entrepreneur mag profile

Profile in Entrepreneur Magazine

Oct 5, 2023

I recently had the privilege, along with my brother Charbel, of sharing our story with Entrepreneur.com, and I must admit, it was a deeply reflective experience for me. I’ve often been reticent about discussing my past, but this profile is the first time I’ve delved into it comprehensively. You can read the full article here.

Growing up in a housing commission, life was far from easy. The challenges we faced were not just physical, but also emotional and mental. The environment was tough, and every day was a lesson in resilience, determination, and hope. But it was this very upbringing that laid the foundation for the person I am today. It taught me the value of hard work, the importance of perseverance, and the belief that no matter where you come from, you can achieve greatness.

The article delves into the early days, where the odds seemed stacked against me. But as many of you know, adversity often breeds innovation. It was during these trying times that I discovered my passion for real estate and the potential it held. I realized that housing wasn’t just about bricks and mortar; it was about creating a sense of belonging, a place where dreams could take root and flourish.

My journey from the housing commission to becoming a housing champion wasn’t linear. There were numerous setbacks, countless sleepless nights, and moments of self-doubt. But with every challenge, I learned a new lesson. I learned the importance of surrounding oneself with the right people, of believing in one’s vision even when others don’t, and of never giving up, no matter how insurmountable the obstacles might seem.

One of the pivotal moments in my journey was the establishment of my own company. It was a leap of faith, a step into the unknown. But it was also a testament to the belief I had in myself and the vision I held for the future. The company’s growth and success are not just my achievements; they are a reflection of the collective efforts of a dedicated team, supportive partners, and loyal customers.

The article also touches upon the mentors and role models who played a crucial role in my journey. Their guidance, wisdom, and unwavering support were instrumental in shaping my path. To them, I owe a debt of gratitude. They taught me that success is not just about financial gains; it’s about making a difference, about leaving a legacy, and about uplifting others along the way.

Looking back, I realize that my story is not just about my brother and I. It’s about every individual who has faced adversity, every dreamer who has been told they can’t, and every entrepreneur who has dared to challenge the status quo. It’s a testament to the fact that with determination, passion, and the right support, anything is possible.

I hope my story serves as an inspiration to all those who read it. No matter where you come from, no matter the challenges you face, always believe in yourself and your dreams. And remember, every setback is a setup for a comeback.

To all my readers, thank you for being a part of my journey. Your support, encouragement, and belief in me have been the driving forces behind my success. As I continue on this path, I hope to inspire, uplift, and make a difference in the lives of many more.

Until next time, keep dreaming, keep believing, and keep pushing the boundaries.

Warm regards, Elie Douna