How to Find Happiness by Owning Your Success!

Recognizing the Success Paradox and Avoiding Stereotype Traps By Sana Bagersh   How many times have you heard, “She is so successful, I don’t know how she does it”? Or “I wish I could be wealthy like him”?   Do you ever think about what ‘success’ means to you? Is it driving a fancy car? Owning a big house? Running your own business? Working for a large company? Is it marrying into wealth? Working for a social cause? Running a charity?   I’ve met countless entrepreneurs through Tamakkan and counselled many others through BrandMoxie, who come with big dreams. Many of them know what they want to achieve but some become imprisoned by others’ notions of ‘success’ – whether it is the ideals of their parents or friends, or the values promoted by popular culture.   If you isolate the word ‘success’ you’ll see that it carries immense power: to empower and to inspire. But conversely, it also has the potential to entrap us within preconceived narratives of success.   How each of us sees success depends on our interpretation of the word, and that is uniquely defined by each person’s background, culture, class, age and circumstances. Just like a person on Wall Street and a trader in Tanzania will have very different aspirations and understandings of ‘success,’ the definition also changes over a person’s age and life cycle. But what’s ultimately important is to realize that your interpretation of success at any given time could either be a catalyst to spur you on, or act as a barrier that constricts your thinking and actions.   I see my ‘success’ as a deeply personal thing. My definition, for me, is driven by my goals, shaped by my past experiences and determined by my future aspirations. My success is also very imperfect, because it comes with pain and compromise. It is not always perfectly aligned with my ‘inner self’ or with the priorities of family. But – and this is the point being made here – it is distinctly mine; I own its definition and its execution, and I am also fully responsible for its shortcomings.   I urge you to be aware of your own journey, and to take ownership of your success…     Align your ‘dream’ with your definition of success   I know people who identify with the popularized version of success, while underselling their own dreams. Some women for instance introduce themselves (apologetically) as ‘I’m just a stay at home mom’ – as if being a mother is the opposite of being ‘successful.’ Can a stay at home mom be described as ‘successful’? Definitely. She...

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Flash Fiction Awards Ceremony hails UAE Universities’ Top Fiction Writers
May01

Flash Fiction Awards Ceremony hails UAE Universities’ Top Fiction Writers

The Flash Fiction Reading and Writing Awards celebrate short fiction written and performed by university students in the UAE. The event, which is organized by BrandMoxie, was held at their offices in twofour54, and was sponsored by New York University’s Literature and Creative Writing Program. Top winners won a creative residency at Art Hub in Liwa.   Abu Dhabi, UAE – Supporting the UAE’s Year of Reading, top writers and readers from different universities in the UAE were recognized at The Flash Fiction Reading and Writing Awards yesterday.   The event was organized by BrandMoxie in collaboration with The New York University Abu Dhabi. The awards ceremony was held at BrandMoxie’s office in twofour54.   Contestants submitted “Flash Fiction” entries composed of less than 750 words, on the theme of “Separation”. Submissions were received from different universities and 16 were selected as finalists for performance at the award events.   Winners were separated in two categories: Best Story and Best Dramatic Reading. The first place was a tie between Aliyah Al Awadhi of Zayed University with her story “After Alice” and NYUAD’s Hannah C Taylor with the piece: “A Notable Life”. In second place was the piece “Eternal Separation” by NYUAD’s Jaewon Yoo while third place went to “Cement” by Rasha H Shraim of NYUAD.   Honorable mentions went to Leen Albijawi of Zayed University for “Weib”, Supriya Kamath of NYUAD for “Neverland”, and Riva Razdan of NYUAD for “Dancing Through Life”.   The evening also recognized three winners for the Dramatic Reading category which was judged live at the event. Supriya Kamath’s “Neverland” bagged the first place for Best Dramatic Reading, while second place went to Andrew Wani Modi of NYUAD for his piece “Goodbye Dad.” In third place was Nadia Ghaleb Ali Saleh Albreiki of UAE University for “Separation Anxiety”.   The competition’s jury members were Faisal al Yafei, columnist at The National; Brione LaThrop, instructor at Zayed University; Andrew Keir, writer and adjunct lecturer, Higher Colleges of Technology; and Kamila Anwar, psychotherapist and artist from New York University in Abu Dhabi.   Jim Savio, Senior Lecturer of The Writing Program in New York University Abu Dhabi said: “These writers have stepped out into the stream of their imagination and took that bold step of facing the blank page and filled them up with their ideas. What we just witnessed here was the amazing vibe as you hear the voices and sentiments of each story in the spoken form.”   During the event, Faisal Al Yafei, columnist at The National shared inspiring words for the young writers. “What this event shows is the amount of talent there...

