When are you happiest?
I’m definitely at my happiest when I’m with my family. They’re great fun to be with, we spend lots of quality time together, I cherish those moments. That’s big for me.
What are you passionate about?
Family is certainly on the top of my list, definitely number one for a lot of things in my life. I’m definitely passionate about them. Outside of that certainly I have passions around work. Technology is a big part of my life, I’m definitely passionate about that. And then sports, massive massive basketball fan, so that was a big thing for me growing up.
Did you play basketball or follow it?
I used to play, used to live it basically, big part of my life.
What is something significant you have achieved?
I’m going to be boring and say family again. Personally that’s my biggest achievement. Wife and two kids is massive in my life, definitely number one. Outside of that personal matters, it’s going to be my career I guess. I’ve certainly come leaps and bounds from where I was, and I am very successful at what I do today, so I’m very proud of the achievements through there.
I work in IT, so I’m more in sales type of role, we do corporate solutions, large scale business solutions.
What do you hope to achieve in 2016?
Goals have never been a big thing for me, I never really ever set and strive for goals, they’ve not been part of my personal mannerisms I guess. But certainly in 2016 I’d like to be in our own home, we’ve been looking for a while, as well as career wise I’d like to see continual improvement in that space as well. And I guess overall maintain work life balance, I think that’s extremely important in today’s world.
Who is your role model?
Number one is my dad. Certainly he set us right, he’s done a lot of things and sacrificed for his family and that stands true in my life. Outside of that my boss at work, he’s a huge mentor for me career wise, and as well as personally. He’s been a big part of my life.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
If I walk down the street and saw somebody I hadn’t seen for ten years, I think they’d be surprised to know that my wife is Asian. They probably would have somewhat expected it, but maybe not actually realised I’d follow through with it so to speak. And I guess that my success and my career a lot of people wouldn’t know where I’m at today or how successful I have become.
The high school I went to was very multicultural. A lot of my friends were Asian at school. The typical thing with family is they’d tease me with ‘you’re going to marry an Asian girl aren’t you’ and this was when I was young so y’know. What I meant by earlier Is that people might have guessed that I would have gone down that path because of the people I associated with back then, but they probably didn’t expect me to follow through with it. I can honestly say I never thought I would, but when the planets align it all came right.
What is the greatest risk you’ve taken?
I’m not a risk taker, I like to play on the conservative side.
Our marriage some would say is a risk, and it was a risk for a lot of reasons. Without risk there’s no reward they say, and the rewards were huge for us.
What’s something that has changed your life?
As I mentioned basketball was a big part of my life, for a long long time. 12 months ago I hurt myself and probably, well, shouldn’t play again. So that’s certainly impacted me moving forward for sure.
What’s your best advice to give to other people?
I’m a huge fan of keep it simple. You know the whole KISS principle is very true especially in our modern and complex lives. Keep it simple, it’s the best thing you can do.
What role do your beliefs play in your life?
Islam certainly has kept me focused and structured in my life. I guess it’s always been a part of keeping me on the straight and narrow, even at the worst of times. I’m probably not the most devout practicer so to speak, but the core principles are still very near and dear to me. So I find just the core principles alone in themselves help me maintain a healthy balance in life.