After graduating, Sukur struggled to get a job. This, however, did not crush his spirit. In fact, it spurred him to start his own business.
Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine he’d be an entrepreneur, and that too, standing on a stage sharing his journey towards success. He said: “You have to have direction. This will lead you to your destination.”
One way of bringing yourself one step closer to your dreams, he said, is by connecting it to your family.
He gave an example. It has always lingered in his mind to one day take his parents to perform the umrah (a pilgrimage to Mecca performed by Muslims). After all the hard work he had put in and all the challenges he braved, he will fulfill this dream at the end of the year, he announced with evident pride.
He advised: “Everything begins with a dream.”
2. Take action now
The path of entrepreneurship is never easy. It is one that requires a lot of passion, grit and resilience. Take Sukur as an example. His first three businesses failed.
“Perhaps it was because I lacked knowledge in marketing and finance at the time,” he shared.
But he believed that business is his forte. So, he tried again and his fourth business plan became a success!
Dstrike Solutions is now an eight-year-old company which supplies and installs wall-to-wall carpets commonly found in mosques and offices.
He started out small and didn’t have an office. After just one year, however, he had his own store. Today, he has five employees and has customers across Peninsular Malaysia!
His advice to students is this: “You have to be hardworking. If you are lazy and don’t go out looking for opportunities and interviews, your chances will be slim.”
3. Persevere to succeed
In the journey towards success, there will be various obstacles. Having the perseverance to push forward, is therefore key to ensure one reaches their destination.
Sukur can relate to this. During his talk, he shared about some of the challenges he faced when meeting with clients.
He said, there was a time when a client refused to let him into the office because they assumed he was a beggar. There was also the time where a client had already agreed on a project with Sukur and pricing was set, but the moment the client saw Sukur in person, they declined the project.
“Perhaps the client didn’t believe in my capabilities,” he said.
But he didn’t let such negative scenarios affect him and it didn’t stop him from continuing to strive for success. He kept going and he is where he is today because he persevered.
Something to also keep in mind, he said, is to never compare our progress with others.
“We may be slower than others, but the key is that we reach our destination.”
Sukur shared his experience hiking up Broga Hill in Semenyih. At 400 m, the hill offers a scenic breath-taking view once you reach its peak.
There were a few instances during the hike when he and his two friends stopped to rest, and he would feel a wave of regret. He kept thinking he couldn’t go further and wanted to stop.
But then, he asked some of the groups walking down the hill, “Tinggi lagi tak puncak? (How much farther to reach the peak?)”
All their replies were the same: “Sikit jer lagi (Just a little bit more).”
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