“You are much stronger than you think.”
For those who love and enjoy what they do, hard work becomes a joy. For those who believe in themselves, obstacles become stepping stones. For those confident in their plans, success becomes an afterthought. ‘Be honest with yourself and others, this is a major component for success’, shares Maher Ghadhanfar, the Managing Director at the International Business Centre Co. (IBC). ‘In general, I don’t believe in dreams or miracles. I have always believed in working hard with a clear mind in order to achieve something I want’.
And work hard he has. Ghadhanfar and his business partner established IBC in 1988 and the company has grown steadily. Indeed, nothing motivates Ghadhanfar more than the thought of a bigger and better IBC. ‘I strongly believe in developing IBC and look forward to its growth every year’. To this day, IBC is not only a key player in international trading, but also a brand that boasts over 4,000 office and school supply products under their name. To stay in business nearly 30 years, and to create a trusted brand of high-quality products that keep up with market trends has ‘required a lot of hard work and dedication’, says Ghadhanfar. ‘I appreciate Kuwait as a country as well as its people who give opportunities for growth and success’.
Ghadanfar always had the goal to start his own business. He earned an Agricultural Engineering degree and then started his career as a ‘normal salesman’ to learn the market before becoming a sales manager, and finally, establishing his own business shortly after. His success seems so straightforward and simple, but he’ll tell you honestly, ‘You were born to win, but to be a winner you must still plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win’.
For Ghadhanfar, success has been one part belief in himself and the other part support from family. Ambitious and confident, Ghadhanfar’s patient determination has taken him far but he always credits the support of his parents for raising him to be disciplined and confident; also his wonderful wife and children as well as his business partner for always supporting him. Though accustomed to big city commotion, Ghadanfar prefers the quiet beauty of nature in mountains or along a tropical shore to clear his mind and revitalize his spirits. He loves music of all kinds from classical to blues and jazz because he believes music isn’t just about listening, it’s about feeling. And perhaps, in a similar vein, that is also why he’s such a role model in the business world, because success isn’t just about making money, it’s about loving what you do. Ghadhanfar feels honored to be recognized as a CP Inspiring Man and sincerely hopes that he ‘can be an inspiration to young entrepreneurs and people who want to start their own businesses’.