Entrepreneur in Focus - Khadija Kalifa

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May 9, 201949m
Entrepreneur in Focus - Khadija Kalifa
May 9 '1949m
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Keeping It Real With Khadija!

As part of the entrepreneurial series, Nick is in conversation with  Khadija Kalifa 

entrepreneur and former contestant on ‘The Apprentice’ 

They discuss the journey Khadija has been on, what it is really like to be an entrepreneur and finding what you love then making it your vision.  

This fascinating podcast is a must for anyone who wants to really know what it’s like if you are ‘keeping it real’ listen in to find out more. 



  • My cleaning business was circumstantial, a necessity due to factors in my life at the time. 
  • From an early age, I knew that if I wanted something I had to work hard for it. 
  • I have a belief system, a mindset that drives me to be successful. It is important to me and I see it as my responsibility to make sure everybody in my family is looked after. 
  • Some people like to have a life of certainty, everything is more or less what you expect it to be until it’s not. Those are the people who try to keep it as level as possible but that’s not realistic. 
  • As an entrepreneur, there are always ups and downs but you have to take control of your future. 
  • We all have the same needs but require the balance between those needs to be different according to our individual characters. 
  • The psychology is important, you need to understand who you are and who you need around you to move your business forward successfully. 
  • You cannot do it on your own you need others around you to take on the other necessary roles within the business. 
  • Since being on ‘The Apprentice I have utilised opportunities for public speaking, networking and podcasts. 
  • It was like a business boot camp. I came out having learnt a huge amount about business and gained confidence in my own abilities. 
  • If I can help others learn from my mistakes then I am able to offer them something positive. 
  • People need to decide on a set of standards. When you start with that you can then retrofit those standards back to your business. If you don’t do that you won’t have the vision in place to move forward. 
  • Your mission to build an empire requires you to have a vision where others are working within it. 
  • If you are doing what you love, doing it becomes your passion. 
  • The empire then becomes part of the clarity, not the destination. 
  • Most people want to help people in the way that they can help. 
  • If you find what you are really special at then everything changes and there is no work anymore. 



‘I’ve always been a hustler’ 

‘You’ve got to have a balance’ 

‘If someone’s being stupid, I tell them they are being stupid’ 

‘The entrepreneurial journey is within everyone but it’s a trigger that is switched in some of us’ 



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My name is Nick Bradley. I’m an entrepreneur, author, speaker and investor.   

My background is in growing and scaling VC and Private Equity backed businesses. Having successfully built, bought and sold a number of companies, and removed myself from day-to-day operations, my focus now is on helping entrepreneurs get to where they want to be, in business and in life. As well as investing in growth businesses and backing turnarounds - with the ultimate aim of creating value from significant capital events. 

I’m passionate about personal and professional development - showing up and being the best version of myself ... every day.   

My bigger vision is to help bring entrepreneurial skills, experience and mindset to people in developing nations - so they can follow their dreams, live life more on their terms - utilising entrepreneurship as a global force for good. 





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