The importance of Passive Income

Aside

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.

The Challenge Thus far…

ImageBeing an aspiring entrepreneur, I’ve had a few challenges, there are not many who would agree with me, and however the fact of the matter is that to me it felt quite challenging. I am an entrepreneur by nature and I always will be. I keep travelling up and down from Dubai to Al-Ain coz my folks are there. I have often contemplated during these trips on the different ways in which these challenges could possibly be solved. I’m an entrepreneur, so automatically I’m quite flexible when I want to get something done. I make sure that the thing that I want to get done or the thing that needs to be done is done by hook or by crook!

This song by Mumford and sons – The cave, lovely song, its soooo damn inspirational! I will make my life how it’s meant to be. I will hold on hope, you take what is yours and I’ll take mine. These are lyrics from the song. I will find strength in pain. A wise man once said that what doesn’t kill will only make you stronger. I think the same applies to entrepreneurs, in the context that however you try you gotta give it the push that the project needs. We had Ahmed Abusafia’s leadership training session the other day. It was one of the most inspiring sessions on leadership that I had attended. Damn man, MBTI is such an eye opener; helps you figure out a SWOT analysis of yourself, even this friend of mine went and researched on the perfect partner for him based on his analysis! Lol….

I had the best ideas, the most scalable one on the accelerator program; unfortunately I didn’t have a developer or more specifically a competent co-founder. I think this is really important for a beginner entrepreneur. I need to start being a little more stubborn with myself in the sense that if I want to be a successful entrepreneur I need to start making my own deadlines and program myself in a way that I can reach where I’d like to reach at a certain point not so far away in my life. My company Innovation 360 is awesome, I couldn’t ask for a better place to be at as an entrepreneur. The boss is chill and so is everyone around me. I have made some really good friends who are all entrepreneurs in their own way, very creative and very admirable characters. This life is made of time and choices, an endless blend of innovation. I’m here to serve one and only purpose, the purpose to keep my peace. By that I mean I wanna sleep like a baby when I go to sleep, trust me, to reach that level of satisfaction it requires a lot of hard work. I could be dreaming wide awake, but that’s the beauty of it, dreaming + action on the dreaming = success.

ImageDreaming is okay, its great actually; I think someone who dreams passionately often on something particular tend to do things that enable him / her to make the dream come true. Times when I just can’t, bring myself to say it loud, I often sit back and dream about it, and somehow automatically by default, I do things that enables me to make things happen. It’s probably a very powerful tool that one can use right to his/her advantage. Conclusion – be a dreamer, and act on your dreams. Another interesting and powerful act that I had come across is to teach what you learn. I can’t tell you how awesome that is. It’s pretty amazing, the after effects coz you understand exactly where the one who imparted his knowledge to you was at the time you manage to articulate the information.