Hootan is an industry-leading pharmacist and inventor based out of Los Angeles, California. While he takes great pride in his role as a medical professional, Hootan is also an avid inventor, and enjoys developing innovative lifestyle products. As the founder of several top brands currently on the market, he is committed to helping individuals improve their quality of life. Despite his busy schedule, Hootan is also an active member of his local community and volunteers with several prominent organizations.
How have you achieved success?
Despite having a highly rewarding career in pharmaceuticals, I was always enticed by the business landscape. After I obtained my pharmacy license, I began working for my mother’s pharmacy. I was responsible for a wide range of tasks such as paying vendors, accounting, and various financial aspects of the company. I realized I had a knack for business, so I eventually found a way to merge these two career paths.
What obstacles have you overcome in the process?
I think that it is vital to maintain a high degree of confidence in your skill set and professional abilities. Self-worth is something that I still struggle with to this day. It is easy to doubt yourself as an entrepreneur. With a highly competitive landscape, there is always so much riding on every decision that you make. In order to be successful you need to believe in yourself and your abilities.
What drives you to succeed?
I take pride in developing innovative lifestyle products for consumers. I want to be able to help make lives better, which is why I am able to first develop products and then market them to the general public with my entrepreneurial experience. I value innovation, so I am always looking for ways in which I can benefit others.
How has your definition of success changed over the years?
I used to think that success was about being the best in my industry/field. Now, I realize success is also about being the best version of yourself. The business world is highly competitive, and I have both good days and bad days. However, it is how I chose to handle those challenges moving forward that define my overall success.
What has success meant to you?
Success to me is being able to have a positive impact on the lives of others. I consider myself very fortunate to work alongside a dedicated team of professionals who all value the work that we do on a daily basis.
Do you have advice for others on how to be successful?
My advice would be to work smarter not harder. While it seems like a very straightforward concept, it can be really hard to delegate responsibilities to others, especially when running your own business. The most important thing is to surround yourself with the right people, people that will make your job easier, not harder. It is also important to set boundaries for yourself. Take the time to decompress and look after both your physical and mental health.
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