Archive for January, 2012

Those of you who follow my blog, whether you are one of my subscribers, facebook friends or a general reader from the internet will know that I mainly talk about business and success, however this blog is also meant to be about jewellery and the focus of the blog will soon be switching to that. I have recently commissioned the design of a banner for my jewellery site and the best person for this was Mateusz Krupnik from Poland, who did a fantastic job and went through a number of different designs until we finally chose the correct one. This is Mateusz.

Mateusz Krupnik, graphic designer from Poland.

Here are the various designs that Mateusz  made. I have chosen the one that I want but I will let readers vote for which one they feel is the best.

Design 1

The initial design.


Design 2

The second design after requested changes made to the colour of the banner from dark grey to purple.


Design 3

The third design with an image of a lady's hand covered in elegant jewellery.


Design 4

The fourth design with a lady in a white dress and silver jewellery.


Design 5

The 5th design.


Design 6

Essentially the last version.


Design 7

A variant of the final version, with slanted text.

I was impressed with Mateusz’s work including his speed, honesty, reliability and of course the quality of the designs which he ultimately produced. I have decided to show everyone all of his designs partly because I was very happy with his work and so that everyone can see his skills and ability.  I am in London and he is in Poland but in this day and age of email, skype and everything geographical distance is not a barrier or hindrance.

I am going to leave the vote to you my readers now to decide which design you think is the best. I have however decided which one I will be using though.

– Jahan Choudhry

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This was a wonderful quote which I saw on the wall of someone on facebook. Very moving and very true.

Study the lives of many “great” and famous people and you will see that in addition to the smile they display to millions, tears have been concealed and seen by none, and trial and tribulation as well as tragedy, but through it all they persevere until they become what they ultimately are.

– Jahan Choudhry

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“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” ~ Audrey Hepburn

Image source.

Image source.

Image source.

– Jahan Choudhry

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I recently shared a picture of a pool in Singapore. This particular pool was located very high, so high in fact that it was above a lot of skyscrapers and  other high rise buildings. Different people have commented on it online and some have said how frightening it is, whereas others have said how impressive it is. I might as well show the picture again. So it is once again, just below.

I definitely find it a striking picture. Upon displaying it in this post,  I recieved a “like” from Lesley Carter in the USA. I then went to visit Lesley’s blog and was quite impressed and have spoken to her by email.

Lesley Carter’s blog

The blog is http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com and it allows people who travel to different parts of the world to share their experiences and pictures. It has:

– An average of 3,000 readers a day.

– 10l,227  followers.

– an average of 80,000 views a month

Currently it has around 0.3 million hits in total.

That is a very successful blog in other words!

The success was rapid as Lesley writes “With 279,104 hits and 7,783 followers in less than 6 months, I’ve decided to start outsourcing some of my posts and I’m accepting submissions” link.

Here is an article on her site by a guest writer on the most visited city in the world, Paris.  Below is an image.

 Here is another blog but this time about London.


London's Hyde Park, courtesy of http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com


Lesley and her other half.

 So thanks to Lesley for “liking” my post. A blogger always appreciates it when this happens to his or her post and also for the swift response. Everyone else you can follow the links to read her blog and see the different articles and photographs.

– Jahan Choudhry

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The picture below was posted by one of my facebook friends and I found it quite interesting and have decided to share it with readers on this blog. It demonstrates how the left-side and the right-side of the brain work.


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In previous blogs I have spoken about some of the trends changing not just the world of business and marketing but also the very way that we live our lives. For instance I spoke about the “Follow me generation”, as well as the power of “word of mouse and not word of mouth”, there is also another phenomenon which I am going to talk about today and that is of the “digital dialogue”.

The traditional monologue

In yester year, in the past image making was very much in the hands of large companies and advertising agencies who in essence advertised on TV and said how great they were and then people would buy. This is of course a very simplistic summary but it contains some truth. Consumers however did have to like the product. To paraphrase one millionaire (and potential billionaire) entrepreneur I listened to in a business seminar last year “In the past companies could go on TV, say ‘hey, look we’re great’, people would watch and then it was highly likely they would go and buy”. There were of course methods used in traditional advertising which in itself was very much a science and an art. These included things such as the appropriate use of images, psychology, catchy slogans, celebrity endorsements and so on. Coca Cola for instance is one company which not only had a quality product which millions through out the world enjoyed but a huge marketing structure. Though Coke is arguably the most famous brand in the world, even Coke spends millions of dollars a year on advertising. One of the rules of business, and of life, is that inactivity, stagnation leads to decline. Even the most successful need to be active.

Coca cola one of the most successful companies of all time, a globally recognized brand.

 Image source.

Coca cola's global succcess was such that this Time magazine front cover shows Coke feeding the world.

Image source.

The digital revolution.

Then however the digital revolution took place. We saw last year the explosive power and impact of modern online media in the form of the Arab spring, in which facebook played a key part.

Facebook had a role, though some argue to what degree, in the Arab spring.Protestors during the Arab spring.

Arab spring in Tunisia.

Social media has also had a dramatic effect, though not as profound, in a mini-revolution in the way consumers and businesses interact. It has democratized shopping and empowered the consumer, and reduced the power of advertisers and big businesses. One interesting article from London’s thisislondon.co.uk website talks about this and mentions how initially major companies did not want to be involved in social media interaction. Though the article itself does not state that it may be partly that major companies spurned social media seeing it as a little beneath them. However as the writer states “But the dangers of failing to act are arguably more profound. To ignore what consumers are saying, to fail to participate in a dialogue, means a brand runs the risk of reputational damage since the online debate is happening anyway. As Toby Horry, joint managing director of specialist agency Dare, says: “Your brand is already in social media and therefore you’re better off to be taking part than not.” link

In some ways it could be said that big businesses could no longer afford to in effect be ostriches and bury their heads in the sand, which is maybe not what they thought they were doing but what was taking place in reality.

An ostrich with its head in the sand.

As the old saying goes, “if you can’t beat them, join them” which is what these companies have started to do and started pages whereby they can interact with their customers. However the digital dialogue also necessitates companies maturing and instead of “selling” to their customers and saying how great they are, actually listening to them and discussing with them in an intelligent way.

In this day and age with online forums where customers can rate products & services, compare, the consumer is becoming an ever increasingly powerful entity and businesses must be on the top of their game more and more. The digital revolution is producing many revolutions and mini-revolutions across the globe.

– Jahan Choudhry

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I would like to share this image with my readers. It is a high level swimming pool from ultra-modern Singapore. As I said yesterday I will be posting more including images, quotes and other things of general interest. Why? When one sees something visually impressive it makes one appreciative, positive and thus is a form of engaging in “abundance”.

With thanks to Scott Nixon.

– Jahan Choudhry

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