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A brilliant young lady with immense talent sent me a heartfelt email today. She had been active in social work and dropped off the scene after receiving harsh criticism. The critic, someone in the humanitarian field also turned competitive and broke the young lady’s spirit. She left behind a promising beginning and settled for work without passion.
Too many entrepreneurs are easily put off by setbacks.. not realizing these setbacks are nothing but fitness training.. with each setback, you acquire a new skill to deal with challenges.. and the more setbacks you have the higher your purpose and calling is in life.. acknowledging setbacks and cheerfully moving past them paves the next step for progress. Getting stuck on a setback kills your dreams.
“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” – Michelangelo
Reflecting on 365 days is like playing a reel of photos, with emotions in the background substituting for music. 2010 brought a lot of promise, hope, heartfelt emotions, financial anxieties, many new beginnings, and a few bitter endings.
We were blessed with:
In the new year, we wish for:
Most of all, we wish for time to reflect on how to live wisely and purposefully and extend our gratitude to everyone who supported us and stood by us in 2010.
I have long maintained that the real Islam is being preserved and nurtured today in the USA. In small social circles, academic forums, individual and collective discourse; uncovering relevance to environmental conservation, gender equality and much more. Young and old, Muslims and other denominations are having healthy, constructive exchanges on the beauty of Islam and the Qur’an. Here is one example that is absolutely brilliant!
I pray that Muslims around the world find the wisdom to explore the meaning, values, depth of the Holy book in such a manner.
Hazleton is author of After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam
How do you unleash the power of many?
Is a focus on a single bottom line more effective than one a triple bottom line? It is simpler; but is it more effective?
Does a single bottom line mean forgoing measures, or merging them?
Must you look for a problem to solve? Or do you stumble on solving a problem?
What lessons of abundance can one learn from Nature?
How do you create a collaborative, agile, creative, efficient framework for organizations / entrepreneurs / to operate within?
A thought provoking conversation with Ihsan Jawad; the second of many I hope to have to shed light on a needed dialogue on an alternative framework; barakability and abundance theory, Rizq and Risk, return and reward.
To encourage innovation and sustainable business practices – financial, social and environmental – through the companies that we help create and grow as well as in the wider business community through CSR thought leadership and advisory services.