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Oct 5, 2021

How can you tap into your own most significant source of power, your state of mind? 

Hussein Al-Baiaty is a business owner and graduate of Portland State University's School of Architecture. In 2016, he launched Refutees, creating graphic tees that expand awareness while donating much-needed items to local and international refugees. Hussein volunteers his time at many events and causes throughout the year, including serving on the Oregon Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs. In 2018, he received the Immigrant of the Year award.

In 2021, Hussein launched The Resilience Club to provide artists and creatives the coaching and accountability they need to excel. He also hosts The Art of Resilience Podcast, uncovering layers of resilience through stories of refugees, immigrants, artists, and community leaders.

In this episode, Hussein tells his powerful life story. He talks about his father's art and how his mother tended for his brothers and sisters. He communicates very vivid stories and messages from his childhood that are profoundly moving. This was a beautiful conversation around Hussein's ability to overcome and his ability to be resilient in times of immense pain. Tune in as we chat about the themes in Hussein's book, The Art of Resilience.

In this Episode You’ll Learn: 

  • All about today’s guest, Hussein Al-Baiaty [ 0:45 ]
  • What life was like for Hussein as a child [ 7:10 ]
  • How Hussein has worked on mastering resiliency [ 10:20 ]
  • The connection between art and learning to cope [ 21:20 ]
  • What it’s like to learn an entirely new culture [ 33:00 ]
  • How Hussein found his way to thrive again [ 35:20 ]
  • The importance of humility and gratitude on our journey [ 40:40 ]
  • It’s time to stop asking why and just serve others [ 48:15 ]


Soul Shifting Quotes: 

  • “It wasn't until I started adapting that I realized that I don't need to function like I'm surviving.”
  • “I can function like I’m thriving.”
  • “What's the meaning of life? The fact that I have one.”
  • “I made the culture around me.”
  • “Create art that connects us.”
  • “Don't label them as refugees; they're human beings.”

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