Nine Things Learned from Farhan Masood via Social Media

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The emergence of social media has changed life for so many of us. Learning, interacting, socializing and sharing have become an effective habit. Sharing experiences, thoughts, and happiness through this medium has become easy to reach out to a large pool of audience. I have been using social media for the past six years but most of the time it was not utilized properly. I thought like many others that it is a waste of time and it shouldn’t be given any importance. Luckily, I found a few folks on social media who are using the medium positively and effectively to inspire people around them. The presence of such brilliant minds makes me motivated to get in touch with such people to learn those things which are not accessible physically.

Today , I am sharing what I have learned from Farhan Masood (a fine entrepreneur, Futurologist and incredible human being) about his success and positive energy. Everybody who is aware of the development of the information technology sector in Pakistan knows about him. Although a college dropout, with his continuous struggle and hard work, he is currently known as one of the world’s most brilliant minds. Originating  urdu, arabic and persian language on internet, making an efficient database system for NADRA, founding a successful company Solotech, making world class eye recognition smart devices, and founder of the most patriotic Facebook page “Pakistan- Go Green” – there is a long list of his work and accomplishments; one can write a book on his struggles and achievements and I believe someone surely will in the near future.

You can find out more about him by just Googling him on the internet. I am not sharing his accomplishments in this blog but more importantly what I have seen and learned from his work and personality.

Below are the nine lessons which I have learned while interacting and following him on social media:

  • Stay positive, talk positive, breathe positive — spreading positivity will ultimately result in recognizable success.
  • Be patriotic; don’t accuse your motherland for your own faults. Believe in yourself and make your loved ones and country proud.
  • Don’t think that favouring would always work for you. Your abilities will gain everything for you. Free yourself from favouritism to get benefits.
  • Failures are best lessons to reach your goals with more passion and enthusiasm.
  • Have a smiley face whenever you feel tired. It will give you energy to compete with unbelievable things.
  • In case illness attacks you to stop you from your work, believe that those prayers from your loved ones always work.
  • Have faith in the Almighty – this is the only thing which gives you the courage to run fast to achieve the top position.
  • Share happiness around you – this is the best gift you can ever give to anyone. Happiness does not require any tangible thing to share.
  • Strive for the best – never compromise on the quality of work you do.

This is the crux of things which I have observed in the personality of Farhan Masood. His close ones know him better than me. Prayers and wishes for his future endeavours from the bottom of my heart. I truly believe he won’t celebrate his success solely. The proud nation waits to celebrate with him.

To know more about him, follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin. Watch his presentation in the University of Central Punjab and feel proud of this “Son of the Soil”.

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The Inspiration, Motive and Values of Nayatel Pakistan

The world is transforming from conventional to                    Logoentrepreneurial activities and practices. From developed to developing countries, the main focus of intelligentsia and states is to promote SMEs and entrepreneurship for the sustainable living of mankind. We being students of Business in developing countries were given examples of successful business leaders like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Richard Branson, etc. These successful business icons belong to highly educated, technologically- oriented and disciplined countries, where they had been trained to excel as leaders in their careers.

The courses which we are taught focus on case studies of companies like Microsoft, Walmart, Amazon, and Google. Most of us do not recognize some of these names because we have never heard of or seen them (i.e. Walmart) in our locality. They are strange and foreign. We do not have access to such highly recognized brands. Very few of us from this part of the world know about the contributions and struggles of Noble Laureate and social entrepreneur Dr. Muhammad Yunus of Grameen Bank.

In societies like Pakistan, we need examples from the same soil to feel empowered and inspired to move forward. We are impressed with contributions from technologists, businessmen and scientists from the West, but feel an unparalleled sense of pride after learning about successful personalities from our own society.

In the quest of searching for success ventures from Pakistan and the challenges faced by those bright minds, I came to know about an entrepreneurial success story in the heart of Pakistan – NayaTel, a rapidly-growing Islamabad-based company of Pakistan. Three friends from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore founded a small firm by the name of Micronet in 2001 to provide internet services. Later on, they managed to make an entrance into the more diverse and costly project of providing world class internet services in 2004 by using optic fiber.  “Naya” means “new” which is an Urdu word used by the company to give a familiar, local touch and recognition. It is the only company in Pakistan which is providing internet services, telephone and cable TV with the finest optic fiber technology. They were the first one in South Asia to provide such services by using such technology. Installing optic fiber requires huge capital and workforce, one has to dig all roads over in order to install and spread lines. The main focus was to provide internet services to Corporations, Embassies and households in our nation’s Capital.

Nayatel is now part of Pakistan 100 and Arabia 500’s fastest growing companies with a workforce of more than 700 technical and managerial staff. Until 2009, the net worth of its assets was more than five million US dollars with a growth rate of 1076% and spreading to other cities, too. According to entrepreneurial site “All World Network” (www.allworldlive.com), the company is Pakistan’s second fastest growing company.

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CEO of the company Wahaj Siraj stated in an interview, “Our customers are mainly from Embassies and their Consulates in the Capital. The American Ambassador used to get our services for two years and when he was leaving Pakistan, he said our services are better than New York internet service providers.”

 The Marriot Islamabad and adjoining IT Technology Park was devastated by the deadliest attack in 2008, however their professional team and engineers reinstalled the entire system within a record two days’ time.

