Towards Financial Freedom

Generating a passive income was one of the major things I believed in, and still do. Other than the primary source of income, one should plan out a secondary or may be even more ways of cash inflows. It’s quite appealing to think this than actually putting it into work. Not all will come up with the alternative ideas straight away, but it’s worth spending time to think and try out to reveal your inner strengths.

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As I’m in the software industry, I tried freelancing at first, may be in the first few years in the industry. But soon I realized how competitive the market was and how little an individual could make an impact unless there were other connections with the prospective customers. But that didn’t stop me from figuring out other potential areas I could try. Which made me to try at least one or two new things per year to start generating some extra income.

Not all of them worked out, I must say, and the number of times I failed in the journey was greater than the successful ones. But I didn’t want to give up as I knew for certain that there is light at the other side of the tunnel. As I believed everyone has many strengths which can be put in to work, I also took the chance of exploring my other skills, like marketing, writing, social media advertising and trading.

Which brings to realize my inner strengths and very powerful opportunities to shape up my future. After eight years of struggling, I found myself good at trading (especially stocks and forex) in online platforms. I did a trial run for four months and I was quite impressed with the outcome. I also didn’t forget to get feedback from other traders as well, to make myself comfortable in my results, and with their recommendations, I put my skills in to work.

Voila! That really works!

Now I know what I’ll be doing in the future to generate a passive income, and to make it even more interesting, I chose to trade in a social trading platform, where others can also benefit from my trading. That’s going to be the future of trading of course, even though the old ways of  trading still exist. I’d like to post my successes here as well in a timely manner, and the gates will be opened for others to get benefit as well in the near future.

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Office – OBT

Last couple of month I couldn’t gather myself to write something here, and now I regret it a little. Anyway, it was a busy couple of months with work and assignments. As usual, little bit of a breathing time at the end of the year, and almost all of us have lighter schedules toward the end of the year, mostly preparing plans for the next year.

Anyway, this is about the three-day OBT and annual trip from the office. We thought of changing the traditional way of going on the annual trip from the office, and added some adventure this time. Pushing ourselves to extremes in life is something I believe a lot, and this time we tried some of that, which we haven’t done or have happened to be forgotten for a long time. As kids we loved adventures, and we used to see some exciting things more regularly with the curious minds. But with time, we embrace quite a lot of responsibilities and bundle our lives with work and hardly find to time to explore the world, more importantly, explore ourselves.

 

 

So, first we head up to the mountains, for canoeing and then 3-hour trekking through the jungle. That sounded amazing, and we all were eager for the whole programme. Even though it got half an hour later to get there, we managed to get everything in order not to skip anything from the schedule. Since some rain was expected in the evening, we decided to do canoeing first and then the hike, as it would be even more interesting and challenging in a wet weather.

It was not an usual rowing exercise,  the canoe itself was so narrow that we could hardly fit into it. After a little bit of struggle, we managed to row in to the reservoir. It was pretty exhausting after an hour of fun in the lake, and by the time we came to the shore, a lot of energy has been drawn out from ourselves. But that couldn’t stop us from the next adventure.

It was the most thrilling experience I would say. Creeping through jungle bushes, and to make it more interesting, the beautiful Belihuloya stream crossed our path several times. We dipped our feet in icy cold water a few times, and felt the energy rising back up inside us again to head toward the end. The scenery was breathtaking as well, as most of the central hills were visible through the mist which covered most of the peaks of them.

After a hectic three hour journey through the jungle, we settled for a late lunch and relaxed ourselves in the tents in the evening. Dinner was a BBQ night with a campfire, and we had a pretty joyful time doing games and sharing funny stories.

The rest of the trip was to relax ourselves a bit in Udawalawa, where we stayed in Grand Udawalawa Safari resort. We played some cricket in a local school playground and in the next morning went to safari in the national park. On the way back home, we couldn’t miss out one of our favourite sports, which was carting. The track looked the same and the feeling was the same. Even though the ten minutes of speed and twisting our bodies with sharp turns made the body-pains even worse, the pure thrill of the event could soak up all of that at the end.

After three days of adventure, we managed to arrive at homes before the sunset, and it was something I would definitely try again next time, and may be, add a little bit of more time to spend in the wilderness.

Secondary Plans

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If someone asked why we work, there would be whole lot of different answers coming from people. Apparently that’s where we are all heading to, right after finishing the education in schools and colleges. At that time, we all wanted to enter the professionals’ clubs, and to feel the next level of class in the society. Dreams were there like imagining how we would look like driving our dream car, giving away the nicely designed visiting cards to strangers and even travelling to exotic locations all around the world. That’s pretty much the way how we used to plan our future, may be in next five or ten years.

How many of you had dreams like that? And, how many of you have actually ticked off the checklists you used to scribble back then? After eight years of working in four companies, those are the sort of questions I ask myself now, usually before going to bed. Yes, I have done something for my life for sure, but those things were not the ones I usually planned when I was in the university. How did it happen? And why the priority list keep changing?

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As we have learned through various subjects, everything seems to be relative. Now that I look back at the times I studied, the things have changed quite a lot around us, both in terms of personal and social life. Change is universal. Everything and everyone around us keep changing, day after day. How can we have steady and fixed goals in such an environment? I believe that’s why we have little slippages in planning our future.

Money. The cause for all problems. The thing we need to accomplish most of the dreams we had. There is a controversy of defining happiness with money. I usually don’t like to answer that question as I realize money plays an important role in everything we do. That’s quite obviously the same reason for entering the professionals’ club, having dreams of earning heaps of money and use them to travel world etc.

