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The Importance of Metaphors

I have always been a Virat Kohli fan. What makes me appreciate him so much is his absolute passion for the sport. Not only is he an explosive batsman… But he completely dominates the bowling line up with so much class. And what sets him apart from the rest is that he does this so consistently.

Very recently I was watching one of his interviews and the journalist asked him about his diet and why he eats slightly less than what a professional athlete must be eating… And his answer really inspired me! It moved me to be honest. That’s when I started noticing that most successful people that are on the top of their game have powerful metaphors attached to their belief systems. There is a direct co-relation between a person’s success and his/her metaphor for their field.

Here are a few metaphors of various alphas of various fields:

1 .Virat Kohli, Captain of The Royal Challengers Bangalore – When the journalist asked Virat about the secret to his multiple T20 centuries in this year’s IPL edition: “I have started eating less to stay hungry for runs.”



2. Nick Young, Small Forward of the Los Angeles Lakers – When he averaged a career high 18 points in the 2014-15 season he Tweeted – “No tats on the right arm Strictly for buckets



3.Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group and Multi billionaire on missing a very profitable business opportunity in Russia – “Then again, as I have said before: opportunities are like buses – there’s always another one coming!



4. Elon Musk, Founder of Space X, Tesla & Solar City on How to be an effective inventor of simplified products – “Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.



5. 50 Cent – Famous American Rapper with a net worth of over 140 million USD in 2014 – When a press reporter boldly asked 50 Cent when he sleeps, 50 Cent responded quickly… “Sleep, sleep is for those people who are broke.”


50 cent

The reason all these people are so immensely successful is because of the metaphors they use which form a large part of their belief system. Look for the things in your life which you value or are passionate about and build a powerful metaphor! And what if you can’t? What if you aren’t able to? Then use a metaphor someone you look upto uses! Make your beliefs powerful!


Maanav Kapai

Adventure Coach

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Is just having a dream enough?

I have been meeting people who talk to me about their big dreams that they have had for years now and most of them think that having a dream these days is really impressive … but is it really?

In my opinion its a “NO”. Just having a dream is not really impressive. It is not even something worth acknowledging. What is worth acknowledging is what you have done about it. Anybody can have a dream but not everyone has the ability or even the thought process required to set about achieving it. In my opinion, if you really want to go up, then the first thing you need to do is get up. Most people today are just sitting and waiting for something to take them up. Now we all know that this never works. You are never going to be carried up, nothing is going to happen unless you don’t get up and run by yourself. So that’s Rule No 1. – Get up.

Rule No 2- Know the Cost. Every dream has a cost and most people are not even aware of the cost. Let me give you a very simple example… if there is a person whose dream is to loose 10kgs this year, then the cost for this would be that this person will have to give up some favourite food. He/she would have to give up the time that is usually used to watch television or chatting and use that time to exercise. Now if this person is not willing to pay the cost of missing some TV programs or keeping their favourite food away then there is not point of having this dream.

So understand this – that having a dream is not impressive. What is impressive is that what you are willing to do and give up for it. You need to understand that we have a lot in our life already and reaching or living a dream is not about just adding more things to our lives to reach our dream but it is about what are we willing to give up to reach there; that is what makes dreams come true.. Take any successful leader in the world and you will see that they have given up a lot in life to gain even much more in life. The higher the dream the higher the cost.

So I am ending this conversation with two questions…


Are you willing to get up to go up there?


What are you willing to give up for it?


Amit Punjabi

Founder & Life Coach

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Inspiration, through the Lens!

Photography has been a way of expression for some and for many others, a way of showing or capturing those personal yet inspirational moments. For me, personally, photography is something that I use as a medium to capture thoughts that drive me. I capture pictures that inspire me and that seem unique to me. They strike a chord with me!

Once I started doing this, I realised that Photography was becoming a great source to deriving inspiration for me! I remember a tree that I looked at for a while and started thinking how it is a protector against natural elements for all – people and animals, under its shade.  I captured that thought with my camera. Now, every time I look at that picture, the same thought is refreshed in my mind. How wonderful would it be to have something beautiful remind you of such inspirations and lessons, time and again that you learnt from what you saw!

Increasingly nowadays, I meet a lot of people that are uninspired. They’ve not found their source of inspiration yet – be it wonderful people, powerful leaders or the beautiful things that they come across every day. Believe me, it is not a good sight to see. You cannot be uninspired and live a fulfilling life. When one is able to draw inspiration from anything and everything – from beautifully-shaped clouds that inspire you to shape your life into something marvellous, to the ants building a colony; from a pretty flower and to the most dangerous situation – Anything, and even makes this a natural behaviour, they then can start Leading their life with fulfilment and power. An uninspired person is a powerless person!

