-The Esquire 100 - Saleh Al Braik
In recent years the term ‘entrepreneur’ has become a sexy buzzword.
However, what any successful, self-made businessperson will tell you is the sheer amount of work and graft needed in order to achieve your goals. Despite amassing an investment portfolio including restaurants, gyms and real estate, Emirati entrepreneur Al Braik reveals that the most important part of his life is the people with whom he surrounds himself:
Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to do something extraordinary. I had this unexplainable fire within me that strived to achieve greatness.
At the time, to me, that meant thriving in business. And so I dedicated all of my time into creating a career out of every field I could sink my teeth into. I managed to successfully enter the fitness industry, the food and beverage industry, the real-estate industry, and much more.
Despite the achievements and awards, I realised that there was still this void of not yet achieving “greatness”. That was until I realised that greatness wasn’t my career achievements or the number of titles I earned. It was the context of my life, the people I am surrounded by.
The greatest lesson of my life is realising what life is supposed to be about — not the achievements, but love. A life filled with support, warmth, and emotions. A life surrounded by people who fill your days with laughter, memories, and passion.
As soon as I came to appreciate how truly blessed I was, the void inside slowly began to fill. Now, whenever I talk about my achievements in life, I talk about the people who are in my life. Those I’ve met, those who have stayed. They have grounded me, humbled me, and given me more purpose than any title ever could.