I strongly believe what motivates people to touch the zenith of their potential is a strong “why” behind what they do. Having a big clear picture of your future i.e. VISION and then a strong FAITH that you are going to achieve are the biggest motivation factors. Sometime people have a great vision but the ability to see it before it has existed, i.e. Faith is lacking.
Your Decision to Become a Professional Trainer
It was love at first sight. In 2009, I was invited by my dear teacher Sir Tahir Chaudhary to a seminar. By the end of the program I was glued to my chair, totally mesmerized. The idea of speaking in front of large audience, delivering your ideas and touching the lives of other people fascinated me. That day, I saw the dream of becoming a trainer but at that time it seemed to be a far-fetched idea. It was difficult to believe that people will come to listen to me and will also pay me for that. It was later in 2012, after facing a lot failures and fears I decided to become a full-time trainer.
Your Entrepreneurial Spirit Comes From…
Being in business is something that runs in my family. My father, cousins, uncles all have ventured in various entrepreneurial businesses. Right after my BBA, my cousin Sohail Gulzari, CEO of Gulzari Optics, offered me to work for him as a consultant & a trainer. He supported me to weave dreams no matter how unrealistic they may seem.
Early Influences and Inspirations
The major shift in my life was when I met Sir Abdul Wahid Khan, he encouraged me to launch my own venture and taught me the great power of human mind. My great teacher Sir Sayyed Ahmed Masud, Managing Director of Channel 7, provided me with an opportunity to conduct a series of sessions for his organization. It was very encouraging. I joined Islamabad Toastmasters Club in 2010, it has helped me tremendously to refine my public speaking skills. It would have been very hard to do what I am doing without the support of my family, especially my wife who helps me in preparing my trainings and speeches. One person who has made a major contribution in shaping the vision and direction of The Missing P is Sir Kamran Rizvi. He changed the lens through which I saw the world. He inspired me immensely when I started trainings and alhumdulillah I feel blessed to have him as my mentor today.
Meaning of “TheMissingP”
The missing P signifies the search for the unknown P i.e. Path.
It is inspired from an aayat, “Oh Allah guide me to the straight path”. We help people to bring their best forward by giving them specific frameworks which lead them to their desired success.
Biggest Risk You Ever Took
I took two decisions that a few considered quite risky, faced confrontation and difficulty also but they turned out to be the best decisions so far. One was to say good bye to marketing consultancy and pursue only training & coaching and the second one was to narrow the scope of soft skills to one area i.e. “Present Your Best Self Forward”, so our focus is Public Speaking, Communication Skills & Selling Yourself to marketplace.
Advice for Students
To reach the true potential, one needs to program his/her brain. I urge students to create an ideal self-image of them and chalk out a set of actions to achieve it. The belief that every human being is unique and a miracle is what I inculcate in young fellows. And this is something I have learned the harder way. I can’t thank my mentors enough, who gave me the confidence to know I can do anything I put my mind to.
Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs
I will summarize in four points:
- Intent: It is the first thing. Your intent should be to bring improvement in other people’s lives instead of being famous and getting rich.
- Be the master of one area (at least).
- Be excellent in sales: Nothing happens until sale takes place. Without this skill people fail miserably.
- Be persistent: First 4-6 years are crucial, don’t lose hopes if you are not doing very well initially. Learn from every mistake.