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as if marshmallow is sticky;
and a hedgehog is angry;




Among the snowy clouds
Up the North.

Riding the bird of desire
With wings of fire
Through the “sad heights”
And the gleeful tops.

Saw the angels from Heaven,
Deuces from Hell;
Tell stories of shivering thunder
Hades under,
And majestic The Spectre.

To pass on to those
Seeking solace
To breathe and boil
The turning toil
Unleash the coil.

Free your desire
Meander the clouds
To strive to find
To work and build
The edifice still.

                  ____Muhammad Shahab.


A Strange Way of an Easy Workstyle


I had at least twenty books on my table in my room on which I work and study. But mostly, I read two or three of them simultaneously. The rest are to be put in the bookshelf, which, I did not. Although I could not study all of them at the same time no matter how hard I tried. It was the Pareto Principle through which I organized them and got so much benefit from this rule in my work as well as my studies.

You might have heard somewhere in your college about the Pareto Principle in an economics class or statistics. If not here is this simple rule that describes many of our activities in life.

Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian economist, devised a rule called The Pareto Principle, also known as 80/20 rule or the law of the vital few.

What it means is that 80% of the consequences are the results of 20% actions or activities.

Originally, this rule was meant for the distribution of wealth among the population but it has an important role to play in other aspects of life as well. For example, if you work so your focus on the most important 20% of your work will give you 80% of the result.

To put it more simple, by focusing on the 20% important work, we can get 80% of the desired results.

It helps in time management as well. As I mentioned in the beginning about my books I sorted out all of them in my bookshelf and left two books for studying at the same time. And it really worked. I just finish the book in the exact amout of time I want to give it. This I could not do, perhaps, due to information overload or something. And I am here more productive than before. I now focus on the 20% of my work which is important and gives me 80% of the results. And you can do the same by using this formula to sort out what is important and what needs to be done with more care.

So this was a little about the Pareto Rule if you have anything to add I would really appreciate it.

           ____Muhammad Shahab.
Originally published on my Medium blog.


Four Defining Traits of the Leaders


Leaders are the ones who push others to the limits. Who are always willing to sacrifice and “work their butt off” as Schwarzenegger once said. In any field of life we see leaders and inspire from them. We often take their routine and lifestyle as a special trait. They are differentiated by some characteristics which are not there in all of us. So they have these following traits which differentiate them from the lot.

1. They are Up Front;
Whenever you come across any leader you’ll see him/her up front. They are always in the front row. Their function is like a Gladiator, like William Wallace from the movie Braveheart. They do not let failure touch them, but only winning and winning. They’ll sacrifice what they have for what they’ll become.

2. They are Up to Date;
The second trait of a leader is knowledge and information. Wherever they might be, they are always up to date. They keep themselves updated all the times for it pays them back not only in monetary terms but also as increasing their stock of knowledge. So when you acquire these two traits you are halfway there to be a leader.

3. They are Up to Their Job;
Yes, they will be seen in their work hours straight in their workplaces. Leaders are all the time workoholics. Also, they work smart rather than hard. I’ve also written on the skills for smart work. You can check by clicking here.

4. They are Always Up Early in the Morning;
This might be a little hard for all of us but leaders never compromise on waking up at early hours. Morning hours are extremely important. We have more energy. We are more relaxed. So we can have more hours of energy and relaxation to work as much as we can.



____Muhammad Shahab.
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Are You Working the Right Way?


One of the greatest scientists Stephen Hawking once said;

Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.”

The question I want to ask you is, “Are you working the right way?” To this, Hawkimg did not supply an answer. So let us have a brouhaha about how to work the right way and get where you want to go in the next mont, perhaps, the next year or even in five years. There are many ways of working really hard but sometimes you’ll get confused what to do next and what is important for you to do at the right place in the right time. Let me supply an answer to the muddle of working the right way.

Work Smart
You might have heard this before but not too many people would’ve told you how to work smart. Everyone works, perhaps, eight hours a day, six days a week but working constantly at the same pace is not a good idea at all. You have to change the way you work. Working like the other guy beside you will not give you the desired results. Here I would simply say that define your own workstyle which is absolutely different from the other guy. If the other guy works eight hours a day, do the same but change the style.

Take Responsibility
The first thing in smart work is to take responsibility. Take the responsibility of your job, whatever that job you have; an accountant, a teacher, a student, or whatsoever. There is a saying,

With great power comes great responsibilities.”

But I say the more responsibility you take will give you an influence among others and it will give you power. So by taking responsibility you’ll get trusted. Everyone trusts the one who is more responsible. Once someone told me that;

“Business is playing with others’s money.”

But who’ll give you his money if you’re unresponsible? It applies everywhere else exactly the same.

By prioritising your work you’ll get more things done in less time. Everyone has time but it depends on their priorities. Give priority to important work. Do not get confused by too many tasks, just prioritise the most important tasks to be done first and you’ll see the consequences.

Focus on One Task at a Time
In any work focus is very important. Once you prioritise your work, take the first task and focus on it as you are a lion approaching calmly at a prey. Avoid too many distractions such as social media while you work. You can divide your time in periods. Work for one hour with full focus then take five minutes brake. Listen to a song, browse Facebook, or just get outside and look at the sky. Repeat this circle as long as you finish your work.

Take Risk
Those who do not take risks remain the same. When it is about work, take risks. So many famous people you know have had taken risks. James Cameron put his own life at risk by challenging the Challenger Deep. He went there, recorded his journey diving to the deepest place in the ocean. Why do we remember him is because he took a risk. I do not mean that you go and jump to river but take a calculated risk. Make calculations and measure the consequences and put the whole of your energy into it. As Marcuss Sieff once said;

“Leaders must be seen to be up front, up up to date, up to their job, and up early in the morning”.

So in this way you’ll get the desired results. At the end of the day you’ll be satisfied with what you do because of your smart work which will distinguish you from the lot.
       __Muhammad Shahab