Episode 8: In today's episode, I talk to long-time friend Jawad Shuaib who is the founder of Budget Electronics - a company he runs alongside his wife. Jawad is an avid reader, and is interested in learning everything; from science, mathematics, economics to anthropology, philosophy, and religion.⠀
We explore character, how it develops, from where it's shaped and tackle a whole bunch of interesting questions like:⠀
- Is character defined primarily before the age of 5 based on your parents and your environment?⠀
- Is character the deep rooted stuff and personality a reflection of your changing perspectives?⠀
- How easy or difficult is it to tell someone's character? What gives us clues or insight into it? ⠀
- Why is it easier to say the bad things about us and so difficult for us to say the positives about ourselves?⠀
- Do friendships based on perspective alone eventually wither? What keeps friendships together?⠀
- Why is it so difficult to accept compliments?⠀
- Is being emotionally intelligent a curse?⠀
- Has Jawad hurt me in a profound way?⠀
- How did watching Jurassic Park in 1994 play a huge role in how Jawad ended up being the way he is?⠀
- What plays a stronger role, nurture vs. nature?⠀
- What does it mean to deliberately parent?⠀
- What is the balance between encouraging your kids in their interests and forcing them?⠀
and much, much more.
We also invite you to listen to the episode and tell us what adjectives you would use to describe Jawad's character. It can be so hard to say positive things about ourselves, so what traits do you see in him? Feel free to message me on Facebook, Instagram or email me your thoughts. This conversation gets very philosophical.
Jawad also recommends a bunch of books throughout the conversation which are linked here for your convenience!
- Brag!: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn without Blowing It by Peggy Klaus
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding