My Big Challenge for 2009

“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison

I have been thinking about my goals and aspirations for 2009 for the last couple of days. I have been setting goals for various aspects of my life. When I reached the category of personal goals, I began thinking on similar parallels to my goal of starting this blog in 2008. I believe starting this blog was one of the most rewarding goals that I have set to date. It has come to a point that I am motivated on a daily basis to write something and if I don’t, it feels as if I have forgotten something during the course of the day, in short I miss it! While thinking about this I began debating the idea of possibly writing a book in 2009. It would be a book about entrepreneurship and detail the major joys, hurdles and learning experiences I have had on my journey so far. The primary objective would be to assist others out there who are wanting to start a business or have started a business recently. After thinking about it in depth, I know that such a book would have been of great help to me when I was starting up a couple of years ago. I have thus decided to set myself the goal of completing the e-book version by Dec 31st 2009.

I realize there are many “How-to” books on starting a business as well as entrepreneurship in the marketplace today. My only gripe with most of them has been that they are very technical in nature and instead of always inspiring someone to take the leap, they often lead to self doubt. The objective of my book would be to provide advice on some of the biggest lessons I have learnt during my entrepreneurial journey. That would include setting visions, finding the right partners, the importance of marketing, how to manage cash flows and other very expensive lessons that I have learned over time. After reading this book I hope the reader will be able to see entrepreneurship from a 30,000 ft level as well as some of the intricacies that need to be addressed during the first year of starting up.

I would really appreciate feedback from readers of this blog about whether this is a book that would be of interest to you and what you would want to learn about, and see included in such a book. Your feedback will be critical in assisting me to choose the right focal point of the book. I look forward to hearing from you either through email at blog (at) or in the comment section below.

4 Comments My Big Challenge for 2009

  1. Davina

    I applaud your decision to write a entrepreneurship book in 2009.

    We share a love for entrepreneurship. I was surprised to see that we are also using the same blog template by coincidence…you had it first. Great minds do think alike.

    As a social entrepreneurship project – it is my goal to start a non-profit organization to help low-income people become economically self-sufficient.

    I wish you the best with your book and plan to follow your blog. I would love for you to follow mine as well and provide feedback.

    1. Usman Sheikh

      Thanks for the compliments Davina.

      You haven’t provided the link to your blog. Look forward to following it in the future.

      I wish you best of luck in your new project. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to be of any assistance.

      As far as the book is concerned is there anything specific you would want from a book on entrepreneurship?


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