“The only time you really fail is when you give up!”

Asif Mohammad is CEO of MCA international and a fellow of the ACCA. He is a serial entrepreneur and has started over 17 businesses – not all of them successful, but all came with a learning experience.

He studied accountancy at Kaplan in the UK, and top tutor Neil da Costa recently sat down talked to him about his journey as part of Kaplan’s #failfast campaign.

Mohammad stressed that the only time you really fail is when you give up! We quickly discover on day 3 of coming to the UK from Pakistan to study as a 17-year-old all his belonging were stolen, along with £2,000 of savings. All he had left was the £38 he had in his pocket and the clothes he was wearing. After sitting down quietly for 20 minutes he decided he was going to try to make it work, in what was an unknown country. It was a tough journey that included sleeping rough and sleeping on buses all the while still studying for his accountancy qualification.

He admits the loneliness was tough, as he couldn’t tell his family back home.

The free YouTube interview is PQ magazine’s TOP PICK this month, and you can watch it at: https://youtu.be/pdXb3khqu1w .