Sometimes people who pass through your life make an impact that you never expected. That’s the case with my friend and mentor Samaan Abudayehh. Sam is an unlikely mentor of mine, mostly because we agree to disagree on pretty much everything. But I’ve learned a lot from him and without our meeting over three years ago, I’m unsure if I’d still be in the same spot in my career as I am now.
This is the only picture I could find of Sam and I in the same photo. It sucks, I know. On our list of things to do before we parted ways probably should've been 'take a picture.'
Sam was the first person I told that I was going to quit my job at the place we worked together to pursue my business full time. He supported me, gave me some real talk about potential failure and told me if I needed anything, just ask.
Six months after quitting my job, he hired me back as a freelancer. He didn’t care how or when the work got done, just about the end result. Sam’s ‘modern’ work perspective allowed me to work on my business while being a brand strategist, the role I was working towards before quitting my job. We worked like that for two years. It was a great dynamic and we both learned and achieved a lot with each others help.
This was the last pic I snapped before leaving the first time - unbeknownst to me I'd be back. It's here because I still use it as a reminder but mostly because of the lack of pictures of Sam and I.
Last Spring, Sam was the first person I told that I was moving to London. Even though I was still working for him in Halifax, he supported me, gave me some real talk about potential failure and told me if I needed anything, just ask. I continued working with Sam and the Halifax team after moving.
The reason I made this card is because Sam moved home to the Middle East last month. He wanted to be closer to his family in Jordan (he's a bit of a mama's boy). But no matter where we are on this globe, I know that Sam and I will continue to work together because as he likes to say, the journey doesn't matter it's the destination that counts (an example of something I heavily disagree on but tolerate in a work-related context), and the ability to work as a good team despite being more different than two people could ever be.
Best of luck on your new adventure, Sam A.!