It was August of 1986. I had just finished my first summer semester at SIU after arriving from Bangladesh. I was 17 and a student of the College of Engineering. After paying my tuition fee for summer and fall, I had $700.00 to survive, get educated, and move forward with my life! My new American friends suggested I introduce myself to the ‘art and science’ of on-campus ‘janitorial engineering’ – quickly, if wanted to survive! I had the graveyard shift. I got so good at buffing floors (given my obsessive compulsive nature) that before long I was asked to clean the offices of the University officials. Read More >
TALK ABOUT A TRIP: FAISAL HOQUE STARTED HIS CAREER IN THE U.S. AS A “JANITORIAL ENGINEER,” BUT EVENTUALLY WENT ON TO RAISE MILLIONS FOR HIS BUSINESSES, DESPITE SETBACKS LIKE BEING OUSTED AS CEO OF HIS OWN COMPANY (SOUND FAMILIAR, APPLE?). HERE’S WHAT HE LEARNED ALONG THE WAY. – @FASTCOMPANY
“Everything connects. Making connections between disparate things is the key to creative thinking. The ritualistic practice of thinking about how different things relate to each other, and how distinct things could be combined to make something completely different, results in sustainable innovation. When we recognize the constellation of relationships within our ecossytem we can begin to understand their shared alignment, a process that I describe as CONVERGENCE – the overlapping nature of art, science, and spirituality.
The ultimate objective is to produce a wealth of new ideas, dynamic innovation, and sustainable opportunities and methods of measuring them. Thus, financial success is a byproduct of what we do.”
- Entrepreneur, Author Faisal Hoque
“I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door — or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.” – Nobel Laureate Bangali Poet Rabindranath Tagore
Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles – by Peter F. Drucker
“This defines entrepreneur and entrepreneurship – the entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.” ― Peter F. Drucker
SĀDHANĀ: The Realization of Life – by Rabindranath Tagore, Author of ‘GITANJALI’
“Sadhana – The Realization of Life” is a breathtaking collection of spiritual discourses given by Rabindranath Tagore to the boys in his school, in Bolpur, West Bengal. Compiled and translated by Tagore from his Bengali lectures, the book consists of eight essays, in which Tagore answers some of the most profound questions of life: Why did God create this world? Why would a Perfect Being, instead of remaining eternally concentrated in Himself, go through the trouble of manifesting the Universe? Why does evil exist? Do love and beauty have a purpose?