Inspiration

What is AGE?

I have noticed a lot of people say different things about age. Some say that with age comes experience, some say that with age comes maturity and you will hear many more like these. Well, I just realized that there are only 3 things that you get with age.

Let’s think about it.. You cannot say that experience comes with age because everybody experiences different things differently. There are people who start a company at 40 and there are some who start it at 20. Neither does maturity come with age, because some people choose to grow up much earlier in life and some choose to be childish even till they are 50.

Now coming to the point, the 3 things that grow in us as we grow are…Attitude, Gratitude and Ego. May be that’s why we call it AGE.

Attitude + Gratitude + Ego = AGE

1. Attitude – Show it the right way…you are considered smart. Show it the wrong way… You are considered arrogant.

2. Gratitude – Show it to the people who deserve it…portrays greatness. Show it to the people who don’t…portrays utter stupidity.

3. Ego – Use it to for growing …you will earn respect. Use it to put people down…you will earn humiliation & distrust.

Amit Punjabi
Founder

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Innovation – not always about ‘big’ ideas!

A Belief that a lot of people have about Innovation is that it is something huge and a life changing thing! Over the last few months, I’ve grown more observant of Innovation and the ideas that emerge around me & have come to a realization that Innovation is not always about those life-changing and ground breaking ideas but more about the small little situations where creativity and fun ideas are involved.
The kind of people I’ve met and the situations that I’ve come across have made me see many such small situations where ideas, even though really simple and small, turn out to be way more impactful emotionally and psychologically.
Right from me noticing someone painting something so simple and being creative with the colours on his canvas to a photographer creating And capturing a picture perfect moment, right from an ant finding its way around a fallen twig to a mother finding a way to feed her baby or stop it from crying! All these are small instances where ideas that were generated were small yet turned out to be big in terms of results!
Research does say that Idea Generation is one of the most important skills anyone would require to lead a successful life; but what a lot of people lack is the ability to look at this skill at a smaller and more personal level; be it innovating in your personal life to make your relationship more fun and lively or to make your boss trust more in you by making a presentation that’s super creative and innovative. This even extends to taking all resources you have and making a smart business out of it, or taking something ordinary, like juice and making a successful brand out of it.

My only question to you is, are you really looking at generating small ideas that are equally important and equally impactful? Well, its time you start!

Sagar R Gangwani
Ideation Coach

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You’re 20? Good. Now Give up!

What? Did you just read that title right? Now aren’t we supposed to be a Coaching organisation pushing you towards achieving results? And here we are speaking about giving up?

Yes, that’s precisely what we’re going to talk about. In my years of experience as a Coach, if there is one thing that I have seen people struggle with the most, it is Giving Up. However, it is just this one thing that can make major shifts come into your life, if you could just take that small step of giving up! Here are few things that you should look at giving up to lead not only a powerful life but also a content and successful one.

1) Give up Procrastination : Remember that show about Food trucks you saw as a teenager – the one in which you could drive around town and serve people amazing food? Yes, well, now there are at least a dozen well established food trucks in town and all the charm about being the first ever food truck is down the drain. I know so many people who wanted to start something groundbreaking but for some reason, they delayed. Needless to say, they’re still nowhere close to being there and even though they might someday, someone already has started off on their idea. Do not wait for the right time or the right mood to start something, now is as good a time as any.

2) Give up that Piece of Cake : Yes, we’re going there! Chocolate mousse cake topped with heavy cream and everything wonderful you can imagine or that bowl full of yum pasta in white sauce – you need to let that go! Someone I immensely respect once told me , “Everything you dump inside of you in your 20s would come back to haunt you when you’re climbing up that flight of stairs in your 50s.” In that case, what about dreams of skydiving at 90? Give that amazing bowl of food up sometimes so you can chase your dreams no matter how old you get and that bucket list never stops growing!

