|Me, Mats, interviewed by Ghazala Khan from “The Pakistani Spectator” (www.pakspectator.com)
Would you please tell us something about you and your site?
My mission statement is “to be a difference- maker in peoples’ lives and in the development of organizations”. This means that I just love to see people and organizations grow beyond their imagination. And that’s what my blog site is about; I hope that ordinary people and executives can visit it on a regular basis in order to be inspired about their growth.
My webpage shows all the other tools I have to help people and organizations to grow.
Do you feel that you continue to grow in your writing the longer you write? Why is that important to you?
Absolutely yes! It’s important because my message will be even better and hopefully suit a wider range of people, which means I can help more of them.
I’m wondering what some of your memorable experiences are with blogging?
The first was when my blog quite suddenly passed 1,000 readers. Very close to that was all the positive comments I received and the fact that most encouraged me to continue my work.
What do you do in order to keep up your communication with other bloggers?
In general by following up the comments made by people.
What do you think is the most exciting or most innovative use of technology in politics right now?
It must be the internet including blog sites.
Do you think that these new technologies are effective in making people more responsive?
For those who have access to the internet – yes.
What do you think sets Your site apart from others?
First of all I evaluate very carefully to ensure that what I write is of great value to the readers. My site gives value for free without expecting anything back.
If you could choose one characteristic you have that brought you success in life, what would it be?
What was the happiest and gloomiest moment of your life?
Together with marriage to my wonderful wife Tina and the birth of my children, it was when I realized my mission in life which is: To strive for a world that works for everyone and to make a difference in peoples’ lives.
The gloomiest was when my father died suddenly when I was just sixteen years old.
If you could pick a travel destination, anywhere in the world, with no worries about how it’s paid for – what would your top 3 choices be?
Australia, Cambodia and Ireland.
What is your favorite book and why?
‘How to Make Friends and Influence People’ by Dale Carnegie.
It describes so simply how you can influence people to change from negative to positive, purely by treating them with respect and honesty.
What’s the first thing you notice about a person (whether you know them or not)?
If I meet them, it´s their eyes (the mirror of the soul). If I can’t can see them I try to figure out how they treat vulnerable people (children, the elderly and weak people.),
Is there anyone from your past that once told you you couldn’t write?
Yes, my teacher in school told me that my spelling was not good.
How bloggers can benefit from blogs financially?
I don’t have any experience myself, but I’m sure there probably are ways.
Is it true that who has a successful blog has an awful lot of time on their hands?
If you write from your heart and you feel it’s your mission, you don´t need to push yourself in order to produce text. I have so far created 150 blogs within the last 14 months without any problem whatsoever.
What role can bloggers of the world play to make this world more friendlier and less hostile?
First of all they need to have a mindset and attitude that makes them friendly rather than hostile in their own daily lives. Then they can tell the world, for instance through a blog, that they too have a role to play.
Who are your top five favourite bloggers?
My personal inspirator: Zig Ziglar accept for that no specific ones. I read blogs that are written with the purpose of giving people of the world clues as to how we can act in order to get our mutual world to work for all of us. Unfortunately, I haven’t found many of these types of blog out there!
Is there one observation or column or post that has gotten the most powerful reaction from people?
My two blog texts: “The Most Important Person in Your Life” and “Personal Development: Your Dream is Waiting For You!” Both posted just a few month ago.
What is your perception about Pakistan and its people?
Unfortunately I don’t have much experience of either the country or the people and I only evaluate things and people upon my own experiences.
Have you ever become stunned by the uniqueness of any blogger?
So far – I’ve not really been stunned. Of course there are many bloggers who have unique content in their blogs, but they don’t tend to update them very often. To me, one of the first criteria for being unique is have a blog that’s updated on a regular basis.
What is the most striking difference between a developed country and a developing country?
Developed countries have already explored and exploited all the available natural resources and used them to the point that we are destroying our own world!
Developing countries are doing all in their power to become developed countries, and if/when they do they inevitably do the same, contributing to the destruction of Planet Earth.
What is the future of blogging?
Today, in my opinion, most of the blogging is just a way of expressing things and feelings that stress you, and these kind of blogs I believe will decrease.
Blogs that have content which is of use and value for the readers will, I think, increase.
You have also got a blogging life, how has it directly affected both your personal and professional life?
Actually not much, because the things I write about are constantly rotating in my mind anyway. The only difference is that I can allow others, if they want to, to also read and make use of the information in their everyday lives.
What are your future plans?
I will continue my blogging, but also develop my project “The Game of Life and How to Win it”. This is a ‘toolbox’ and the tools describe how you can take control in your own life and thus become a winner in your own “game of life”.
Any Message you want to give to the readers of The Pakistani Spectator?
Be sure that you give yourself the best opportunity you can to gain control over your own life. This is the basis for all human beings to be able to live a life in peace and harmony with themselves and the rest of the world.
Please don’t forget that all human beings, in one way or another, are connected to each other. We need to co-operate and help each other in order to get the best out of our lives. There is a place for every human being on earth.
Finally: Peace and Love are direct opposites to Fear.