Arabnet - The Quarterly - - Letter From The Editor - Rita Makhoul Man­ag­ing Edi­tor @ram­pur­ple

While we were in the fi­nal stages of pre­par­ing this is­sue, my dedig (Ar­me­nian for grand­fa­ther) passed away. Although my dedig was 94 years old and I had been pre­par­ing my­self for such a day, his pass­ing hit me hard. You see, my grandpa is some­one I con­sid­ered my­self close to and there’s no one in my life that I’ve re­spected or looked up to more. As a role model in my life, he had sev­eral qual­i­ties that I con­stantly strive to achieve. I’d like to share a few with you.

Dedig was re­silient. Ev­ery hard­ship life pre­sented him with, he sum­moned his for­ti­tude and self-de­ter­mi­na­tion, ac­cept­ing life’s un­com­fort­able lessons and used them as step­ping-stones. He con­stantly showed re­lent­less tenac­ity and de­ter­mi­na­tion. Giv­ing up was never an op­tion.

Dedig was highly per­sis­tent. Through self-dis­ci­pline, very spe­cific habits, and con­stant mo­ti­va­tion - even through try­ing times - he kept go­ing. To achieve the goals he set, he in­vested time, ef­fort, and con­stant learn­ing. He never was in a rush to see the re­sults of his ef­forts, know­ing that every­thing he did in the present, would count to­wards the out­come in the end. If he re­ally wanted to do some­thing, he found a way to do so. No ex­cuses.

Dedig was ex­tremely pas­sion­ate in any­thing he did. He was never driven by money but fu­eled by a pas­sion that I be­lieve is what pro­vided him with an in­trin­sic drive that kept him go­ing.

My dear read­ers, the rea­son I am shar­ing these spe­cific qual­i­ties with you, is be­cause I be­lieve that these qual­i­ties are what make up suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs. Although dedig was some­one who pre­ferred ‘cow­boy’ movies to sci-fi and tech­nol­ogy, I hope these lessons of life that I’ve learnt from him, would help you too.

Thank you for al­low­ing me to share this with you. <3

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