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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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.