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The Abu Dhabi International Poetry Festival to be Launched in March

  Event is a Regional First as it Celebrates International and Arabic poetry     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 10, 2015  – In recognition of the UAE’s rich tradition of oral storytelling and poetry, the capital will host the inaugural Abu Dhabi International Poetry Festival on March 19, which will bring together some of the world’s leading poets, such as well-known Americans, Patricia Smith, Kane Smego and G Yamazawa, to participate in a rich and multi-cultural programme alongside recognized Emirati and regional poets.   The event will be the Middle East’s first-ever festival dedicated solely to spoken and written poetic verse and will feature an exciting blend of workshops, open mics, slams, and competitions followed by the grand finale of performances that will showcase the talent of leading Arab and Western poets.   Founded by Rooftop Rhythms and BrandMoxie, The Abu Dhabi International Poetry Festival is being hosted by the event’s patron, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, with support from the US Embassy of Abu Dhabi and Fatima bint Hazza Cultural Foundation.   Award-winning poet, Dorian “Paul D” Rogers, is the founder of Rooftop Rhythms, a well-known platform for nurturing poetry in the UAE. He shared the vision for the event. “Nothing captures the human experience and inspires the soul quite like poetry – it is a legacy for this great country. For us, holding the Abu Dhabi International Poetry Festival here is a way of bringing poetry to its very source.”   Sana Bagersh, CEO of BrandMoxie added, “We’re excited to be working with Rooftop Rhythms, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, and our partners to celebrate the culture and tradition of the spoken word. We are all huge believers in community engagement and in nurturing creativity, and, with this, we’ll be reaching out to schools, universities, and community groups to make it an inclusive affair.” The festival’s headliner is Patricia Smith, National Book Award finalist and three-time National Poetry Slam champion, who will be accompanied by fellow Americans, Kane Smego, and G Yamazawa. Home-grown local talent will also have a chance to shine, performing at the evening gala, as well as taking part in the daytime workshops, open mic events in English, French, and Arabic, and a poetry slam competition. The festival will provide free, writing and performance workshops, lectures, as well as a writing competition. This cultural celebration will be inclusive to all ages, attracting the participation of schools and universities, all the while providing positive, family-friendly entertainment.   Eisa Al Raeesi, Head of Student Affairs at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi said, “Our university is committed to making Abu Dhabi a hub for cultural diversification as it...

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Start 2015 with New Beginnings: Tamakkan January 2015
Jan26

