• Ash Faraj: Founder & Host

2.3 Million YouTube Views & 10 Years Later


(Me on Rachael Ray's Show)


More than 10 years ago, when I was 15-years-old (crazy to think about), I was part of a video-production project at my high school (Shorewood High School). We created a unique lip dub video that involved hundreds of people at the school, and was produced backwards, meaning you have to say each word of the song backwards, so when you play it in reverse it looks like it's forward! I remember it took over 6 months to plan & execute the project. I was one of the 'lip-syncers', so I remember putting in countless hours learning how to sing the lyrics backwards. The video went so viral on YouTube that we got invited to be on famous talk-shows like MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, and Rachael Ray.


At the time, I thought, "None of these skills or what we're doing translates to the real world, but oh well this is such a cool project!"


Right now, as I am writing this (not literally but after I write this!), I'm working on building out a video production team at ExecuTalks to support our vision of supporting new professionals navigate their career & connect with today's top executives.


Our team is now producing podcasts & blogs consistently, but it's time for us to build out video. In fact, our first video will feature an interview with OfferUp's CEO & Co-Founder [Nick Huzar] next week!


How crazy is that?! Like, how crazy is it that 10 years ago, I never would've imagined that what I was doing at the time would actually be of value, or would somehow connect or be useful?


Steve Jobs once said "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future."


My message to you is...


Whether you are in school but feeling like it's a waste of time, working at a company but regretting even taking the job in the first place, or even upset that you gave "that person" a chance in a personal relationship and it ended terribly, you must trust that it's all part of a bigger plan that you may not see "why" just yet, and trust that the dots will somehow connect.


With love,

Ash


Link to feature on Rachel Ray: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLAdYZpwVt4&t=1s


Link to 2010 Shorewood Lip Dub: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7TI-AJi2O8


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