Don't let something stop you from having the life you want!

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A Somalian native who grew up in Saudi Arabia, Yasmin Abdi is living proof that no obstacle is too big for you to overcome in the pursuit of what you love. From her small village she taught herself photography over a three year period using only YouTube, online blogs and Google Translate. Her story so impressed the likes of photographic giants Chase Jarvis and Jasmin Star that Creative Live did a feature on her and her work.

Yasmin’s relentless strength is her willingness to learn and continually improve. After refining her skills on the streets of Saudi Arabia she pushed her boundaries further by moving to the US to improve her English, pursue a business education and launch her own Photography Business. From hustling it by handing out business cards at Friday Mosque, to covering free wedding shows just so she can promote herself, Yasmin shows us that no excuses exist in the face of what we want to create! All we need to do is simply move forward.

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Take Aways

  • How to learn anything you want
  • How to activate your network
  • The importance of external feedback
  • The photographic creative process

Show Notes

2:36 – The power of online education
5:50 – The opportunity we all have to learn
11:57 – Launching a company in a foreign country
15:30 – Work acquisition in a new market – the Friday Mosque hustle
20:00 – Breaking down her photographic process
29:00 – The power of working with a life coach
32:45 – Her desire to help other women think bigger
37:00 – How Yasmin got featured on Creative Live

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