Life as we know it comes to an end, sooner or later. But words and ideas endure through time and continue to influence generations. With this in mind, I thought to myself why not capture some of the essential life lessons in articles and books. Hence I became an author two years ago.
My first book (available in pdf) titled ‘Go For It! Small things make a big difference’, was published in 2010 and launched at YLC (Young Leaders’ Conference), a conference organized by the School of Leadership (SoL) annually. In it, I urged my readers to get on with life instead of just sitting and waiting for things to get better. Being at the mercy of events is a road to ruin. Instead, we need to act intelligently by selecting the right moment to seize the opportunities around us, while trying to mitigate threats through concrete measures. ‘Reinvent Yourself – The future is not what it was’ was my second book that was launched last year. In it, we are encouraged to equip ourselves with tried and tested beliefs that give us the clarity and confidence with which to thrive in our rapidly changing world. Tools and concepts are included to help us tap the power of our mind for our own good and for all those we care for. In my third book, ‘Realm of Personal Leadership,’ I invite my readers to re-discover, analyze and expand their sphere of personal influence... our playing field, so to speak. This book will be available later this year, Insha’Allah.
Anyone who is conscious and aware of his or her capacity to influence others and to hold himself or herself accountable is a leader. Our personal leadership begins the moment we begin to individually see ourselves at the centre of our realm - which only we alone can determine. How grand or simple it happens to be, is of little consequence. What matters more than anything is that first we recognize our realm and then leverage it by inspiring those in it. Realm, according to Encarta Dictionary, is the scope of something; an area or domain, e.g., of thought or knowledge. It is also an area of interest e.g., the realm of pure mathematics or philosophy.
The central theme in all my writing and speaking engagements is to draw the attention of my audience to one simple fact i.e., Know who you are, and be it!! Of course, this is easier said than done.
Our appreciation of the world we live in becomes clearer and more engaging as we delve into our own beings and find glimpses of the countless gifts we have. The journey of self-discovery is never-ending. However, the very process is rewarding. The more we know of ourselves, the better we will understand others and our environment to benefit from it.
The act of learning becomes an inspiring endeavor, when it is done to achieve a vision we hold dear. True greatness lies in living on purpose, as we have defined it for ourselves.
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