051: Karim Juade: Kidnapped and Tortured, then Rebuilt Life on $17

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Synopsis:

After successful real estate businesses in Lebanon and Iran, Karim Jaude arrived in Los Angeles in 1979 with $17 in his pocket and not a friend within a thousand miles. By merely being in the wrong place at the wrong time, he lost almost everything … twice. He was kidnapped, tortured and forced to flee the country, but, in an extraordinary display of resilience, he got up and thrived again and again. Jaude’s determination started early in life and pushed him through the rough spots, of which there were many. He recounts his extraordinary journey in this podcast.

Lessons:

  1. There will never be justice in the world but we have the ability to reduce people’s suffering and not add to it.
  2. Adversity teaches you to float over the small hassles in life.
  3. What happens to you doesn’t matter as much as how you react to it.
  4. Help one person every day.