• Winning Yourself

    Progress Leads to Happiness 📈

    I was driving from Toronto last night with a big smile on my face. There wasn’t a particular thing that brightened up my day yesterday, so I challenged myself to answer why I was in such a good mood. I wanted to see what it was that lifted my spirits so I can do more of it. After thinking very deeply about it last night, I figured out why I was in a happy state. Although there wasn’t a particular thing that made me very happy yesterday, I know that there was a noticeable change in my life from before. Progress. I had seen noticable differences in my physical strength…

  • The Humble Grind

    Tightness in my Chest 🚣

    Sometimes I wake up and I feel the weight of the entire World on my chest. Today was one of those days. I sat down with myself and tried to go over what was making me upset, yet I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what it was. I tried different techniques to get myself out of the rut I was experiencing. Prayer, meditation, talking to friends, going outside and smelling fresh air, and even forcing a smile on my face so that maybe I can convince my brain that I’m happy. Later this afternoon, I still felt the same. It’s really interesting how we’re fundamentally governed by our emotions. As human beings,…

  • Self Development

    Turning Pain into a Burning Light 🕯

    Sometimes I wonder why it’s taking me so long to just sit back and be content with what I have. I can never just take a break and call it a day, every day I relentlessly try to figure out my purpose. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super grateful for everything I have going for me. It’s just that I feel I’ve become addicted to becoming better, addicted to raising the bar on all fronts of my Life. What’s been driving this? Why am I always hungry? The answer is pain. In fact, all the good things I have going for me are a result of pure pain. Pain through…

  • Self Development

    Losing Yourself in Searching 🔭

    I can’t believe how naive I was for not taking care of myself. During the past couple of months, I got so lost in the art of doing, that I forgot “why” I was doing what I was doing in the first place. I was getting so caught up in the day-to-day activities of my business, that my vision of my business had started to fade away. I was getting so caught up in the micro tasks of each day, that I was losing touch with the macro vision of my Life. I was so caught up in paddling my boat, forgetting to lift my head up and see where I was actually headed. Everyday…

  • Self Development

    Monkey Mind 🙈

    Disclaimer: This post does not allude to evolution nor the idea that we’re descendants from a particular animal species. Bear with me here (pun intended). I can’t count how many times I get distracted with new and exciting ideas everyday. Ideas as to how I can make better improvements to my career, add more value to my business, or even eat breakfast more efficiently! One of the interesting characteristics of my personality type (ENFJ) is that I exhibit a trait called “monkey mind”. What is monkey mind? In short, monkey mind is a characteristic where your mind frequently enjoys shifting it’s attention to the shiniest object in the room, always seeking to start something new and more exciting.…

  • Taking Risks

    100 Days of Rejections 😜

    Let’s admit it, nobody likes getting rejected. Whether it’s being rejected from a job opportunity you wanted so bad, getting rejected from ‘once’ dear friends after you’ve been busy for a while, or getting rejected from a guy/girl you were interested in. But what about all the times you did NOT get rejected? Do you remember those? What about when you applied and got the job you always wanted? What about when you asked and got the support of a mentor to help you succeed in your career? What about when you inquired and bought the house of your dreams? What about when you proposed and she said “YES”! ? Being rejected half the time sucks however, but it’s completely normal. What’s…

  • Reminisce

    Toronto Sick 😷

    It’s been almost 2 months since my last post. A lot of things have happened ever since, well, in my head at least. November will mark my 10th month in Guelph, away from Toronto. I’ve recently been so consumed by my work and business that I find myself missing Toronto more than ever. While I’ve achieved many great things these past 2 months, I find myself experiencing a whirlwind of negative thoughts about my current position in Life. Am I really doing the thing that’s best for me? Am I really passionate about my work? Do I really belong to this city? Am I worth something better? Why am I not happy? Am I…

  • Gratitude

    A beautiful place 🕌

    Visited the Waterloo Mosque yesterday after 3 years. So good to see this place again, the smell of musk in the air, the extra clean carpets (EVERY time), and the peaceful lighting hasn’t changed a bit. I knew no one there, funny how time passes by! Places will always stay the same, people come and go.

  • The Humble Grind

    Digital Mentors 👊🏻

    I haven’t posted an article for quite a while now. I got carried away with working on my new business, constantly figuring out ways in which I could market and integrate it into the city (as well as balance it with the many other components of my life). I understand that new ventures are always difficult in the beginning, and that a LOT of work is required to make them possible. My initial understanding of the level of effort required for a new initiative was that I would need to become “restless” and do nothing but work on it. This mindset has unfortunately backfired into unbearable stress and anxiety, which hindered my happiness and resulted in loss…

  • Reminisce

    Memories ⌛

    Time is life’s greatest wonderment. Captivating in its ways of creating history and the World we live in, and mysterious in its ways of shaping our lives through a series of experiences. Our personalities, career paths, reputation and destinies are formed by a collection of experiences made up of millions of fragments in time. Every breathe we take occupies its own unique space in our lives. Every thought that passes our mind occupies a second, a minute, or an hour that we will never have again. Memories create chapters in your life that you can never recreate. Like a tape recorder that burns all the film that passes through it,…

  • Relationships

    Dare to “fall” in love again 💌

    It wasn’t all that bad. Coming to think of it, it wasn’t bad at all. I pray she is well. We both had our share of mistakes that we learned from. I wouldn’t go back and change a thing. Our beautiful memories were created for a purpose. Our unfortunate ending was also created for a purpose, too. The battle-scars of love made us both stronger. I know that for myself and I’m confident she is now more stronger too. But perhaps it was fate’s decision that we were best placed in other peoples’ hearts. Perhaps the affection we had for one another wasn’t worth the long-term pain. Perhaps the fire of these two shining stars would…

  • Business

    You never know until you try 💼

    I’ve started on a new business venture and I’ve been learning so much. I was designing a flier just yesterday and was quite impressed by how good it ended up (totally not bragging). Business to me seems to be two main things: 1) Supply and 2) Demand. Not only do you need adequate supply to serve your customers, but you need to have a niche that makes you stand out from the crowd. How is your business different than the others? What can you offer that’s better than the competitors? I also created a Twitter account for my business (I never used Twitter before). I find Twitter to be great to…

  • Taking Risks

    Jump FIRST, fly LATER 🐦

    “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and develop our wings on the way down.” -Kurt Vonnegut I came across this quote the other day, and it’s just one of those quotes that strike you unexpectedly. My friends know very well that my social media feed is BLASTED with inspirational posts and quotes. So much so that I’ve now been finding myself picking the right quote for the right friend at the right time in their Life. This time, this quote spoke to me. Not only me but the whole network of neuron “minions” in my head. I think I literally heard them chant altogether “Aahhaa!!” So often we become overwhelmed with the…