Who is Nabeel Ahmad?
Nabeel Ahmad is a serial entrepreneur, investor and author. He is best known as the founder and CEO of Skyray Ventures, a holding company that owns various companies in different industries including technology, media, and marketing. Skyray Ventures owns more than 20 companies, most notable of which are Mogul Press, Vertabyte etc.
Born in Lahore, Nabeel attended Lahore Grammar School during his high-school years. After high school, he moved to the United States, where he attended Amherst College, but dropped out during his freshman year to pursue entrepreneurship. After dropping out of college at the age of 19, Nabeel dabbled in many different businesses, and had his fair share of failures along the way. He worked in different industries, everything from social media marketing, to crypto trading, to public relations, and much more.
After numerous failed businesses, Nabeel hit his first big success with Mogul Press, a public relations and communications agency that specializes in media placements, personal branding, and marketing strategy. Their global team works from different regions of the world to handcraft the best PR strategies for their clientele, which ranges from 7-figure entrepreneurs to some of the top corporations of the world. technologists, marketers and small business owners. Started in 2019, The Hustler’s Digest has grown from zero visitors to hundreds and thousands of visitors every single month. It has quickly grown to become one of the most influential publications in the business industry. Nabeel is also a contributor for Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more than 30 major publications. Starting from zero, in just a span of 3 years, Nabeel has managed to build a million-dollar business empire. He expects to become a multi-billionaire by the age of 30.
– What was that one thing which made you think that entrepreneurship was your thing?
Nabeel Ahmad: I have always been very competitive, and always like to be number 1 in whatever I do. I always dream and think big. The financial goals that I have, it’s impossible for them to be met from any job. I also am very independent, and don’t really fit well in situations where I have to follow orders. I prefer to do my own thing. I also love challenges, and like opting for the toughest path. So entrepreneurship was a natural choice for me.
– How did you tackle the people around after you made the decision of leaving the college?
Nabeel Ahmad: I just convinced my parents to let me take time off from college to work on my own projects. I didn’t really tell them I was going to “drop out” – just told them I was going to take a semester or two off.
They didn’t really agree with me, and thought I was making a huge mistake. They were definitely not happy with me taking time off from college, and said I was “wasting a year”.
That’s actually a normal response. People give their opinions based on what they know.
Gary Vaynerchuk and Elon Musk are going to tell you to drop out of college, and that it’s useless for entrepreneurs. But your grandparents are going to tell you to stay in college and get a degree.
Who is right and Who is wrong? Who decides what is right, and what is wrong?
When you try to make an important decision in your life, and you ask people around you, everyone will give you their own opinion, based on their own experiences. I think there are two components when making an important decision in your life. The most important thing is to follow your own intuition. The best decisions are those that are made when you follow your intuition and your heart. And if you do need to take people’s opinions, then give more weightage to the opinions of those people who have practical experience in the domain you are interested in. For example, if I needed advice related to making a billion-dollar company, I would consider what Jeff Bezos says, rather than some random university professor who is clueless about what it takes to make a billion-dollar company. Decisions are best made when you balance these two things together. Get relevant opinions and advice, then use your own intuition to decide what the best course of action is. I have followed this formula, and things have turned out really well. People around me did not agree with my decisions, but now things have completely turned around. Everyone told me that dropping out of college was a bad idea, but now their thoughts about me are totally different.
Even my own parents agree now that I was right, and now they don’t have to worry about money.
As entrepreneurs, we have a vision, it’s our responsibility to articulate that vision to the people around us, whether, it’s the people close to us, or the people we hire on our time. You can articulate that vision using your words, or you can SHOW them by achieving something.
– What is the main component of your success?
Nabeel Ahmad: I would rather not go too much in depth on this one. Main component of my success is a very deep-rooted obsession with success, and making an impact on the world. I wouldn’t say I’m the most hardworking, but I’m very much obsessed with entrepreneurship, success, and everything that comes along with it. I’m obsessed with the game, and enjoy it very much. When you’re thinking about something all day, everyday for months on end, all the pieces start to fall into place.
– Did you ever face failures? If yes then what was that thing which made you bounce back?
Nabeel Ahmad: Yes – many times. For example, in 2018, I lost a lot of money when one of my big investments fell through. I was at rock bottom at that stage. Then 2019 was a turning point for me, when one of my companies grew to 7-figures.
Failures are a part of the game. I have learned now to enjoy the failures, and the setbacks.
– How can one build a team?
Nabeel Ahmad: Well, if you have the money, you can hire a team. There are many platforms, LinkedIn, Rozee.pk, Indeed, etc. Now at this stage, I have HR managers who deal with hiring, so don’t really work on it much. It’s important to have people on board who can manage things for you. Now at this stage, I would rather spend my time thinking about the future, rather than dealing with day to day hiring tasks. Outsource the tasks that can be outsourced.
– What advices would you give to the the young aspiring entrepreneurs who are under a huge burden from their parents, relatives, education, degree, mates etc.
Nabeel Ahmad: Well, it depends on what you want, and how badly you want it. The only reason I didn’t get a degree is because I didn’t want to waste 4 years of my time studying irrelevant and useless things that have no practical implementation and won’t help me in my goal.
I was supposed to graduate this year in May 2020, but by the time my batchmates graduated, I had already built a million-dollar company. We are now on track to 8-figures in 2021.
So the most important thing for me was TIME. In this world, TIME matters a lot. I didn’t want to wait till I turned 30 to become successful.
The time to take action is always now.
Right now, in the 21st century, we are living in a world that is very fast. Every day there are new advancements in technology.
Every day new apps are launched, new social platforms are launched, new ways of marketing are invented, etc. Snapchat, TikTok, Virtual Reality, AI, and a million other things.
Colleges and universities are just too slow, and they simply cannot compete with the speed of modern technological development.
By the time they update their curriculums, the world would already be 10 years ahead.
That is why, for me, it was a very easy decision to drop out. I wanted to save those 4 years, and save myself all that effort and time.
I channeled all that effort and time into my business, and it turned out to be the best decision.
Even if I had achieved NOTHING in the 4 years, I would still be happy, as I would have 4 years of practical experience, and I could easily beat any of those college degree students in practical knowledge and implementation. So again – it’s all about priorities, and how badly you want it.
You have to consider your own priorities and what you want, and what will make you happy. If something is not making you happy, then no use wasting time on it. Apart from that, I would advise to follow and learn from people who have achieved the level you want. I have many favourite entrepreneurs who I always learn from. So pick people you admire, and then learn from them. Watch videos related to them, read books about them, and just try to dissect their success. Once you fully understand how they did it, you can just replicate it.
– What’s your approach to marketing?
Nabeel Ahmad: We use different channels of marketing for our companies. Everything from social media, to SEO, and much more.
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