When building a network, Hassan says, you need to remember where you come from. “It helps keep things in perspective,” he explains. “Where I come from, in Lebanon, it’s a beautiful but challenging country. The mindset was ‘survive and live to fight another day.’
“When you leave everything behind to come to a new country and start recognizing and acting on opportunities,” he continues, “it’s easy to try to blend in and forget your roots. You can start to see normal challenges as crises, when they’re really just challenges that you can certainly overcome.” Remembering how far you’ve come and the risks you took to get there puts “normal” challenges in perspective.
“Always remember where you came from,” Hassan advises. “Your culture, your beliefs, your core values, how you were raised into the person you are.” Not only will it keep you grounded and level-headed, he says, but it helps you remember that building a network is not just about finding opportunities for yourself, it’s about being in a position to provide opportunities for others around you.
Paying it forward is critical to effective community building, Hassan believes. “The travel scholarship is one way I can replicate for others the opportunity I received.” Mentoring colleagues and participating in other people’s networks are other ways Hassan builds community. Because community, to Hassan Rmaile, means active participation and giving back. It means showing up for opportunity, helping others and doing what needs to be done. “To succeed, in anything, you need highly passionate and motivated people with the right strategy,” he says. “It’s really that simple.”
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