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My Father, My Brand Inspiration

by Mohammed on August 4, 2009

I am a big fan of Michael Jordan, Roger Federer, Steve Jobs… and my father!

Have you heard of them? Sure, those are example of powerful personal brands, but what about my father’s brand? Unless you are from my family or friends then you probably haven’t heard of him, and you are missing one of the greatest brand on this universe – My Father’s Brand.

Our fathers create people with good brands every single day. They are the largest personal branding university for the graduating class of the brand called you. I will share with you here some tiny glimpses of values my father added to me and my career and how that has created my personal brand that I use now.

My father was an athletic champion and won dozens of competitions in Iraq and Asia. He was a hammer and disc thrower. My father could also fix anything: cars, houses, radios, electric devices, etc.

Passion: My father was passionate about helping every person he knew, and he would spend days under Baghdad’s hot sun teaching hammer throwers how to make the best throws. Abbas Ibrahim was one of his students, and he broke my father’s record, one that stood for 19 years. My father trained Abbas to break his record without selfishly thinking about himself.

Consensus: My father always consulted family, relatives, and friends with every decision he made. He looks for a consensus to move on, and he studied each point of view for its strengths and weaknesses before coming up with a decision.

Honesty: My father taught me to be faithful and honest, and one story really stands out for me. My father took a loan from his friend to build our home, (about 650 Iraq Dinar, or ~$1500), but then the Iraqi-Iranian war started and years passed. After 25 years, my father found the person who lent him the money, and he returned the money borrowed with that date’s exchange rate.

Energetic: My father woke up each morning, prayed as usual, sprayed the garden, did aerobics, and then called me to get up for work. He started every day with new enthusiasm. His energy continues to inspire me to try new things, meet good friends, and play hard in sports.

Patience: My father’s biggest brand attribute was his patience. Many times enemies were waiting  for the opportunity to let him down, and his long breath was a key to success in his career. It took him days, months, and years, as well as listening to truth and honesty for him to brand what he was doing. He never lost hope. Throughout any big challenges I face, remembering to show patience like my father is what has allowed me to survive.

Faith: My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me. Ultimately, that’s the secret power of my personal brand – my father’s faith in me.

I was in Dubai, UAE when I got a call from my mother that my dad had to have an operation. I had not seen him in 2 years, and I took the first flight to Amman, Jordan to tell him one thing. Unfortunately, when I reached him and he had quadriplegia, so he couldn’t speak or move. Early on the morning of May 7, 2007, my father died. I hope he heard what I said.

To me, he’s my brand model and I’m proud of him. This is a sign from my father maybe… I miss him a lot.

Until next time… If your father is alive, just call now and tell him how proud you are that you have a father like him.

My Faher

Photo taken in Al-Habaniya resort in Iraq. My father's arms held me for 3 months everywhere we went as I recovered from a broken leg.


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1 Abdullah Al Salih August 4, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Hi,

I liked your article specially the beginning when you describe individuals as “brands” and Fathers as manufacturers of that brands, I also noticed how much you proud of your father.

keep up the good work and god bless you.

Abdullah,

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2 Mohammed Al-Taee August 4, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Hello Abdullah,

I’m so happy that you liked the post.

Thanks for your nice comment.

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3 aws August 4, 2009 at 1:32 PM

hey

i really liked this article ,specially because you have chosen my grandfather as a brand person,he was a truly inspiration for you and me and people around him

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4 Mohammed Al-Taee August 4, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Hello Aws,

Yes, he was big inspiration for us (Allah Yerhama)

Thanks!

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5 Ahmed Al-Taie August 4, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Very well said Hamoodi…..
It’s really an inspirational article for everybody…

Keep up the good work…..

Regards to all….

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6 Mohammed Al-Taee August 4, 2009 at 10:42 PM

Thanks Ahmed!

Wish you the best always.

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7 Arfan Chaudhry August 4, 2009 at 10:11 PM

Great Post man very well written and heart touching.

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8 Mohammed Al-Taee August 4, 2009 at 10:43 PM

I’m honored for your words Arfan :)

Thanks a lot!

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9 Ba7eth August 7, 2009 at 1:15 AM

اخي محمد في البداية دعني اتقدم بواجب العزاء بوالدك رحمه الله…عظم الله أجركم…ورحم والدك وغفر له وجعل قبره روضة من رياض الجنّة.

ما تفضّلت بالإشارة إليه أمر في غاية الأهمية…أسلوبك في طرحه رائع جدّاً فجزاك الله خيراً كثيراً.

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10 Mohammed Al-Taee August 7, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Dear Ba7eth,

Thank you very much for your kind words. Inshallah happiness and peace for all your family.

Stay tune for new articles.

Regards,

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11 Zaid Falah Baqer August 10, 2009 at 12:05 PM

I remember uncle Salah (Alla Yerhama), He was a great man, simple and full of care. I really touched when i saw that Picture at Habbanyia and you are carrying the PEPSI can. it seems that you were thirsty as always. Keep up Mohammed to live tracking his steps in live. and iam sure you see him always insdie you and the people they loved him. May Allah Mercy his lovely soul.

Zaid Falah.

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12 Mohammed Al-Taee August 10, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Zaid,

I’m honored for your words. You know my father very well and I’m sure you miss him.

Thanks,

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13 Mohd October 8, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Simply .. This lion cub from that …

Allah Yer7amo ya man

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14 Mohammed Al-Taee October 8, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Thank You Mohammed!

I’m honored for your words.

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15 Luay rahil
Twitter: luayrahil
January 25, 2010 at 5:24 PM

I was really moved by this article, it touched me. You described your father in an amazing way; your words describe a man of integrity, and honesty. He was Faithful, Loyal and accountable man that is hard to find. Your father was a man of faith, a man of love and dedication. He gave you every reason to be proud of him, and you did give every reason to earn his trust and respect. I’m proud of you, and so many others that follow you on twitter or read your articles.
Keep doing what you do, because he is looking at you from heaven and he can’t stop smiling, he is so proud to have a son like you. To honor him, when faced with a hard decision ask yourself ” What would my father do? ” and I’m sure he will always choose to do the right thing, ex: returning a friend’s money after all these years. Thanks for reminding all of us about the value of fatherhood.
I’m like you, I love my father deeply, and he is the person that I aspire to be, and the person that I work every day to earn and keep his respect. I learnt a lot from my father, honesty, accountability, family values, social values and a lot more. Thanks for this great article.

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16 Mohammed Al-Taee January 25, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Luay rahil: I was really moved by this article, it touched me. You described your father in an amazing way; your words describe a man of integrity, and honesty.

Keep doing what you do, because he is looking at you from heaven and he can’t stop smiling, he is so proud to have a son like you. To honor him, when faced with a hard decision ask yourself ” What would my father do? ” and I’m sure he will always choose to do the right thing, ex: returning a friend’s money after all these years. Thanks for reminding all of us about the value of fatherhood.

Luay,

I’m honored for your words. Thank You!

I would love to hear about your father’s brand … you should proud of him always and you must work hard to make him proud of you.

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17 Craig Wiggins
Twitter: CraigWiggins
March 30, 2010 at 1:56 PM

A wonderful post written by a good, loving, and appreciative son. Well done! Now I think I will call my father.

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18 Mohammed Al-Taee March 30, 2010 at 2:11 PM

A wonderful post written by a good, loving, and appreciative son.Well done!Now I think I will call my father.

Thanks Craig :) you should call him, life is too short.

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