Sherief Abu-Moustafa has been a leading voice for quality substance abuse and mental health care in the South Florida community, both on a national stage.
In 2002, Sherief Moustafa founded FHE Health to help more Americans access effective treatment while achieving long-term recovery. Since then thousands have found hope at his facility through their dedicated staff’s efforts towards providing them with excellent services that will provide you all that you’re looking forward to: A new life free from drugs or alcohol—filled only by love for oneself and family.
Where did the idea for FHE Health come from?
As a Philanthropist, I have always felt it is my duty to help others above myself, but it wasn’t until my time at Harvard Teaching Hospital, where I served in a supervisory role, that I really felt the pull to start something that would make a difference. At FHE Health I feel like I can do that. Every day we change the lives of those who struggle with addiction and behavioral related illnesses.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
My day starts when the sun rises. I believe all success comes from taking charge of the day as soon as you can, so after my well-balanced breakfast I head to the office to direct the morning meeting.
How do you bring ideas to life?
It’s not hard to breathe life into your ideas when you are passionate about something. I have passion for what I do. Every day FHE helps someone come that much closer to claiming victory over the battle in their mind. How can breathing life into your ideas not be easy when it is something so rewarding that you just want to work on it constantly?
What’s one trend that excites you?
Virtual Mental Wellness Visits. Not everyone can get out of bed in the morning to go to the doctor, because taking care of oneself is something that those with behavioral and mental disorders sometimes have trouble achieving. These types of virtual visits are revolutionizing how we bring care to our patients and it is something that I am an avid fan of.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Every morning with my coffee I take at least 15 minutes to mentally prepare myself for the day. The quiet helps me to charge and feel renewed.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Never stop. There are always tough days. If I gave in to the tough days, FHE would never be what it is today.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
Your employees make or break your business. If you don’t intend to treat them like family, with respect and kindness, your business will not survive. I am thankful for my FHE family, without them FHE would not be what it is today.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Set small, achievable goals for yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but little by little your business will grow. You just have to set goals and put the effort in to achieve the bigger ones.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
I found my passion for high-quality behavioral healthcare both accessible and affordable and I applied all of my experience in real estate development and entrepreneurship to make it happen. I have dedicated my life to improving the lives of others in any way possible, and because of that FHE has reaped the rewards.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Start With Why by Simon Sinek. Getting yourself in the right mindset will change the way you live your life. You can go from being a follower to being a leader, all by changing the way you think and act.
What is your favorite quote?
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” by the great Aesop.
- Set achievable goals for yourself.
- Strive every day to work hard for your dreams and never give up.
- Give something back to the world.
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.