For all my beautiful readers, you’re probably wondering: where is she? I don’t showcase my life on Instagram or Facebook but would rather write, as people years ago would have written about their lives and reminisce with deep thought about their experiences through introspection that can only come with the slow pace writing and thinking out your thoughts. A week ago you could have caught me in East Harlem or in a beautiful Italian pizzeria in Soho in New York. No matter where my travels take me, they always leave me recharged and help me re-organize my priorities in life. For 2014, I’ve made a commitment to pursuit of a life as a nomadic, independent entrepreneurship – to essentially work and live from anywhere. Anyone who knows Somalis(and me) know that I am as nomadic as they come. I have an insatiable urge for seeing new things, meeting new people and creating things. One part of my trip that stood out to me was Times Square. Walking down Times Square was walking through the heart of capitalism and, in the most odd way possible, brought about some philosophical and existential questions about life.
A few things first:
There are no places to sit in Times Square. You are forced to consume until you quite literally feel like falling on the floor. It’s been so masterfully engineered to keep you moving, consuming, dazed by the distractions all around you. It’s capitalism in a nutshell and not a place I could ever go back to.
To use to the washroom, you need to buy something. There are special codes at the bottom of receipts that you punch into washroom doors.
I think to myself: Is capital what runs our lives? Is there ever an end to consumption? Do you consume until one day, you consume yourself? Until there is nothing left by a hollowness inside of you.
The truth is, most of our lives have been wrapped around the idea of capital. The idea of no longer living your life in pursue of money and the acquisition of it can scare any human living in our modern world.
What do you do after that?
But I didn’t go to ruminate over the socio-political aspects of our society. I did it to recharge, which is so important to entrepreneurs. All top performers(and those aspiring to do so) understand that taking breaks is a crucial part of productivity.
But back to travel, Amy from WhereverWriter said something about travel that puts into complete perspective why I love it so much and why it’s such an integral part of my life:
“Travel that puts you in uncomfortable places, makes you cross paths with incredible people, forces you to see the world through new eyes. I want to get out of my comfort zone; I want to learn from people around the world; I want to know their struggles, their joys, their worries, their hopes.”
It forces you to take a birdeye view of your life and ask yourself if you are doing things out of habit or if you are truly pushing yourself to the highest level.
In a nutshell, NEW YORK IS LIVE! I look forward to connecting with more entrepreneurs from that place.
What am I working on
I started my online marketing business, FWD MVMNT, about 3 months ago and I am blessed to say that it has been successful Alhamdulilah and I am working with some incredible people/organizations.
One of those organizations is run by a friend/mentor of mine and his team, called UmmahHub. What went from a sales pitch on a project spunned off into a startup of it’s own and I am so grateful and proud to be working with Oak Computing and UmmahHub on this.
In a nutshell, UmmahHub is a community building platform for Muslim projects.
The Muslim Inc, is the #1 online community for Muslim entrepreneurs. The Muslim Inc is a global online community dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship, innovation and business development for Muslims worldwide by providing the best of Islamic thinking combined with modern business practices. We provide relevant discussions and solutions to help emerging & established Muslim business leaders succeed while helping Muslim entrepreneurs and corporations understand how to better serve the largest growing consumer niche market- the $170 billion Muslim market.
We want to revive entrepreneurial culture and help strengthen Islamic economies worldwide.
What is so exciting about this start up is that it’s about focusing on economic and entrepreneurial development in the Muslim world, which is a dear topic to me.
Through out all my startups, the main theme is helping build proper infrastructure for social innovators and entrepreneurs. What I love is that I get to combine digital media, technology and solving social issues I am passionate about!
The Muslim world is essentially the newest, most lucrative frontier in marketing right now and is worth over a trillion dollars. At the Muslim Inc, we want to help others benefit and tap into that.