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Cocoon

Even butterflies had to crawl before they could fly

Ladies & Gentlemen: I am back, although I never really went away. I will explain fully the reasons for my hiatus but at a later date. For now I just want to end the neglect of the website. Things have worked well, others have not. While I try to re-build my life after these past few  tumultuous months, I thank you for staying with me. Especially those people, who helped me through some dastardly times I have had as of late. Its not been fun guys, I have felt broken, sub-human almost at what has transpired against me.

However, it has happened for the best, one door closes – many more open. Although I felt defeated and disgraced to some degree, I am now slowly rebuilding myself. Its been an eye-opener, believe me – I had no idea things would happen the  way they did. But, the way forward now has my concentration and so far I would like to put forward some thoughts and ideas.

I have tried to make this website as interesting and entertaining as possible. It can only be as good as the contents. I admit, its not as interactive as I’d like it to be, teething problems still exist. My administrator hasn’t implemented the changes I had asked for, but no matter, the website is still live.

As for the horizon seekers – it hasn’t been the success as I had envisioned, though – I am not going to abandon it just yet, may be not ever. What I am going to do I add a new feature in the up-coming months, something similar but with different rules. I am also going to update a few current features and see how things go from there.

Once again, my apologies for having been away so long – it hasn’t been an easy time for me. But Thank you for being here regardless, stay tuned.

Reinvention

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” - Marcel Proust

Its been a while friends, though I did try posting last week, some sort of dodgy error. Anyway, thought I’d sit down – after a long while and get a cheeky post in.

Where have I been? Well, no where really, just been riding the tidal wave of life.

What have I been doing? Same, nothing really – just getting by, learning new things, finding new understandings, looking for more avenues of interest.

What’s new? Now this, this is long answer, lets just say the things I’ve experienced from this post and the last were character building. I’ve waded through many a gunk, only to realise I didn’t really need to. Now, I could elaborate but to be fair I’m too embarrassed, live and learn.

Every now again, what I like to do is go through a transformation, a reinvention of self – so that life doesn’t become too stagnant. I believe in reinvention as it allows a person to shed their mental baggage and have a different perception on life. And, I believe I have an avenue, there is an opportunity pending in the ether, which once solidified, I will inform you of. But, if large changes aren’t your thing – don’t fret, make small changes. Like a snowball, will gather speed and mass and eventually will show you your path.

For many a moon I’ve tried to create this effect, to now resolve, until now. Given that this is uncharted territory I am literally petrified, BUT hopeful. We must leap into the unknown to discover that which we’ve lost over the years…our self.

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.

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.

Tick the box

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

 Lao-tzu

By now I hope you all have gathered that I have a love for quotes, proverbs and cliche’s. But this website is so much more than talking, Everything I speak about I have done or hope to do, I’m talking about physical application. About doing and not just saying, we lose ourselves at the best of times. Someone commented on a post that they weren’t sure where I get my information from, well I’ll tell you – I either learnt it from someone or something, if not that then I learnt it by making mistakes in life.

We all aspire for a fantastic life, in the pursuit we lose ourselves in the mundane and forget we ever had dreams. Years ago when I would stay up late because I had problems sleeping, not much has changed, I used to just glare at the TV in the dark like Ed Norton in Fight Club. There were the usual nonsense selling weight loss formula, fitness dvds, music collections or home appliances. There was one that confused me, basically it was about a guy standing on a stage yelling at the audience and everyone was screaming, crying, laughing and high-fiving. Little did I know I would come to know that guy very well.

Basically the guy was Tony Robbins, a lifestyle guru of some sort that has techniques both physical and mental that could aid you in becoming better in your personal and/or professional endeavours. The more forward-thinking friends in my congregation would sing his praises after reading his books. I don’t like reading all that much, love writing but not reading. So one day a friend hands me the audio to one of his programs and for 6 months on a daily basis I attempted to get grips with myself. I looked at triggers, patterns and development areas. I became obsessed with self-improvement, then something horrible happened, I gave up.

I had done it for so long it became boring and un-fulfilling,I forgot the basic lesson Tony was trying to give. No one person has the exact answer because we are all different, what I should have done is try different techniques. There are so many different lifestyle gurus out there, why didn’t I look around? Take for example Paul Mckenna, who began career as a television hypnotist, now he has audio CDs and books that help you get the type of life you want. His good friends Richard Bandler or the incredible Dale Carnegie. There is so much immense talent out there, never settle for one mentor – have a few.

Most of us have heard of Gok Wan, I made the mistake of watching one of his shows once. This man is on a mission to make women feel good about themselves as they are. Every episode he is trying to get them naked, be comfortable with their bodies and appreciate life. There are tears, there are hugging fits and inappropriate displays of flesh but this guy is trying to help women. Personally I can’t get past his androgyny, but no one can deny that this person is a lifestyle guru for women who have lost hope in their bodies. 

Inspiration doesn’t need to come from celebrities or icons, they can come from friends and loved ones. One mate gave me the pep talk of a life time saying the only reason why I am not achieving is because I am procrastinating all the time. Another friend told me to keep a personal life goal journal. Now I carry with me a task lists book. I put tasks in it the all the tasks I have to fulfil and tick the box when I do. The psychological victory you feel is immense. In the brain it is registered as a victory and the more boxes you tick the better it feels.

