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FASTer - Issue #68

FASTer - Issue #68
By Faizan Siddiqi • Issue #68 • View online
Have you ever wondered why people come to you with their problems. Work, personal, other wise. Human nature? More to do with the Solomon’s Paradox:
We’re better at solving other people’s problems than our own, because detachment yields objectivity.
King Solomon, the third leader of the Jewish Kingdom, is thought of as a sage and a man of great wisdom. People traveled great distances to seek his counsel. But what’s not remembered quite as well is that his personal life was not so pretty. He made bad decisions repeatedly, and neglected to instruct his only son, who went on to ruin the kingdom. Hence the name, Solomon’s Paradox. Plenty of wisdom for others; but not for oneself.
Interestingly Kross et al (2014) found viewing oneself in the 3rd person yields the same detachment, so when trying to help yourself, imagine you’re helping a friend. We tend to reason more wisely about other people’s problems than our very own.

King Solomons Temple
King Solomons Temple
Your outcomes are dependent on you. If you are in your teens, between High School and University or at University presently in Pakistan. You need to spend your time off, your summer vacation and all future vacations to learn useful stuff.
Self Awareness as a skill
Increase your self-awareness with one simple fix | (18mins)
Increase your self-awareness with one simple fix | (18mins)
Shaping your Brain with Travel (even if its to Hyderabad)
Your Brain on Travel (7mins)
Your Brain on Travel (7mins)
How to do research online.
How to Do Research (8mins)
How to Do Research (8mins)
How to use Google Trends
How To Use Google Trends! Market Research To Compare Keywords, Topics etc (25Mins)
How To Use Google Trends! Market Research To Compare Keywords, Topics etc (25Mins)
One New Thing (That I learnt recently)
In 2002 Stephen Luby—a Nebraskan public health worker—implemented a simple public health initiative in the slums of Karachi (Pakistan) that dropped incidence of diarrhea 52%, pneumonia 48%, & skin infections by 35%, saving a ton of lives. It involved soap but the real secret was behavior change. More details here.
Boring Stuff that Scales
Restoration work/refinishing/refurbishing. Every one has a need, no one does it well, no one is qualified to make clients feel comfortable. Every one has a guy who could possibility do it but it’s a completely dis organized sector.
Restoration is a broad term I use, it could be from civil work, to house hold goods, to carpets, to cars to a wide spectrum of services.
For the purpose of todays discussion, today we stick to the residential side of restoration, from furniture, to carpets to rooms, turn key restoration given every one doesn’t have the time to run after finding disparate service providers. This is a middle to up market service.
Present state of play with regards to water damage but well beyond that, given the environment of high humidity and heat every one at some point in time has a need for a one of these refurbishment services or a bouquet. Imagine if you were able to build this bouquet and offer it year round and people could pick or choose. Think of it as the ability to retain value in things you’ve invested vs outright replacing them.
Think of an organized handyman service that has a large set of offerings vs the very basic.
As boring a business gets, but even if you had a seasonal offering every monsoon season, or wedding season, this would scale well and bring in great cashflow.
What you should be Reading
Cant Hurt Me.
For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare – poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world’s top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him “The Fittest (Real) Man in America.”
In Can’t Hurt Me, he shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential.
This 40% capability utilization really got me thinking and this book gives you a way to figure out what your remaining 60% could possibly be and how you can unlock it.
Monetize your time
By dialing into folks who talk about interesting things and have valuable perspectives to share, even if different from your own. Learn to look for interesting points of view especially opposing ones and see if you can learn some thing interesting from them. Heres a list to get started with.
Twitter is free university.

But 99.8% don't follow the right people.

Here are 100 Twitter leaders who could change your life:
Made in Pakistan via UK
Zeeshaan Shah of British Pakistani heritage , has been appointed as ambassador-at-large on funding. Zeeshaan Shah was a 27-year-old CEO of a property investment company, living in London, when he entered The Apprentice series 9.
He was the fifth candidate to be fired. Zeeshaan grew up in Pakistan and his work had taken him to Dubai, where he lived for two years.
He used to be a part-time waiter, worked for a phone company and had a real estate business.
Before going on The Apprentice, Zeeshan Shah said: “I take inspiration from Napoleon; I am here to conquer.” Lets see what his tenure brings the people of Pakistan.
Zeeshaan Shah's audition - The Apprentice 2013 - Series 9 - BBC One
Zeeshaan Shah's audition - The Apprentice 2013 - Series 9 - BBC One
One last thing
Incredible life advice, with visual perfection.
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Faizan Siddiqi

I have been fortunate to have mentored founders, established CEO's & students for about a decade, across the world. Every interaction has been an enriching experience for me personally. What I've observed , every one wants to do things FASTer. Be successful faster, be richer faster, do more faster, get to the end state faster. To grow FASTer you must learn to rely on small data, small acts & pick up on small nuances. Most people need a little push, contextually aware advice, directionality and a candid forum to learn from mistakes, perhaps their own but ideally from the mistake of others. This is an attempt to provide a safe space to answer the questions you don't ask in public and providing Go To Market Snippets on every day things, so you can truly Transform to your desired end-state, FASTer.

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