He said that while it was “extremely hard” work, he learned fast and also realized it wasn’t his passion.
“Learning fast is the best way to find your true passion,” he said.
Quoting Steve Jobs, Maalouf said that “the points you expect in life can never be connected. You can only connect them by looking back. ”He said he was lucky to find his passion working in health care.
“Hard work works. Working hard is what successful people do, ”he said. “In Japan, when a piece of pottery is broken, they repair it by filling the cracks with gold,” he said. “They do it because cracks and defects are seen as a unique piece in the history of the object. And it adds to its beauty.
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A year ago, he entered Harvard Business School and recently graduated. Recognizing that he was not always a great student, he said he was terrified of his insecurities, that he was “out of his league.” Still, he knew that almost everyone in his class had similar stories.
“When you come across adversity, don’t be too hard on yourself, because the flaws and challenges you may have are just a unique part of your story that will connect one day to get you where you want to go,” he said. to say. .
Getting back and helping others is also important, he said. While he was confused when he first arrived at Gateway, the instructors saw in him the potential to be achieved.