Turn your Weakness into Strength – An Inspirational Story By Shah Peerally


My father once told me: “People can take everything from you, but your knowledge and education will permanently remain yours.”   Today I know, he was right!


When I went back to school after abandoning my education for years, I wasn’t really sure whether it was a good idea.  I knew it would mean hard work and wondered whether it really worth it.  But today I know for sure, that it was!

My name is Shah Peerally and I am a lawyer. I am the President of the Shah Peerally Law Group PC (SPLG), a law firm dedicated to helping the immigrants finding their path to citizenship and also helping individuals who are in debt to get back on their feet.  Since SPLG was founded, our motto has been ‘Dedication & Compassion’.  The law firm has helped thousands of immigrants including engineers, doctors, therapists, and other professionals obtain their visas or permanent residence in the United States.  The law firm also saved hundreds in getting out of debts through debt settlement and bankruptcy, allowing them a second chance in life.


I come from a very modest background. It was not easy for me to sustain myself through Law School, I had to work my way through the years doing jobs such as kitchen cleaner, car salesman etc, to make ends meet.

Despite all these odds I made it through law school and passed the bar exam.  My law degree proved to be not only a ticket to a better life, but it also helped me save others, who could do with my help.

During law school I saw many of my classmates becoming desperate. Law school can be demanding, especially the preparation for the bar exam.  My challenge was multiplied because I went to a very small law school, and also because I happened to be a Muslim immigrant.  I remember many of my immigrant friends jokingly remind me that I was an immigrant and did not fit the profile of the ‘typical’ lawyer. After all, a minority student, who was also poor hardly, had any future prospects. At that time, overcoming my weaknesses seemed a huge battle. However, it did not take me long to realize that I was looking at the situation from the wrong perspective.


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 Like many other students I had the dream of a great future but the fear of never achieving the dream frightened me.

This made me, look at different options, of making the best use of my legal education.  The answer came to me one day while reading an old book.  I don’t remember the title of the book, but I remember it was based on ‘how to be successful’.  One chapter in the book, caught my attention, it said: “How to turn your Weakness into Strength”.

Reading the chapter made me re-think my weaknesses- The fact that I was a minority, a Muslim, a poor immigrant, with not too great English nor belonging to a big law school, actually made me the ideal candidate to serve the immigrants, Muslims and other such less fortunate people, like me. This way, I had effectively, turned my weakness, into my strength! I volunteered to do free legal clinics, doing speeches in temples, mosques, and churches. Soon I saw that the community loved my activism and my devotion.  Ultimately when I opened my own office, they supported me.


Today I am proud to have my own law firm with a great team, doing a lot of good work in helping people, an amazing radio show and a production company that makes socially sensitive films. Now I can do what I want to – helping others, while making a very decent living too.

The lesson to be learnt from my story is: Never think of yourself as weak. If you have good education and the right intentions your weakness can actually be turned into your strength.

Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV. Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee.  He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques.


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