A Quote From “Eat, Pray, Love”

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I absolutely loved this quote which I found online as part of “Eat, Pray, Love”:
“He probably was your soul mate. Your problem is you don’t understand what that word means. People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that’s holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you…”

The Train & the Flower..

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Sometimes, just sometimes,

I feel like a train passed by me so damn fast that it blew away that beautiful flower on the side I was trying to reach.

Perhaps the train was the time, and that beautiful flower was my life..

Iman Ben Chaibah
11.10.2010

Life’s theme park

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I have found that life is a one big theme park, and you can only enjoy it if you find the right rides for you with the right crowd.

Find what inspires you, discover what you love doing in life, and surround yourself with the people you love, because life is too short to spend it any other way.


Iman Ben Chaibah
April, 2010

We hate about others

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Sometimes what you hate about others are things you hate about yourself, but it’s easier to hate the outside at times than fix the inside.

The worst of all, is to pick the habit that you hated a certain person for, and start practicing it on your dear people.

When I look back, I remember the things that once used to charm me in you. Now, I realize how stupid they were, and how blinded I was.

Iman Ben Chaibah
01.April.2010

We grow out & in some..

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Friends..
We grow out of some
We grow into some
But the process of friendship changes as we grow..
Some friends we pay conscious effort to friend
Some just walk in tenderly and stay in graciously
Some walk out dramatically
Some walk out peacefully

Sometimes I wonder
How a friend I’ve been so close to for years
Now with no introductions doesn’t seem to understand no more
We grow into different directions
We build opposing opinions
We develop distinctive mindsets
And by time we disagree more than we agree
Then before we know it, resentment grows
Thinking how on earth did we become so different?
Filling with bitterness over an expiring friendship

But here is the turning point
Often times when we grow out of a friend
Simultaneously, we grow into another
As we head into a new direction,
We meet new friends heading there too
As we build new opinions,
New friends are building the same
As we develop those new mindsets,
We learn from new friends who’re developing the same
As we disagree with old friends,,
We start to agree with those other new friends
Then we gradually notice
As one friend fades away
Another shines through

It’s not wrong
It’s not disloyal
It just sometimes happen!
Its part of life’s cycle & progress.
Sometimes we grow with the same friends
And some other friends we grow out of
And its up to us to figure that out

Do not miss a single chance

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OK. So let’s try the feature of posting via emails!

The below is a text I loved from the “I Believe God Wants You to Know” by “Neale Donald Walsch”.

I truly believe in this. And as I discussed with my friend, life toughens us so much that we tend not to tell the people we love what we feel about them on instant basis, for different reasons; fear of being ridiculed, rejected, disappointed, misunderstood or so on. It takes so much from us not to make everyone we meet pay for what few people did for us sometime in our lives.

So read the below carefully and apply…

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To find beauty in everyone you must see beauty in everyone, then announce that you see it, for in announcing it, you place it there in their reality.

Do not miss a single chance — not one single opportunity — to tell someone how wonderful they are, how special they are, how important to you they are, how incredible as a person they are, how beautiful they are inside and out. Do not miss a single opening in which to insert such a comment, genuinely felt and genuinely meant.

Make it your life’s mission today to bring to the attention of another just how extraordinary they are. Say it. Say it. SAY it. Their heart is waiting to know that their own best thought about themselves can be believed.

by Neale Donald Walsch

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With Love,

Iman Ben Chaibah

Few pointers from SMBTalks by Lenovo & MBR est.

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Here are some few pointers I recall from yesterday’s event at the Shelter Dubai. The event was about gathering SME & entrepreneurs in a forum to discuss issues often faced. The event was started with an hour by Mohammed Al Awadi, one of the 2 brothers partners of the famous WildPeeta. Then an hour of presentation by Yusr on her business idea in partnership with her sisters, which is an online vintage fashion boutique. And finally, it was concluded with an hour talk by the training manager of Mohammed Bin Rashid SME establishment.

