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Mogamad Salie, the author of his self-published book. image supplied.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Mogamad Salie’s life journey took him on diverse soul purpose-driven pathways, working as an electrical engineer both in South Africa and Switzerland. In the year 2016 he returned to his homeland with his wife and three daughters.

His life journey is accentuated in teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Mixed Martial Arts) , and tutoring mathematics and writing, having self-published “Chicken Legs” – a memoir of the first 18 years of his life, after being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in his forties

Meet CreatePreneur Africa Mogamad Salie ,Writer of the memoir Chicken-Legs, A loner’s way. A journey in the world of autism

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

I am driven by the need to understand and to prove to myself that I did not give up in all that I tried to accomplish.

My passion is to explore body movement and to share this with whoever is willing to learn with me. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, (BJJ) and sprinting are of the methods I use to explore this passion.

Connected to my drive is an acquired interest in writing. I find this is a way to organise and align my thoughts. The world of people has always confused me and to make sense of them I document certain encounters I have with others and events. Recently I have self-published a memoir of the first 18 years of my life

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

As a toddler I was active, and after having a burning accident at four years old, I needed to get my body moving again and show myself and the world, that I can not only walk again but excel at physical activities.

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

It gets me in the moment, that place where, due to enough physical and mental strain, my whole body is working close to its peak. This elates me and the rest of the world and its troubles are gone.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

I was never interested in making money from any of them. I just wanted to achieve my goals.

When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

In 2009 after achieving a black belt in BJJ, my coach asked me to teach a few classes to beginners. 2 years later I started a smaller club close to my home to teach my children and a few others also joined and I started to get paid for it.

The memoir I wrote has recently started to make back some of the costs for editing and producing the book. The hope to soon make a profit from it is growing, since I have received encouraging reviews from unknown people on various continents.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

There might be nothing else, so all I have is this moment and in this moment I need to understand my surroundings and know I tried enough to succeed, so this always keeps me going.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

There is always more to understand and ways to improve. While alive I can try to reach them. The fact is, we don’t know what tomorrow brings, hence it could bring that place of hope and joy I wish to abide in. Hence, it is rational never to give up and work for it now in the present.

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

Actually it was never about the others to me, however it was at times others and human systems that have slowed my progress. Thank you for making it more interesting and giving me more drive.

What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?

Whoever looks up to me, please realise, it is not about me, it’s about you.

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