As a young adult in school, I was most interested in music and hanging out with friends. I studied just enough to pass my school exams and avoid punishment from my parents. My high school grades were average, in fact, I barely passed my accounting exam with a score of D!
I was very ambitious though. As early as 14 years old, I knew I wanted to be a senior executive in the financial sector (the sector was booming in the early 1990’s). So I elected to study business at school. It helped that I was good in math and had a passion for business. Thankfully I never worked in the financial sector, as I would learn later in life that the sector entered a long period of decline when I was well on my way to a successful career elsewhere.
After graduating from school, my career turned out to be very unusual. I joined the University of Bahrain to complete a degree in Accounting, and whilst I was there, I secured a job in a water bottling company as an Accounts Assistant. I realised then that a professional qualification is very valuable to employers.
To cut a long story short, I chose to study a professional accounting qualification whilst continuing to work as well. I was professionally qualified at 22 years of age, shortly after securing my second job with my current employer BMMI. Today, I hold an executive position at BMMI, one of the most successful regional listed companies. I am 3incredibly proud of what our team was able to achieve over the last decade.
I am often asked what makes success. Many things do, not least the fact that everyone sees success differently. I think that the following two points greatly help fostering success:
- Take a genuine interest in addressing the needs, as much as you can, of the people around you. By doing so you, will help grow individuals; perhaps through knowledge, health or happiness.
- Identify a need that you can fulfil and work hard to that end. For example, one need could be to bridge a certain gap in the market, or an underserved profession, etc. It helps greatly if you identify a trade that you are good at and also passionate about.
I believe that individuals who are liked and needed will always be rewarded handsomely by society. Success does not come easily, if it did, we would be living in a non-existent and unrealistic utopian society. Success requires deliberate planning, hard work and courage. Luck, on the other hand, rarely ever results in producing success.
Ammar Aqeel Alhassan
Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President of Support