  • Biggest quality of an entrepreneur is to listen. You have to listen to what your customers tell you.
  • You have to work on the plan just to get you started, when you start, you have to throw it, because you customers will tell you what to do.
  • Being an entrepreneur comes with a compromise; expect your lifestyle to be compromised
  • When you’re an entrepreneur, you become a fighter, everyday is a fight to survive..
  • It’s true, there are no licenses for small business, small businesses have to comply with the same compliances of established large companies
  • At the time WildPeeta started, banks wouldn’t lend for “small business”, yet they lend higher amounts for house loans and car loans.
  • If you want to really succeed, you have got to be 100% hands on.
  • Mohammed and Peyman had the idea for 9 years before they finally got the assistance from Mohammed Bin Rashid foundation.
  • One of the brothers had to quit their high profile corporate jobs to be fully dedicated to WildPeeta. Mohammed was the brother who quit his job 2 years ago to be work full time on the planning for WildPeeta, and now for the management and growth. Peyman is the one who continues to work in a corporate job, and both brothers split his salary to balance the equation.
  • When you’re an entrepreneur you are truly empowered to make the decisions for your business.
  • #greatmoment when Yusr (@Yaaaaz) who was presenting about her idea of an online vintage fashion outlet, her ultimate moment of inspiration was attending TEDxDubai 10|10|2009.. It changed us all with no return..

One of the most interesting observations, is when someone talked about a hurdle they faced, we all nodded in acknowledgment, cause we all have been there done that..

It was a great event, and I’m definitely looking forward for the next one :)

10 Practical Steps to Encourage Entrepreneurship and SMEs in MENA

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I came across these interesting steps tweeted by @Ktabaza, and found them worth sharing. I think we need to adopt some more of those. Here are the steps:

  • Step 1: Build Affordable Incubation Facilities in Every City
  • Step 2: Enable Business Registration and Liquidation (in less than a week, and with no minimum capital)
  • Step 3: Enable Cross-border Work Visas (between human resources rich countries, and their neighbors with large markets)
  • Step 4: Provide Equity Funding (for US$ 10K, US$ 50K, US$ 1M, and beyond)
  • Step 5: Relax Financing (provide loan guarantee programs to SMEs with no collaterals)
  • Step 6 Plug-In Academia (transform universities to incubators and services centers)
  • Step 7: Ease Customs and Taxes (5 year tax breaks for knowledge-based businesses, and custom free knowledge infrastructure)
  • Step 8: Enable Technology Transfer (provide free technical assistance to incorporate technology in every business)
  • Step 9: Provide Mentorship (a qualified mentor is the right for every entrepreneur)
  • Step 10: Celebrate Success (embrace and promote success and create more role models)

Breakfast Memoir

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I miss them days,, I miss them memories,,

I remember when we were kids; we used to travel to Bahrain on Eid Holidays to visit my mother’s side of the family.. I remember the old neighborhood, the streets the family compound,, I remember it all.

Neighborhood: Al Budaye3. Family compound: Habib Hussain Bushehri. Compound consists of a main house for my grandpa, 3 houses for the uncles, a swimming pool, and a farm. I remember them all.

I remember the yard area in the middle of the compound, where all of us, the grandchildren, would gather and play all kind of games. I remember the farm area, us exploring around the plantation and the water stream, feeding sheep, and making fun of the chicken. In fact, if I close my eyes I can remember the smell and the feel of it all.

I remember we used to stay at my grandparents house when we went for visits. I remember how grandpa & grandma would compete to be our favorite grandparent. Grandma used to get for me the little gold rings and bracelets. Grandpa used to get for us all kind of toys, potato chips, and chocolates. I remember it clearly that it brings tears to my eyes. They competed, but we always loved them both, and secretly used to laugh.

I remember our special breakfasts. No matter how early we woke up, my grandma was always awake before us, and the house would smell of freshly made tea with milk, and breakfast being prepared. The breakfast menu rarely changed, but we always craved for it and found it exciting. Looking back, I still crave for the days my grandma was healthy enough to prepare it for us.

I remember the wait until everyone is awake, the call to gather before serving the breakfast, the dining sheet being laid on the ground, the tray of tea & milk with the cups & sugar, and then us sitting around that dining sheet. The food would then be escorted in, piece by piece, smell by smell, and view after view. The delicious freshly made brown Japaty (type of bread similar to pancakes only more flavorsome, originated from India), the tastiest plain omelets cooked with butter which you could smell all over the house, the yummy Bajela (fried broad/horse beans), the juiciest Nekhy (boiled chic peas), and the undeniable craft spread cheese, which was an essential element of any breakfast back then.

I long for that breakfast, for the days when such breakfast brought us all together, when that breakfast was a pure source of joy. I long for that breakfast.