Soulaima Gourani, How Entrepreneurs can have a Happy, Fulfilled Life – InnovaBuzz 517
Soulaima Gourani, Happioh
Our guest in this episode is Soulaima Gourani, co-founder of Happioh, a virtual meeting, and online collaboration software. Soulaima was appointed a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. In 2019, she received the Ideas Into Practice Award from Thinkers50 followed by a Radar30 award from the organization in 2020. She also been named the Entrepreneur Of The Year Judge and has served as a TED Mentor. She is a frequent motivational keynote speaker at major conferences, and has co-authored several bestselling books on how to succeed in life, life design, and the “future of work.”
In our conversation Soulaima talked to me about
- The future of work and new way of working
- Finding clarity of purpose and values in your life
- What we can all do to bring happiness to our life
Neal Sperling in episode 200 introduced us to Soulaima.
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Show Notes from this episode with Soulaima Gourani, Happioh
Key points and takeaways from this episode include:
- Be aware of early signs of burnout – avoiding social contact, higher level mistakes, more forgetfulness, sleeping badly, argumentative, short tempered. You may be pushing yourself too hard!
- To set boundaries – write down your values. What kind of life do you want to live? What are the ground rules for you, for having a good life? How should your life feel?
- Rest, recovery and a good night’s sleep are critical elements to an effective exercise regime. It’s not effective to push your body hard every day. This is a metaphor for work and life!
- The pandemic has changed the way we work forever, and it also changed the way we socialize and the way we want to live our lives.
- To design your ideal life, begin by defining what success means for you and what a good life is for you.
- Write down your core values – the FOUR things that matter most to you. Evaluate every decision against your core values.
- Invest in yourself and your education.
- Be happy! If you are happy, you WILL have a good life; people will be attracted to you and want to be around you.
- Everything should be a “HELL YES” or a “hell no”. Set boundaries.
- Reward yourself often – it can be little things we enjoy, like a nice tea or moisturizer.
- Some people love working from home, yet for some it is a disaster. We need to really understand how we work best and then adapt the working environment to fit – whether that’s working from home, from an office or a hybrid version.
- Companies today more than ever, need to recruit talent and minimize turnover. Because people can work from anywhere, companies will need to prove that they take care of their employees.
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The Buzz – Our Innovation Round
Here are Soulaima’s answers to the questions of our innovation round. Listen to the conversation to get the full scoop.
- #1 thing to be more innovative – Do routine things in new ways.
- Best thing for new ideas – Talk with people I don’t know and have little in common with. Listen to different conversation e.g. podcasts. Listen to a variety of views.
- Favourite tool for innovation – My cell phone. I can even join meetings while I walk.
- Keep project/client on track – Stay engaged and nuture the relationships. Stick to an agreed cycle.
- Differentiate – Be authentically you – every one of us IS unique. Don’t compare or compete with others.
You can reach out and thank Soulaima through her website.
Soulaima suggested we have a conversations with Ronit Avni, founder and CEO of Localized; Tamer Makary, Founder, Ethica Partners; and Michele Wucker founder of Gray Rhino & Company on future InnovaBuzz Podcast episodes.
Cool Things About Soulaima
- She has contributed to more than 14 books on how to get success in life, life design, and the “future of work.”
- She was born in Morocco, raised in Denmark, lives in California.
- She was rewarded with the prestigious YGL, WEF Young Global Leader title alongside Mark Zuckerberg, Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg, and Larry Page.