One big lesson I learned is that we have to conquer ourselves first. First, we conquer ourselves, and then we can create beauty.
If there were one word to describe Tania Damha, it would be “curious.” She is curious about people, nature and technology. She took the corporate ladder route and found out—luckily, in time—that it was not the life she wanted to live. She became an entrepreneur because she loves to create things. Entrepreneurship provides her with the perfect platform to utilize her natural skills and talents. She is also a poet, blogger, foodie and actress. Everyday she creates inspirational quotes and shares them with her readers.
What are you working on right now?
I am working on Magatania, a lifestyle brand. It is a brand for curious and adventurous people. I am starting with gourmet food and will expand to fashion and other interests as I move forward. My first food item is a hot sauce that I created. I believe that life would be hell without a great hot sauce. I recently put my hot sauce project on Kickstarter. (Here is the link if you want to check it out: http://kck.st/QpAUE9.)
Where did the idea for Magatania come from?
I am a foodie. Big time. I wanted to create something that would compliment our increased love for ethnic foods from other cultures.
I lived in Africa, Europe and now in the United States. I feel that my background serves me well in creating unique multicultural foods. I ended up making a hot sauce after I tried several other things, which provided learning experiences. I tried cookies, yogurt, candy and snacks. I figured that I needed to make something that was shelf-stable, that wouldn’t go to waste after a few days and that could be made in bigger batches.
What does your typical day look like?
I get up and read. Then I start answering email and reach out to other people. I believe in being proactive. Then I will think about Magatania and write down steps to take so I can build my brand. After all this is done, I work on my blog. I love expressing my thoughts and hope to inspire other people to find their greatness.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I read, I think and then I do.
What’s one trend that really excites you?
The trend of doing.
I am thrilled to live in an era where we can take our futures in our own hands. A plethora of exciting platforms are out there. Entrepreneurs and doers can manifest their own dreams. Technology has allowed everybody with a computer to build up his or her dreams. We did not have this 10 years ago. We were more reliant on an employer, but now we are becoming our own. This will create more freedom and empower us all.
What was the worst job you ever had, and what did you learn from it?
Never had that one “worst job.” I love working and I am grateful for every job opportunity I had in my life. Some jobs were better than others, but c’est la vie.
If you were to start again, what would you do differently?
Nothing—the place I am at now came to me because of all the steps I took before. I am grateful to be where I am. The lessons in our paths can sometimes be hard, especially for such a stubborn person like me, but I am at peace with the present and all the lessons I received.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Write down some crazy goals, and then go do them. After you have done them, you’ll see that it wasn’t difficult, unreachable or too ambitious. It was resistance, and resistance is like dead meat; it doesn’t move.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I wish it was just one! (Laughs.) So many, but the most important thing is to be resourceful. Learn from your mistakes. Find out what can be done differently this time and then go do it.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Start a dating agency for seniors. In 2030, one in five people in the U.S.A. will be a senior. Not only do you tap into a huge growth market because of all the demographical changes, but you also help seniors to find love.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be and how would you go about it?
I would provide clean water for everybody who has a water shortage. Water is the mother of life. Clean and accessible water should be a birthright to everybody. Unfortunately, that is not the case. I want to support systems and individuals who would come up with a more efficient way of water usage in our production processes. For instance, there is a lot of waste in agriculture now. A more efficient use would decrease water waste and help our planet.
Tell us a secret.
I am still 13 years old.
What are your three favorite online tools or resources, and what do you love about them?
What is a book that you recommend our community should read and why?
One book only? That is a difficult question. I love books and read lots of them, but I think what is more important than what books we read are the books we keep re-reading. It is a fundamental question that we should answer. Why do we keep re-reading certain books and not others? So, I will chose the Tao Te Ching from Lao Tzu. I am a lover of philosophy, and this is one of the gems out there.
Three people we should follow on Twitter and why?
@jack from Twitter itself – He started it all and has amazing tweets.
@pranavmistry – Because he is the modern-day Leonardo Da Vinci.
@neurographs – Because every time I have a question or need intelligent feedback, I ask the writer of this blog.
When was the last time you laughed out loud? What caused it?
I laugh every day! It is one of my biggest hobbies and it is the secret to staying young and healthy. Laughing is the most honest and spontaneous reaction we can produce, so I will keep laughing out loud for a long time.
Who is your hero?
Nikola Tesla. He gave humanity so many gifts because of all of his inventions. He never did it for money. He died poor. He was strong, a fighter and lived his life with purpose. It is very rare to find somebody with all these qualities, so that is why he is my hero.
How does your business create meaning and help and benefit others?
One big lesson I learned is that we have to conquer ourselves first. First, we conquer ourselves, and then we can create beauty. This beauty should then be shared with others. I am dedicated to helping others through my business endeavors. I want to create jobs and provide unforgettable experiences through my creations.