Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Samuel Beckett

Dear friend, this is the first and probably the last time I’m writing on this topic. The thing is, so much have been said and there’s no need for another post especially on a blog that just got 400 hits. But still, lets just hope it helps. :)

When we are kids, the idea of failure is presented to us as a nightmare in our lives. So when we are grown up we don’t want to fail in anything we do. But when you learned how to walk, you fell over. Over and over again. May be you hurt yourself sometimes and also cried a little. But you learned to walk finally like you already knew it. Wouldn’t it be great if all us keep up this way of thinking about failures? I vote Yes!

Instead of being too hard on ourselves, after failure, we should rather give ourself a break and think about what we have learned. You might have got a bad grade at school, or your ego keeps tagging you as a loser, or may be you think it’s not normal and you are too old for this stuff. Let me tell you again (I mean you already know it), all the greatest figures in the history failed at some point in time in their lives but they learned and used it in succeeding. Henry Ford put it most eloquently: “Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently”. You can’t learn if you don’t fail. If you put effort and you fail, celebrate it because you have learned something you wouldn’t have if you succeeded. And if you think you didn’t even put effort, then there must be a reason. Find out that. I mean if I will ask My daughter to major in Biotechnology while she likes Literature, she’s obviously gonna fail.

And most important thing about failure is that it makes you stronger. You are able to handle things that you weren’t able to before. So watch Michael Jordan’s video and Cheer up! Happy failure :)

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There is a Difference Between Helping Me and Wasting My Time

I dedicate this blog post to all those ‘marketers’ or social media ‘gurus’ who love to write E-books and give them away for free to later claim that they have a ‘giving attitude’.

Giving attitude doesn’t mean you start giving crap to people and expect them to respect you in return for that. I happened to read an E-book today, it wasn’t a very long one though (I like to finish books I once start reading, I know its stupid sometimes but I can’t help it, sorry). And the moment I was finished reading the book, words that came out of my mouth go like ” Thank you blah blah blah for wasting my time”. And then I thought for a moment that she did actually waste my time. But I read her book and thats what she wanted people to do, mission fulfilled? Yes, may be. So what happens now? Now that I’ve read her ‘master piece’, I might not wanna go to her blog again, never read her tweets or even end up unfollowing her. Yah.

So my appeal to you is, if you are a blogger, marketer or a social media guru and you also like to write E-books, please keep few things in mind.

  • Do not write an E-book if you don’t know the stuff you are talking about, learn first.
  • And if you do know something but you don’t wanna give it away for free, don’t write just for the sake of writing a book.
  • Do not copy and paste stuff, people are smart.
  • Anything pointless is annoying.

I thinks thats about it.. Did you ever read an E-book that you think wasted your time?

#smpk Twitter Chat: Using Facebook for Businesses in Pakistan

Despite all the headache they cause, social networking sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are here to stay. Today more than 6oo million people, just like you, are on Facebook. Businesses all over the world are utilizing these wonderful communities to interact with their customers and prospectives.

Unfortunately, in Pakistan, businesses are mostly ignoring it or even when they are using it, they are doing it as another one sided marketing tool. :( Where it is all about listening and engaging in conversations.

So we decided to set up an event in the form of Twitter Chat to discuss the potential of Facebook for businesses in Pakistan. We’ll have a discussion first, and then shall be taking questions according to the specific needs of your business.

Come join us, invite your friends and have your say! I’m sure its gonna be a lot of fun as well as a good learning experience.

Please RSVP at http://on.fb.me/chatsmpk

I would really appreciate it if you share this post so that we can have a as many people as possible.

PS: If you are not on Twitter yet, Get on it!

I’m Posting every day in 2011!

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a day for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments, likes and good will along the way.

Signed,

Balal

 

Hello World!!

“One person can make a difference.”

They say that 10,000 new blogs are created each day and the number is increasing. Here i am, one among those ten thousand, hoping to make a difference with my blog.

The main purpose of this blog is to write about ideas that are not just important but ignored in today’s business world especially in Pakistan. But i’ll be writing about pretty much everything related to life.  Because bringing humanity into business is my ambition.

If you are here for the first time (of course you are), say hello.