3) Give up your Friends : This is by far the most repetitive thing you would ever listen to! However, the more I meet people and understand their setbacks, the more true it seems! Friends ditched you last minute on that vacation plan? None of them thought a start-up was a good idea? Did they tell you that that seminar was less important than having chaat outside college? Give them up and go do your thing! You would always reconnect and find your way back to your friends, but not on opportunities that you let go.

4) Give up on that Excuse : I cannot stress on this enough. If you are not where you want to be, if you do not have what you want to have, if everybody seems to be happier than you are – it is only because you are not giving it your all. You either have what you want or you have excuses for why you do not have it. Give that up otherwise you would always find comfort in being surrounded by excuses that you have created in your mind than actually pushing yourself towards being anywhere near to achieving that goal, asking that person out or even finding happiness.

That’s few things that I’ve noticed people in their 20’s need to give up. Let me know if there is something you think that really needs to be given up!

– Shiksha K Sharma
Communication Strategist

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Support – just ask for it!

Have you ever been in a position where you’re stuck, in a rut, it is difficult to get out of and you just feel so helpless, and all you had to do was ask someone for help? And when you did, you got out of the rut and were no more troubled. It is that simple to ask for help, it is just that simple to ask for support. A lot of times, people forget that their immediate support system is right there; failing to focus on the people that are readily available to render their support.
Be it an Entrepreneur who can bootstrap her way through starting up or a student who just has to ask his teacher for help before the exam, every individual has a support system.
What’s important is to know what kinds of people form this support system for the individual. Are they the people who would look forward to him or her growing, developing or even transforming into a powerful individual? Are they the people who would be happy to see you succeed? Are they the people who would be empowered once you have succeeded? Are they even the people who help you work on your weaknesses while taking advantage of your strengths? These are few questions that an individual must ask oneself about their Support System.
Once these questions have been answered well and clarity has been achieved, Support Systems are going to be stronger and more powerful than ever. People who are part of it will genuinely take pride in where you have come up to and will also push you for further growth and greater success. A Support System may be one’s Family, Friends, one’s boss or even one’s team, it all boils down to how open an individual is to asking for support from those who matter and can make a difference.
Remember, it all starts with one question. You create your own Support System, you create your own Success!

Sagar R Gangwani
Ideation Coach

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Smart Goals!

If you ask most people what is their one major objective in life they would probably give you a vague answer, such as, “I want to be successful” “Be happy” or “Make a good living” and that is it. These are all wishes and none of them are clear goals.

Goals must be SMART:

1. S–Specific. For example, “I want to lose weight.” This is wishful thinking. It becomes a goal when I pin myself down to “I will lose 10 kgs in 50 days.”

2. M–must be Measurable. If we cannot measure it, we cannot accomplish it. Measurement is a way of monitoring our progress.

3. A–must be Achievable. It means that it should be out of reach …just enough to be challenging but it should not be out of sight otherwise it becomes disheartening.

4. R–Realistic. A person who wants to lose 100 kgs in 30 days is being unrealistic.

5. T–Time-bound. There should be a starting date and a finishing date.

So make sure the goals that you set are SMART. And achieve more !

Amit Punjabi
Founder & Life Coach

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10 things I Promise to teach my Daughter

My little daughter is just starting to walk in the world. As I hold her hand and teach her how to move ahead in life there are a few things I promise to teach her.

1. I Will Teach Avni To Learn
Everybody can study and read. Learning requires a powerful mindset. A person who is skilled at learning does not just learn from people but from animals, from their travels and nature itself. I promise that my little leader will have this awesome skill.

2. Grow In Life Instead Of Just Settling Down In Life.
The truth about life is that what you settle for is what you get. If you want to earn enough to just have one vacation a year to take a break, then that is exactly what you will get. Unfortunately, most of us have grown up thinking that what’s most important when children grow up is for them to settle down. Well, Avni is not going to settle down, she is going to GROW. Each day, in ever aspect of life, she will work for more… More happiness, more adventure and more growth.

