Together Against Social Injustice
I have the privilege of sharing some wise and kind words from a friend and great supporter of Trouble Clothes, Amir Amiri.
About five years ago, I was admitted into one of the most prestigious academic programs in the world as the youngest applicant in their history. It was a great honor and success for me and my family. However, the most valuable lessons that I learned there, weren't about history or science or finance, they were about myself.
During my time in this program, I was talked down to and called names by some of my peers and especially those much older than me. Despite my efforts to be kind and get involved, I was excluded from social events and gatherings. Even my tutor, who I considered to be a good friend and Muslim man, proved to be unsupportive and lacked integrity with his family. My romantic life also proved to be challenging, as I later found out that the woman I had been involved with was not the kindest toward some religion groups.
These experiences left me with the feeling that I wasn't good enough, that I wasn't worthy, and that there was something wrong with me. I know I am a kind and peaceful person and I just couldn’t understand why I was being singled out and treated this way. I had been so nice to everyone around me. Maybe my experiences early in the program were just fuel for my later successes.
Being isolated led me to work on my projects even harder. I was more motivated to answer anyone who ever questioned my abilities with my success. I turned the down times into inspiration and opportunity. I realized that being a good Muslim is about being a good person who acts with integrity with their friends, family, and in their professional lives.
After graduating from the program, I started my own company and continued my work as an entrepreneur. By gaining trust from family and friends and proving my work ethic, I was able to raise enough seed money to fund my ventures. A year after starting my tech company, we already offer variations of FinTech services and now recognize ourselves as a digital bank.
During our start-up phase, I got to meet people with the most beautiful souls who I could really call friends. I started working with non profit organizations and heard about other people's troubles. I realized my troubles were not as severe as some others. I learned to be grateful for what I already have and pray and work hard for the better. I asked myself, "What is the point of getting A grades at school, but then failing at life?" Life is not all about working for the big corporations and getting A grades at school or universities. It is also about having social intelligence and making positive impacts on lives. After all, only a good memory of what we do here on earth will last forever.
It is important to be nice to everyone and have more emotions and sympathy in our daily lives. It is very easy to hurt people’s feelings and we don’t know the full extent of the consequences or aftermath. All of us will be held accountable for our deeds in this world (and/or the next world).
I want every person reading this to know and believe that you are good enough and you are worthy of the best. Don’t let anyone ruin your day and time. The only thing I can say to the people that verbally and emotionally bullied me in my past is, "thank you." I wouldn't be the success that I am today without the fuel that they gave me.
It is my great honor to work with #TroubleClothes, a non-profit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia. We raise funds and awareness for the causes important to us, to make a better world for the future generations. As a proud sponsor of Trouble Clothes, I invite you to join our journey.
Together we can defeat bullying, depression, and social injustice, one step at a time.