There’s always been a pleasant implicit compliment in the remarks I’m quite used to now ”you don’t look as old as your qualifications and professional affiliations would suggest”. However recently there’s been a steady rise in the number and frequency of similar compliments. Infact quite recently I was told “Looking at your credentials it seems like you should be at least 50 but you obviously are not MashaAllah, you look younger than me”
First interview in LONDON: I still remember my first interview in London where the interviewer asked me “Mr. Zaheer, Just one question. Can you please tell me how did you manage to do all this at your age?”.Indeed it’s all Allah’s blessings combined with the commitment, motivation, hard work and consistency. Furthermore I was lucky to have immense guidance from my parents who mapped up a well-devised career plan for me with of course my inputs. And finally of course the hard work played its part.
As humbling as it is, I don’t believe I’ve yet achieved up to my potential or a height where I can safely say that I did enough justice with the abilities granted to me by Almighty. Having said that, no doubt the achievements are no common feat either.
Acknowledgement of and Thanks to the contributors:
Such incidents and requests from friends motivated me to write this brief piece and thank them for the compliments while acknowledging the main contributors in front of you all and clarify how it has been possible to attain all these credentials in my early 20’s. Perhaps it can motivate and help you too.
I’m thankful to the following:
- First of all Allah Almighty who has always been with me and blessed me with everything ranging from great parents, good mentors, abilities, focus, determination, e.t.c. (contrary to what most people are made to believe nowadays, if followed by the spirit and good intent, religion makes one a stronger and better person)
- My Parents, whose immense knowledge, guidance, love, affection and support has undoubtedly been instrumental in keeping me focused, consistent, devoted, goals-oriented and determined.
- My mentors and all those who taught me even a single word are highly valued.
- Than finally comes the effort part – the hard work, consistency, determination and focus. Yes it requires a lot of sacrifices but believe me it’s WORTH IT ALL in the end.
If this has motivated and/or intrigued you than snap up the initiative and should you require any guidance, please feel free to contact me at:
Omer Zaheer Meer
ACCA (UK), BSc (Hons) (UK), CAT (UK), Adv. Financial Diploma (UK), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (UK) & Certified CSM (LCCI & SMEDA – PAK)
CFAI (USA), PRIMA (USA), ACCA (UK), UKSIP (UK), PRMIA (USA), LCCI (PAK) & MPDD (PAK)