

These are some thoughts after reading this piece. If you had any other ideas to add, I’d love to hear from you!

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Disrupt Magazine’s Manifesto

My journey with Disrupt over the last few months has been amazing. We’ve had an incredibly beautiful response from readers around the world–from California to New York to London to Kenya.

Mel, the uber talented designer on the team and I collaborated to create this manifesto way before Disrupt launched. And here it is, newly redesigned!

This beautiful and radical manifesto hopes to be the voice of all social innovators and social entrepreneurs who work everyday to creatively destroy ideas that don’t serve humanity.

We encourage you to see the possibilities of disrupting the world every day and to remember that you aren’t alone. Share, like and tell us what this means to you.

For those interested, we’ve decided to offer our newly re-designed manifesto high quality prints for purchase for daily inspiration. Check it out: http://bit.ly/1ge2F0W

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Current Read: Choose Yourself By James Altucher

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How hard it is to find a book as real as this? I can’t recommend Choose Yourself enough. James Altucher is my favourite blogger(I get no affiliate commission from promoting his stuff, it’s just that honest, real and amazing).

As humans, we need validation from others. It’s nature. The hardest validation to get is for your ideas. What if you’ve been thinking about something for years, and suddenly an uber successful entrepreneur decides to lay down the economic trajectory of our society so clearly and so reassuringly, and in the process confirming all the ideas that you’ve had for the longest time? That’s what I got as soon as I started reading it.

The premise of the book: Choose yourself. Or someone else will choose you and it won’t be pleasant.

For many of us from conservative families, many of our family members came from war zones and immigrated to these lands with nothing but the clothes on their back. How do we tell them that the world they came to 20 years ago is almost unrecognizable  now? How would any sane person accept that the rewards they were seeking in new lands are now unreachable due to global competition and the rapid expansion to technology? James answers these questions.

This is the description of book via http://bit.ly/1iNsN6L

The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have disappeared. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes. Everything we aspired to for “security,” everything we thought was “safe,” no longer is: College. Employment. Retirement. Government. It’s all crumbling down. In every part of society, the middlemen are being pushed out of the picture. No longer is someone coming to hire you, to invest in your company, to sign you, to pick you. It’s on you to make the most important decision in your life: Choose Yourself.

New tools and economic forces have emerged to make it possible for individuals to create art, make millions of dollars and change the world without “help.” More and more opportunities are rising out of the ashes of the broken system to generate real inward success (personal happiness and health) and outward success (fulfilling work and wealth).

This book will teach you to do just that. With dozens of case studies, interviews and examples–including the author, investor and entrepreneur James Altucher’s own heartbreaking and inspiring story–Choose Yourself illuminates your personal path to building a bright, new world out of the wreckage of the old. 

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