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Interview with Aiman Kabli
“Get a mentor (or several) early on to benefit from their experience, and also to become a well-rounded person and not neglect your own wellbeing to focus on business! – Aiman Kabli
Today we feature Aiman Kabli, the founder at Movement Leader of FELS . We hear their story in their own words, their successes, their challenges and their insights.
Let’s start by getting to know you. Can you please tell us a little bit about you and what you do?
I’ve been in the entrepreneurship space for the last decade and prior to that had a corporate life, mainly in the HR field.
I was involved in several tech start-up ventures and learned many lessons from that. I then started mentoring/coaching other entrepreneurs. Eventually, I found my place as a speaker, ecosystem advisor, and content creator, publishing books and blogs about topics helpful to entrepreneurs.
A great introduction and start to this interview. Can you please tell us in your own words how did you start?
With an MBA and much corporate experience, I took the leap into starting businesses of my own – with many ups and downs of course! Later on, I pursued a Certificate of Innovation & Entrepreneurship with Stanford University which I believe helped give me a solid foundation to improve my ventures and also advise others.
So can you tell us…What is FELS’ mission and what locations do you target?
Certainly – FELS (The Flourishing Entrepreneurial Lifestyle) is a global content movement that I launched a few years ago to help inspire the upcoming generations of entrepreneurs to adopt a lifestyle most conducive to business success.
The concept is based on my own experiences and also research I’ve conducted with many top business leaders around the world. The content is mainly targeted to developing regions and published in 14 languages in order to make it more accessible to readers in each region.
How did you reach the level that you are at in life now?
I believe that I have reached this level of success by having the right combination of soft skills and technical skills needed for the journey of entrepreneurship. It takes a lot of effort to hone and nurture these skills, as many of them need to become natural lifestyle habits.
Thank you for sharing that. We know that there are ups and downs in business. Tell us about the ups and downs you have faced as an entrepreneur.
I’ve certainly had many failures in my journey and have done my best to learn from them and avoid repeating the mistakes. Such missteps include jumping into a market too quickly or without enough knowledge of it, creating solutions that are mistimed by the market, or focusing mostly on a product to the detriment of its marketing and promotion.
Ups and downs are very typical in the startup world where the success rate is usually below 20%, though the ones who become successful must learn and adapt and persevere through all the rough times!
Entrepreneurs are the ones who can solve the world’s problems and therefore they are really worthy of our support.
What advice would you give to the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs?
I think the most prominent advice to offer here is to get a mentor (or several) early on to benefit from their experience, and also to become a well-rounded person and not neglect your own wellbeing to focus on business!
We’re nearly halfway through our interview so it’s a great time to ask how FELS runs. You mentioned the vast amount of work and area that FELS covers and targets. How do you run such a complex, global operation?
Indeed, it had become quite a complex operation recently as we deliver daily content in 14 languages simultaneously over a total of 23 social media channels! We also manage book publishing, collaborative partnerships, events & competitions, and a community-based mobile app. So how we do all this without any offices or formal structure?
The secret lies in having a carefully-selected team of freelancers who each cover their home region/language as they know it best, in addition to some interns and volunteers who join us periodically. It’s a perfectly flat and lean organization with no pyramids or hierarchies.
What are you hoping to achieve with your current work that would make you proud?
I’m hoping to make a tangible impact on the lives of ambitious youth and aspiring entrepreneurs around the world, helping them to fully utilize their talents and fulfill their missions in life – ultimately to make a better world for all of us.
What is next for you? Are you planning on focusing on business endeavours or are you going to focus more on the author side of things by writing more books?
Now that the pandemic is (hopefully) behind us, I would love to spend more time on the ground with start-up ecosystems around the world to exchange learning and insights with them. My next book is actually about how to nurture such ecosystems in the best way, based on extensive interviews and data collection I will be doing around the world.
Looking at your professional work, you are passionate about global entrepreneurship and giving opportunities to those who may not have otherwise entered the global marketplace. Do you have anything to add about the current network of global entrepreneurs and do you have any hopes for the future of entrepreneurs in the developing world?
The only thing I would add here is that entrepreneurs are the ones who can solve the world’s problems and therefore they are really worthy of our support. Governments and ecosystem entities should do better in making the journey easier for them, and also making resources, regulations, and funds more accessible.
I strive to do my part as well through mentorship and content, as well as direct support and investment wherever possible!
“Thank you it has been great learning more about your founder story and Movement Leader of FELS“
To learn more about Aiman Kabli Visit https://aimankabli.com/
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