We had the good fortune of connecting with Sy Asad and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sy, how do you think about risk?
Life is a lot about taking risks. I honestly feel as though my young adult life might have panned out a bit better if I allowed myself to take more risks. I was raised to be obedient and I thought taking risks was somewhat disrespectful and depending on the risks you are taking they can be disrespectful and dangerous, but the risks I wanted to take were opportunities I did not allow myself to take. I do believe that sometimes taking risks are detrimental but sometimes not taking risks are just as detrimental. I think life is a lot about balance; I try to make wise decisions and take wise risks.

Alright, so let’s jump right in! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there a person, group, organization, book, etc that you want to dedicate your shoutout to? Who else deserves a little credit and recognition in your story?
It may not be popular to do, but I want to shout out my mother. She was a single mother raising me before she was re-married. She never made me feel like I was a burden. She went to college to better herself, her future, and my future. She took care of my physically disabled grandmother and never made her feel like a burden either. She went back to school to get her master’s degree while raising me and taking care of her mother. She taught me the importance of educating myself, hard work and having compassion.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I am an author. I wrote and released two books in one year, “A Swan Among Ducks” and “Saying Yes To No: Learning the Power of No”. I wrote my third book, “Write Your Book in 24 Hours” to assist aspiring authors and my fourth book, “Light as the Day, Dark as the Night” is a children’s book that will be released this year. I created a webinar for aspiring authors called the: Write A Book That Sells Webinar. I toured the world singing with Latin superstar, Jon Secada, and Reggae superstar, Collie Buddz; I am heard singing on his song, “Love and Reggae”. I have a song called “Fear of My Crown” with Chris Rivers, son of Big Pun, and the song and music video touch on child abuse and domestic violence. I am creating a non-profit to give scholarships for college students and to provide books to children. I am working on another business venture that I plan on launching this year.

I don’t know what necessarily sets me apart from others, but I will say that many times throughout my life I have been ahead of the curve with certain artistic expressions and I have good intentions to be all I was created to be. I got where I am today by the grace of Jehovah God, love in my life, and not giving up on myself. It was not easy getting where I am, and I still have far to go; but things are a lot harder when you are disobedient to your purpose. When you know your purpose and you go against it, you are honestly making your life harder unnecessarily. I want the world to know that with hard work, preparation and most importantly faith; you can accomplish great things.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Depending on the time of the year I would suggest people to visit the Houston Rodeo. Shape Community Center, George R. Brown Convention Center and Buffalo Soldiers Museum tends to have a lot of events that might spark an interest for a visitor. If the visitor liked snow cones, I would suggest they try Lil Mama’s New Orleans Style Snow-Balls & Kitchen in Fresno. If they wanted to get some henna, I would suggest they visit Houston Mobile Henna. If they wanted to shop, I would suggest The Galleria. If they wanted a quick savory bite to eat, I might suggest Stomps in Pearland. If they had children with them, I would suggest the Houston Museum of Natural Science, or Space Center Houston.

Website: www.amazon.com/author/syasad
Instagram: www.instagram.com/iamsyasad
Twitter: www.twitter.com/aswanamongducks
Other: Webinar: www.WriteABookThatSells.com

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