Real Talk: Character Counts

A story was shared by my Professor last week, and I thought it said a lot about character. He talked about John Wooden’s acceptance of the Head Coach position for UCLA Basketball (GO BRUINS!). His character teach us many great lessons, and give a glimpse as to why he may have been so successful. I think as Muslims in particular, we can learn a lot from John Wooden’s story.

Real Talk: Live in the Moment

At this moment each of us is looking ahead to better days, InshaAllah. We may be dreaming about finally landing that sweet consulting job. Or getting into that amazing law school. Or getting into ANY medical school. We are focused on looking ahead at our next achievement, our next goal. In this drive forward, it becomes easy for us to lose sight of our current blessings.

Real Talk: Redefining Success

I sat, not believing what I saw or heard. Coming from UCLA, I thought I was the hot shot. That the other students here were just a formality. Yet time and time again, person after person, I was floored. Someone had a much better GPA, someone had more extra-curricular involvement, someone else had greater athletic ability — and some students had a winning combination of all three.

The “Thanksgiving Creep”

This recent trend of earlier opening hours, now termed the “Thanksgiving Creep”, should make all of us reflect on what this says about our values and priorities. As Thanksgiving Creep cuts its way through family dinners and gatherings, Thanksgiving no longer becomes about giving “thanks” or spending time with loved ones, it becomes first about hunting for the best deals of the holiday sales.