Halimah DeOliveira teamed up with Ameenah Muhammad-Diggins to write “Pray and Grow Rich,” a step-by-step guide for Muslim female entrepreneurs. In the book, Halimah shares her personal journey from poverty to where she is today and how she got there. She shares her secrets to enhancing self-confidence, taking leaps and achieving goals.
R. What is your target audience and what can they gain from your book?
H. I wrote this book for the women who are unsure of where they are going but know that there is more to life than the current way they are living. I wrote this book for them because I was once unsure, too and how I created a lane for myself that also helps other women become the best version of themselves. Within the pages of the book, is the story of how I was able to navigate my own journey, how God and consistent prayer have helped me and many women just like you, past and present, get through it all.
I talk about how entrepreneurship can be the gateway to the empowerment women need to create their place in society. I share 9 principles of success in the book and offer a 15 minute exercise at the end of each chapter that help the reader uncover some of their blocks and create the path forward. Your life can be and look differently if you want it to, if you’re willing to put in the necessary work to achieve the life you desire.
R. You are also a Business Coach, right? What kind of services do you provide and what role does “Pray and Grow Rich” play in that profession?
H. As a business strategist, a foundation in faith and prayer has been key to success for myself and my clients. My goal in writing the book “Pray and Grow Rich” is that women who are aspiring entrepreneurs or veteran entrepreneurs are inspired to transform their mindsets and see that there is something greater available to them if they allow themselves to envision that they can have more. That their faith does not hold them back from taking part in this world. But to the contrary, they can utilize the life of this world for benefit in it and to facilitate the best life in the hereafter.
My book helps women to do the necessary work to shift their mindsets. Once they discover who they are, they learn what they are capable of doing. When they find that confidence, they begin to plan, from that planning comes the inspiration to do and from doing they begin manifesting what they’ve only dreamed about.
In my business, I can teach “skill” (strategy), but I can’t teach “will;” that has to come from the client, my book helps them to make the necessary transformation, to ensure they are prime for the next level utilizing the power of prayer and belief in God and one’s self to achieve their desired success in every area of their lives: faith, family, finances and wellness. I encourage the reader to read and dissect the book “Pray and Grow Rich” for 21 days and apply it to their lives personally and professionally. Much like faith is a way of life so is entrepreneurship and by taking intentional action after we pray, these actions can help facilitate the life we want.
There is a Bonus Chapter: 60 Minute Startup at the end of the book that gives them quick tips on “How to Build A Business for Impact and Profit” and introduces them to my Build Your Biz in 90 Days program that gives them 13 weeks of intentional strategies to build their business.
R. Tell us about yourself, your upbringing and background. How did it shape who you are today?
H. In the first chapter “Rock Bottom,” I talk about how my background, growing up muslim, female and poor in NYC shaped me into the woman I am today; how it led me down different paths in life, both good and bad and the many women who came into my life to bring the necessary lessons I needed to pursue my goals and become the best version of myself. How ultimately faith and my connection to God led me to the continuous success in both my faith and business and how the two are interconnected. The beauty of being alive is that God is continuously refining, molding, shaping and teaching us. We are constantly learning and as we learn we have a responsibility to teach.
R. How can we follow your journey? Where can we get our hands on “Pray and Grow Rich?”
H. You can follow my journey where I’m most active on Instagram @beyouinhd, Clubhouse and you can purchase your autographed copy on my website at www.halimahdeoliveira.com (ships internationally) or amazon.com.