We had the good fortune of connecting with Selim Nurudeen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Selim, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
What gave me the idea to start my business was that I felt that there was a disconnect between the imagination of the business owner and what they received from their designer when it came to their brand identity. I wanted to make sure that whatever was created for the business owner’s brand came from the depths of their imagination. My job as their designer was simply to lend my creativity to help them culminate their dream.
This meant that I would need to bring a level of creativity in my services that met scale as well as time constraints.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been drawing since I was three years old. Everything about the act of having an image in my head and bringing it into reality has allowed me to jump to new levels in design, academics and athletics as well. This was not easy at all. I remember in highschool art class; I was not great at coloring as I was accustomed to black and white pencil drawings. I spent the whole summer of my junior year learning color theory, shadow, and how colors blend. This training allowed me to improve to the point that my artwork was featured at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Student art exhibit the following year!
Another instance is in athletics, where I never made it to the state championships in track and field. This limited me to what Universities too interest in me. Once I committed to a school, I envisioned myself going beyond my past failures and being one of the best athletes in the country. Through hard work and focus, I was not only about to become an All-American in my event, but also a two-time Olympian, competing in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics.
I attribute these success to being able to envision what was in my head and make the intangible, tangible!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is the worst question for me because I’m a homebody and just the thought of planning out an entire weekend gives me anxiety! But I will humor you…
If my best friend was in town, I would take him Kayaking at Wekiva Island. This is a really fun experience and getting to bond with nature is amazing for the spirit! Next we would go to Nick’s Diner which is my favorite breakfast spot. They have these Country omelets with hash browns that are to die for! Following this, we would meet with my creative team to discuss how each us are using our talents to change the world.
Finally, we would go to the Orlando Escape room because nothing ends a weekend like going on a timed adventure using your wits and creating some great laughs!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to shoutout Adrienne and Rob Hunt of Hunts Business Solutions. They have helped speak greatness in my life as a business owner, man and husband. I’m very cerebral and while my mind is my greatest weapon, at times it can be my worst enemy. They helped me cut through that chatter and focus on my mission!
I would also like to shoutout my favorite book, The E-myth revisited by Michael E. Gerber. This book allowed me to examine my business from a bird’s eye view and become my most effective self as an owner.
Hunts Business Solutions, Inc.