Pop Quiz, Monday with Sharifah Hardie

We have a lot of fun at work because we get to be creative. We get to create ideas, stories, projects and just let loose. How hard can it be to make television?

Sharifah Hardie

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Sharifah Hardie

Sharifah Hardie
Photo credit: Sharifah Hardie

What is your job role?

Tell us about your company?
X Roads TV is a content aggregator. We produce content to license to the major networks.

What do you love most about your job?
I love bringing projects to life. I love working with people and being able to live a life that I love.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I get up and go to work every day to motivate others. I want to be a shining example for my children and for entrepreneurs of what is possible after being laid off, after losing everything and after just living life. You take it one day at a time and keep going!

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My coworkers inspire me by keeping me sane. I am known for having these way out ideas that I want to do. I am the creator. My coworkers value my ideas but assist me in bringing those ideas to life in a realistic fashion.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We have a lot of fun at work because we get to be creative. We get to create ideas, stories, projects and just let loose. How hard can it be to make television?

What are some of the challenges of your job?
The biggest challenge is always being able to find funding. It takes a lot of revenue for us to be able to create the projects that we want to create.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
One of my main lessons is never to give up. A project may not turn out the way you expect it to, but don’t give up. Keep trying. Today’s loss may turn into tomorrow’s win.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Don’t be afraid to take risks. You will never win if you never try. Nobody learns how to swim from the side of the pool. You have to jump in, give it your all and don’t be afraid of failing, afraid of losing your job or afraid of success, because success is actually right on the other side of failure.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

Instagram: @sharifahhardie
Facebook: facebook.com/ILikeSharifah

Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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