Welcome to Feature Friday where we share an inspiring story of a young woman entrepreneur. This week we are featuring Hadiza Kassim, a 21-year old who says she views her age as an asset rather than a hindrance. Check out more of her story below.
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I can’t point to one particular thing that inspired me to start. I come from a medical background, with both of my parents being healthcare professionals and I myself pursuing a degree in occupational therapy so I wasn’t groomed to be an entrepreneur, but the idea was one that came to me and that I decided to go for — and I’m glad that I did. In retrospect, I am able to see how I was always destined to be an entrepreneur. My knack for creativity and flair for ingenuity wouldn’t fair far in a typical 9-5 setting.
The balance between being a typical 21-year old and a business woman has been quite challenging. I’ve made so many sacrifices for my business, none of which I regret, but it is challenging. I’m in a field with people who are much older than I am and who have access to resources I don’t necessarily have access to, but I don’t allow my age to be a hindrance. In fact, I find it to be an asset. The amazement I see on a person’s face when they learn that I am only 21 is something that always makes me feel proud.
It sounds cliche, but I would say just start – have a plan for sure, but just go for it. We always hear that the best time to start a business is when “you’re ready,” but in all honesty, if you wait until you are ready, you will never be ready.
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