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Quit When You Are Tired Or Quit When You Have Won

So many times in my life i wanted to just crawl into a corner and give up on life. So many times that i can not even count. The tougher it got the more i wanted to quit. The more difficult it became the more into oblivion i wanted to go. I have been depressed. I have thought that life was unfair. I have had my share of thoughts of just outright giving up on life. But i did not. Why ?

I was not stronger than any of you. I was not smarter than any of you. I did not have a magical formula that made my pains less painful than yours. I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Far from it. I was in a Governmental School the first few years of my life. Yes, The infamous PEELI DEWAAR WALA SCHOOL. Sharfabad Government School. St. Patricks came later in my life. Luxuries came much later. I had the same beginning like most middle class children have. But i had one edge over most others….. And that was my positive attitude. Right from the beginning my mother drilled positivity in my head.

Now most of you might think that, she drilled it into my head and i instantly became a positive person. No. Absolutely no. My mother was not living my life, i was. No matter how much someone teaches you something, it is absolutely up to you to practice it.

There were many a times trying to remain positive, i got lost, i got confused, i was pushed backwards in my thoughts, i got stuck, i had feelings of dejection, i thought many a times that life was not fair and others had a better advantage…yes, i felt all that but i never believed a word of what i was thinking. If life was not fair, i knew i had to carve a fair piece out for myself. If i was being dejected i knew that, it would be only me, who would have to overcome it. If i did not have an advantage i knew that is alright because i would create one for myself. And throughout this journey, i knew one thing, that Allah is on my side.

Remember one thing, no matter how slow you are moving, no matter how difficult your progress is becoming, not matter at what speed you are succeeding, it does not matter because as long as you are not quitting, you are way ahead of the ones who have. The trick to success is not speed, its consistency. Its being positive in the face of negativity. Write your own story of life. Make it so interesting that it becomes more intriguing than fiction. Make it so inspiring that one day, people stop you everywhere and ask you to repeat your story in person. That day is not far away. Quit today or quit when you have won… its your choice.


This is guest article by Mir Muhammad Ali Khan.

Mir Mohammad Alikhan is internationally renowned Investment Banker, Entrepreneur & Capital Markets Advisor. At the age of 29, he became the youngest Chairman and Founder of a Full service Investment Bank in America and the first Muslim to have owned an investment bank on Wall Street. He has had a successful career as Founder & Chairman The Financial Group, Inc., Federal Advisor to Govt. of Pakistan, a Member of New Jersey Governors Council, a Senior Advisor to New Jersey State Mayors and US State Senators. He introduced Islamic Banking Research into mainstream America by co-sponsoring and advising Harvard University to launch Harvard Islamic Finance and Information Program (HIFIP).

He also developed “THE WORD’S FIRST ISLAMIC BANKING BENCHMARK INDEX on WALL STREET Named:KMS-SAMI: (Socially Aware Muslin Index) Which Is Now A Functional Index Run By The Dow Jones Indices. He has also been featured in “Who’s Who of Top Executives in the World”. Featured in “Humans Of Pakistan” and in 2015 he became the first Pakistani ever to have a movie produced on his life through a first time co-production of Hollywood and Pakistani production house Sermad Films, The Producers of the movie “JALAIBEE”.WWW.MIRMAK.NET/Biography

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Mir Mohammad Alikhan is internationally renowned Investment Banker, Entrepreneur & Capital Markets Advisor.

At the age of 29, he became the youngest Chairman and Founder of a Full service Investment Bank in America and the first Muslim to have owned an investment bank on Wall Street.