Tell us your name and a little about yourself.
My name is Syed Muneeb Ahmed. I’m originally from Pakistan but was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates. I kicked myself out of my family’s home to go to college when I was 17. I’m a tech consultant at Apple, Brand Ambassador/Product Manager at Rentersbay.com, a 3-time award-winning elevator pitcher and was named as one of the top 25 students under the age of 25 at the college of business at USF(Tampa, Fl). I recently graduated from there with a degree in Analytics & Info Systems along with a minor in Cyber Security. I also founded a college soccer team called Raging Bulls. Other hobbies/interests include reading, exploring mobile apps, playing FIFA, Couchsurfing and cycling.
What exactly does your company do?
Apple is well known for what they do.
Rentersbay (www.rentersbay.com) is a Florida based student to student rental platform. You can MAKE money by renting out items that you don’t use all the time and you can SAVE money by borrowing items for your college life that you don’t want to purchase or use for very long.
What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?
My biggest challenges in life included lack of self-confidence, poor communication skills, over-dependence on my parents, growing up entitled and spoilt, lack of empathy for other people, homelessness, and fear of public speaking.
I overcame them by kicking myself out of my family’s house at 17, being a black sheep as often as I could, going places where I didn’t know anybody, building relationships, getting rejected and uncomfortably trying popular extroverted things like networking, door to door sales, theatre, etc.
I wrote an article about it, check it out:
What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?
To be honest, I’m still at the start of my career. However, when I graduated from high school, I wish someone had told me that it’s OK to not have a solid life and career plan at 17 after graduating from high school. That I should just go out and try many different things, fail often and overcome the fear of rejection. Plus, to not let other people’s(sometimes even family and close friends) negativity and criticism discourage my ambitions. Most importantly, realize that just to be able to take a risk and fail is a MASSIVE PRIVILEGE!
Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?
I admire a LOT of people. Both of my parents inspired me to want to be better in life. I’ve made it this far in life because of their constant love and prayers. When I left home, it wasn’t just for myself, it was for them. So that I could go back as a better person. If I can’t help myself, I can’t help them either.
– Tim Ferris because he’s always doing crazy experiments on himself and expanding my mind on what’s possible with smart hacks and productive methods. Also, I love listening to his podcasts!
– Steve Jobs is another. There’s no way I’m an Apple employee and don’t admire Jobs. Like millions of other people, I was inspired by his perfectionism, taste and design style which is expressed by Apple’s products and business success today.
– Cristiano Ronaldo for his relentless hunger and self-discipline even at age 33 to not just being the best football player in the world but a world-class athlete as well.
– Daymond John because of his powerful book called the “Power of Broke”. It has contributed to some of my most important life decisions.
– Ryan who was my sales manager at Vivint. He’s a rockstar salesman. He used to blow my mind away with his people skills and how quickly he was able to build relationships with strangers while dancing with them later on Snapchat. He recruited me regardless of me being a foreigner with zero marketing/sales experience and was supportive even when I was terrible at my job.
Other notable role models include: Sara Blakely, Brandon Stanton, Brian Norgard, Chris Sacca, Elon Musk, Derek Sivers, Richard Branson, Mark Cuban, Naval Ravikant, James Altucher, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michelle Romanov, Jeff Weiner, Reid Hoffman, John Oliver, Benny Lewis, Karlie Kloss, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, Mark Zuckerberg, Malala, Steve Wozniak, John McAfee, Larry Page, Bill Gates.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?
YES!!! There are countless unbelievably awesome people in my life to whom I’m so incredibly grateful. It would be unfair to them if I were to just name one particular person.
I’m grateful to my parents, all my previous managers/bosses, USF college of business, mentors, Couchsurfing hosts, room-mates (especially first one), teachers, friends, etc. They have all helped me with getting jobs, internships, mentorship, awards, friends, free food, housing, transportation, etc. I’ve learned something from all of them.
What do you see as your greatest success in life?
My greatest success in life so far has been the relationships that I’ve built and the mind-blowing people (people that make me think ‘what am I doing with my life’) whom I’ve been lucky enough to meet.
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