222,994 (+ free giveaway)

I was doing some data crunching this weekend, and that’s the number that tallied.
That’s the number of people I’ve helped so far.  (Yay!)
However, it’s not an accurate number. 
For a couple of reasons…
  • Some of the data sources dried up a few months back so I don’t have the latest information on them – the challenge of relying on third-party data sources.
  • A lot of it is down to personal reasons – I forgot or stopped logging some of the data – mainly because I got bored.
  • Also, it only includes data from the last few years, rather than right from the time I started actively helping others. 
So the number above, 222,994, is a fairly conservative tally. 
It’s not quite there yet, but it’s more than 1/5th of the way to my first milestone – helping a million people. That’s progress. It’s a good, solid number. And it’s good to know where I stand – helps me know that I’m on the right track. But more than that, those numbers represent lives I’ve impacted positively, and that makes me really happy 🙂
This is also progress for me, personally. Even a few years ago I wouldn’t have considered making anything of the number. I would have been too focused on how much farther I have to go, rather than noting how far I’ve come. I most certainly would not have talked about it publicly. That’s one of the things I’ve learned over time, that it really is important to celebrate your progress, even the seemingly small ones. This though isn’t a small progress – positively impacting over 200,000 lives is by no scale a small feat, and I am very grateful for being able to do that. So it’s a double cause for celebration. On top of that, it’s Eid today!
Now, I have three takeaways for you, if you will…
  1. Track your numbers. It helps you know where you stand and how far you’ve come, plus how far you are from your goal. Knowing these are important for moving forward, for continuing to move towards your goals. Tracking your metrics can be the boost you need to keep going even if you start losing morale, or feel like throwing in the towel. They help you know whether what you’re doing is working or not, as well as what to do more (or less) of. 
  2. Celebrate your milestones and progress. Your achievements, even the small ones, are what ultimately add up to big things. And celebrating them reminds you that you’re doing something right, that you’re on the right track.
  3. Help people – however, and wherever, you can. We all have the capacity to help others, even if it is something as small as being kind to them with your words. There are always opportunities to help others, you just need to look. Helping others makes the world a better place. Do your bit, make a positive dent in the universe. 
As for my goal, I still have a long way to go to reach my moonshot – the goal of positively impacting a billion lives. So I will carry on, renew my efforts, and do what I can to help. My latest book is out, and my podcast is going strong, so those will help. And I have a few more things in the pipeline – if you’re subscribed to my blog, you’ll get a heads up about them. 
To mark the occasion, I have decided to give away a copy of one of my books, for free. I really do appreciate you, my readers. I hope this book will add some value to your life.
You can check it out in the link below (or, on Issuu).
Now before I end, I do have an ask for you – if you have any ideas or suggestions on how I can positively impact more people, let me know. Reach out. Connect. And more importantly, spread the word. Let’s make this world a better place together.  
PS. For those of you who are celebrating Eid today, Eid Mubarak. 
PPS. You can learn more about my Billion goal here

What is the point of life?

What is the point of life?
Self awareness and fulfillment?
Taking care of ourselves?
But they can’t be the point of life, and I will elaborate why below.
Self care, self love, self awareness, etc are all important because at the end of the day if you don’t take care of yourself you will be of no good to anyone.
But that can’t be, and is not, the end goal. Because if all we did was take care of ourselves, made ourselves happy and then died when our time was up – it would be a very meaningless existence.
For everyone else, it would be as if the person never existed.
No, I believe our existence far precedes our own needs and wants.
Our existence is about making a difference.
A life spent in pursuit of only one’s own happiness doesn’t lead to a life of meaning, a life spent in the pursuit of making a difference does.
Steve Jobs’ quote about making a dent in the universe is one of my favourite quotes.
We are all here to make a dent in the universe.
Some will make bigger dents than others, and that’s ok.
The point isn’t about who makes a bigger dent, but rather about making a dent, a difference.
How we do that is up to us.
Making a difference is what makes humans such an incredible race.
It is what makes the world such a great place.
It is what makes life worthwhile, and worth living.
Make your dent in the universe.

Passive helping streams

Have you heard of passive income streams? The idea with them is that you create income streams that continue to generate income from work you do once.

It’s a great strategy, one that I applied to my passion for helping people.
I have a few passive streams for helping people.
They continue to help people from one-time work.
This includes my books, blogs and other writings, as well as people I’ve advised, coached and mentored.

I hit upon the idea years back, when I posted reviews based on places I’d travelled to on Tripadvisor.
The reviews I posted there continue to help people even to this day.

I knew about passive income streams, so I wanted to emulate that principle for helping others.
And that’s what my books do.
As well as my blog posts and other writings.

And I will continue to build similar passive helping streams so that people continue to benefit from my work long after I’m gone.
That will be one of my legacies.
One of the ways in which my work will continue to make the world a bit better every day.
One of the ways I want my life to mean something, and matter, and make a positive difference.

How about you – do you have any passive helping streams?

The best way to learn

Do you know what the best way to learn is?

It is to teach.

If you want to really learn something, don’t just learn about it, teach someone else. This way you improve your own grasp of the topic, and you help spread knowledge.

Win-win.

What being powerful is not about

Being powerful isn’t about being better than others.
Or talking down to people.
Or treating people badly.

People who are truly powerful are people who are generous, kind and good.

They are genuine and authentic.
They mean what they say.
They do good – not to show off, or get adoration and acclamation, but because they genuinely care, and want to do good.

In fact, it’s their good and authentic nature that makes them truly powerful.
Because power gained through force or deception doesn’t last long.
There’s a reason why despots and tyrants don’t last long.
There’s also a reason why often the most powerful people are the ones who don’t want to yield any power.

Do good, to the best of your ability.
Because at the end of the day, that really is what matters.