Monthly Archives: March 2014

Podcast: Entrepreneurialism

In this instalment of Yasir’s Horizon Seekers we meet Waqas Ali, a budding entrepreneur on the cusp of realising his potential. Watch the video to see insights into how his mind works and his journey.

The video link can be found in the Yasir’s Horizons Seekers section of this website. I hope you enjoy the show, hopefully many more to come.

Aortic Musing

Its better to have loved and lost, than…

I was talking to a friend a little while ago, like most of our conversations the topics normally hover around food and relationships. Whilst both make the heart beat faster, especially food, the one that is more synonymous with hearts is relationships or love if you will. I suggested that wouldn’t it be great if we had a portal or window into the future and saw the person who you’d end up with. Like when you fast-forward a movie to reveal the plot. Wouldn’t it save a lot of time and hassle? Instead of wasting time with people who you will never connect with, just to be able to see the person you will ultimately have.

The notion sounds brilliant, some may argue that this distorts reality but don’t you feel this way sometimes. Where will I be in 10 years time? could reveal something you probably didn’t want to see. I keep trying to imagine my future, my life and relationships, I keep thinking about the ambivalent road ahead. The opacity is always overwhelming, so I reside myself to the strange thoughts in my head. The power of Why was discussed today and the power it holds, Why can I not see into the future? perhaps I am unworthy of the answer, or more harrowing, undeserving of one.

One thing I can be sure of is writing, there is no mystery in that, I muse, I write, I type in an endeavour to entertain. I weave words into the page and tantalise people, I suppose I will continue to do so. I sent a collection to a publisher to receive the usual rejection letter. I am afraid to be accepted now, fear I may have a heart attack if I were to receive an approval message. But the musing of the heart is a very powerful thing, the power of why is always present but the answer undoubtedly lies within the heart. I plan to unlock this through the continued conservation of my writing. Persistence does not require why.

Podcast: Motivation & Life

It took a while coming but finally it is here, the technology has been temperamental but losing quality information for the sake of low volume hardly seems fair. I finally managed to record the first show, where a very powerful subject was discussed. I invite you to share the video as you see fit.

The video link can be found in the Yasir’s Horizons Seekers section of this website. I hope you enjoy the show, hopefully many more to come.

Live & Learn

If at first you don’t succeed, try again

I have one small criticism with this saying, they never tell you how many times you should try again. I think people who have become successful just try to confuse and convolute those who are trying to be successful. I have failed quite miserably this weekend. I was trying to launch my podcast feature this weekend, something I had pondered for over a year, much to my disgust I failed. The equipment let me down plus I hadn’t considered a few preliminary factors.

I thought something could be salvageable but was sorely mistaken, thankfully my friend was forthcoming. We have rescheduled the podcast for another date close by and we will be ready this time. Later in the day I went to a book signing, it was for the children’s author Aisha Mirza and her story Time for bed Zayd. Her friends and family had come from miles around to see her big moment. Aisha was absolutely glowing with the love and attention she was receiving, I was moved by her reading, really I was of a children’s book.

I spoke to an old friend and had a brief catch up, when I left I felt quite sad. You could put it down to jealousy but what I was truly pondering was my own career. I had now seen someone enjoy success first hand, and there I was enjoying the tatters of my dreams. Whilst I spoke to my friends he told me that we are writers in the company of writers, what we should be is writers in the company of readers. The parable of this could be fishermen throwing nets in a swimming pool with one fish swimming inside. Not exactly the most successful or intelligent of ventures.

I never really got a straight answer for my questions, but then I never do, what I did get was go where the readers are. Suddenly I did a little research into the matter, If I am a horror writer then where are the horror readers? My research confirmed what my friend had told me to do. This is not going to the absolute measure of success but I am going to give wattpad a go. Posting a chapter of my book fortnightly to generate a following. To what end I am not sure, but I am tired of failure.

So what have I learnt?

- Technology is temperamental

- don’t rely on others for success

- naivety deserves no quarter in life

- know yourself before you make assumptions about others

- things can go wrong, no matter how well you plan

The only thing I can do now is just plod along as always, you live and learn, simple as that.

Silence is Golden

“loose lips, sink ships”

Following on from my obsession with the orient and ninjas, there are a few more things I’d like to share. When I was younger, and still obsessed with ninjas, I’d always play computer games with ninjas in them. I loved creeping, hiding in the shadows, stalking targets and doing missions. It got so bad that I almost started doing that in real life, before someone entered the room I’d quietly hide somewhere, then jump out and scare them. Not a very healthy lifestyle, especially if you start doing that at work. You would need to keep quiet at all times otherwise the baddies would hear and come after you.

I suppose I will never get over ninjas but I won’t become one any time soon. I get criticised by friends at times for not hanging out, going on dinner outings or general get-togethers. I’ve become a social ninja of sorts, that I hardly have time for other people. My question is how do you pursue your dreams if everyone is trying to get you to come out. In our gatherings we always talk about strategies that will propel us to our desired horizons, but when you take steps towards them you get criticised for being unsociable. I believe if you have intelligent, understanding friends you won’t need to make allowances.

One advice a friends gave me, which he claims he doesn’t remember, was that if you have a dream, goal, aspiration etc keep quiet about it. His reasoning was that if you share your wishes with people, they’ll ridicule you and find weaknesses in the idea. This is normally out of malice, jealousy or they are dissatisfied with their own life and don’t want you to be happy. His words have wisdom, if you had the world’s most expensive diamond in your safe, you wouldn’t necessarily tell the whole town, boast at you coffers. No doubt you would be hated, probably robbed, its best to keep quiet.

I’ve had trouble keeping quiet in the past, I always got too excited about and idea, tell the world only to be shot down. But when others have “good ideas” they speak with such reverence for their own mediocrity, it actually makes me sick. Yes, I have known many hypocrites in my times, so before I become one, I do have something to share with you. At present I believe silence is Golden because I would rather show you than tell you. And you will see exactly what I mean when the time comes, on here on this fantastic website.