Five Bullet Friday: Dora Al Saadi

Welcome back to 5 Bullet Friday! This bi-monthly post gives you insight into what the people of Conjura are loving, using, reading, watching, thinking about that week. Do go back and check out our previous 5BFs with:

This week’s 5BF introduces Data Analyst Dora Al Saadi!

What I’m listening to:

I am obsessed with Elizabeth Day’s podcast, How To Fail, where she interviews a number of successful people on their struggles. This podcast is so relatable and I think people don’t talk enough about failures and forget that no success story comes without a few hurdles…

Quote I’m pondering:

“If you don’t know how to do something, say yes and learn how to do it later.” – Richard Branson

I first heard this quote whilst in university and think this applies to all aspects of life. Working as an analyst, the solution is never spelled out to you but you always manage to “figure it out”. In my personal life I have gone into a new venture head first, scared of how I will do my tax returns but always with the mindset that “it will all work out” (still haven’t figured out my taxes though).

What I’m learning about:

I am currently learning different marketing techniques to grow my business. This includes using compelling hooks for copy writing, finding long tail keywords for my SEO and giving value through educational posts on social media. In fact, I have recently stepped out of my comfort zone and hopped on TikTok trends to do just that.

To my surprise, after only 3 days of posting 3+ videos a day the algorithm seemed to be in my favour and just like that I had over 500k views on one of my videos – I went viral!! I guess the key takeaway here is to do the things that make you uncomfortable because this is how you will grow as a person (and in this case also as a business).

What I’m watching:

I recently watched 14 Peaks on Netlfix which follows Nimsdai (Nim) on his mission to summit the top 14 highest mountains, breaking record time. He was told his mission was impossible, motivating him to call it Project Possible. Being Nepalese himself, Nim also shines a spotlight on the hard work of the sherpas who helped him achieve his goal.

I found this documentary so inspiring and honestly made me appreciate the beauty of our world – but also how unstoppable mankind can be. If you set your mind to something and manifest your future then you will find a way to make it happen (can you spot a trend from my previous bullet). This has certainly been my experience after manifesting my childhood dream of moving to London to attend University.

What I’m cooking:

Growing up in a Middle Eastern house, I love the cuisine but always find the recipes a bit too complex with spices hard to find in my local supermarket. I love eating good food but I am a pretty lazy chef and need some inspiration to get me cooking in the kitchen. I was recently gifted Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi and absolutely love his uncomplicated Mediterranean recipes. My current favourite is the lamb pistachio patties with sumac yoghurt paired with the baked mint rice with pomegranate and olive salsa.