9.14.21 of #HappyDays

I hit 60k on Instagram after dealing with a year or two of literally no growth…

But I’m honestly really proud of myself for not giving up despite the difficulties

And now, I’ve had 7 (almost 10) Instagram Reels hit over a million views within a month

It’s honestly so surreal, and I’m so grateful for each and every person that follows my account

What Advice do you have for College Students?

Despite living at home during college and commuting to school, I truly felt like college was one of the best times of my life.

I didn’t live on campus.

I didn’t drink.

I did not party.

But I truly enjoyed my major, immersed myself in classes that interested me, made good friends that have lasted over a decade, attended football games and festivals, got really great grades, got an awesome internship—and started a 7 figure business right after graduating.

So, if you want to have a good time in college—but an even better time after graduating—continue reading:

  1. Don’t get so caught up in “having a college experience” that you throw away the rest of your life

Trust me—alcohol, drugs, and sleeping around—are not something that you “have to” experience in college to have a good time. Partying does not mean you’re living your best life. It is, I promise you, a distraction from your best life.

The people that I know that partied the most in high school and college are no where near as happy or as successful as the people I know who kept level-headed.

2. Make friends!

I know it’s harder to make friends for some people than others, but regardless of whether you’re shy or introverted, try to put yourself in the position of meeting new people and making friends.

Chances are, some of the best people you’ll ever meet will be in college—so learn to start conversation, join organizations based off of interests, play intramural sports, go on trips, and more.

But remember, you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with, so choose wisely.

3. It’s ok to change majors

It’s better to waste a year or two than waste the rest of your life doing something you don’t love. Yes, money matters, but it also matters that you live a life that you are passionate about.

4. Take care of yourself

In between college classes, organizations, hanging out with friends, homework, and more, it can be easy to let yourself go. Especially if you’re not used to living on your own.

But neglecting your physical health can quickly lead you down a spiral of destroying your mental health as well.

Work out, eat healthy when you can, get the right amount of sleep—

You can only abuse your body for so long before it gives up.

5. Find yourself

This is one of the best times in life to truly find yourself. Don’t fall into doing what everyone else is doing around you “because that’s what college is about.”

Find out what you love, and do more of that.

Find people you love, and spend more time with them.

Figure out what your passion, beliefs, and values are, and hold onto them firmly.

How did you start your first business?

I started my first business with my family, and so—when I say this aloud—I often feel like I “cheated” my way to success.

Allow me to explain.

My father immigrated to the United States from Pakistan with literally nothing.

He went to school for engineering, but when he graduated, no one would hire him.

He began to hustle, selling insurance door to door, until he could open his own agency.

He leased a building and started with nothing more than a phone and a desk.

From there, he started several businesses, earning multiple millions.

When I graduated, I helped him open more businesses.

He invested his money, and I invested my time and energy.

And for a long time, we did really, really well.

(Until COVID-19) hit.

The entire time, though, I had imposter’s syndrome.

Though I run a business day in and day out, I felt I didn’t earn my success, so to prove myself, I started my own business: a subscription box company.

In its first year, it amassed over 6 figures in revenue, but ultimately, I began to burn out like crazy running businesses with both my father and my own business on weekends/nights.

I had to pick one.

So I sold my subscription box, but it at least proved to me that I could start a business (and successfully exit) independently of my family.