Start 2015 with New Beginnings: Tamakkan January 2015

  When people aim to become successful role models in their societies, they should be aware about the various elements that have the potential to lead them to success and superiority. The elements that can make our dreams come true include: strong well, hard work and positive thinking. Elements such as seminars that empower entrepre   An event with the title: “New Beginnings: Kick Off 2015 with a Bang!” took place on Tuesday at Al Mamoura auditorium under the patronage of Fatima bint Hazza Cultural Foundation, and was supported by Aldar and AmCham Abu Dhabi.   Tamakkan, a knowledge-sharing platform established by BrandMoxie offered the opportunity for businessmen and businesswomen to meet with successful people who have motivational and inspirational stories about their achievements.     Randa El Zein, the empowerment coach and the founder of Be You International Educational Consultancy opened the event with the presentation named “Resolutions Don’t Work, Commitments to Yourself Do!” Randa emphasized the importance of goal setting in order to reach the planned accomplishments. Moreover, she highlighted the significance of achieving resolutions and establishing priorities for 2015.     Jules Lewis, the founder of Mountain High presented her speech which was about “The Four Keys to Peak Performance How to THINK, EAT, MOVE, and SLEEP like a Winner”.   She provided an Introduction to the A.U.D.R.E.Y © mastermind principle along with some simple practical strategies to incorporate into people’s daily life that will positively change the way they think, eat, move and sleep. Jules explained the AUDREY principles that help people to avoid the mental and emotional overload. The A.U.D.R.E.Y is an abbreviation for Awareness, Understanding, Disassociation, Reprogramme/ Respect, Emotionally Charged and YES respectively. Furthermore, she advised people to have commitment to small steps and to manage their personal energy so that would make huge differences in their lives.   Every month Tamakkan hosts seminars for the entrepreneurs where these seminars talk about different business topics such as Finance, Marketing, product development and other business issues that provide instructions to a successful international business.     “Each January Tamakkan always focuses on kicking-off the year to a terrific start, and getting excited entrepreneurs focused on goal-setting, innovating and also on achieving a healthy balance between work and family,” said Sana Bagersh, Founder of Tamakkan, and CEO of BrandMoxie.   Maysoon Barber, Business Director at Fatima bint Hazza Cultural Foundation, added, “At the foundation, we believe that spiritual and personal well-being go hand-in-hand with sustained entrepreneurial performance and commercial success.  Entrepreneurs thrive in a community such as Tamakkan that not only covers business matters, but also acknowledges fears, hopes and aspirations.”   In addition, Tamakkan shares success...

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Tamakkan on Arab Investor
Nov27

Tamakkan on Arab Investor

  Tamakkan was recently featured on Arab Investor in its November 2014 issue. The article is found on pages 23-24 in the PDF of the Arab Investor Nov 2014. The article tells a narrative about Sana Bagersh, CEO of BrandMoxie and founder of Tamakkan from how she started as a journalist for Gulf News up to the present time as the founder of community-engaging social platforms.   The Tamakkan team wishes to thank Natheem M. Sabbah, CEO of the Arab Investor Magazine, for this wonderful...

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Empowered Passions in the Arts: Tamakkan November 2014
Nov26

Empowered Passions in the Arts: Tamakkan November 2014

Describe a person who doesn’t like any form of art – for sure you wouldn’t have any words for this. This is a sweeping statement but you’ll have to agree that there’s no one in this world that doesn’t appreciate art in its different forms: Visual Arts, Theatre Arts, Music… the list goes on. Exploring avenues on where or how to transform your passion into a lucrative measure however is a different picture but definitely not impossible. This is why Sana Bagersh, founder of Tamakkan, held a seminar last November 25, 2014 banking on the different fields of the arts not just through seasoned artists within the Gulf but also about the patronage of corporate firms.     Iva Fattorini, Chair of Global Arts & Medicine Institute, Executive Board Office at Cleveland Clinic, shared how the arts are used for therapeutic measures as well as a tool to provide a positive impact towards visitors. The research from Cleaveland Clinic shows the importance of the arts when integrated with modern medicine. A fun fact was that some of her colleagues in medicine also excelled in the arts specifically in music so they managed to provide an avenue not just for entertainment but also as a therapeutic experience for their visitors and patients.   Emmy-Nominated Time Lapse cinematographer Beno Saradzic narrated the story on how he started out as a producer then “turning the tables” as he switched roles from producer to a cinematographer and photographer. His Emmy-nominated time lapse video: “Beyond” shows the city of Abu Dhabi and Dubai in majestic and breath-taking viewpoints with the musical score made by the award winning composer Vladimir Persan that leaves a brilliant sensation to the ears when heard with proper audio devices. Watch and see for yourself how Beno managed to amaze the crowd by checking out this link: Beyond by Beno Saradzic   Executive Producer Mirjana DeLaey told the audience about the beginnings of the Abu Dhabi 360 project – the challenges she encountered as this project had never been before, how she learned about the team of photographers from Airpano and how it took a lot of patience, courage and determination to set it up. In the future she hopes that the 360 project would be expanded to cover concepts such as how the city of Abu Dhabi was developed, a museum integration experience, a 360 digital album, and a point-of-view perspective. DeLaey also expressed intentions of covering Al Ain, Sharjah, other places within the Emirates and hopefully, around the world as well. Experience the Abu Dhabi 360 project here.     Charlie Cunningham and Michelle “True” Francois of Futuristic...

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