We had an opportunity to meet Nadeem Zaman, who is the founder of Azteca Beverages and Former President of Pakistan Society of North Texas(PSNT).
Here are all the answers from a talented and established entrepreneur. His journey is aspiring and will motivate you to pursue your dreams.
What’s passion for you?
My passion is to do something that is my own creation. Being an entrepreneur provides me an opportunity to work independently.
What drives you to thrive?
My family, my daughter… I want to make sure that she sees her father tries the hardest to make a living in an honest and respectable way.
What motivates you to give your best to the given task?
Any task can portray itself as a challenge. This provides a motivation to overcome that challenge, and in doing so a given task is completed.
What triggered your business idea/ what triggered the entrepreneur inside you?
I have been working in the corporate environment for almost 20 years but I always wanted to do something where I can unleash my own ideas. I have been working for a Technology Manufacturer that specialized in designing and building Application Specific Servers. The work was very interesting but I felt that I needed to do something more fulfilling.
About that time, my late wife and I were also transitioning into a ‘healthy lifestyle’. We were looking for more Natural and Organic products to use in our kitchen on daily basis. I happen to meet a very famous dietician who specializes in making supplement from superfoods.
At that time he was working on a supplement for Type 2 Diabetes from Cactus. That’s where I thought of making organic cactus water. It was a long road before we made it to the market, and I had to go through a very steep learning curve but in the end, it worked out.
What’s the most bizarre thing you heard about your product? How did you feel about it?
The most bizarre thing that I heard about my product turned out to be very funny as well. We were at a product trade show last year and an executive from a very large supermarket chain stopped by our booth. He loved the product and the branding.
He was trying to ‘categorize’ our product. That is when he asked for my help and said that I must know how other companies are marketing this product. I replied that no one else makes cactus water.
He then asked that we must have thought of this in comparison to our other products. I told him we do not make any other product. He asked how our previous product performed. I answered that we never made any other product before this. Needless to say, he was shocked and amused by my passion.
He laughingly repeated, “So let me get it straight, you are making a product that no one makes, and you never made any similar product in the past?” We both laughed.
What’s the one opportunity you missed that you regret?
I really do not have any regrets about missing any opportunities. I believe that things happen when they are supposed to happen. Regretting a missed opportunity is not productive. One must look forward and concentrate on the task ahead. Why look back when there is nothing you can do about it?
What’s your greatest struggle right now?
We are experiencing a growth that I did not expect at such an early stage. That is posing production related challenges which must be handled to ensure a steady supply to the customers.
Give one piece of advice (someone starting out)?
My advice to those starting out is that never underestimate the power of imagination. If you have imagined it, have faith you can make it happen.
Your most pivot-able moment?
I believe once I started to think that I must own my own business, the seed was planted. It took another four years before I acted upon it but my mind has been working on it for years.
Quote, that moves you?
Anne Frank once said, “no one has ever become poor by giving”. I believe one can ALWAYS give. It could be a financial help or a simple advice.