Hello Mr. A, tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m (in no particular order or priority) a dad, husband, cyclist, runner, entrepreneur, developer. I am also argumentative and quite opinionated, for the good of mankind.
Describe a typical day in the life of A.M.?
On a good day I’ll have a morning 5k run, then breakfast and get into the office around 9am. The day will then be made up of a varying mix of: emails; overseeing projects; considering new projects or strategic directions Asilia can take on; meetings; social media and marketing. I don’t do as much coding as I’d like but every now and again, I go through development bursts where all I do is code for 3-5 days and nights.
What do you miss most about being a kid?
The inhibited curiosity, endless possibility and sense of wonder.
If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be and why?
I wouldn’t choose an age but I’d choose a state of mind. When I turned 30, I felt I had the convergence of experience, financial awareness, mental maturity, risk-appetite and ability to finally begin to achieve the goals I had set in life. I hope to never lose that mind-frame.
If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Someone in X-Men. I love the X-Men series and I’m fascinated with the idea that the ones that are different (the ‘mutants’) are the ones that are actually the greatest among us. Apple have successfully tapped into this idea too.
A little birdie told me that you and writing have chemistry. What's your story?
I’ve always loved to write and be creative with words. I was good at composition writing when I was younger and found it came almost naturally. I once ghost-wrote a composition for a friend in primary school and for the first and last time, he got 80%. That's when I knew it was real talent and not merely the mutual infatuation me and the English teacher shared. It also helps that I am an addict of books – of all kinds: fiction, biographies, science, economics, mathematics, history. Almost everything. You’ll rarely find me not currently reading a novel.
When and how did you know what you wanted to do with your life?
In my mid-teens, I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur, simply because it would allow me to be involved in many things and give me the resources to do them. Having an interest in a wide variety of subjects means I never want to be stuck just doing one thing and Asilia is a perfect avenue for that, with a variety of projects, clients and business opportunities to explore.
How does it feel to own and work at Asilia, an international creative agency?
Very proud. Not just of going from a simple idea to a fully-fledged company but also of the amazing team we have built up, the projects we have worked on, the clients we have and the potential we have to grow even further. In the midst of the storm it is easy to forget what an achievement it all is but every now and again, Lulu and I sit and look back and realise we have covered many many miles and come a long way. It all began with one step.
If you knew the world was ending in 2013, what would you do differently?
Well, I’d stop worrying about 2014 and beyond but otherwise, hopefully, I wouldn’t do much differently. I hope I’m living my life to the fullest and best of my ability. Doesn’t always feel like that but that's the aim.
Supposing you had a time machine and could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
I’d love to view history’s black spots. The parts of history not covered in our history books. E.g. what were Africa, South America and Asia really like before European explorers ventured there. Or the parts of history that history has lied about.
And what if you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
I would try and right all the wrongs and injustices I see everyday.
What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever given/received?
I’ve always thought the best gifts life ever gave me were my curiosity and my ability to learn. They are the basis for who I am and where I am, with the blessings that have come with that.
What are the top 3 most played songs on your ipod?
Streets of Philadelphia (Bruce Springsteen), Sweetest Girl (Wyclef Jean), Religious Love (R. Kelly).
What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Accounting – a necessary evil in business.
What do you love most about your life?
My family, Asilia and all my blessings.
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