In 2000, the day after he left university, Moustafa Hamwi left Syria to go to Dubai. He was working at an advertising firm, Leo Burnett. One year, after his own birthday party guest list hit 650 attendees, he launched an immensely successful events business. In just five years, he had 45 employees, made $15 Million and then subsequently lost most of it after having to shut down in the recession and losing most of it to bad debt and investments.
In 2012, he bought a one-way ticket to India – to Rishikesh, which is in the northern state of Uttarakhand. It is the spiritual home of yoga and meditation and is where the Beatles went to an ashram in the 1960’s. While there, he met a swami in a cave who asked him the question, “What are you thirsty for? Only when you know will you quench you thirst”. With that in mind, he went back to Dubai, set up a series of talks and courses to help people find their passion.
Now globally known as “The Passion Guy”, Moustafa has had amazing success in launching platforms that are empowering people to work & live passionately, including a series of Passion Talks; and Passion Sundays, the leading online passion & happiness talk show.
Moustafa was featured with Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, World’s #1 Leadership Thinker, on the blog of Thinkers50 which is the world’s most prestigious ranking of the top 50 management thinkers alive. He has interviewed over 50 global leaders, sports champions, award winning artists and celebrities, diving deep into their interpretation of passion and its impact on all aspects of success in business and life, including: leadership, innovation, employee engagement, performance and quality of life. He has run workshops for local companies from Emaar Hospitality and Mubadala to multinationals like General Electric, HP and HSBC.
Moustafa says passion is the ultimate tool in business. His simple message is: “Recruit for passion and train for skill. Any skill in the world is trainable, passion is not.”
TUNE IN to this episode as Moustafa chats with Steve, Mary and Richard about how he helps empower passionate leaders to succeed.
In This Episode
1 – The early days in PR & Marketing working for Nokia; Birthday parties for 650 people; Living a double life that ultimately led to a nervous breakdown; The turning point
2 – He woke up one day and said “I’m buying a one-way ticket to India.”; Mom was worried; he’s the talk of the town; A gut feeling that wouldn’t go away; The swami, the hospital, and the incurable diagnosis
3 – The billion dollar question; pain vs pleasure; In God we blieve, bu people take cash; It’s stupid not to get paid for what you’re passionate about