The importance of Passive Income

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Passive income is such as defined by Wikipedia is “an income received on a regular basis, with little effort required to maintain it”.

ImageThis is my definition of passive income; passive income is something that can enable you to cover your basic living expenses, regardless of who you are, where you stay and the likes. It is important for us to have or build towards a source of passive income, it doesn’t necessarily require a lot of money, but it does however require a lot of your time and effort in the initial stages. Coming to think about it, I have been bought up in such an environment. Although my parents and my family have no clue about what passive income is, that is what they have been building towards all their lives and successfully done!

ImageI’m proud of my dad for enabling me to be bought up in that atmosphere. Now let’s get to it. There has to be a driving factor for you to build towards a sustainable passive income, it can be anything, your need for the whims and fancies in this world, your love for wealth, anything, but the fact is that you need a driving factor! To me passive income is important so that I can sustain my family, I can dedicate time to them, I can give time for my kids (whenever I have that is) and yet not be worried about the food being on the table when it needs to be there, but most of all, I have time for God when he needs me, that is my primary source of motivation, automating other parts of your life, like your business, your communications, your source of passive income so that you have the time to enjoy the pleasure of doing things manually when it comes to things that really matter.

A friend of mine heard me saying that I wanted to automate certain parts of my life and she said “its funny how people relate to automate with their own personal lives these days” – This is the main reason why I’m writing this blog. I want people to get this notion out of their minds and that it’s okay to automate, as long as you automate for the right reasons.

Have you taken a large home loan? Or did you put your savings in stocks, mutual funds or bonds? If not, then you can relax (not to relax about the fact that it’s essential for you to understand the importance of passive income but to relax about the fact that you are less likely to be affected by a bubble) but all of us who did are living on borrowed time. So you can see why I say passive income, in-order to prepare ourselves for the next financial crisis. You think the Dot com bubble was too big, well, there’s another big one coming and as a matter of fact; we are living in one, the bubble of all bubbles the “bail-out” bubble. The essence of this is that if you have set your passive income to cover your basic living expenses, then you are well on your way to preparing your selves. The clock is ticking and time is not working in our favor, it’s important for us to build a sustainable environment for the generations to come not to mention, to enable them to understand the importance of this sustainability.

ImageI mean what’s the point of going around and making money when you are not there for your child’s recital? So in order to be able to that, firstly you need to prioritize, what I mean by that is, if you prioritize business and money over your family and friends and relationships, then go for it. So what’s the point? Why are you here on this earth? God has given us this life to enjoy. Earth and the relationships that you have is a gift from God; we are its people who are meant to enjoy God’s grandeur.

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Building a sustainable vision

ImageBeing entrepreneurs, having a vision is absolutely important to us. So how do we structure this? Where do we start?

There were a couple of starting points to enable me to start building my vision board, the vision for my life in a short term (usually between 3 – 5 years) and my long term vision. (usually between 10 – 15 years). The place you like to be at in a span of x number of years is what needs to be on the vision board.

When I look at my vision board, I see a house, a big one, I see myself in a suit, and I see a Stanford MBA degree with my name on it. I see a factory / company, a link that goes from the company to a picture of people which means that I want to be someone who pays the society back for what she has done for me, particularly for people less fortunate than I am. I am an activist, a man of God, and essentially to me what’s more important than all the money power and fame is to achieve my purpose in this world. So I believe the vision board is an enabler for you to be closer aligned to your purpose in this world. The more aligned you are with your purpose in this world, the better off you are, that is what your vision should be like. In Rick Warren’s book, he mentions C.S Lewis “The more we let God take us over, the more ourselves we become – because he made us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be… It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to his personality, that I begin to have a real personality, a personality of my own”

The key to being a successful entrepreneur is to build and be involved in things that enables growth in the society, there has to be that kind of a vision to be successful, when you build something, the thought process should always involve about how you are empowering the society with whatever it is that you are building. The vision board is something that I hold dear to my heart, it’s a living thing, things on my vision board keeps changing, lol it even gets old. It’s pretty easy to maintain a vision board if you see it this way.

So I believe that building a sustainable vision starts with building the perfect vision board, this is even important to companies, a vision board doesn’t have to be boring.

There are two sides to my vision board, a side dedicated to the achievements and a side dedicated to the things that need to be achieved, so this essentially takes off the bad word “loss / lost opportunities” coz the beauty of my vision board coz it’s two sided is that whenever there’s something that I haven’t achieved, it automatically moves to the other side, which shows the things that needs to be achieved.

