Hello Beautiful People,
I can start with an apology for not writing this newsletter for a long time, but I would much rather say, I'm back.
For the past few months, I've been putting serious thought into what do I want to do with the newsletter? After countless hours, of debating this with others, I've come to the conclusion that with my limited time, I would like to help people become financially independent and lead a balanced life.
So, digital sanctum will be focused on you becoming self-sufficient, I will be sharing ideas, hacks, apps, interviews, websites, resources, and many other tools and channels of enablement.
Thank you for being here with me. As always, your feedback, conversations, hellos, and critiques are always welcome.
PS: As I am returning back to writing after a long time. I will be taking it slow.
The Solution to the Problem is already out there.
You have to find the problem.
Almost any business you start, you are trying to solve a problem. Find a solution to it. I am not sure who said this (if you do find out, please let me know), but this quote resonates with me a lot:
1 in 400 knows how to code, but 400 in 400 know how to solve a problem!
This is so true.
Ask anyone. Your friend. Your family. Your colleagues. They all have a solution to some problem. Whether the problem is big or small, worth addressing or not, relevant or irrelevant, is a matter of debate and perspective.
But we all have a problem that we can solve.
If you want to start a great business, talk to your friends, family, and colleagues. Ask them what are the top pressing 5 problems that they would like to solve. Take permission from them and record their answer on your mobile phone (don't rely on your memory alone). Jan Chipchase is the author of what is called The Field Study Handbook. A great resource to do field study and learn from the people around you.
I digress. The net result from all these engagements is you find a problem you feel like solving. That you feel you are passionate about. One that you think you can solve successfully (or at least try).
That is exactly how I started my business (being in the banking and payments space). I looked at various problems and eventually landed on a very specific problem to solve.
The key is persistence. You have to keep at it, till you either get the desired results or have had a firm belief, that you are on the wrong path and cannot go forward any further.
But never give up. This is my short personal story of not giving up.
People see me today and see some measure of success. Not knowing that it was a lot of hard work and consistency that landed me here.
I posted this tweet, just the other day and it got 100s of likes. Why? People can relate.
All this changed, because of talking to people and accidentally coming up with a problem, I think I knew how to solve it.
This is how the world works. There are a lot of serendipitous moments in life. With the way things are right now in the world: pandemic, food crisis, wars, economic downturn, layoffs, inflation, etc.
There is above all, hope.
'We suffer from an incurable malady: Hope.' — Mahmoud Darwish
I hope to start writing more consistently and with more substance, which you can indeed find useful.
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