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Getting to know Sajid Issa
20 August 2020
From superpowers and time travel to the perfect day and favourite songs, get to know more about Sajid now, as we play ’21 questions’…
1. In 40 words or less, describe your role at Fortus
Supporting a wide range of SME’s and ensuring they have the latest technology and systems in place so they’re working efficiently but, also to help meet deadlines, control their business growth and deliver high-quality accounts.
2. Which Fortus value resonates most with you and why?
Strength and Courage – Courage is the strength that really energises me, keeps me out of my comfort zone, and allows me to work through fear and discomfort in whatever situation I’m in.
3. What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Has to be my phone, from the moment I wake up my hands reach for the phone behind the pillow, it’s my connection to the outside world.
4. What’s on your playlist right now?
Lucenzo & Don Omar – Danza Kuduro – been on my playlist for 7 years!
5. What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
Live coverage on NASA TV seeing SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2(DM-2), Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley return to Earth after spending two months in space. The splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico was spectacular. It’s thrilling to know what’s happening in the universe, galaxies stars and planetary systems.
6. Best book you’ve ever read?
The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis – they’re such wonderful stories. I first read ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ when I was 7 years old.
7. If you could time warp yourself to any point in history when would it be, who would you hang out with?
Going 30 years into the future would be interesting. The world might be totally different, but I’d quickly be caught up to speed. There’d be a lot to learn from the past three decades but, I’d easily connect the dots and find my connections.
8. What superpower would you want and why?
I’d only ever want one superpower, and that’s to make the world free from crime and all the things that can disturb the Earth’s peace and calm environment. In this position I’d be able to help the police investigate crime, but also reach places where crime is occurring, I’d have to be able to fly to use my superpowers and help people in need.
9. What’s your biggest inspiration?
The biggest inspiration I’d say is myself and all the challenges that come my way. Challenges, much more than anything else really keep me up no matter how hard they can sometimes get, and certainly, challenges give me hope and inspires me to do better.
10. What’s on your bucket list?
Go on an African wildlife safari.
11. If you could live in a foreign country, where would it be?
South-East Asia, most preferably Malaysia. English is the unofficial first language which makes it much easier to get settled and get around. Another plus is houses are a fraction of what you’d pay in the UK! It’s also a great base for exploring the rest of Asia – Bali, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.
12. Describe your perfect day?
Waking up at 6am and enjoying the sunrise in a beautiful place with the family, preferably in the middle of some amazing mountains. Hearing the birds singing, sounds of a big waterfall and breathing fresh air. After approx. 1.5hr of my daily run, coming back and eating a healthy breakfast with all kinds of fruit, mango, watermelon, passionfruit and all the exotic fruits you could think of. Maybe a smoothie to get an energy boost after exercising.
After breakfast, sitting outside near the waterfall I’d go through my to-do list for the day. I’d respond to a few emails and have some coaching calls with other team members. I’d also start to think of everything I’ve accomplished, not only for myself but for other people. There’s no better feeling than helping other people achieve their dreams and aspirations in life.
At 2pm, I’d like to watch an action-adventure movie with the family followed by some fun video games or basketball, football or even some time spent in the swimming pool.
At about 6pm, I’m getting ready for the night and have dinner at a nice Turkish restaurant, followed by a walk on the beach until we head back home at 9pm.
This is my perfect day!