I've been following Abdullah Ahmad for quite a while now, and finally got to meet him in person towards the end of last year. To say he's an impressive young man is an understatement. Abdullah is a 16-year-old entrepreneur, author and fashion designer based in Dublin. Starting at a very young age he now runs various businesses and side projects, all while still in secondary school. I recently got the chance to interview him and ask him all about his journey so far, what drives him and his plans for the future. His story is truly inspiring and definitely worth sharing.
My name is Abdullah Ahmad and I am a 16 year old Entrepreneur. Calling myself an 'Entrepreneur' in this day and age is quite vague. As an Entrepreneur with multiple passions and careers, the question, "So, what do you do?", can be hard to answer at times. I currently own three separate companies and have in total just over 10 streams of income for my future financial security. From a business point of view, I am an international mindfulness coach and speaker, a social media manager with my own agency, a PR agent for two Irish musicians, a fashion designer for my own clothing brand - Joker Clothing, an author of seven books so far - 'Millionaire for Teens' is the only one released as of now, an Instagram Influencer (@dtmdmagician) and the official teacher of the 'Mindfulness for Teens' course.
I was 13 years old when I started Joker Clothing. That was my first proper business although when I was 11, I was getting paid to perform magic at parties and family events etc.
I am not planning on going to college. I am planning on expanding all of my current businesses and creating some more as I am inspired to do so. I will never stop learning or creating, so expect more and more!
I always wanted to write 'Millionaire for Teens'. It was one of my goals for almost a year before I published it. Then as I got more serious about actually publishing a book, I came across Caleb Maddix, a self-made 16-year-old millionaire. I watched one of his videos where he explained how he wrote his book. He said that he used to write down his goals every morning and one of them was to write a book when he became 20 years old. Then one day as he wrote this goal, he asked himself what he is waiting for. That was the day he started writing his first of 9 books. That inspired me to continue writing this book and really focus on it despite almost everyone around me telling me that I was too young.
Honestly, there are ways around almost everything. It can be annoying not being 18 yet although it hasn't stopped me from doing anything as of now. Yes, it slows down a few things for me but it can't stop me. Some people will not take me serious and not do business me because of my age. It's really not that deep though, I just move on with my life and see it as their loss.
When I receive thank you DMs on my Instagram, I always feel very satisfied. Every night when I go to sleep I feel satisfied these days. One time one of my students in New York sent me a nine-minute voicemail full of his gratitude for me and my coaching and it felt really amazing listening to it, I was close to crying at least ten times throughout the message. The work that I do is very satisfying. Even if it's not me talking to someone directly, people will message me still every day just after reading my Instagram captions telling me that they really needed to hear what I said and I stopped them from doing all sorts of terrible things. It is very satisfying indeed knowing that I am making a very positive impact on this world.
Success for me is living a life of unconditional freedom. Doing whatever I want, whenever I want. That's my ultimate life goal. Currently, I am living out that goal.
I have quite a few role models. Caleb Maddix has to be one of them. If you don't know about him yet, search him up and see for yourself the work that he does. He's a great guy. Lovely to talk to also! Jim Rohn will forever be my favourite public speaker of all time. He inspired me to get into public speaking. Conor, my spiritual mentor will forever be one of my role models. He is the kindest person I have ever met and he indirectly inspired me to research all faiths and learn as much as I can about the spiritual side to everything that I am doing rather than just blindly following what I am told. Daniel Ramamoorthy, better knows as 'Dan Ram', is one of my greatest role models right now. I have never met someone so okay with how they feel in every moment. He is so mentally stable its incredible. Even if he's having a mental meltdown, he's is okay with it and allows himself to feel however he feels. He's my biggest living business role model right now and is my unofficial business mentor!
I am TERRIBLE at taking orders, I hate being told what to do.
Yes, "Be, Do, Have".
The best product that I bought in the last year was my Penny board. Skating brings me such joy and raises my energy immensely.
Learn as much as you can. Read a book a week at least, audiobooks are a great way to do this, on the topic of your business. Do not let other's opinions of you become your beliefs of yourself. Stop listening to everyone, find mentors who know what they're talking about and listen to them. Cut out ALL toxic people from your life. If someone is just draining your energy, stop associating with them. Doesn't matter who they are to you, if they drain your energy then let them go. Plan every day the night before half hour by half hour. Stay productive and value your time more. Eat well, Meditate daily, stretch your body daily, practice gratitude daily, wake up before 7am every day and start working on something by 7:45/8am every day, sleep earlier, understand the spiritual and scientific factors of success.
A big thank you to Abdullah for taking the time to chat with me. He's definitely one to watch and I look forward to seeing what he gets up to over the next few years.
Also, thanks to Ayesha Ahmad for the amazing photos of Abdullah that I got to use for this piece. Check out her work on her Instagram account: www.instagram.com.ayeshabeans