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This story of overcoming bad luck will inspire you to embrace what life throws your way.

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A battle between me and my luck started when I was a kid.

What I am about to share is the story of how I overcame “bad luck” to rise above and accomplish what I previously thought was out of my reach. It is the story of how I rose from working grueling, manual labor jobs in Karachi, Pakistan to excelling in sales and operations in the United States.

Today, I’m a sales trainer and a motivational speaker as well as a blessed father. I firmly believe that everyone has the power and potential to do the craziest things. It’s all about keeping yourself in perspective and then you’ll discover that God made you be unique, just like everyone else. We all have a purpose in life, all it takes is hard work, focus, and a little faith.

I always thought that luck was luck and there was nothing I could do to change that.

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I was born in a lower-middle-class family and saw my father working hard to earn the bread for our family. We were deprived of many of the amenities that most people have, life was tough and we had to compromise on basic necessities every day.

I started working at a very young age. I would take odd jobs to keep myself afloat and to support my father the best I could.

In 2006, I got my first job. It was at a hardware shop where I was given all the routine chores from getting the tea, cleaning the shop, to depositing checks in the bank etc.

I remember the day when I was given two sacks, one full of nuts and one full of bolts. I was assigned to pair nuts and bolts together and put them in a third sack. It took me 6 straight hours. I was tired, exhausted and my fingers were shivering, my nails filled with grease and oil.

At the end of that day, my boss paid me my first salary of 1,500 rupees. I had never seen that much money in my life. I never thought I would be able to earn so much. It was a feeling I can never explain.

For a second I thought, maybe my luck finally changed?

The very next second I realized… “I worked really, really hard for this! I shouldn’t feel ashamed for working hard.”

That’s when my whole world changed. I made a promise to myself that I would defeat luck at every corner by simply working hard through the rough times.

I continued working at this job for awhile. My mother would see me coming home daily looking like a beggar boy, all torn dirty and greased up. She was not at all happy with me working at such a young age.

But what could I do? I needed to support my father. I needed to take matters into my own hands. I needed to become something… anything but something.

I was not willing to give into luck, I could not and did not have the luxury to choose between going to school and work. I had to man up, and really just work as hard as I could to become what I wanted.

At the time I couldn’t really find a better job but it was OK because I was determined to use this opportunity to save myself and my family from the likes of luck. I was determined. Every day was a new day. Every day I came an inch closer to becoming something, to conquering my demons and gaining the success I craved and longed for.

Then came the day when I was able to escape the shop, the shop that taught me, no matter what life throws your way, you need to get right up, focus on what matters and get to work.

A friend of mine was working in a call center. He told me to clean up and to go with him the next day.

This is where I told my luck, “enough is enough… it’s my turn to throw the punches.”

It was a walk-in interview, I still remember walking up to the interview room, trembling. Praying with all my might to get a chance, just one chance to prove myself.

The interviewer asked me where I was working right now, I introduced myself and told him my story. After hearing me out he selected me for the training! It was a US based call center and operated during the nights due to the time zone difference. The most difficult part for me was to convince my family to let me work the nights.

I told my parents that I wanted to learn English and since we could not afford a language institute, I would take this call center training and learn English. To my surprise my parents agreed and that was the first SALE I ever closed!

I pursued my career in telesales and worked in a number of call centers.

It never got easier because I used to work nights and go to college in the morning. But all the hard work had already started paying off and for the first time in my life, I was able to give some money back home. I was able to become my Father’s son. I was able to now help him support our family.

2012 was when I decided to up my game and applied for an opportunity at a logo and web design company as a Customer Support Supervisor. The industry was new and exciting for me, and I loved every moment of it! In 2013, I made another jump and started working for a US based Software Development Company called ‘Accunity’ as a Business Development Executive.

I didn’t know much about technology at the time, but I worked hard and learned about all the different software development protocols. I used to spend extra time in the office and sit with people from other departments to understand and learn how things work. Technology became my passion and I realized that it’s all about developing a multitude of skills and working hard in every single direction. The goal was to never stop growing, never stop learning.

In July 2016, I accepted a position as a Business Unit Manager at Digitonics Labs where I am currently managing and supervising a team of designers, developers and project managers with a core focus on business development.

You know what my father told me when I showed him the company maintained car I’ve recently earned? “I am LUCKY to have a hardworking son like you”.

Written by Mustafa Saifuddin

Mustafa is a branding, web design & development, digital marketing, sales training and project management expert.

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