Fareed Zakaria (CNN) talks to Michael Lewis (Liar’s Poker) about the economic crisis and Wall Street’s future

Have a look at this video:
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Blogging as a Business? What’s a blog anyway?

Blogging is one of the things that I actually enjoy doing. It has been an interesting journey so far. Apart from sharing ideas and thoughts, I also hope to earn some side income from my blog to keep me going. I treat my blog as a business.

Anyway, what’s a blog?

A blog, or a weblog is a website maintained by a person called the blogger. He/she posts interesting materials, his/her journal entries, pictures, videos, and more. Visitors are also usually able to leave comments and share their thoughts on the blog. I guess I can say that a blog is a more humanised version of a website. You are able to interact with people on a blog.

How to blog?

A blogger uses a blogging platform to maintain his/her blog. He uploads posts, materials, pictures, videos, musics and loads more through the blogging platform.

Blogging Platforms available out there?

There are many out there but I think the two common ones are WordPress and Blogger (Blogspot).

A wordpress blog’s URL is usually in the format of NAME.wordpress.com while a blogspot’s blog is in the form of NAME.blogspot.com.

Sometimes, people use either one of this blogging platforms and couple them with their own domain names. That”s when you are able to get something like www.nadlique.com to go with your blog. Unfortunately, this costs money. You’ll be spending on domain names as well as web hosting.

Recommended Reading(s)

A really good book that I’d recommend is Start Your Own Blogging Business by Entrepreneur Press and J.S. McDougall . This is the book that got me going the first time around.

In the future, we’ll look at things like how to profit from your blog and how to market your blog.

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Treading the walk of financial freedom alone

The journey of wealth creation can be fascinating and exhilarating, though sometimes it can be tiring and frustrating. Being alone in the journey can sometimes be rather de-motivating. Let’s face it, we’re human beings. It can be hard at times to keep us focussed on our objectives.

If one has a partner or partners to share the journey with, the journey itself would be more interesting. They can learn from each other and they can even motivate each other.

Even better, in that journey, you have formed yourself a husband-and-wife team (or boyfriend-and-girlfriend team for that matter). You now have a full-time partner to assist you in your investments and businesses. Things will be much easier.

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Once an aviator, forever an aviator… (Three inspiring videos)

Aviators and future aviators, have a look at the videos below.

1. Etihad commercial. Been watching this pretty much every day for quite some time. Truly “Inspirational”.

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How to accumulate capital for business or investments

Everybody knows that to start a business or to start investing, you need capital (in Bahasa Melayu, modal). This issue of finding capital to start with is also one of the reasons why many people do not invest nor save nor start a business.

Do these excuses apply to you:

1. “I have no savings at all to buy unit trusts”
2. “What’s left over from my salary at the end of the month is so meagre that I shouldn’t be bothering about investing.”
3. “Invest? Business? Are you kidding me? I barely have enough money to keep myself going.”

To start, let’s make it clear. There will never be enough money to invest or even form a business. However, we, humans, the breadwinner, have the power. We are the decision-makers. The issue of “not having enough money” is only in our minds.

The solution is simple. Make sure there’s enough money to plow into investments/businesses. How? Use the thing that sits between the tight few inches between our ears, my dad says. In other words, use our brain. Be creative.

If you are working and rely on your salary, try working out your budget. Try cutting down things that are unnecessary. Make sure your inflows are much more than your outflows. Don’t even be tempted to load up your credit cards. Bad debts are bad. Money will be enough if you make it enough. Cut down on those luxuries. Hey, who said journey of wealth creation is easy?

If it’s still not enough, then it’s time to get creative!

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The more you give, the more you get back in return (philanthropic and charitable efforts)

The more you give, the more you get back in return.

Aiming for wealth is good but in my honest opinion, utilising the wealth for the good of others is also respectable, no?

We hear in the press about rich folks giving millions away for philanthropic and charitable efforts. Even Warren Buffett gave away a mighty proportion of his wealth to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Very admirable.

Perhaps it’s time for us to do the same as well? Granted, we don’t have as much wealth as these guys do, but giving little by little will certainly make a difference in the long run, wouldn’t you agree?

For the past couple of weeks, I have been promoting 5 charity organisations that I currently support. I’m not able to give much financial support just yet but hopefully by advertising them on my blog, I’ll be able to give them some extra exposure. Anyway, to recap, here they are again:

1. PLAN Australia
2. Fred Hollows Foundation
3. Operation Smile Australia
4. Muslim Aid Australia
5. Human Appeal International

I’ve always been thinking to myself about giving back when I’m a bit well off. Often, when we are indeed “well off”, we always have excuses not to give back. So, instead of allowing myself to do that, I’m forcing myself to do my part. It’s not much, but at least it’s something. I urge all of you to do the same. It doesn’t have to be the organisations I’ve listed above. You can support any organisations that you feel comfortable with.

On top of having an investment portfolio, how about having a charity portfolio as well? Sounds fair? After all, the more you give, the more you’ll get back.

Do share in the comments section below of the charity organisations that you support.

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It’s official! Nadlique is now financially free!

With an investment of only AUD15, I am now officially a ten trillionaire! Look at the picture below as a proof.
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An Interesting Experience with a Malaysian Insurance Company

A few years ago, my parents and I went to the office of a Malaysian insurance company for a renewal.

Let’s start with why we went in the first place. It started when I asked my mum a few nights earlier about insurance. She then went to check the insurance policies and found out that they had expired. The thing is, this insurance company did not even bother to send renewal reminders. I mean, what sort of business are they running? Not bothering to send renewal reminders to customers translate into people forgetting to renew their insurance which translates into no money going into the company’s bank account.

In our insurance policies also, there were some mistakes. Under the beneficiary section, there was some random dude listed there. Somebody that we don’t even know. My mum had in fact called the insurance company a long time ago and they said “yeah yeah, we’ll change it right away.” At the office, we found out, the random fellow’s name is still there. So, what happens then if something happened to one of us (i.e my parents and I) ? Who’ll be getting the payout?

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Muslim Aid Australia & Human Appeal International: Giving with a Purpose

Muslims and non-muslims, if you like to help others, these two organisations are the ones to look out for. They are Muslim Aid Australia and Human Appeal International.

These folks have a range of charitable programs that you can donate to. Some of the programs deal with education & skills, orphans, health & medical, micro enterprises, and many more. Do visit their websites here and here for a full list of what they do.

You can even pay zakat over there too!

Do lend a hand folks. Who knows, maybe in the future we’ll be the ones needing help.

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