First of all, what is nazzam?
Nazzam is the Arabic translation of the verb “organize”! Was it obvious? I believe not.
I have started nazzam as a blog where I share my experience to help you easily organize your life.
My name is Shady Al Aref, a small business owner and a family man. I love my family so much, and it consists of my wife who is a stay at home mom and Rayan, our baby boy.
In this blog I will talk mainly to small business owners who are struggling to organize their lives. However, anyone can get value from this website in the areas of productivity and organization.
Nazzam is part of my efforts to empower people’s minds. I want to help small business owners avoid the obstacles I’ve faced in my journey. Those obstacles prevented and delayed the success in my businesses and my career as well, because they kept my mind in loops of distraction.
I also provide free and paid tools through Nazzam, that should help you reach your goals to be organized.
Nazzam® is now a registered trademark in the USPTO.
Back to my childhood
I grew up before the personal computer and internet era. I had to live my childhood in Oman, one of the middle eastern gulf countries. Yes, near United Arab Emirates where the famous Dubai is located.
My childhood wasn’t very social in terms of how people define being social. But I totally enjoyed it. My friends were my books! The books were simply a series of stories or novels that I used to buy and read “from paper” not an iPad or a mobile phone.
I loved the smell of the paper, and I could read from a book all day long, without getting bored.
My parents inspired me to be always successful in any field and in any stage of my life.
They didn’t force me to choose a certain college, or work in a certain profession (on the contrary of what most middle eastern parents do). They just focused on making me successful. And here comes the most important role my mom played. She taught me how to plan and be organized in a very early age.
My mom was always creating study schedules for me to follow. She was following up and helping me study even when I was resisting. Because I simply wanted to continue reading, playing with my brother or watching cartoons on the only TV channel we had at that time.
But you know what? After being successful studying both the Omani subjects with the Egyptian subjects in parallel, I became really grateful for what mom did, and I really loved how being organized helped me planning for the future to reach my goals.
My mom was executing what my dad built in me, several years earlier at a younger age.
In my first school years, at age of 6, and after passing the exams and being the top of my class. My dad said “I am proud of you, and I want you to be always the top and the first in your class”.
My dad was a university professor at that time and I was the first child, so he could not resist the temptation to put all his values in me at this very young age, and that was after noticing the spark of success in my eyes.
Long story short. Whatever I did or passed through since I was 6, was to make them proud. No matter what!
People asked for help, the wrong way!
I have noticed something that was repeated through my entire life, and till today.
A very high percentage of people didn’t have the same motivators I had. May be they grew up in a bad environment, or their parents didn’t have the same mentality of my parents.
They started to envy me “surprisingly” in different ways. I say surprisingly because I wasn’t the most handsome guy in my school or the star of the football team, or even popular in any way except being focused on a straightforward goal, being successful and make my parents proud.
Those people who wanted me to fail, didn’t do one simple thing, just ask! Ask me how I am doing that. Instead, they fought me “physically”, bullied me, and tried to cheat by copying my exam answers without my approval.
They just didn’t bother to understand how did I became successful while being in the same school as them or learning from the same teachers. They were even taking private classes in all subjects, while I declined to do so. And they didn’t want to understand that planning was everything.
The key is to organize your time and put all the resources where they belong. My dad used to say “everything has its own time”. Which means, don’t be distracted. Plan, focus and be patient and everything, every dream, every goal will come eventually.
That’s why I didn’t help the guys who were taking a sneak peek on my exam answers to cheat, I didn’t allow the bullies to bring me down, I didn’t get frustrated by the folks who talk behind my back. Because I was standing on a solid ground. It’s my childhood values, they were built in my mind and in who I am. No one can change that.
I decided to respond, the right way!
Then, I decided to help people, one person at a time to be successful. Copy my values and mindset instead of allowing anybody to steal my success. However, this was slow. Very slow.
And finally I took the extra mile and started this blog, where I teach people how to be successful, more productive and ahead of their competitors. I want to help people to reach their goals in any field by simply organizing their lives.
In this blog I share my experience, my tips and tricks and any new method I try to help you reach your goals, and make your dreams come true eventually.
I always wait for comments, feedback and questions to be able help you.
And I hope you didn’t get bored reading my story.
Live in peace, organize your life and God bless you.
Shady Al Aref.