|Remembering Allah. Dhikr and a dasbhi.
GIF by Hafsa Farooq (me)
It is not a secret that I am a Muslim entrepreneur. So sometimes, my understanding of a situation or reaction is different than you would normal think.As an entrepreneur is it hard to always keep the same motivation, even when you are winning.For me, it is important to stay humble and stay focused, so this is something that helps me.Instead of writing a long post, I decided just to sum it all up in a small poem.By ‘Him’ I mean Allah ﷻ (The most High), God that is.When in doubt, think of Him.When in pain, think of Him.When successful, think of Him.When in bankruptcy, think of Him.When happy, think of Him.When sad, think of Him.When scared, think of Him.When in peace, think of Him.When full of life, think of Him.When lost, think of Him.When in love, think of Him.Always, think of Him.– HafsaP.S. Get updated by me, by signing-up to my newsletter.
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Is it just criticism or is it a storm?
Criticism is something you might see as a tornado coming but cannot stop or hide from it.
I have always been able to take criticism but it does not mean that I do not care or think about it. I will actually think about it a lot.Sometimes even for days.
I might not show it.
It is not a bad thing.
It is not like I will have evil thoughts about this person.
Sometimes I will actually ask one or two persons to criticize me. Especially when I am doing speeches because I want to better myself.Here comes the three reasons for you to love and ask for criticism.
1. Just because you are doing great
This criticism is the kind you get, when you are doing great and have reached a point where you now have haters.
Haters who does not have anything else to do than hate on you, your work and everything that has anything to do with you.
You should love this.
Even if the are saying mean things about you.
Why, you might think?
Well, look at it from this perspective.
They are jealous of you.
They secretly want your things.
Want your job.
Or whatever you are doing.
Do not take them seriously.
Do not remember the things they say.
Do not let it effect yourself or your work.
Just love it because you have reached so far, that you now have hater-fans.
Hater-fans who secretly wants your life.
2. Better yourself and your business
This one is used commonly among businesses.
They call it customer feedback.
It just sounds more friendly than criticism but is the same thing.
You can choose to ask for it or you can get it when you flop big time.
We can both agree on it is best to ask for it, right?
Then you are also prepared.
And do not feel like you were just found with your pants down.When I have received some criticism I will look into what made the person say it and use it to better myself.
Then I will ask myself these following questions.
We often only look from our own perspective and that results in very slow or none growth at all. That is why it is important to get someone else to criticize you.
- How can I use it?
- What can I do to better myself?
- What should I do next time, so I do not make the same mistake?
- Is it something I can fix right now?
Always use the results wisely.
3. They want to help
These can be people you know or do not know.
We can divide these in two groups.
In the first group are the people who does not know anything about running a business but they think they do.
- Or they have a great idea for you.
- Or they think you are selling the wrong products.
- Or you should just close your business and find a regular job.
- Or you need to listen to all their ideas and do what they tell you.
You should probably listen and then ignore it if it is not something you can use.
In the second group are those who does know a lot about running a business.
They are busy themselves and cannot see your problems until you put them in front of them.
But they would love to help you.
They might just refer you to someone.
Even help you out.
Or just give you a tip.
The thing is, that the words that come out of their mouths will probably help you more than the first group.
You just need to ask for it.
And you need to listen.
If you need to criticize someone then do it in a way so the person won’t feel hurt or attacked. – Always give an explanation.
Criticizing right is not an easy job.
Criticizing wrong is easy.
Until next time!
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P.P.S. Criticism is actually a great motivator. Did you ever think about that?
Finally got my professional bachelor in international sales and marketing degree. It hasn’t been easy to be a student-entrepreneur. I sometimes wanted to give up but those days are over now and I made it.
A new chapter, new challenges and new opportunities
About three years ago I was sitting in one of my professors office. He asked me why I had taken the education marketing management. I told him it was because I wasn’t ready to be an entrepreneur and I thought I would become ready by finishing this education. He then asked “Why don’t you just start now? You can always close it later if it doesn’t work out.” – Since I couldn’t answer that, I went home and started to work on my idea.
It wasn’t easy but I managed to start my company and I managed to get through with my education. I had the support of my study group and the business academic, ZIBAT started an environment for entrepreneurs, Drivhuset.
You can read my four reasons to choose ZIBAT here.
My study group was formed before the conversation with my professor I believe. We did have a drop out from the group but we ended up being five. It was a great group because we each have our different fields which we are great at. We all took the top-up professional bachelor in international sales and marketing and here we got a new member and she was just what we needed. The group consisted of Azmat, Christian, Maria, Nikolas, me and later Line. – Some of the other students even asked to be in our group but we had to say no because we would be to many.
Working as a team we have all been trough some things and we were there for each other. We understood the others needs and gave some space if one needed it. – We made it every time and were always getting the better results compared to the other groups. Nevertheless was it a great experience working with these people and I wish the best for them.
After getting a good understanding of the basics in business high school I went straight to ZIBAT to study marketing management, where the focus was at Business-to-Consumer-market and the company itself. I learned a lot of the background of the companies and about the different types. How to strategize and forecast about the different initiatives.
At the PBA in international sales and marketing, the focus was on the Business-to-Business-market at the international level. I learned to measure sales and relationships, how to manage these and what tools to use in the different types of companies. I learned to go a step deeper and to know which tool to use.
Education doesn’t just end there. It is a constant process you have to go through otherwise you will be left in the dark. A person constantly has to look for new sources and new knowledge. Why it is so important to be up-to-date with the newest knowledge and trends in ones field is simply because the business world is moving in an amazing speed. There are so many new and better ways to do things that you constantly have to keep up and that is why I take a lots of courses. If I don’t have time to go out and take them I will take them online. I also read a lot of articles and I have learned to sort the better articles from the bad ones. Which is also very important to learn because it has become so easy to write and some people just write something they have found from a very untrustworthy source.
Under the time of my PBA I also started longer Successful negotiation course online from the University of Michigan. I like to negotiate and since I have to negotiate a lot with my suppliers I took this course. I got great tools to different kinds of negotiations and I also learned about how to make a great lean-contract.
Before starting my own company I had worked for my father as a secretary. I had to help with the accounting, keep in contact with his business relationships and do other small work. Later I became a Mystery shopper, where I got an eye for detail. I learned a little acting and wrote reports after every visit. I worked for two different companies and when I later decided to quit I was headhunted by the first company. In the mean time I had tried to be a telemarketer and that was not something I found very interesting, so when my former workplace wanted me, I went back to work as a mystery shopper.
Then I started my own company X2Nails alone. This challenged me in great ways and I had to learn a lot of new things. I have gotten a broad experience. I have to take care of the logistics, the economic, marketing, sales, design, product development, business development, negotiations, knowledge about the relevant laws and so much more. I even got to try being a boss. I had an intern in three months and today I have two. It’s has been a great learning process for me and it still is. It’s amazing how much I have developed myself by becoming an entrepreneur and I still get amazed how much i sometimes can and know. – That is also why I have started this blog so I can share out of my knowledge.
I have started to give voluntarily speeches about my entrepreneurial journey and to inspire others. I was even one of the GEW ambassadors last year. Today I am a voluntary venture pilot for Mind Your Own Business, where I am with six others, helping 10 teenage boys startup their company.
To read more about my experiences and my projects you can check out my LinkedIn profile.
Now it’s time for a new chapter in my life. – I hope to learn a lot more and to make a positive impact!
I am a student for life.
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