Travesty Of Reality Of Social Media – Part 01

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I just stumbled upon something while I’m doing some research for the MBA module, International Business. Since the subject itself is somewhat broader to address, I spent some time going through some statistics available on the internet from various sources. They are figures depicting the current situation of people in the world. It’s interesting to see how things are changing over the period of time, and to tell you the truth, the world is changing in an immense speed in every possible direction.

This article is about using social media by modern generation. It has become a common practice today to use them by almost every company, institutions and even individuals. With the availability of different types of websites and other mobile applications, people tend to follow many types of resources at a given time. I don’t say that’s bad, and it’s clear that it’s the future we are heading in to. But, my consideration here is whether people are aware of how to use them and the consequences they’ll come across by doing so.

This is a broad subject to talk about. I’m glad to cover some important aspects of things I’d like to point out to people out there. (These are my personal views of things, and the reality or the understanding of someone else may be completely different from what I say here)

First of all, I personally follow some of the famous social media sites and apps, and the experience is amazing. Almost all of them are having a feature to attract all of our senses in the same time, and for a moment we completely forget our existence in this world. We completely glue ourselves in to those beautiful worlds, and for a moment we go around the globe with just moving our fingertips. Every time we do so, we are temporarily disengage from the real we are living in, from the tasks we do in a day-to-day basis. For some, this can be treated as a little break from the usual work. As long as you treat it that way, it won’t affect your life much. But unfortunately, they are highly addictive, which means they have a tendency to bypass the fact that the clock is ticking!

For what sort of content people are attracted in to? With the new platforms, people decide what they want to watch or read, by following and subscribing to pages and channels. In that way, that particular virtual space becomes the ultimate fantasy world for anyone. Simply put, the exact sort of things an individual would like to do instead of what they are doing right now. This can be used as a great motivation as well. And I believe the people posting such content, market those materials in the same manner. Ultimately people start jumping into the same world, by start posting and making videos and other imagery contents.

My focus here is not for those people who have already taken an initiative. But, for the others who just enjoy surfing through those contents, and may be, over spending time in the virtual world. Unknowingly, a gap is being created between the creators and watchers.

In my next blog, I’d like to point out what the gap, and how it’s created. And why people are not aware of it. Also the dangers which would impact up on individuals for not making an attempt to understand it and to do something about it.

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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!!