Monthly Archives: April 2014

Passion Vs Money.

Passion for love or money

One day you’ll be forced to choose between passion and pay.

Some may choose a career based 100% on passion.

Others, would choose a career based 100% on pay.

As a young bright-eyed-excited-18-year-old deciding what path to take in life, I would say passion.
but I know no matter what reality sets in. No matter how passionate a person is, there are always rough circumstances that can affect success: the economy, office politics, major life events.

But there is one thing we always forget,if only we define success in terms beyond financial gain we would be able to do what we love and feel the glory of success too.

If there’s one thing that holds us back from pursuing our passions,
it’s the fear of not being able to take care of ourselves
(and our families, if we have them).

But this idea ignores the fact that succeeding
in anything requires a great deal of work and uncertainty, Risk is always part of the equation. For everyone who has made a good living doing something they enjoy,  there are countless other equally talented people who were not able to do it.

Nothing is more joyful than doing the thing you love for a living, watching this dream you once had becoming reality.
But, let’s be real. None of this guarantees wealth, or even financial success.

I once read this quote about how to deal with the unknown future that says “every small smart step you take should leave you alive to take the next step” So if you can’t afford to do the thing you’re passionate about, for example: if you do it, you won’t be able to feed your family (which is something you think is more important than whatever you’re passionate about)
then no, you’d better not bet your economic life on it. But even this doesn’t mean you can’t work on your passion a little even if it’s just for 15 minutes a day.

So take those small steps. You might discover that your passion does, in fact, make you money.

A Turning Point.

I was that kind of person who spent so many years trying to fit in the community I’m living in but actually never could until that day. I heard them talking about something called (SIFE) in my school and I went to the sessions to see what on earth is (SIFE) supposed to mean. I found a really small group of people who truly believed they could do something to change this world, who had passion in their eyes, who took the very first step to establish this huge place.

They handed me the key to a door that has been locked for so long. Ahmed El-Baz’s voice saying Martin Luther king’s line in the presentation session (I HAVE A DREAM!) won’t be forgettable any time soon.

I suddenly found a way out. As I’m a super energetic person I was really excited and I worked hard to find a project. I happened to have an amazing mentor and a hard-working team. Standing there in the final competition while saying the script I memorized on stage I was shaking, I was really scared to fail my team, to screw things up but this fear turned into happiness when they announced us the winning team!

Although I did things I never thought I would do, not in a million years, I talked to new people and stood in front of a crowd explaining our projects’ idea, I was proud of what I’ve accomplished then and still I am.
Mini$ is not just a normal project, It’s literally a life- changing experience.
Mini$ lightens paths.
Mini$ changed the way I used to live.


When I went to college I applied to be part of this magnificent entity and luckily I got accepted. I knew since that day I have to pay this place back. I have to give it more than it first gave me when I was a mini dollars student.

Today, I’m a member of the presentation team of Enactus Mansoura University (SIFE prev.), and I’m writing here as a Marketing team Manger, only in one year :)
I told you! Mini$ enables people to find that thing hidden within them, the thing that makes them special.

You, yes you reading this, We are each gifted in a unique and important way and It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light. Be the change you want to see in this freaking world. YOU CAN AND WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE – if you want to!

Remember that it’s once in a lifetime you get to choose, so will you be ordinary ? Or will you shine and be extraordinary instead ?

By: Shrouq Tarek