Let’s view the mission and values of the company which are written in Urdu in the main office building:

To be a role model of trust, set higher standards of quality and add values to the society.”

Truthfulness               Honesty              Mannerism                   Simplicity            Knowledge                 Hard work               Sacrifice

The company’s name is in Urdu which is the national language of Pakistan. The Company’s founders grew up and studied in this land and have earned global recognition.

They haven’t outsourced their services from abroad. Currently, they are on the verge of competing with the world’s # 1 brands like Google and others by launching pure Pakistani email web servers.Their ambitions are very high and with a broad vision and proactive leadership, they will undoubtedly be achieving great feats and milestones.

Sources: Nayatel.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/Nayatel-Pvt-Ltd
UrduDigest.pk (May 2012)
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Centangle’s Amazing Seven

We are in an era of evolution in technology, modes of businesses are changing. These technological changes make people interact with each other across the globe. The era of the internet, blogging and social media has given new dimensions to businesses to reach a larger audience. The world is shifting from conventional business practices to Entrepreneurship. 

Yesterday, I attended a productive workshop by CIPE (Centre of International Private Enterprise) in collaboration with The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) on blogging and content writing. It was a privilege to meet young entrepreneurs from Islamabad.  The blogging and content writing session was conducted by famous social media strategist and blogger Hammad Siddiqui. The session was one of the first in Islamabad at this level for social media enthusiasts and bloggers. The use of social media to give a positive image of a society has great impact. You can make a positive as well as negative impression to the world by using such mediums.

After the session by Hammad Siddiqui, we were introduced to local entrepreneurs from our Capital. I was assigned to interview one of the entrepreneurs and publish their story on my personal blog. I met with a very energetic and passionate individual by the name of Mushahid Hussain, who is the co-founder of the company “Centangle.”

The story of this company is very inspiring and interesting. A group of seven friends decided to be entrepreneurs after they refused to work for corporate giants. The idea of running a company was generated in the last semester of their academic year in one of the recognized IT universities in Pakistan i.e. Comsats Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad.  They collectively decided to take a risk in a saturated market like Pakistan, where there is hopelessness for young professionals who mostly try to leave the country and pursue careers abroad.

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At the startup, this group of seven friends became divided out of fear of risk-taking – two of them left the group and joined the corporate sector as employees. The remaining five friends collected money and invested in an IT company – “Centangle” . All the finances came from personal savings and families. They started working on different projects, namely IT and mobile application solutions. They marketed their services by using different mediums like social media and blogs. They began operating Facebook pages to reach audiences globally. The most important part of their work is that they were driven by passion and dedication to make the image of the country more positive and peaceful. 

In last few months, they have completed about sixteen projects of different organizations and now they’ve penetrated the market with their courage, belief and risk-taking ability. They are now being approached by different organizations and companies for their innovative IT solutions and services.  They have crossed their break-even point and have entered a profit margin which they are able to equally distribute among the shareholders of the company. Can you imagine a newly formed firm reaping returns in just a few months?

In a matter of four to five months, they now are in a position of hiring new staff due to the heavy burden of their work. Interestingly, the two friends who had left them at the start and wanted to be corporate employees have joined the team once again. However, they are not getting all the perks of the founding members and entrepreneurs of the company.

Now the team of “Centangle” is moving forward fast for their future endeavours. Their aims are very high and objectives are to be recognized as one of the most efficient IT & mobile solutions company in Pakistan and globally. They have wonderful plans for the future youth of Pakistan. They are working on different management systems and IT products related to career guidance of Pakistani students.  

 I wish them luck and outrageous success for their future projects and I believe anything which they do will contribute to this nation and its people. Their ideas will create and generate entrepreneurial and employment opportunities for so many. 

 

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Lucky Irani Circus

In childhood, once I happened to watch Lucky Irani Circus. They’d come to our village on the eve of annual fair. I was very excited to see a giant elephant but I was surprised that the giant animal was just tied with a small chord which even a goat could break. It was very intriguing. I kept on thinking but didn’t find the answer. At a very later stage, I came to know that there was an interesting method of training the elephants. The mahout attaches a small chord with the leg of baby elephant; the chord is a little stronger than the inherent strength of baby elephant. Initially the baby tries to break away but is checked by the chord. Slowly the baby ‘learns’ that it can’t break away from the chain it’s tied with. And he retains this learned helplessness for ever and hence never tries again to break away. That’s the reason you see big elephants tied with small rope and completely ‘in control’.

Like elephants, we also learn helplessness and remain tied to the crippling chains of past experiences and events. Our mahouts—–our parents, friends, associates, colleagues and spouses tie us with the chords of their opinions and suggestions and then we remain tied with them for ever, little realizing our inherent potential to perform miracles. The grown-up elephant can dismantle iron chains with little exertion, but he never tries. Similarly we can do wonders but we never try.

From The Craft of Selling “Yourself” by Ashraf Choudry
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10 Lessons from Einstein by PAULO COELHO

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1. Follow Your Curiosity “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

2. Perseverance is Priceless “It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

3. Focus on the Present “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”

4. The Imagination is Powerful “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

5. Make Mistakes “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

6. Live in the Moment “I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”

7. Create Value “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

8. Don’t be repetitive “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

9. Knowledge Comes From Experience “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.”

10. Learn the Rules and Then Play Better “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

 

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