The ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ reveals the importance of ‘hope’

The ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ reveals the importance of seeding ‘hope’ into youngsters.

Teach your children to have ‘faith’ whenever times get tough. Don’t abandon them with their miseries, nurture their strengths, if they fall, pick them up, challenge them further. Win their trust so that they never hesitate to share anything, good or bad, with you. Turn their dreams into ambitions worth living for.

Deaths you see now cannot entirely be blamed on the game. The game is manipulating the darkness that was already inside them. It should be your ‘voice’ in their ‘head’ ridiculing the game anyway…

PS: It’s not cool when you post a status on Facebook saying, ‘Playing Blue Whale Challenge’. Someone somewhere might be broken, sad and in despair who might play the game just because you made it look cool on Facebook.

Trend of Motivational Speakers

Every second you find a new ‘Motivational Speaker’. You check their past and it’s full of quotes and poems which again are from someone else.

To those who ‘pay’ to attend such sessions, find the courage to ask and listen the stories of your father or mother. Find motivation in them and the ones close to you.

Worst, learn to search such videos on Youtube. You’ll find plenty, with better and newer quotes and poems!

PS: People who work keeping their heads down for a long time, are the ones who inspire and motivate with their experiences. Everything else is a movie – mostly entertaining but not productive.

Peace!

Another version of our lives – beyond Social Media!

We are not just the images we create of ourselves on social media, but have a second version of our lives running in parallel, the version of struggles, despair, hardships and challenges. The pathway to startup is never easy, even life has its own challenges which are different to each of us. But we tend to share positive stories on social media. This is having a damaging effect on many upcoming stars and even to our closest friends. The feeling of missing out is making them desperate to achieve something bigger, pushing them to find a way to change the world. They need to relax and consider the second picture too. The life that they now enjoy could be something that many of us dream every single day. Focus and harness your energy in all positive manner you can, live up a good life. You’ll have your unique story in time. Whatever you seek, is also seeking you. No one can take what is destined to be yours. Be sincere, self-disciplined and generous.

Difference of opinions were once productive, not anymore!

There was a time when debates were considered productive, a difference of opinion gave birth to new ideas not create hatred. A time when people appreciated disagreement keeping aside their ego and pride. People were continuous learners and good listeners. They weren’t full of themselves or afraid of failures. They were patient.

These days, when you disagree on any topic, you’ll be shunned, hated and remembered for the rest of your life as someone who didn’t ‘like’ that person. Now, it’s just a game of ‘likes’, no matter how fake they are, people just want to consume ‘likes’.

If people don’t criticize or correct you. You should be worried

Peace!

 

True Champions behind Team Pakistan at APICTA 2016!

APICTA 2016 polished my pitching skills and boosted my art of storytelling. It made me realize there is more to be done. Being ‘comfortable’ for any ‘startup’ is devastating, I never was, but it firmed my belief more.

I participated in a category called, “Tools & Applications” but the teams from Hong Kong rocked that category. They truly deserved the win with their idea related to Augmented Reality. A Social Media Tool needs to be way more than it is now to compete with a tool related to Augmented Reality.

When my expectations crashed as the winners from Hong Kong were announced, my immediate thoughts were that I’ll never participate again, but it was a moment when I paused, it was a moment when I reflected back, it was when I felt that there is more to do, much beyond than the technology of Augmented or Virtual Reality itself. The process and learning I went through to win, the friends I made in Taiwan, is far more important than winning itself. I’ll do more and move forward with the amazing support of my family and friends!

The love and support, the training’s, the mentoring – everything I experienced is far more greater than anyone can ever expect from a competition. Thank you Jehan Ara for making it happen and enabling startups to compete at such a level. The way you listen to us, fight for us and help us in making a change is beyond one can ever imagine. It takes more than a lifetime to help so many selflessly.

My slide deck kept changing every single day, the story, the start, the end, the pictures, the content – everything. There were times when I thought it was too much for me as the script in my head kept mixing and overlapping. But in the end, I came to know my product more than I ever knew it before. Thank you Jawwad Farid for this gift. Thank you for training us aggressively, for reviewing the story deck, for being so apt in responding to my emails, for helping me in graphs, for training me at The Nest IO, in your office, home and even in your car! This is the way he worked with not only me, but many startups that participated in APICTA 2016! The way he conducted the 30-day experiment on Social Champ boosted my confidence more. Thank you!

