Studies have shown that many businesses fail to make it past the two-year mark, and very few survive past the five years. This is why entrepreneurs need to establish a solid footing as they start their business ventures. Starting a business is the easy part. The challenge is to build a business that remains successful in the long run. There is often much to learn from those who have already been down the path of success. One such individual is Ahmad J Azmi. He is a military veteran who served for eight years before pursuing entrepreneurship. Here, Ahmad speaks to us about his entrepreneurial journey and shares his insights.
- How did you get into entrepreneurship?
I have been involved in entrepreneurship for a very long time. I had a tough time transitioning to civilian life, like many veterans. During that time, I utilized my social skills to network and soon found myself pursuing various entrepreneurial ventures. It took time, patience, and consistency for me to finally find my roots. I dabbled in various ideas and concepts along the way. I firmly believe that it is crucial for everyone to keep up with changing times. The digital world has numerous opportunities to choose from. I eventually established Geek Solutions, started venturing into crypto and NFT projects, and opened franchises such as Massage Envy, Amazing Lash Studio, and European Wax Center. It isn’t how you start your journey but where you end up that matters.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
As I mentioned, I am a very social person; this makes it easy for me to connect with people and gain an understanding from their experiences. While some people find role models amidst celebrities or public figures, there are those who turn to family. My family played a critical role in making me who I am today. I have also emulated my biggest role model, Uncle Ned, who has influenced my life for a very long time. My passion for personal development makes me an inquisitive person, so I read a lot from online sources and books. I think I get my inspiration from various places. I took that inspiration and channeled it in a positive manner. I focused on building my skills and acquiring the knowledge I needed to succeed. It isn’t an easy path, but it is massively rewarding. In the end, I will always be thankful to uncle Ned for igniting that spark of curiosity within me. I always encourage people to explore the opportunities that life presents. Only once you venture out will you find what you truly desire.
- What is the future of business, in your opinion?
Technology definitely! I chose IT Consulting and Staffing because it is a futuristic industry. I always position my businesses in such a way that they are adaptable to future changes. Having always been in the tech space, I went to Rutgers University for Computer Science. I can safely say that the ongoing digital transformation will not slow down. In fact, it will continue to change and shape the way the world functions. It has always been my goal to build a business that would stand the test of time and remain relevant. Technology, IT, and the digital space will always be around. In fact, I think it will continue to grow and evolve as time goes on.
- Tell us about your transitioning program for veterans.
Ah, Yes! Having gone through the procedure myself, I know how difficult it is to find good stable jobs. I am helping veterans, and their families find work through this program, jobs where they have health benefits, food, and steady income. I hope to make it so that no veteran has to be homeless in the future. While it is easy to sympathize with veterans who are enduring untold hardships, it's different when you’ve gone through it yourself. Veterans have dedicated their lives to serving and protecting us. When they grow old, it is our responsibility to return the favor and take care of them. While spreading awareness is essential, it is far more important for us to reach out and provide tangible help to veterans who need it most. A chance to get back on their feet and live a respectable life.
Ahmad J. Azmi believes in the power of being proactive. If you want to achieve something, you have to work at it. Ahmad is certainly hard at work, building successful businesses and helping veterans over the years. When he isn’t building successful businesses and engaging in philanthropy, he spends his time sharing his knowledge and expertise with those who seek it. Azmi added, “I love sharing my learnings with people who are starting out. What good is knowledge if you don’t share it with the people around you?”
This article was written in cooperation with Ahmad J. Azmi