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The time I failed as a writer (but succeeded as an entrepreneur)

Being a writer is a funny thing. I suppose it all depends on who we are writing for. I suppose I am not making any sense at all as I try to collect my thoughts, so let me start at the beginning.

When writing is your passion, you often begin to write simply as an outlet for your random musings or creative ideas that are swimming around your head, where you write for no one but yourself. This can be quite lonely, speaking on the page only to yourself, so somewhere along the way, perhaps out of curiosity over what people will think, you may start to share some of what you have written with others, and if you’re brave enough, you may even elicit their feedback.

Over time, as your confidence builds in your writing abilities, you may perhaps begin to write with an audience in mind, hoping to win over the judges in a writing competition or the editor of a publication, or simply aspiring to entertain or bring about some positive benefit in your reader.

So in light of the possible journey many writers share, the question remains – how do you fail as a writer?

I believe I know how. Continue reading “The time I failed as a writer (but succeeded as an entrepreneur)”

The Comfort in Death | The Death in Comfort

In 2016, I made a discovery. I cannot claim it to be a new one, but in the fact that it is a concept that continues to be recycled over and over, in the realms of both spirituality and entrepreneurship, it is one that must be retold.

There is comfort in death that I had not known before. I came to this realisation in a time of facing multiple challenges and stresses in my life, in my health, studies, work and finances. I realised one day Continue reading “The Comfort in Death | The Death in Comfort”

Why McDonalds is the Best Business School in the World

A year ago today, unbeknown to even my closest friends, I excitedly (and secretly) submitted applications to work at McDonalds around my existing full time role. You may think of me as a bit crazy, and I am sure you may ask, “What would be exciting about working at McDonalds?”

It was after listening to a podcast episode at Rich Dad Education about the concept of “working to learn” rather than “working to earn”, and hearing a fascinating account of the experience of Pat Dennis, who at one stage had applied to become a McDonalds franchise owner. Continue reading “Why McDonalds is the Best Business School in the World”

POEM: Trust

I would not walk these lands
Feared the uncertainty of treading foreign sands
Cautious from the prickles of days gone by
That left painful scars masked by my deceiving eyes

Woodman Point Beach

Yet her vibrant colours beckoned me near
And her winds whispers wiped away my fears
And so I walked her shores discovering pleasure
Discovering warmth and peace and beauty without measure

While there were momentary stings from her grains of fire
Her cool consoling waters would reawaken my desire
To dive in and just wallow in my friend
And learn to trust her once again

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New Year’s Eve: A Time for Reflection, Not Resolutions

For many of us, New Year’s Eve may be bittersweet – sweet in the enjoyment of New Year’s celebrations with friends or loved ones, yet bitter when we think about resolutions we made a year ago that we did not keep.
I believe the mistake we make is Continue reading “New Year’s Eve: A Time for Reflection, Not Resolutions”

Who Else Wants The Best Travel Card?

Do you love to travel overseas, but you’re not sure which card is best to take with you? Have you heard off-putting stories of friends having problems with traveller’s cards and cheques and finding themselves stuck without money when they need it, so you figure that the safest bet is to simply use your usual credit or debit card even though you know it incurs fees? Continue reading “Who Else Wants The Best Travel Card?”

Beyond The E-Myth: How to create a ‘business’, not a ‘job’ for yourself

A year ago, after learning that one common trait shared by highly successful entrepreneurs is learning through reading books, although I have always preferred reading fiction novels for leisure, I made the commitment in 2015 to read one non-fiction book per month.

Here I am, in December, having read 11 books so far, but struggling this past month with completing multiple books I had attempted to start reading.

With only 15 days left before the end of 2015, it so happened that a podcast I enjoy, Eventual Millionaire, had an episode where the host Jaime Masters, interviewed Michael E. Gerber about his latest book, “Beyond The E-Myth”, which he only released a few days ago.

I felt inspired hearing Michael, now aged 80, speak with passion about his vision to see our economies flourish by Continue reading “Beyond The E-Myth: How to create a ‘business’, not a ‘job’ for yourself”

How I cope in hard times as a Muslim

During the Prophet Muhammad’s time, his companions occasionally visited him during his ailments and one time he was suffering from a high fever. A companion of his said, “You have a high fever. Is it because you will have a double reward for it?” He said, “Yes, for no believer is afflicted with any harm but that Allah will remove his sins as the leaves of a tree fall down.” Continue reading “How I cope in hard times as a Muslim”

POEM: Freedom

Some fear marriage is a prison
When it is actually freedom
Freedom for the loving soul, who seeks security and fulfilment
Who is otherwise shackled by uncertainties and inhibitions
Freedom for the cautious heart, who seeks love and acceptance
Who is otherwise caged by its own defences
Freedom for the confused mind, who seeks clarity and focus
Who is otherwise chained by indecision and inconsistencies
Freedom for the virtuous senses, who seek purity in pleasure
Who are otherwise restrained in their modesty before God.

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POEM: The silence of friends

Is the silence deafening?
You seem anxious as you sprinkle your words in the stillness of this quiet room.

Is the silence comforting?
You seem peaceful as I watch you float from this place to a private world of your own.

Is the silence beautiful?
You seem pleased as you share this moment of quiet contemplation.
Continue reading “POEM: The silence of friends”