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Life & Work with Ali Hasan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ali Hasan.

Hi Ali, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I remember my start as an entrepreneur. It started with me actively seeking for more. When I was 19, I went to a barber college and received my license and started working in the barbershop right away. The money was great but that wasn’t enough. I soon learned that money without purpose held no value. At least for me. So I started actively looking for what it is I was destined to do. I registered into a junior college in hopes to figure out what I wanted to do with my life while working as a barber. I changed my major probably every semester but there was nothing I could see myself doing long term. Throughout the process, I found myself packing on weight and not feeling my best. I just wanted to feel better and at 22, I knew that if I could gain control of my habits now, my future habits will reflect who I want to become. No, I’m no health guru but I do my best and definitely better than the average American diet. An opportunity was presented to me when I embarked on my healthy lifestyle journey. I mean, I knew that there was a big percentage of people who struggle with weight management but I didn’t know that it would be my route to fulfillment. 

I went on to lose 27lbs and my energy was where I needed it to be. That alone sparked interest in others and thats where it all began. One person at a time, just sharing what had worked for me. There has been more lows than highs in my journey but what I can say is, the highs outweigh any of the low points. I feel like when you’re going for something thats bigger than you, the wins are more profound. I remember two years into being a wellness entrepreneur, I had this desire to hang up my clippers. Leaving the barbershop didn’t make sense to anyone being that I had a well-established clientele and nobody could see the vision that was given to me. I always say the vision is yours so don’t expect anyone else to see it. At that point, the noise got louder and through self-help and actively doing something to personally develop my mind, I was able to cancel out the noise. I’m talking about the naysayers and doubters. I took the leap of faith and thats where the roller coaster began. How could I remain happy when I never struggled up until this journey. How could I remain positive when I knew that I lacked skill and confidence. I then chose to stay connected to the fire. The fire is the people who are successful in the field in which you are pursuing. I then began to seek mentorship and developed a stronger personal relationship with God. I remember many nights where I had to say yes to cutting someone’s hair at home just to run to the bank to make a 20$ deposit so that I wouldn’t overdraft.

Some nights I made it but many nights I didn’t. The things people don’t see. It got to the point where I was kind of depressed but I had no quit. I just remember saying to myself, I’m gonna figure it out. So I started doing things I definitely didn’t want to do just to make some extra money. There are too many legal ways to earn income with no experience needed these days so I didn’t make any excuses. While doing so I kept working on my dream and I’ve learned that sometimes on your journey, you might be rerouted but that doesn’t mean you won’t reach your destination. Many sacrifices have come with my journey. Eating out, hanging with friends, dating, watching tv and learning to not be a yes man. Thats just to name a few but I believe that this type of isolation allowed me to figure it out. It allowed me to work on the areas I lacked, like organization or consistency. In 2020, I decided to sign a lease for a nutrition Cafe. It’s called HOUSE OF VIBES NUTRITION in Inglewood, CA. Now you know, in 2020 there was noise everywhere. I had to cancel it out yet again and stay as focus as I could. Even if that meant staying off the social networks for a minute.

Backstory, in 2019 I had a vision and it was like I kept getting signs on why I needed to seek this one out. The hardest part about this journey was not knowing where to start. By this time, I had saved up some money but I wasn’t sure how much it would take and I made some costly mistakes. It’s all a learning process. Most who know me know that I don’t ask for help. I just figure it out but this endeavor was a humbling experience. One thing I live by and I say it often, is to be good to people and expect nothing in return. The blessings definitely showed up in this process and I am grateful beyond just saying it. We are near our Grand opening and what I can say from this is I had to trust the process. I chose not to react every time something went wrong. When I commit to something, there’s no going back. It’s like getting a tattoo. Once the needle hits the skin, you have to finish the piece. I recall a time in my life when I was cutting hair to someone I’d call a big brother/ mentor. He shared with me some advice that was shared with him which was “ the difference between a successful person and a unsuccessful person is that successful people finish what they start. The difference between a successful person and an unsuccessful person is that successful people finish what they start. I remember I had to stop cutting for a second and digest that statement. It was at that moment that I knew that I was in route and I’m still in route to profoundly impacting the world.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I put my struggles in the last question but to add. Comparison is the thief of joy and there was a time when I questioned why I wasn’t as far as I thought I should be yet others were. Financially it has been a rollercoaster and I’ve been forced to learn how to manage money. You ever had to put 10$ in your tank because thats all you had? OR decide do I eat today or put gas in your tank so that you can make more money-driven uber or something? That was me

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a global health and wellness entrepreneur. I specialize in developing the mind so that the body can catch up. Meaning if you can believe it, see it, and have a desire for it, you will eventually reach your goals. I’m known for remaining positive amongst pressure. Staying calm yet moving forward. Over the years, I’ve been told countless times that I could be a motivational speaker but I just like to pour into people because I believe we are only stagnant because of a lack of belief. I’m known for helping others with weight management and I’m most proud that even when the money wasn’t showing up, I was still able to deliver results and change lives. What sets me apart from others is I’m me. We were all created to be individuals so our presence alone is a separation. Personally, I believe that I am BORN TO LEAD.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
What I like best about my city is that it’s known all over the world. Inglewood, ca is right next to saying you’re from LA lol but also, it’s not too far from anything. Beaches, mountains, downtown its all 10 -20 min away. I’d say the least I like about my city is the lack of togetherness. I really don’t care about anyone’s background. I just believe if we could respect one another and support each other, we could all win.

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