I was born in the UK in 1979. My grandparents immigrated from Bangladesh in the 1960’s. My dad moved to the UK when he was 11 and gave up school at 16 to support the family.
There was 7 of us living in a 2 bedroom house during my early childhood. When I turned 6, my dad started his own Indian restaurant at a seaside resort and we moved to a bigger house.
My dad worked hard and I hardly got to see him much. He still does, and I believe that my work ethic has come from him.
As a young kid, I was good at art and remember selling my drawings to classmates. They used to pay me with their dinner money, and I use that money to buy more sketch pads and make more money. Eventually at 12, I bought my first video camera for £300.
I studied in Bangladesh from 12 to 16 years of age. My parents, wanted me and my siblings to learn the culture and get to know our family roots, which was an awesome experience. Those 4 years made me appreciate life and develop my empathy for others. I realised how good I had it back in the UK.
Even though my parents were supportive financially through my education, they really wanted me to be a doctor. However, I wasn’t interested and followed my own path. I graduated in Communications, achieved an MA in Digital Media, went to the National Film School to study Documentary Directing, and then worked for the BBC as a Content Producer for 4 years.
When I hit 30, I decided to get married in Bangladesh and moved back close to my parents to help my dad with the restaurant. I felt I needed to be there for my parents. I felt I had that responsibility as the eldest son.
I couldn’t quite give up the career path and began to work for the NHS as a Corporate Trainer. Now I was working 9 to 5 training health staff with computer systems, and 7 days a week serving Indian food. It was tough. Even though I was there for family, I was always told by my mum that so and so is becoming a doctor, and I had wasted my life. Not nice.
In 2011, I became a dad and then due to family and work pressure, I went through a phase of deep depression. I managed to come out of it after months of dark times and quit my day job in 2014.
In 2012 December, I was introduced to bitcoin by a friend. My friend and I began to mine bitcoin and in 2016, I began to talk about crypto and blockchain technology mainly on Facebook Live.
From 2016 to 2018, I’ve been building myself as an authority in the crypto space by educating the public and interviewing CEOs of blockchain companies.
I am very much inspired by Gary Vaynerchuck. I see a lot of similarities towards my earlier years and the mindset is very similar. I went to meet Gary Vee in 2018 and I continue to work on educating about crypto and documenting my journey. More recently, I’ve started to podcast and started to develop Inspiration Courses , a series of courses around crypto, digital marketing, and self awareness.