Everyone yearns to be his boss but not everyone knows the way to do so. In this scenario, if you come across a successful entrepreneur who has cracked the formula and receive his guidance, nothing could be better than that. So, we have entrepreneur-accountant Syed Ali Naqvi, born in Pakistan, and educated in the West, who is generous with his advice and, at the same time, knows what it takes to realize one’s dream in life. He comes from humble beginnings, but nothing is lacking in his approach to entrepreneurship. That is why his advice is “Anybody can be an Entrepreneur!”
Here he chooses to answer some questions about his life journey, business, and what makes a great businessman –
Q. Who is a successful entrepreneur?
Entrepreneurs are risk-takers, who venture where others are afraid to go. I started my entrepreneurial journey when I had no backing, nobody to fall back upon, either in my family or friend circle. But it was a long-held dream to create an entity that was my own. This dream is what guided me through difficulties and obstacles to eventually reach my destination. Therefore, whenever I get a chance to play mentor to a young aspiring businessman, I ask him or her first and foremost – what is it that doesn’t let you sleep at night. Once I get to know what their goal is, I guide them accordingly. If I may say, entrepreneurs are successful only when they step out of their comfort zone. Unless they do that, there is no success!
Q. How would you describe your journey so far?
First of all, I would like to thank the Almighty for allowing me to fulfill my goal in life and putting me in a position where I can help others too. Let me begin by saying that I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. My background wasn’t anywhere related to the business world. Therefore, I faced all sorts of obstacles. However, even when nobody else took me seriously, nor paid heed to my vision as an entrepreneur, I kept steady in my belief that I could do it. My positive attitude and the turning tide was the reason why I could even reach within an inch of my destination. It took proper planning, research, and perseverance to reach here but, at the same time, let me also say, that I still have a long way to go.
Q. Who is your idol in the world of business?
I have, not one, but four globally renowned corporate giants as my idols. These are Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos. I admire each one for their skill-sets, qualities, and individual achievements. Their lives are significant lessons for every aspiring businessman who wants to do much more than just open a shop and sell products. All four have managed to create a legacy of their own and that is what my goal as an entrepreneur is too.
Q. Who/What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
Apart from the four idols, what inspired me to go down this road is immense job satisfaction, as well as financial stability. I knew that working in a 9-5 routine wasn’t going to make me financially stable in the way that I desired. I had to think out-of-the-box and work outside my shortcomings to create for myself the lifestyle that I had envisioned very early in life. That is the reason why no obstacle could deter me from choosing to become an entrepreneur.
Q. What would be your advice to young startup owners who seek to make it big?
I would say just three words – YOU CAN BE! If you believe in your vision, nobody can make a difference in your journey. You will eventually reach where you’ve to.
Those are the pearls of wisdom that could be your guiding light in life too if you want to achieve the same amount of success in the business world that Syed Ali Naqvi has already attained.