Happy new year everyone! As I am sure you are aware by now, 7 months ago I started an empowerment section of the blog, where I showcased 1 incredible woman  each month, who’s story inspired and motivated me. This year, I’m opening the floor to inspiring men in our community, and to kick start 2018, I have selected a young man who radiates with positive energy and goodness, to be our Mr. January!

I connected with Omar through Instagram at first, after hearing him speak at an event in early 2017, where he talked about his first book “Just Read It!”. A few months later, I had the pleasure of meeting him in person at a Women’s Empowerment event where he was the key speaker. He is such a delightful and down to earth young man who dedicates his time to mentoring the youth, apart from running a number of successful businesses, and writing his second book. Enjoy!

Quick facts:

  • Name: Omar Al Busaidy
  • Profession: Accessibility, Chartered and Commercial Flight Manager at Tourism & Culture Authority Abu Dhabi/ Author of “Just Read It”/ Educator/ Speaker/ Entrepreneur/ Futurist/ Thinker/ Conversationalist/ Optimist
  • Favourite destination: the Future (I am working on my next book)
  • Horoscope sign: Aries
  • Loves: My beautiful mother, Chelsea, and love itself!
  • Hates: Negativity, bad vibes, moods and attitudes

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. 
I consider myself as a dashing young Emirati internet surfer! I have also been referred to as a “Nokia phone”, because I connect people and a “spiritual gangster” because I seem just cool like that; but, really, I am the simple son of a queen, brother to two beautiful sisters and a brother, uncle to a gang of naughty nieces and nephews, very proud Emirati and friend to all 🙂 I have over 15 years of experience in business in the UAE, in the sectors of  banking, tourism, trade and investment. I am passionate about self growth, self development and self motivation (I think 6 months in hospital on your back does that to you- ask Ironman- we have some things in common). I have attended several leadership programs around the world, and been involved in several startup businesses. I love everything and all that I do- otherwise I would not be doing it. I believe in doing what you love and doing it from when I wake up in the morning until you fall asleep at night. If I have free time, I fill it in service to all others, colleagues, friends, family, and friends who are my family. If you want to know more about me though, you should “Just Read It”.

2. How do you handle difficult times in your life? 
I do a couple of things, all of which are mentioned in my book, and based on personal experience, but here are my top 3:

  • Pray, it is the best medicine
  • Be patient and calm
  • Ignore minor issues – don’t let them get to you

However, this is not always easy and even though I have metal plates in my spine I am only human. So, a lot of the time I retreat to a quiet space within myself and cool off. Some people have told me that this is a form of yoga, an attempt to find calm within the storm by separating myself and other people from the issue and in my way acknowledge, tick off, and move on from the drama. It is not always the best way to handle things, but it is my way of working through difficulties, without allowing them to become a burden and reflect, on others.

3. What is your secret to achieving the right balance between your career, family, friends and doing what you really love? 
I surround myself around a circle of support and like-minded people. As aforementioned, my friends are my family, and so are my co-workers. I do my best to treat everyone with the same amount of respect. I also acknowledge that there is time and a place for everything. I set aside time for my family, my friends, my co-workers and even myself. I really love spending time, and inspiring all people whom are determined to grow. The key to achieving balance (which is a subjective thing all together) I believe is to continue to ask yourself: where do I see myself in 5 years? What do I want to be? What do I want to achieve? Am I on the right path? Will I be successful or will I fail? These questions surface at random times in my head, when I am with my different circles and I believe the balance is in the answers! As long as where and who you are with, makes you feel content with who you are and where you are going, then I guess you have achieved balance and you are doing what you really love! There’s no way to quantify this kind of balance, it is subject to your personal goals and ambitions.

4. What are your hobbies?
Chelsea, food, conversations, reading, sports, travel

5. What are your tips for happiness?
Learn to smile with your liver! Hahahahaaa! I know what you are thinking “He is crazy”! But, I heard a little old man from Bali say this in a movie recently, I refuse to disclose the title, and I really love it! We, including me, are so moved by posters and messages on social media telling us that the key to happiness is inner peace, self- appreciation, true love and all these things. And they are all correct, but the real key to happiness is good health, why? Because good health starts with taking care of yourself: your body, your soul and your mind. If your body is functioning and feeling great, this often has a knock off effect on your mental state and so forth! In turn this will positively affect all the people around you and they will feel happy too. For example: what happens when you smile at someone? They smile back- the lips just like the liver are an organ. So, I believe the little old man is right if you want to be happy you have to get your whole body to smile- including your liver!

6. Who is your role model or someone you look up to?
My uncle, Issa Al Rawadhy. I have told people his story repeatedly because it is more to remind me than them. My uncle started with nothing and now has everything: good health, a great family, a sustainable business, determination and drive! He is happy and unfettered by minor issues, I absolutely adore him and will be a very lucky man if one day I can say I am like him.

7. What have been the most exciting milestones in your life?

  1. Tuberculosis
  2. Divorce
  3. Realizing my dream was coming true

8. If you could change one thing in the world right now, what would it be?
No child, wherever he or she is, should be without love, education, and food.

9. There are still a lot of cultures and societies who frown upon successful women. Why do you think that is, and how can it change?  
I think we should try and define what success is. For example, in some cultures a woman’s success is measured by her degree of independence, her career progression and self-affirmation. In other cultures, a successful woman is a good a mother, daughter, sister, friend, girlfriend and wife. I think that I would be fallible if I said I could provide you with an answer to this question, as I think it would be very much dependent on the context of the culture and society. However, I will say this no matter who you are, and what gender you are: respect, human dignity, care, compassion, and consideration are basic human rights. We should not be discriminatory about whom we give this to. So, my answer is we should always take into consideration someone’s context, and measure their success accordingly. Success in my opinion is just another measure of happiness. If you are truly happy within yourself, then you are successful and will acknowledge the success of those around you.

10. What advice can you offer for men and women, trying to balance a career, family and personal life?
You can do it!  Like Nike says: “Just do it”! In my book there is a page that screams out: Screw it let’s do it.I love this, and actually borrowed it from Richard Branson (he is an entrepreneur/ family guy too). If you set yourself to make it work, it will work. It is a team effort though, so rally up your troops, ask for help when needed and make it happen. Richard does not say: you do it! And he is right, it takes a team effort and means utilizing your resources.

You can buy Just Read It by clicking here!

Disclaimer: Thank you Omar for collaborating on this post and for working so hard to spread empowerment, happiness, and inspiration!