Rabbi Moshe Rabin is Founder and Executive Director of The Rohr Bais Chaya Academy, a nonprofit girls high school in South Florida.
Where did the idea for The Rohr Bais Chaya Academy come from?
I was Director of Development at a day school that had a large 8th grade. The Dean asked me if I would take on the responsibilities of implementing and running a high school.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I pray every morning for 50 minutes, study some Hasidic Discourse and then go to work. I review emails, meet with faculty and communicate with stakeholders at the school. Productivity is achieved by remaining busy, focused on the task at hand and being able to delegate. I go to evening prayers and visit the gym 4-5 times per week.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I try and set an example by articulating and living them.
What’s one trend that excites you?
The possibility of faster air travel.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Out of the box ideas and willingness to take risk to implement them.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Trust your instincts and remember success comes from G-d. all we can do is make the vessels to receive His blessings.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
That interest rates won’t be below 4% for the next twenty years.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Pray and remember if you fail to try, you will most certainly fail.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
The willingness to envision the end product and continue forward despite all the obstacles. If you really believe in your idea, grab it with both hands, seek out support and assistance, but never give up until you succeed.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Not being able to delegate and trust my employee to get the job done themselves. It is still difficult to overcome, but I recognize that empowering them with the responsibility and not micro managing them will make them more successful in their roles.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
Donating $100 to charity. It’s a good deed and investment that you can never loose out from, because it can never be undone.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Whatsapp. It is easy to use, keeps me connected with everyone, is encrypted and makes sending both video, audio and pdf’s easy wherever I am in the world.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Towards a Meaningful Life by Simon Jacobson. It will change your perspective on life.
What is your favorite quote?
The truth hurts. Not the searching for, but the running from…..
- Taking risks and trusting you instincts.
- The deed that can never be undone.
- Prayer and hard work are intertwined.
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