Tell you what, first things first, close your eyes and think yourself in a happy place, a place you like to be in, now come into a place where you would like to be 3 years down the lane. I recommend some mild melodic music in your background. Be creative, to me Mozart enables my mind to be a lot more creative than I normally am. It’s important for you to hang your vision board where you will be at more often. The whole point is to envision things that will enable your mind to subconsciously imprint into your minds.

Do this vision board if:

– You’re not sure what exactly you want
– You’ve been in a period of depression or grief
– You have a vision of what you want, but are uncertain about it in some way.
– You know you want change but don’t know how it’s possible.

 

 ImageDisclaimer: The vision board is not a shortcut! If anything, the vision board is just going to make you work harder, but the beauty of it is that if you love what you do, you are just not going to feel the pinch, I urge you all, the vision board, is something that can enable you to align your thoughts straight, and something that can help you try and understand what you want from this world. The most sustainable vision is a vision that’s aligned and congruent with the vision of God for you, coz that way you are not alone! Whether you are a company or a single individual, you have to know that you are here for a purpose, and it’s okay, to want the whims and fancies of this world, that’s the way we are wired, have you guys thought about if we didn’t have any desire for worldly benefits, what a world we would be in? It would be so blah! I personally can’t imagine! So I believe that God has wired us with these desires for a purpose. So it’s okay to desire, but just as long as we have our thoughts and visions aligned with that of God’s. The bible says, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all these things will be added unto you” Are you kidding me!? How cool is that! All we have to do is to seek the kingdom of God???? And the Lord will provide us with our hearts desires. 

As a budding entrepreneur – 2

Well, so there I was in Binay’s office, so earlier the previous day we had a very interactive session about all the possible pros and cons that could affect whether or not Mr. Shetty would consider this investment with with buddies I am really grateful to Mohammed Ismael, Fayaz, +Jobbin John ,Salman, +denny john and many other guys. That was possibly the most constructive session I could have had at that point before meeting the Shettys. Initially we decided to ask him for AED 100k, close to about $33k but somehow we got carried away by how awesome my idea was and decided that we would ask him to invest AED 1.5m, close to about $350k!!!

So there we were sitting like nothing could stop us, Binay was very welcoming, very down to earth personality, he invited us to his conference hall. We presented the idea, he was impressed, however when we came down to the figures, I could say, although he never showed it out, he was shocked! Bunch of kids asking him for 1.5m dirhams, for an idea! I like to cycle btw. It was a huge risk from an investor’s perspective. Coming to think about it, I don’t think I myself would have invested in myself if I had the resources, unless I was absolutely certain about the ROI. And these days, nothing is certain. And there ended my story with Binay.

The lesson I learned from this experience is that, it’s absolutely imperative that you ask an investor as little as possible and offer him as much as you possibly can, because at the end of the day he made an investment, you and the investor are partners in what you do. And he being the investor, would make an extra investment once you get the first round of seed fund. There is no way an idea will get exorbitant amounts just for the fact that, although the idea might be the next Facebook, there is no solid statement of ROI unless of course they are either Friends, Family or Fools!

As a budding entrepreneur

To me there is nothing more exhilarating than being an entrepreneur. I used to work here in the middle east as a professional accountant, however my my job although was rewarding, was never satisfying. My life was at a stand still career wise, my love life was as it is very boring, never had any serious relationships since the one in India. Actually never intended to get into a relationship until my career was set right.

My dad is a very successful entrepreneur, he has his own thing going on in India. And since the age of sixteen he tried to inject the entrepreneurial spirit into me, and well effectively looks like that paid off, I worked in his firm for a while before I shifted base to Dubai. I like to think that I have the entrepreneurial spirit in me, and needs to be nurtured a lot more.

Have I made any mistakes as a budding entrepreneur? Of course! Haha, I remember I had this fantastic idea, all planned out, excel sheets and the works! I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Binay R Shetty, through a cousin of mine. There is nothing I would give away for that learning experience, we went in with two of my other friends, Denny John and Fayaz Mohammed. We saw Mr. B.R Shetty as well, Binay’s father, someone with a net worth of over $1.7b, one of my inspirations, he started off as a medical representative and eventually started his own group of hospitals and and pharmacies around the middle east, later on to grow as one of the biggest hospital and hotel chains here in the middle east and India.
So what happened at the meeting?