I like the name! And I call this obsession…
Except when I was a kid some called me “Wyle coyote”, “Whale”, “Y.L.” and other miscellaneous nicknames or mispronunciations.
When you say the name Wael to an English speaker, they don’t really hear what you are saying. Their ear does not recognize the hamza or the soft consonant at the end. Half the time they think I am saying, “What” and they repeat their question.
But there was at least one sahabi with this name, and it also has an interesting meaning. It is a very ancient pre-Islamic Arabic name, coming from the heart of the Arabian peninsula, and meaning protector or rescuer. Some say that it also means returning for shelter, or seeking shelter.
If you search on Google for “wael” you’ll get:
* an internationally renowned Egyptian journalist, blogger and human rights activist named Wael Abbas.
* a Syrian actor named Wael Sharaf.
* a famous Lebanese singer named Wael Kfoury.
* and others including web developers, scientists, a Palestinian translator, an art gallery owner… and some strange guy who started a website called Zawaj.com, writes about Islamic subjects and does martial arts… ha ha.
Investing in an entrepreneur is a lot like
falling in love. At fi rst, we just see the best;
only later do flaws and failings become
apparent. No one’s perfect, of course. But
sometimes our partners’ weaknesses in
combination with our own constitute a
It would be disingenuous to say I have
no regrets. This failure was dearly bought.
It was a severe blow to both my ego and my
bottom line. But the lessons I learned about
setting boundaries and establishing rules of
engagement were invaluable. I now invest
more eff ectively in stocks and start-ups, as
well as in people and their dreams.
Failure was worth every cent.
HBR Reprint R1104J
April 2011 Harvard Business Review 115