The reason I could focus on my pitching was because Rumaisa handled everything related to our travelling, visa, ticket and hotel. Her constant reminders of upcoming events, schedules, made me relax and focus on my pitch. Her constant design suggestions made me significantly improve the dark black and white presentation design I previously had. I’m so glad that she was always there for every startup, advising, suggesting and forcing us to make things right in her own way.

Pakistan broke all its previous records in APICTA 2016 by winning 3 Golds, and 6 Silvers! The details of winning teams and judging criteria can be read here.  It couldn’t have been possible without the support from PASHA and THE NEST IO, the team and the mentors that started training us 3 weeks before APICTA 2016.

Thank you Jehan Ara, Jawwad Farid, Rumaisa Mughal, The NEST IO and PASHA for a memorable and productive trip to Taiwan. I owe the experience and learning I received, to the next upcoming startups. My pitch deck is ready and final, it will stay that way for many months to come, with ofcourse some minor data changes as Social Champ continues to grow!

Thank you!

 

FOMO – Feeling of Missing Out, can be your worst feeling on social media.

Just because everyone; laughs on divorces, rebels religious events, judges morality, becomes god, hates everything, wants to be supreme – doesn’t mean you to be “shallow” too.

You can be different. And to be different, you don’t have to say something stupid to get noticed on social media.

You don’t have to be a part of something running “hot” in news just because everyone does.

You don’t have to ridicule something or someone to look cool or educated in your circle.

You don’t have to go watch a movie in a cinema since most of your friends watched.

You don’t have to feel depressed if you see others having fun.

AND if you feel same way “alot”, have a break for few days from social media. Talk to people personally. Everything you see on social media about someone doesn’t entirely represent their lives. Pains, struggles, hardships, embarrassments & failures are rarely seen.

Remember.
Understanding this feeling is important so we may find ways to tackle it and live happier lives. And yes, next time you see someone unlocking an achievement or having fun, say MashAllah and say a small prayer for them…
“May they have more InshAllah”

Peace!

The banning of Chinchi’s in Karachi!

If you’re one who supports the banning of Chinchi’s and now you can drive in much lesser traffic, I think you are ignorant. You perhaps don’t understand the greater pain.

Chinchi’s competed with the transport mafia, the bus conductors were forced to “respect” the old passengers and did not ask them to leave the bus arrogantly when they were short on few rupees.

The transport mafia, had to lower the bus fares since there was a competition and people found Chinchi’s more safer because of constant looting in buses. In many, the drivers were accomplice too.

█ What changed when the Chinchi’s got banned?
The bus fares were 50% increased yesterday for “NO” reason, (since no competition now, and people got no options). An old man, with his wife and a child was dropped out of the bus right before my eyes, only because the old man refused to pay the increased rates while the rest of us quarreled a bit but paid.

When questioned, the conductor accepted that they had to pay alot to ban these Chinchis and its now their time to earn.

Worst, this transport mafia even managed to ban the 9-seater rickshaws too and impose a heavy fine on them. My younger brother’s driver had to pay heavily just to get out of jail, because he used 9-seater rickshaw to pick students.

█ If you support the ban, but agree that it provided value.
Trust me, you are confused, or maybe you don’t use public transport on a daily basis.
Respected P.M announced a gift of Karachi Metro Buses, which still is a myth.

Commute is a general problem, if there is a solution that could temporarily work, it should be adapted rather than “hoping” that someday, our beloved government will introduce state-of-the-art buses and all our commuting problems will be solved, so until that happens, all “chinchis’ should banned because teenage kids drive those and our traffic police officers are too lazy to keep a check on them as they can be easily bribed, so yes ban all of them!

And let’s say they were unsafe and many lives were lost because of Chinchi’s: So why were the 9-seated rickshaws banned? They were VIP options for the many.

After the ban of Chinchi’s I hoped that maybe, maybe those 9-seated rickshaws will take the route on which these Chinch’s traveled, but.. nah, next day, they were banned too.

And quiet frankly, an old man or a college/university student doesn’t care if somewhere in future a good solution suddenly pops up, solving their current problem which they might not have then.

You cannot ban something completely, problems have solutions.
You don’t kill a patient because of the sickness, you cure it!

I wanted to write this 2-3 days back, but today I had seen enough…

Peace!