Don’t Be Afraid Of Your Next Bite

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It’s become so obvious to me that experience is the key…

You have to taste the BERRIES. There is such an incredible conversation waiting to happen around breaking outside of your comfort zone and breaking down the boundaries that are holding you backSo many of you have drawn a line in the sand as to what you can and cannot do. But the truth is, you don’t really know. You haven’t tasted the berries. You haven’t had the experience.

So many people in today’s world are shaming social media, and marketing and advertising and everything else. The problem is they have never tried it. I often find that the people who are most against pushing the envelope, are the same ones who would rather sit on the sideline and debate about why it won’t work. None of you have actually done it. So how do you know?

The greatest metaphor I can imagine is about finding a way to taste the fruit. You have to try it to know the truth. Don’t tell me Instagram ads don’t work if you’ve never deployed a single dollar toward a campaign. Don’t tell me you can’t be a blogger if you’ve never written a single post. Don’t tell me you don’t like blueberries if you haven’t tried them yet!!

So many of you are limiting your horizons. It’s just not fair to you or the world. I want this post to be about breaking barriers. About finding what matters and trying something NEWIf you have already drawn a line in the sand as to what you “CAN” and “CAN’T” do.. I think you’ve lost.

You need to try it first. You need to taste the berries. The single best piece of advice I can give to a young person starting out is just to experience as much as you can. Experience being an artist, or a first time entrepreneur, or writing a blog or playing baseball or selling cards. TRY IT. Go out and see the real world. There is so much opportunity for you to find something cool.

You can not limit your experiences or your possibilities. It’s the biggest mistake you can possibly make and it’s the reason I’ve been able to win. I don’t consider myself a person in wine, or a marketer, or a speaker. I’m an entrepreneur and I’m open to change. In 10 years I probably won’t be running VaynerMedia. I’ll be doing something else and starting something new.

Advertising is the blackberry and wine is the blueberry.. I’m looking for the raspberry and the strawberry and the cranberry next. Maybe I’ve never tried the cranberry, and maybe it will be sour to the taste. But until you take the first bite, you are never going to know. It’s the only way to find out. When you’re the first explorer off the ship, you have to taste the berries and hope they’re not poisonous!

You have only one life, don’t be afraid to take your next bite 😉


Showing Kindness to non-Muslims in an Era of Islamophobia

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How do we deal with Islamophobia in this day and age? Let’s read this article to find out.

Prophet Muhammad SAWS said: “All creatures are like a family (dependents) of God: and He loves most those who are kindest to his family.” [1.  Narrated by Anas. Mishkat al-Masabih,3:1392; quoted from Bukhari]

The above hadith teaches Muslims to be kind to non-Muslims because they are Allah’s creation.

The Quran reminds us to be kind to non-Muslims as long as they do not harm us:

Allah does not forbid you respecting those who have not made war against you due to (your) religion, and have not driven you from your homes, that you show them kindness and deal with them justly; surely Allah loves the doers of justice.” (Quran, 60:8)

Learn from each other

The Quran teaches that AllahSWT created different groups of people so that they can learn about one another:

“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes so that you may know one another…”(Quran 49:13)

Terrorism has no place in Islam

Terrorism is totally against the teachings of Islam. To kill an innocent person is like killing all of humanity:

…If anyone killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or for corruption (done) in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind… (Quran, 5:32)

Self defense

Quran teaches that fighting is only done in self-defence and must stop if the enemy desires peace:

“Fight in the Way of God against those who fight you, but do not go beyond the limits. God does not love those who go beyond the limits.” (Quran 2:190)

…But if they cease, then let there be no hostility except against those who practice oppression.” (Quran 2:193)

“But if the enemy inclines towards peace, you (also) incline towards peace, and trust in Allah… Even if they intend to deceive you, remember that God is sufficient for you…” (Quran 8:61-62)

If fighting must occur for self defense, prisoners of war should be treated with kindness.

About captives of war, the Prophet said, “They are your brothers! Offer them what you eat and drink!” 1

After the Battle of Badr, prisoners of war were brought. Among them was al-Abbas. He did not have a shirt on, so the Prophet looked for a shirt for him. It turned out that a shirt of Abdullah bin Ubayy was the right size, so the Prophet gave it to al-Abbas to wear and compensated Abdullah with his own shirt. [3.  Bukhari]

Free will

The Quran states that all people have the right to choose their religion and that it is God’s will that people have different religions.

Islamic Scholar Muhammad Abdel Haleem writes: “Nowhere in the Quran is changing people’s religion given as a cause for waging war. The Qur’an gives a clear instruction that there is no compulsion in religion (Quran 2:256). It states that people will remain different (Quran 11:118), they will always have different religions and ways and this is an unalterable fact (Quran 5:48) – God tells the Prophet that most people will not believe “even if you are eager that they should” (Quran 12:103).” 2


Islamophobia is prejudice and discrimination towards Muslims due to their religion. The above hadith encourages kindness as a means to please God. Therefore, kindness is the primary solution for Islamophobia. The Quran states:

“Good and Evil deeds are not alike. Repel evil with good, and he who is your enemy will become your dearest friend.” (Quran 41:34)

Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid reminds us how the Prophet SAWS responded to ill treatment:

“Remember the Prophet. The Prophet was subject to horrible insults and hate crimes in his lifetime. He remained steadfast, patient and tolerant in the face of this Islamophobia. We must model this same behavior.” 3

Imam Mujahid recommends kindness to neighbors as a solution:

Instead of a term of distance like “Non-Muslims” use a term of relationship like “neighbors” when referring to our neighbors. The Prophet said, “Jibril kept recommending treating neighbors with kindness until I thought he would assign a share of inheritance to the neighbors.” (Bukhari and Muslim). Given this level of familiarity and closeness we should have with our neighbors, it is amazing the way we keep ignoring them, especially in neighborhoods with large, vibrant mosques and Islamic centers.” 4