I Am Charbel Bourjas
I Am Charbel Bourjas
DECEMBER 1ST, 1996
How would you describe yourself in 60 words?
I am passionate about creating functional and intuitive products that people use everyday. Products could range from mobile apps to websites, but also, physical spaces. I am intrigued by how people use products and spaces as tools, and my work really lies where tech and physical space intersect.
What do people not realize about you until they’ve known you for a while?
I really like people. I think each person has an incredibly interesting story to tell, and it takes effort to truly get to know someone. But once you do, you open a door to a wonderful future filled with possibility and opportunity.
What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
An absurd thing I love is watching Youtube videos on how people set up their workflows. I think it’s absolutely absurd since workflows are incredibly personalized and don’t usually work universally, but it’s so cool seeing people try to explain how their brain works.
What new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
The one-year rule has been instrumental in everything I now do. I wish I started following this a long time ago. Basically, it goes, in one year, what’s one thing that you wish you started a year ago. Doing something big is daunting, especially when it takes time and dedication. Progress doesn’t seem to move fast enough, and you get demotivated. However, investing in something a bit each day compounds, and after a year, you are so far ahead than you were a year ago.
Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
— Anais Nin
What is the book you’ve given most as a gift, and why?
“Atomic Habits” by James Clear. I have given this book as a gift multiple times. Clear lays out what it takes to create and keep a habit. He presents it as a science, and it changed how my brain works.
What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life?
My Diamondback Hybrid bike. Living in the city, I use it to get around everywhere. It has cut down time waste, and it has made me enjoy the city much more.
What about the Junto excites you most?
Whether you’re moving to a new city, recently graduated university, or starting a new job, a community is so important to have. What excites me about the Junto is having a community of people from a wide range of backgrounds working together to help one another build things. It’s easy to get stuck in whatever you are doing. Having a community of leaders makes it much easier to get motivated.
If any of my answers resonated, I’d love to hear from you. You can shoot me a note here.