Being an outsider and an outcast can be difficult. Lots of people go through a period of being on the social fringe, especially if you have moved to a foreign country. A country miles apart and entirely different from your homeland!
Remember being ostracized is not your fault. This time in your life, no matter how difficult, will pass and get better eventually. In the meanwhile, it’s totally in your hands to do things that help you cope with social exclusion.
One such thing is community building. Community not only adds meaning to life but also creates stronger connections between you and the world around you.
If you are an outcast, then Dr. Iman Taheri is one such inspiring personality you can surely look up to.
Dr. Iman was born and raised in Iran and currently resides in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the best medical school as the youngest general surgeon in 2014 and has practiced in different fields of medicine globally from volunteering in a drug war zone in the Middle East as a trauma surgeon to cosmetic surgery in Dubai.
When the ongoing pandemic was announced right before he started his independent practice in Dubai, he was in Canada visiting his family. Pandemic, like it was for everyone, was a shock for Dr. Iman as well.
But instead of giving in, Dr. Iman embraced the change that the pandemic brought in his life. He started to share his poetry and supportive short-form videos on social media. And despite the fact that he was not fluent in English and was completely a stranger to western culture, he was able to create a community of like-minded people around his content! All due to his consistency and authenticity.
And his courage and consistency paid off. Over the last 10 months, he has managed to create a community of over 500,000 audiences globally, all-around social media.
Consistency, Dr. Iman believes, is the reason for his success. Not only has he been posting his content every day almost at the same time for the last 10 months, but he also combined his knowledge of supportive psychotherapy and his passion for poetry, acting, music, and sign language to support his audience in all aspects of health.
Iman Taheri strongly believes that community is a strong catalyst for a meaningful life. Therefore, he listens to his audience to improve as he believes in creating community authentically and genuinely and making friends instead of having fans.
Having others to share our highs and lows gives a stronger sense of purpose and acceptance. When we’re going through difficult times, it’s of the utmost importance to hold on to a community.
Dr. Iman is living proof that sometimes all we need is a little validation, encouragement, and advice in order to flourish and be the best of ourselves.