The Friday Refresh

Today is the first day of a new Event here at Life ETC; The Friday Refresh.

The Friday Refresh will be a collection of links that I find that either inspired me or helped me achieve one or the other goals that I have set. If you want to submit a link that you think can be included, then please do let me know (either via Facebook page or Twitter).

And also, starting from next week, I will try to get a Friday Refresh Meetup going, where Startas and entrepreneurs meet and talk about the previous week, and plan the coming one.  I am interested in meeting people who want to start things, do things differently and people who believe they can actually help others. And of course, have fun in the process.

The Friday Refresh: 29 April, 2011

How To Delay Your Plans: Chris Guillebeau scared me with his latest article; a story that I am sure we all can relate to. It is amazing how many of us sub-consciously delay plain ol’ work by trying to get further schooling; Chris’s post hopefully shakes you up a bit.

Affiliate Marketing: As I mention in an earlier post, I have managed to earn a return ticket to anywhere in the world, thanks to Affiliate Marketing. Alhumdulillah. I am already finishing my blueprint on affiliate marketing that shows you exactly how you can start with affiliate marketing. I have already bought another domain name to try my hand as an Amazon Affiliate.

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Dairy Farming: The coolest thing about living the *ahem* Starta lifestyle is that you get to start new projects, meet great people and wrap businesses around your interests. Four months in, the dairy farming project is coming along nicely. A lot of people are finding my dairy farming post, and getting in touch regarding that business. It is very refreshing to help people out.

A link to Rachna Services is a must, because thanks to Mr. Naeem Malik’s expertise, I have been able to purchase and help others purchase some very high-quality cross-bred cows.

Finding (Pakistani) Heroes: As a service to the community if nothing else, we should try to promote actual Pakistani heroes (like Aisam ul Haq and Munib Nawaz, for example). You will be surprised at how hard they work at their crafts, how passionate and interested they are in what they do, and that perhaps makes them reach new heights in their fields. Something we all – not just Pakistanis – should learn from.

The power of the internet is not even touched by these celebrities. Try a Google search for Aisam ul Haq and you will not find his website on the first page. In fact, even if you do find his official website, there is nothing much there. So much can be done to engage fans and supporters, just using the Internet, that it’s a shame that superstars don’t use it often.

The thing is, this is not a Pakistani problem. A lot of celebrities, superstar athletes and artists just do not know how to engage their audience using the Internet. And most importantly, they do not realize the potential of independence that the Internet can afford them. Maybe they need a refresh on this whole Internet thingy.

On Commitments: Commitments are like batteries; they need to be recharged often.





Who Is A Starta?

The words keep changing. They get institutionalized. They start to carry more meaning than they initially started off with. Like the word ‘entrepreneur’.

Used to mean, “people who shift resources from areas of low productivity to areas of higher productivity”.

People who effectively managed efficiency.

Now it means anyone who is self-employed. Anyone who owns a business.

The words keep changing. But there still are people who genuinely do shift resources, who genuinely do utilize the 20 percent of work for 80 percent of the result.

There are still the ‘old-school entrepreneurs’ who strive to improve the quality of their lives, and of those around them (that is the automatic result of effectively improving efficiency)

So I needed a new term. A new word.

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Helping Others and Making Money

What does a policeman, a school principal and an entrepreneur have in common? We’ll come back to this question later in the story.

Meet Zaheer Shah. He works a government job here in Punjab, Pakistan. A policeman, ranked Constable. He is paid a whopping 19,000 rupees (about 200 US $) per month, and looks the part; bulky, thin eyes and tall.

He is also an entrepreneur, a Starta.

He helps his friend, Mr Farrukh, run a small school in the rural town of Farid Kot, near the city of Pakpattan. This is very close to where I have set up my dairy farm. He insisted that I visit him for a cup of tea, and when I did visit, he served me a bottle of Mountain Dew. But that is the only disappointment in this story.

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Internet Marketing: Earning My First 1,000 US Dollars

Like any scientist will testify, everything starts with an experiment. And it is my understanding that all experiments start because of the single most undervalued attribute of human nature; curiosity.

I started the experiment of earning money from online means (affiliate marketing to be exact) to see what happens, and to integrate my interests of graphic designing, dealing with interesting people and knowing stuff.

I couldn’t bring myself to just set a target of ‘this much money’ as money itself should not be given an intrinsic value. I wanted to just earn enough to do something.

So I planned on traveling to anywhere in the world for a two to three weeks holiday, all paid for through my online earnings.

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