Karim grew up in Kenya, moving to Canada at age 17. After achieving lots of professional success in his 20s and 30s, Karim hit his 40s not wanting to get out of bed most days! His health was in terrible shape: he could not even walk to the end of his driveway. His relationships with his spouse and children had become very strained. His spirituality was completely disconnected. The family business was sinking fast, a result of the dot-com bust when many of their clients disappeared.
One bitterly cold February morning, Karim went for a short walk. He thought hard. Why had he been so successful in his professional life, but now felt like a complete failure? What had he learned from successfully managing millions of dollars of large, complex architectural projects...and could these lessons be applied to his personal life? Then it struck him! He had a proven formula for success professionally. Quite simply, he could develop a compelling vision, set clear goals, implement highly organized systems, and hold regular reviews. He had a knack for creating something from nothing. He wondered: could he apply this simple system to his personal life? Would it make him once again cherish life, instead of wanting to end it? Karim went about applying this simple system. The results were magical! He climbed a mountain. He lost -- and kept off -- lots of weight. He became very close to and regained the love of his family. He rediscovered his spirituality. He re-oriented the family business towards a strong social purpose, and business grew substantially! So Karim started sharing his newfound principles of success with others. They started seeing success! That caused him to think about what he really wanted in life. He decided that helping people transform their lives like his had been transformed would become his life's purpose. So he set a goal to help 5 million people transform their lives in the next 20 years. As a first step, he decided to write Keep Any Promise: a blueprint for designing your future. He was determined to create a path to help lots of people recognize the value of their lives.