We had the good fortune of connecting with Zubaida Khan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zubaida, how do you think about risk?
The risk that I think is most detrimental is not living a life of free will and making choices that do not align with your true self and purpose. Not trusting and loving fully is a risk. Staying in a job you don’t like is a risk. Surrounding yourself with negative people is a risk. Not believing in your personal value is a risk. Following the masses in quiet desperation is a risk. Wanting a blissful prosperous life and not believing it exists for you is a risk. I speak for myself and perhaps others that have not yet come to these realizations. I was risking my creativity and passion when I stayed at a job that sparked no inspiration in me. I was risking my self esteem and value when I stayed in a relationship that stripped away my believe in love. I was risking my freedom when my plan was to work a job till I was 65 and not starting businesses of my own. I was risking my individuality when all my time when to people who were headed to paths different than that of what I wanted. One of the biggest risk is not living a life, including vocation/lifestyle, that you don’t agree with.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My background in Mental Health is my favorite accomplishment. The reason being is that I see first hand people battling issues overtime and their growth. Nothing makes be happier than to see individuals overcoming and becoming their happiest and best self. The process wasn’t easy because I had to learn and grow myself through learning history, spirituality, human behavior, economics, and application. But I’m eternally grateful that my self development journey started and continues. The valuable piece of information throughout my experience as a Mental Health Counselor is that people suffer in the relationships they have and their financial status/well being. As I continue my career, it is my intention to help people learn to have better relationships and pursue careers/businesses that align with their desires just as my mentors were able to inspire me to do. What I want people to know is that we have been conditioned to believe everything we have learn as far as we can remember. I’d like people to know, if you want real change in your life you have to be open to new ideas, opportunities, and people.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Summer in NYC is one of the best times ever and its coming right around the corner! I would take my guest to Roosevelt Island (in the middle of Manhattan and Queens) to take on the beautiful sights of the East River along with the light house on the island. We would get on the tramway (cable car in the air) to fly over to 59th St and Lexington Ave which is the home of Dylans Candy Bar. The classic candy and ice cream joint! We would most definitely go to a museum, my favorite being The Metropolitan Museum of Art. And for dinner, you really can’t go wrong. What I love to do is walk the streets Downtown or Union Square, honestly anywhere in the city and stumbling upon an intriguing unknown outdoor restaurant with a calm and dreamy ambiance. Now thats a beautiful summer date!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I often think back to my elementary school teachers, my middle school guidance counselors, and professors in college who saw something in me, always encouraged me, and spent time with me. Truthfully, I thank everyone in my mind quite often. They were the ones who gave me a great foundation and that I’ll never forget. More recently I’d like to thank my mentors and coaches, in life and business, who have continued the trend of beautiful souls in my life impacting me and facilitating my growth in ways I never imagined. A special thanks to Angel and Natalie Crisostomo, my personal coaches and friends who always support me to bring out the best in me, even when I can’t see it for myself. Alway challenging me with my business goals, guiding me to the best books, and breaking bread together like family. My future is bright because they always remember to shine some of their light on me.
My parents, family, God, the universe, are a given!