Never settle for anything less than the best, always strive especially when things look bleak, If you fail at least you succeeded where others didn’t try, celebrate – literally celebrate the victories you have no matter how small and above all else live life lovingly.

Peace.

How you look at the glass

if you are incapable of appreciating something for what it is, then is there something wrong with you or it?

As I’ve stated in a previous post I am trying to create an empire, through sheer determination and quality material. But my question to you is what is quality? how do you define quality? its like that old cliché, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, truly its dependant on the person in question.

Have you ever been to an art gallery to look at fine pieces of Art, you get there and there are all these weird and wonderful paintings. There are obscure models made of marble and clay. Personally I look at these and think, “And what?” cynical I know but to me its just a thing someone’s made. You see I am unable to appreciate something for what it is. In stark contrast there are those people who look at single painting for hours on end. They admire the brush strokes, gaze at the colour and study the styling pattern. Seriously, the amount of activity that ignites in their brains because of the artwork make me wonder sometimes.

Art can take many shapes, I am not a fan of galleries but at the very least recognise their important in society these days. You see the art is a sign of the meta-humanity in us all. I totally made that term up, I know you know, but I also know that you know exactly what I mean. You don’t have to believe in a soul in order for it to be there and we express our souls through our art. Yes my friends, this is the philosophy of art and I defy anyone to raise argument with me on this.

But lets go back to the original question and what I am intending to do. I am trying to build an empire, yes. I am in need to people’s attention, yes. My art can be appreciated by anyone and everyone, no. Why do I say this? well you know how when you are internet shopping and you see reviews? Those reviews will either persuade to or sway you from the purchase, so in essence its like someone is vouching for the product. Even if you have 10 great reviews it takes a single bad review/experience for someone to think, “10 good, 1 bad – not good enough”, its like betting odds. and that is what has happened to me.

I have many people who can vouch for me, believe it or not in any field and any situation in life its not what you know, its who you know. I decided to take my art to another level, the world wide web level and for a while I was getting pretty good feedback, THEN, it happened. This person slanders my work, I worked hard on my novel for 2 long painstaking years and this person comes a long and shoots me down. Now I can take this as constructive criticism or I can be broken hearted or something completely different.

However I am going to retort the bad review I got on Amazon.co.uk with a few questions.

What kind of a fool reads a little bit of the beginning, goes to the end to find out how it finishes and declares the book pointless?

What kind of mentally deficient invalid downloads a horror novel for free and then slanders it for being what it is?

Is it my fault that this person doesn’t appreciate the writing style?

If the person didn’t bother read the book properly how can they in their right mind, which clearly isn’t right at all, say its been done before?

What utter conjecture and drivel from this reviewer who is totally a leech on the world of literature. I genuinely hope no one else suffers from their bile. I feel a lot better now having had this rant. I am a genuine story teller and I have many more stories in me to tell, I will always be susceptible to irreverent criticism and the world of writing is besieged by such uselessness.

Having said all that, just because someone is unable to appreciate my writing, does that mean there is something wrong with me or the reader?

You tell me.

Rome will envy me

If people aren’t laughing at your dreams, your dreams aren’t big enough.

Here’s a question for you, why do people hate clichés? well, I don’t know the real answer because its based on perception, but relatively speaking its because clichés are close to the truth. As we all know truth hurts, as corny as it may be but practice does indeed make perfect, ask any martial artist. Musashi Myamoto propounded that even if you were to practice a thousand days you will still be a novice. That’s over 3 years worth of practice and still you don’t deserve a rank. That my friends is focus and dedication, no wonder people discredited him.

We always look for the easy way out, myself included as I mentioned in a previous post. True dedication comes from sacrificing the superficial for the dreams one holds dear. I understand that circumstance also plays a pivotal role in people’s endeavours, the trick is to not let them become the excuse for your inequities. I only speak of myself here, but I bet if you’re truthful, at some point you can relate to this. I realised that I was different than others when I dreamed different.

When I was a boy, whilst most boys my age could mentally de-construct and label parts of a lamborghini diablo, I couldn’t even spell lamborghini. I hated football, again another pleasure for the boys my age, personally I liked martial arts. I was considered weird, although I’m thinking that could’ve been because of the long, leather, morpheous-esque coat I used to wear. I made peace with these social differences a long while back. I had something these lads didn’t, a fantastic talent.

You see friends anyone can be a writer, in your mind, in your soul, heart whatever you want to call it. I was more than a mere writer, I was a dreamer and with a dynamic imaginative complex I was able to weave some pretty tantalising tales. No one truly appreciated this talent, honestly neither did I until I began to see dividends for it. I now have bigger dreams.

Now I want to create an empire, that will rival Rome. Your gut instinct is to laugh, am I right? or if you’re polite I think you deem me somewhat deluded? In any case I have this dream, but more so than that I have vision. If you could paint a path to your dreams what would it look like? I can tell you, you are looking at my map as you read. Hidden in every line I’ve written and you’ve read are thoughts, these are digital way points that I have erected. I don’t expect you to understand my exuberant rantings, I expect you to laugh at me.

I am a living cliché and I deserve to be ignored, I’m wondering how long will you?