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?

Job is Not a Solution, Start Your Own Business

” Small-business innovation is key to moving country forward” says Barack Obama.

Meeting up with some Business people at Lahore Chamber of Commerce today was pretty interesting and motivating. For all of you who don’t know, main aim of the Chamber, it’s to help small and medium size businesses and encourage innovative startups. Why so? Why not help big giants to be stronger? Obviously big companies generally get most of our attention. And success of big companies is also critical to the success of small and medium size businesses. But it’s small and medium businesses that drive a country’s economic growth and create 2 out of 3 jobs in America.

Anyways, purpose of this blog post is not to advocate for SME’s.  The thing is, it’s really sad that our youth is running after jobs and nobody seemed to have decided to do something big for their society. And that shows how self-centered we have become as a nation. Obtain a degree, find a job, get married and pass on the selfish nature. Pakistan needs to wake up before it’s too late.

All of us are blessed with wonderful talents and love for something. We just need to figure it out. And trust me, once you do figure that out you won’t even think of anything else. And if each one us starts focusing on to be the best we can be, there could be no better way to contribute to our society. So yes, i would encourage you to follow you heart and start something that you love.

Share with us, what’s the love of your life?

#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!

Is It Easy To Do Business With You?

It might sound a little rude but yes I’m asking you this question. I’ve been reading stories about the good businesses around the globe and also been observing the behavior of local businesses. I know the purpose of a business is to earn profit at the end of the day but sometimes its inevitable to think of human side of the business. And no business is one man show, business people are always looking out for people-clients, employees, partners and sometimes even competitors.

Sadly, most of the local businessmen here are just after making money and exploiting others. They don’t understand the true spirit of running a business. And this may be or could be on the reasons we do not have  a multinational organization in Pakistan to the date.

You have to show that you care not just for money but for people. You know well that you are gonna need them to work but the important question here is why the heck would someone like to work with you/for you and not Tom? The answer is because you make it easy for them to do business with you. You are in good books of your employees, customers and your partners. Running a good business requires an attitude of giving and working to increase the size of cake instead of our own slice. Think win-win!

Passion and Perfect Intentions

My post about taking the first step was visited by quite a few people which came to me as a happy surprise because I wasn’t really expecting that. So first, thanks to all of those friends and strangers (well I do believe strangers are the friends we don’t know yet :)) who stopped by my blog.

Secondly, a few of my friends asked me these questions, “What after you have some how managed to take the first step? What ensures that you’ll fulfill your dream? Or what did you actually mean by holding on? I believe these questions were very genuine so I decided to write a post to address them.

My answer to those questions is a blend of Passion and Perfect Intentions. It might sound obvious to you. But before you roll your eyes and exclaim that I stated the obvious, ask yourself, “Do I have passion for or intention of what i am doing right now?” May be you don’t have either one of them. And even if one of them is missing, you are wasting your energies and I’m sorry if that sounds a little harsh, chances are you will end up as a dissatisfied person. And you definitely don’t want that :)

And this I’m not just saying about our business or professional career but all the spheres of our lives. Yes, passion is really important. Because without it, it is hard to stay motivated. You need passion to drive you to work harder and harder to learn something. You need passion for what you do to give you the strength to tough out the hard days at work.  In other words, passion or being passionate is the fire inside us and in our lives that drives us forward-whether it’s for our work, our hobbies, or for our relationships. And i believe without intentions passion goes wasted. Our actions depends on our intentions. And for that matter, let me ask you a question, If person A does something very selfish to person B but the person B accidentally benefits greatly from that, would that count to the good deeds of A? Obviously not!! You cant do a good deed by accident, its still a selfish act, intention is everything.

I hope you enjoyed the post. Have your say in comment box!

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