3.Break Through Boundaries
What limits most people is their own fear, beliefs and thoughts. The more things you experience, the more people you meet it becomes easy to break through the boundaries… Avni will do that. If she ever feels she is scared of heights, she will take a step and break through it. If she ever feels less confident in taking a leap for her life, she will get mentored and take that leap. I will teach her how to break through boundaries.

4. She Will Know How To Fight.
This is not just about her being emotionally strong to stand up for herself, which is also important. It is also about being physically strong enough to kick some butt if necessary. Avni will learn martial arts, she will do real push ups and chin ups.

5. She Will Be As Curious As I Am Or Maybe Even More
What ever success I have been able to achieve has been possible only because of my curiosity. The more curious you are, the more you will question things and the more clarity you will have. I will nurture this curiosity in her.

6. I Will Teach Her What Living Is Instead Of Teaching Her What Life Is
I have seen so many people who became busy making a great life and lost out on actually living it. I have met so many people who tell me “I wish I would have…” Well, Avni will know how to live. She will know that making mistakes is absolutely fine as long as you learn from them. She will explore and grow rather that follow. She will live her life to the fullest.

7. She Will Be A Biker
Something that has added a lot of value to who I am today is my passion for biking. Riding on tough terrains teaches you a lot about life. Avni will learn all of that. I will teach her how to ride and enjoy the rides too. Right from the rocky roads of the mountains to the mushy lanes next to rivers and also enjoy the stop overs under the stars, the bonfires and rains.

8. She Will Have A Bucket List For Every Year
People who have bucket lists always have things to look forward to. They are excites about living. The learn from their past and are never limited by them. They continue to be excited about the future. Avni, will grow with that excitement. She will not only create a fresh list every year but will also know how to tick things off it !

9. She Will Know How To Judge And Treat People Well
It does not matter what work you end up doing in life, all work is driven by people. The better you are at understanding them, the more powerful and successful you will be. People who know how to treat people well know how to be content with the simplest things in life. Because of this, Avni will always be able to generate support and add value as well.

10. She Will Play Life.
We sometimes come across people who only have stories from their child hood to share. Avni will keep having new stories. She Will Keep Her Inner Child Alive. Avni will not just go places but experience places. She will grow up to be tough and playful and will keep moving forward.

– Amit Punjabi
Founder

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It’s Important to Evolve!

Right from the natural law of evolution, nature herself has set up such procedures where one has to evolve for a better thing to happen. Imagine what if apes didn’t evolve…. We wouldn’t be here today! In this context, when it comes to one’s growth, what one needs to know is that it is important to evolve and adapt into your environment. When I say evolve, I mean that it is important to acknowledge and also be flexible enough to settle into the change.
Ludvig Van Beethoven, wouldn’t have been able to cope with his hearing disorder if he hadn’t evolved and adapted his life to it; and since he did, he was able to produce results that no one had ever thought of, he turned out to compose few of the greatest of symphonies that the world would ever hear and all of this – when he was completely deaf!
This is only one of such great stories where people have been able to show their true leadership and all they had to do was evolve and adapt. The situation might not really be under one’s control but your mindset sure is and this ability to evolve and adapt comes from the mindset that is under your control.
Stephan Hawking, Team Hoit, the Paralympics’ winners, they have been able to achieve success only because of their will and ability to evolve out of their special abilities, and have reached to their fullest potential.
Let’s take actors for example, would they have been able to reach the success that they have if they didn’t evolve and adapt to the different roles and characters they’ve had to play. Imagine an actor doing the same sort of role in every film? Would he/she be able to win hearts and do great work?
In a world where the business environment, the definitions of competition, the markets, the demographics, thought processes and many more factors are continuously shifting, it is important to evolve to thrive in any situation. As the age old saying goes “Trees that bend to the force of the storm don’t break.”

Sagar Gangwani
Ideation Coach

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