I migrated to the US from Pakistan at the age of 15. Growing up in a country like Pakistan where there aren’t really any opportunities – especially entrepreneurial – one gains a special appreciation for a place like NYC.
I’ve always had an innate drive to maximize my potential. I had no idea what it looked like, I just knew that I wanted to become more and that I was willing to pay the price for it in hard work and sacrifice.
In my junior year of college, I got an entrepreneurial opportunity in finance, and I started working 16-hour days, up to six days a week. Surely, within a few years, we started experiencing breakout success and were grossing seven figures annually. But, shortly thereafter, the business crashed and I lost it all.
That got my attention. I became obsessed with learning about business, especially business failures. I wanted to gain an in-depth understanding of why and how a fraction of all organizations find sustainable success – my definition of greatness – while most, including mine at the time, just cease to flourish and wither away well before their time without fulfilling their potential.
I found out very quickly that really, it wasn’t the lack of my technical knowledge – industry or product knowledge – that had cost me the business. It was the lack of non-technical skills – people skills and behavioral challenges – that limited my growth. And as I worked on improving those, I started seeing the results I wanted.
Today, I remain an avid reader and learner. I’ve been on the ownership side of half a dozen ventures, held some senior positions at companies I had no ownership in, and still serve as an advisor to executives and other leaders looking to grow into senior leadership roles.
Why Work with Hamza?
Both the depth and breadth of my experience and knowledge put me in a unique position to add immense value as an advisor. I’ve spent a lifetime honing and mastering all three of the following criteria that I believe an excellent coach must possess:
1. Business knowledge and experience.
2. In-depth content knowledge of the craft of coaching and the associated practical experience.
3. The crucial effectiveness that sparks behavioral change.
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