GET RICH QUICK? What I’ve Learned As A Muslim Entrepreneur…

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” -Steve Jobs

Do you know why so many new businesses fail every year? And what caused them to give up after putting in so much effort to achieve success in the first place?

In this blog, we will discuss a very important subject: the poisonous effects of the current “get rich quick” culture, which has seriously damaged our minds and made us feel inadequate and failures if we don’t suddenly become millionaires.

This way of thinking encourages us to believe that we’re failures if we don’t quickly become millionaires and are not good enough. This makes us feel that there is something wrong with us. We are not meant to be an entrepreneur, nor do we deserve to be one. We’re not cut out for it, and all sorts of negative self-talk come from this poisonous belief that we need to be millionaires overnight.

To solve this, we’ll share the realities of becoming an entrepreneur and what to anticipate along the way. How you should look and view your journey as a whole as a Muslim entrepreneur to be able to succeed and focus on what you do best which is build your business.

There are simply no secrets to success it is simply the result of preparation hard work and learning from failures

As entrepreneurs, we are currently being flooded daily. I don’t know about you guys but when I open social accounts, I see this toxic mentality being pushed in every platform. Maybe it’s because I’m an entrepreneur, I don’t know, but I see ads everywhere pushing this mentality everywhere, and I won’t blame the ads. I mean, we run ads ourselves to promote our coaching programs, our offers, our services, but I mean, you see a lot of these gurus out there letting almost insinuating that you can make ten thousand dollars within your first 30 days as an entrepreneur and become a millionaire overnight.

This is a very toxic and unfavorable perception of entrepreneurship that I hope to dispel in this blog.

The biggest reason why so many businesses fail

A lot of people, who contact me to start a business, and are interested in embarking on this entrepreneurial journey, expect that they will essentially get the shortcut to the secret to success.

They want to guarantee them 10K a month in the first 30 days given the fact that they’ve never been an entrepreneur and have never done anything like this in their life. 

Of course, we can guarantee that we will support you as you start your business, we will be there for you and hold your hand through every step of the process. We will ensure that you start your business, and you follow through on it.

But ultimately we can’t guarantee that you’re going to show up and do the work.

That is the biggest reason why so many people fail a business or don’t even really achieve anything in business at all. As they enroll in coaching programs, courses, and mentorship programs, and as soon as they receive the blueprint for success with steps a, b, and d, they realize, “Oh, I have to do the work,” “I have to put efforts,” and “It’s not the get quick rich scheme,” and they stop the process there.

Fortunately, this is something that Ummahpreneur strives to avoid. Our goal is to ensure this in all of our advertising, marketing materials, social media posts, and other activities.

We are very clear that starting a business requires a lot of work, that it is not for the faint of heart, and that there will be many failures, challenges, and obstacles along the way. But, this toxic mindset has harmed so many entrepreneurs who are just starting on their journey, as the majority of us start businesses and set ourselves goals, which is normal and healthy to do.

Big goals stretch what we believe is possible

You should set yourself a goal like, “I’m going to make $10,000 per month in the next six months,” or “I’m going to hopefully, inshallah, win the Two Comma Club Award at Russell Bronson’s Funnel Hacking Live this year,” and that’s cool. And I admire business owners who set lofty goals, so I urge you to do the same. They say, “Shoot for the moon, and maybe you’ll reach the stars,”. 

So it’s really important to set big goals but it’s also important to understand ultimately that I have a desire and I have a plan and you have a desire and you have a plan and ultimately Allah has a plan and his plan will prevail over ours.

As you start and build your business, you will face challenges, failures, and difficult moments. Don’t let society or these gurus fool you; it’s going to be difficult. You might hit $10,000 per month in your first 30 days, but it might take you three months, or it might take you a year because you’re a little slower and you have to refine your skills a little bit, and you have to get into the groove of things and that’s fine but don’t let the fact that it’s taking you a little bit more time don’t let that disobey you from trying at all.

You are here to create an impact

For many people, it takes a little longer, and they’re like, “I’m giving up,” which is so unfortunate because God has given you a talent within you, He has placed a voice within you that is inspiring you, pushing you towards this entrepreneurship journey, towards building this business to impact people and to help people create a solution that can make a difference.

But you abandon it after only a few months because you are not seeing the results that you desire. By doing this, not only are you letting yourself down, but you are also letting all of these other people down, whom you could have helped, but everything has changed now because of one decision you made that decision is to give up on yourself.

I want you to remember that this culture of getting rich quickly is a farce. These entrepreneurs that you see that you know Jeff Bezos Bill Gates the Elon Musk that build billion-dollar companies are outliers.

How many Elon Musk, Bill Gates Jeff Bezos is there, not many, very few, so is that the norm? No, but why do we look to them as an example to be?

This is what we must achieve, we must build the next Amazon. 

You do not have to create the next Amazon. You simply need to be the best version of yourself possible and give the best version of yourself to your business, family, relationships, work, and everything else you do.

It’s really important to remember this because we set these timelines, we set these constraints on ourselves, and then we get disappointed or frustrated when we don’t see what we want to see in our lives, and I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve fallen victim to this. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve gone through many challenges mentally in my mental health because of this.

You should be ambitious you should work towards your goals in the best way possible but ask yourself one simple question: Am I really giving it my best shot? Am I really doing my best here? Am I sincere in my effort? Am I really working hard towards this goal? 

If you are, it will come when Allah decides for it to come. So work sincerely towards your goals but don’t let the lack of results within your timeline be a definition that you are not good enough or that you are a failure instead understand that Allah will grant you what you seek at the time that is right for you.

Written by Abby El-Asmar

Abby is a business & marketing consultant – and the founder of Ummahpreneur. His passion is to nurture a new generation of Muslim entrepreneurs that will impact the world in a positive way while uplifting the Ummah!

November 12, 2022

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