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The reality of doing business in the Middle East

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I’m doing some research into the small business environment in the Middle East with the view of introducing an innovative program to help Bahraini youth to make entrepreneurship their choice, their preferred career path. The program is part of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation. It’s the Global Student Entrepreneur Award, or GSEA for short. Reading some of the resources online, I came across this painful piece:Let’s get one thing straight: doing business in the Middle East is …

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Happy what?

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Here comes Ramadhan. The month where almost no work gets done When productivity of just about the whole Muslim nation grinds to a halt And efficiency is not even a concept to be tolerated Where people willingly stay up all night, and sleep all day Where gluttony is the rule And piousness is only the facade people wear It has become indeed the most un-Islamic month in the calendar, by the habits that people bear and …

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Breakfast with Inspiration, the humbling activism of Rüdiger Nehberg

I am truly humbled with the stories of Rüdiger Nehberg whom I had the absolute honour of meeting for breakfast this morning along with my friend Zahra Al-Harazi in Munich, Germany. We’re all invited to speak at the annual #EOGermany conference, this year entitled Rule Breakers. Rüdiger is a passionate philanthropist leading the fight against female genital mutilation in the Muslim world, from the inside. He got the Al Azhar to proclaim it a sin and …

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Oh no, not another new year resolutions list!

Well, like it or hate it, the single thing that successful entrepreneurs have in common is writing down what they want to achieve, their goals, their aspirations, in lists.  If creating a list of your own aspirations is the only thing you take away from me, then I have truly succeeded in paying it forward. I’ve already shared with you a list of some of my accomplishments and things I am proud of in 2013, …

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Personal 2013 Reflections

Time to reflect on my 2013’s resolutions/achievements and set myself up for ’14:Lost 30kgs (66lbs) Went to the gym at least 5 times a week Able now to run for 30 minutes at 10kph (variable hill) 5 days a week. Same with the elliptical machine. Got off the Crestol cholesterol medication Increased my circle of friends Grew revenues (unaudited) by 23% Profitability still positive but definitely needs improving Raised $862 for Movember Can now thoroughly …

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It doesn’t take one

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People think that entrepreneurship depends on just one person, the entrepreneur. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Entrepreneurship isn’t a one-man game but a team sport. Yes, the entrepreneur is normally the leader, the visionary or even the bully that pushes the ideas forward; however, if success is to be achieved it will depend on a team of people to make things happen. Look at Felix Baumgartner. Do you really think that he alone was …

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Malala Yousafzai

“I think of it often and imagine the scene clearly. Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right.”  Malala YousafzaiA breath of fresh air in a  world that has lost its way. Regardless of her winning a Nobel Peace Prize. She is an inspiration and very much worthy of respect. She’s just sixteen… just watch how this …

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Running after the money

One simple but powerful mantra I’ve followed that led to many of my successes is “don’t run after the money, it will always run away from you; do your job well, and money will come running after you.” This advice was given to me by my late father, may he rest in peace. I must confess that I dismissed it at first, not fully understanding its significance. Now, several years later and after its been proven …

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We Are SPARTA!

Who’s not familiar with that blood-curdling cry before the hapless messenger gets kicked into the well to his death? Very few I think. That particular scene in the film 300 must now be one of the most popular in film history. That shout conjures up images of pride, determination and patriotism. To me, the word “entrepreneur” conjures up powerful images too. Positive and inspiring images of determination, direction, achievement and success. And you know what? I …

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