That’s where the role of this ‘lens’ comes into picture in my life. Capturing what inspires me right at the time that it did with its true essence. With nothing else to bother it, in all actuality, portraying how it inspired me.  A story behind every click of the lens is captured forever. Like they say, it isn’t the picture; it is about what went behind the making of it. It’s the Story, the Inspiration!

Well, I lead my life with a great deal of Inspiration and I would like to ask you ‘What are you waiting for?’

‘Get up, Get Inspired and Get Clicking!’

Sagar R Gangwani

Ideation Coach

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A Child’s View

I came across a very touching story recently and I would like to share it with you. So here goes…

One day, a father took his son on a trip to show him how the poor people lived so that the son may learn and appreciate the things that he has in his own life. He made arrangements to spend a few days in a farm with a poor family. While returning home, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” to which the son replied “It was great dad”. Then the father asked him if he see how the poor people lived ? To which he replied, “Oh yes !”. Then the father asked him about what he learnt from this trip and the son answered with awe in his voice.

“We have one dog, they have four !! We only have a pool in the middle of our garden and they have a
creek that has no end ! We only have lanterns in our garden but they have the stars ! We have a patio that reaches the front yard and they have the horizon. We have a small piece of land and they have fields that are beyond sight ! We have servants who serve us but they serve others ! We buy our food but they grow theirs. We have walls to protect us but they have friends to protect them !”

Then the son ended it off by adding gratefully “ Thank you dad … for showing me how poor we are !” . The father was speechless !

This is how a child views life before all the conditions of ‘success’ are put up by society and start to sink in his/her head. I have been studying children and have worked with a lot of them for almost four years now and have always been amazed at their perspective at things. They never cease to amaze me. I have had tremendous growth in terms of leadership and character because of this so I recommend interacting with children atleast once a week to refresh your ideas on life and the world !

Just be open the listening to them and you will be amazed !

Amit Punjabi
Founder & Life Coach

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Get Inspired!

We’ve all at some point been at a place where statements like “Yaar, aage ka kuch samajh nahi aa raha!” , “Why should I continue?” , “I have nothing more left to give to this!”, ” I cannot think of anything!” sound and feel extremely familiar. It’s that time of the down cycle when you’re unsure of what will keep you motivated and going! And this is precisely the point where as hard as it seems, getting inspired becomes really important! So where do you find inspiration when inspiration itself seems like an uphill task? Let’s discuss some ways!

  • Go take a walk : Now am I being serious? Taking a walk when there are deadlines to meet? Yes , extremely serious when I say this. Often times, we are so used to a routine of doing things, that taking a walk around a familiar place after a long time makes us see it in a new light. New restaurants, new sitting areas – things you did not realise came into existence when you weren’t looking! Want to take it a step further? Go for a photo walk – really makes you appreciate things around you and you get your dose of inspiration.
  • Meet someone inspiring : Often times, the easiest thing to do is to meet someone who inspires you! And it does not have to be your favourite sports or movie star. It could be as simple as your newspaper delivery boy who consistently is at your doorstep every morning. Get to know him, know his story and you will know things you never knew before. Meeting someone inspiring and getting to know their story broadens your horizons and world view like nothing else.
  • Watch a Powerful video everyday : There are a number of inspiring videos on the internet that are a 5 minute energy and spirit boost – watch them! Often times, as ridiculous as it might sound to some people, watching a really inspiring video is all you need to get going and start in the direction you’ve always wanted to take. It does not just have to be a motivating talk. It could be a powerful speech from an amazing movie you watched , an athlete in all his glory, a documentary – whatever suits you. Commit to a powerful 5 minutes every day and you will see a drastic shift in the way you do things.
  • Exercise! : As I’ve come to realise very recently, growth through exercise is extremely easily measurable! Every single day when you do things you couldn’t do yesterday, the feeling of that accomplishment is immensely gratifying! Moving from a 10minute routine upto a 15 minute one is direct visible growth. And what can be more inspiring that seeing growth in yourself and your abilities every day? So if you haven’t hit the gym lately, its time you start! Small shifts lead to bigger shifts!
  • Turn on the music : Music has been proven to alter your state of mind! The kind of playlist you have on your phone eventually starts affecting your mindset. So, delete all the slow, dry, sappy songs and replace them with energetic, inspiring, groovy numbers that can get you to do things! Again, small change, big results!


These are some ways that I’ve used to get inspired! If you know more ways for inspiration to hit you, do let us know in the comments section!


– Shiksha K Sharma

Communication Strategist

Sankalp Academy

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The Carpenter

I recently came across an article that made a lot of sense to me & I would like to share it with all of you. So this story is about an elderly carpenter who was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck but he needed to retire. The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and he asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favour. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.

When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front door key to carpenter. “This is your house,” he said, “ My gift to you.”

The carpenter was shocked ! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well. 

So it is with us.

We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized that we would have done it differently. Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build your life wisely.

“Life is a do-it-yourself project”. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitude and the choices you make today.

Amit Punjabi

Founder & Business Coach

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