Best job in the world
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Melbourne-based adviser, Mustafa Mohammed is the living embodiment of this Confucian philosophy. After arriving in Australia from the bustling city of Hyderabad in India, Mustafa has been on the fast-track to success.
A financial adviser for the past 3 years, Mustafa was inspired to move into the industry to help people achieve their goals. With a background in the financial markets, his first step was the Horizons Academy.
'I wanted to learn from the best. AMP Horizons in a nutshell, is the 'temple of learning for advisers to carve out a career in financial planning'. It came with challenges and hard work but I gained lots of skills, traits and polish, not to mention immense industry knowledge which is an ongoing learning process,' says Mustafa.
After graduating from the Academy and with immense support from his Horizons' coach, Richard Ates and business partnership manager, Julian Place, Mustafa set up his practice, My Wealth Manager a little over 18 months ago. From a modest and humble home office to a plush workspace in the fashionable inner-city suburb of Brunswick, MyWealth Manager has come a long way. Mustafa is very conscious of the contribution his team has made towards achieving this success.
'My team is my extended family and has been instrumental in making my practice a success. The fantastic line-up consists of my wife Mahek as practice manager, Sid as a senior adviser, Zaheer as an adviser, Ilyas and Mangesh in part-time trainee roles and Mouna and Areeba as admin support. We are also in the process of recruiting 2 full-time advisers,' says a proud Mustafa. 'The more the merrier - it helps to have like-minded individuals support the same cause.'
In 2014 Mustafa's work was recognised with the Blue Award. His response is typically humble. 'It was a complete team effort and I give the absolute credit to my team who have been so instrumental in achieving this. It is fantastic for them to be recognised and appreciated.'
Mustafa and his team are now focussed on the future. 'We have always aimed to create awareness and education to help people with their finances. Our attitude and desire to help and grow with people will only develop in the future and we would love to support more Australians in gaining the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their future is in the right hands. As a business we are continually expanding and we have a partnership with an in-house accounting and law practice. Plus we are looking to reach out to everyday Australians in regional areas in the future.'
A devoted family man who loves nothing more than spending time with his friends, it is clear that since he launched MyWealth Manager, Mustafa has - in the true Confucian sense of the word - never worked a day in his life.
'I never dread Mondays. Work for me is a part of life, it is entertaining, satisfying and gives me a great sense of achievement. I have a great passion for the job, a genuine and strong desire to help and educate people, and every day I spend at MyWealth provides me with positivity and focus. I am a lucky man.'