Anyway, sooner or later, we all come to a stage in order to judge ourselves about past decisions we have made. Some might be delighted with them, while some will regret. There are ups and downs in life whether you like it or not. But, the most importantly, you need to take charge of your life, whenever you feel like you need a boost to reach what you have already planned to do, before you become physically challenged to do so.

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Those were the same reasons why I continuously tried at least two different things in a year to start another income source. If you could dream of your future back then, why we stop trying to make them happen now? I remember I have attempted ten times in the last eight years to form a new business, but I failed. But I didn’t want to stop as something keep nagging me that I’m not quite done yet, and there are other possibilities to choose from. That made me to step out of the comfort zones and start discovering other markets which I didn’t have any kind of knowledge and experience. Everything started from scratch and I invested time to learn most of the things, mostly by myself.

Hustle. Hustle and hustle until you find the right path. That doesn’t mean you have to be careless. Every month and year brings you enough experience to deal with new challenges in life, and it’s up to you to identify what taught you the most valuable lesson. As I am quite confident of the thing I’d be doing in the year starting from now, I’ll post that particular story in future posts. (And, I believe that’s not quite that far …)

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Never Procrastinate

It’s been a while I’ve written something here. As I have already mentioned in a post before, getting back to the study mode is finding to be a difficult task everyday. The assignments of MBA are coming my way every once in a while. But the real struggle is to get them all submitted on time.

However, I enjoy studying again, a lot. Reading the educational books, and spending hours and hours in the library takes my memory back to the days in the university. Even though the subjects have become a bit advanced, the feeling is more or less the same.

The topic starts to relate to the title of the post right now. The last assignment was a real killer, which I happened to go through financial statements of the companies and getting myself familiar with all the financial terms and equations were a real drama. I accepted the challenge (of course I had to), and prepared myself little by little for the assignment. The journey became so harder due to the fact that I haven’t touched anything related to it in any part of my education. However, the subject was interesting, and sometimes it made myself to drift away from the initial target.

I was literally covered in sweat when the submission date came closer and closer. How much I planned to cover a certain word limit for a day, I felt exhausted after going home from office. I would have done a better job if I had started a bit earlier, where I was interested in gathering and reading a lot of background information.

The job was done, finally. But I didn’t like the feeling at the end. Why should I push myself into such extremes in terms of pressure and stress levels? They were all created by us, where we would have identified and attended to those in the early phases of time.

Again, there is nothing good will come in our way by procrastinating stuff. As everyone says (it’s actually easier said than done) the best time to do something is right now. If we can think of it now, why can’t we find time to act upon it. And again, who knows if the same opportunities will come again in the future?

Once we train our mind to take prompt actions, we’ll be able to save a lot of time. And more importantly, we’ll be able to open many doors. Who has all the time in the world to wait for something to happen? Who knows how many days are left for us in this world?

So, quit dreaming. Wake up. And make dreams a reality, because there is no one in this world who would do that for you!!

Harambe : An eye-opener ?

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How many times have we come across encounters between the wild and humans? Probably many. Even though those are a common thing for some people who live closer to the jungles where the wild animals roam freely, for most of us having an urban lifestyle, such news is pretty rare.

Ever since I heard the horrible news in the morning, just a few days before, I found my eyes go wet. I couldn’t think for a moment, and went my heart out to that beautiful creature who had to say goodbye in the most horrible manner. Yes, I’m so far away from Cincinnati, but the incident pulled out my sensitive side, particularly toward the wild and nature.

During the following days I read many articles shedding light at the incident in different angles. The outrage was particularly from the wild-lovers and from the set of people who believed they must have done a better job than that. And I’m also in the same standpoint.

Why do I care about the animal more?

This is a very sensitive topic to write about. As a human, describing the importance of existing of an animal has already become a hot topic among us. Amidst the many asking for the justice for the animal, the others slowly started to bring out the reasons to justify the incident. I was shocked at first how we forget our past in a matter of hours.

My anger would directly be pointed to the parents in the first place. Among many others who try to justify the parental issues raising a child at that age, I’d like to point out to them that if you realize it as such a tremendous task, why not do it without bothering others? I know my parents would have gone through the same scenario, and they still laugh mentioning about the mischievous things I’ve done in the past as a baby. But, they’ve made sure to protect me and the others as well.

Parenting is an universal phenomenon, which is common to every living being. Protecting their next generation (their younger species) is one of their priorities as well – no argument there. But as a developed species, do we really need to put us in competition with the other animals? Are we looking at a fair race there? Do they have the privilege of making use of the things that we have in an occasion like that? Simply put, they have only themselves to protect them.

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In another note, I hate visiting zoos. I really don’t like to see the expressions of their faces as they show their grievances for being caged. It’s not like we go to an art gallery or a theatre, that is a living being that we stare at. Just look at their eyes and see how much of a pain they go through. We can’t neglect their feelings for just being non-humans, too.

So, the damage has already been done. A precious life has been already lost due to poor parental skills. I’d like to see the relevant authority taking stringent actions against those parents just to let out the message to others.

If that’s the way we treat the endangered species in this world, it’d be better off letting them be in the wild, on their own. Bottom line is to act responsibly and not to make excuses for the things we are supposed to do in the day-to-day basis. We boast our superiority among the other living beings, and we are just a part of the nature as well.

I think it’s time to re-think our actions and to make necessary initiatives to preserve that beautiful side of nature for the next generations to come.

RIP Harambe, and all the other animals who had to depart for stupid reasons !!!

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