Get your hearts ready for this fierce #wingwoman of the week, Jameela! Jameela is a multi-passionate entrepreneur who keeps it real and honest when it comes to topics like making money, being a mom, and having big goals that you know she's going to crush. In our interview, she shares what she would tell her younger self, what world problem she would solve ASAP if she could, and how she maintains her friendships with people who are just as high achieving and goal oriented as she is. Continue reading to learn more!
1. What makes you happy?
My children telling me they love me, accomplishing my goals, having a productive work day, laying on the beach, learning something new and applying it!
2. What advice would you give your younger self?
I would tell past Jameela to care a lot less about other people's perceptions about her sooner, start going to Buddhist temple, and listen to Sam Harris.
3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?
The problem I would most like to solve, is poor decision making by humans in general. I would like for humanity to make decisions (that are for the net benefit of humanity) unclouded by emotion or biases and make those decisions based on objective, measurable 'truths'.
4. How did you find your purpose?
I found what I believe to be my purpose by examining the intersection between what I am good at, what I enjoy doing, and what makes me lots of money!
5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?
At this point in my life, my biggest pain point in building relationships is meeting people in person (luckily that is not a problem these days). However, I really struggle to find the time to meet people for informal coffees and networking events. I am more introverted and dislike being at events and leaving my house in general, so having to pack up my stuff and meet someone downtown was never fun for me!
6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?
Likely that people grow apart naturally, but to be honest, I don't have a lot of friendships that 'didn't work out'. I say didn't work out in the sense that something bad happened in the friendships, we just started speaking less and less. I still consider everyone I was friends with to still be my friends. However, those that I consider my 'best friends' I only see once a quarter/twice a year and talk to via social media every so often. All my friends are very busy, goal-oriented, high achieving people who don't have a bunch of time to spend on the patio every weekend, so it's not easy for us to get together all the time!
7. Who are your SHEroes (AKA female heroes)?
Oprah! I'm sure this is a common answer, but she overcame poverty to become one of the most successful women in the world! Also Rhianna, her businesses and brand are something to study in terms of success.
8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?
Books - The Essays of Montaigne
Podcasts - I'm listening to Making Sense (Sam Harris), Philosophize This! (Stephen West), The SaaS Podcast (Omer Khan)
9. Where can we find you?
You can find me online! I have a jewelry store (www.alora.ca or @aloraboutique), and I also do marketing consulting (mostly Facebook ads, content marketing, and ecommerce growth consulting) at [she]EMPOWERS (www.sheempowers.ca or @sheempowersyyc).