My parents emigrated from Iraq to the United States in 1982, the year I was born. As a child, I dreamt of becoming a professional basketball player—a goal I gave up for my parents’ assertion that the real ticket to success in life is higher education. Unconvinced, I still graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in economics. Underpaid, I attended law school at Arizona State University. Unemployed, I later added an MBA to the list of letters behind my name.
I started my blog as a marketing campaign for my book The Entrepreneur’s Compass: A Roundabout Way of Getting There. The publisher said that I did not have enough likes on Facebook, followers on Twitter and blogging would be an effective tool for book promotion. She was right as I didn’t even have a dedicated Facebook page or Twitter account to begin with!
As a serious writer, I was anti-blogging but decided to give it a shot. While I am still a little off-put by the weight given to social media, I do enjoy sharing the adventures of my travel stories, largely financed by collecting frequent flier miles and travel points. Points play a critical role in my book allowing the reader to gain perspective from travel, an eye-opening experience needed to break free from the cubicle,
The blog is special because it uses points as a springboard for travel, integrates lessons learned from such adventures, while hopefully inspiring you to do the same.
My name is Alexander Bachuwa, JD, MBA, entrepreneur (a work in progress), world explorer, author…and, by default, blogger and I approve this message.