10 ways to be and make people happy – 2

I like speaking my mind and writing it all. I believe in raising standards of life and honesty I feel is a catalyst.

Getting back to the continuation of last week’s post..

6. Exercise your brain like you exercise your body. Use it everyday.

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7. Empty your stomach everyday. Do all the practices that help you achieve this goal. I bet you will be happier and lite.

8. Write to me and may be complement. Try and intervene. Try and make some positive impact. Try and make someone smile.

Some ideas this week from someone whom I look up to.

9. Live in the moment – Most of us spend time reminiscing the past or worrying about the future, hence we lose the precious moment that we are actually living in. Make the most of what you have and be grateful for it! and you’ll be happy

10. Be Happy – There may be numerous tips and many  articles written on how to be happy; but you  cannot be happy unless  you make a  conscious decision to be happy. No other person or any external situation has the ability or a magic wand to grant you happiness. Only you can make yourself HAPPY.

Mad love to you again.

10 ways to be and make people happy – Part 1

Why 10? Because James Altucher says so. Who is he? He is just another person who has seen the lowest of lows in life, lost money, family, home and regained it all back. This is magic and I believe in success modelling. ( Doing what successful people do )

Why make people happy? Because most of the times, they hold keys to the locks that you want to open. Think on this for a moment.

Happiness is extremely subjective and at the same time is driven by few basic principles which seem to be universal. ( Sometimes not being able to understand life amazes me ) I have tried the ways described below and they have worked on me and for me. Read, believe, digest and see the magic happen at your own risk.

1. Appreciate Gratefulness = happiness. Be grateful to someone for something and the person on the receiving end feels a pleasant breeze sweeping him or her off the floor. ( TIP: Always remember, never say a naked thank you people want you to be exhaustive when you thank them, even if they know why you are thanking them, no harm in reinstating. I guess, appreciation is what people will never get bored of, no matter how many times they listen to the same thing.

2. Make people move Actions equal emotions. Good actions equal good emotions, lousy actions equal lousy emotions. When you are happy you are most probably looking up, breathing deep, and have sparkling eyes. No matter what the situation, get up and get going. Look up, breathe and ta da.

3. Connect  Connect with nature for a change, Connect with an old friend whom you haven’t been in touch for years, Meditate and connect with yourself, talk to yourself, connect with anything that makes you feel good. When you are happy, you are most likely to spread the virus.

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4. Give Give love, give care, give kindness, give advise, give money, give assurance, give strength, give security, give fun, give birth, give respect, give way, give away. Giving can only make you all the more beautiful and happy.

5. Share  Might overlap the above point but I saw a movie and it completely made me believe – HAPPINESS IS REAL, ONLY WHEN SHARED. I highly recommend you to watch this true story. – INTO THE WILD.

Will come up with 5 more ways next weekend.

Until then, Thank you for reading. I love you.

How I save myself from death everyday

If you go over to my About page, you will see that the page introduces me as an Entrepreneur. Whereas, in real terms I am from the last 6 months a genuine employee of a manufacturing company and report to a boss who is in many ways just like yours.

I recently read that Vishal Sikka, is going to be the new CEO of Infosys. I didn’t care much until I read that his last drawn salary was Rs. 32 cr per annum. I delved into this man a bit more and learnt that he maintains a blog. Impressive, I thought. I went over to his blog and read something that made me think. Knowledge can be shared, wisdom can’t.  Knowledge is learnt, but wisdom is self-learnt. 

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(Image courtesy: The zeal to live, learn and self-learn, I have alive.)

In the fleeting, sometimes bewildering, beautiful and vast existence that people call life, me and my mind floats around the day learning what Sikka calls knowledge. While being at it, I try to squeeze in and convert bits of knowledge into wisdom at times.

Some of the knowledge I have gathered along the rather eventful path that I have travelled, tells me that death comes in various forms. I have died many times a death that eventually relates to emotions and I presume, so have you.

Despite the many annoying nuances of being slapped by the reality of an employee life, I seize everyday opportunities to convert knowledge into wisdom and most importantly, I still choose to call myself an Entrepreneur. Dear folks, I assume, thats how I save myself from death everyday.

Sanjyot Shah – The Techno(logical) Inspiring Entrepreneur! (TIE)

Sanjyot TIE1. Briefly describe your journey so far in life.

Well, having started the most important journey in life, the journey so far seems relatively insignificant at the moment. I was like any other kid in school until the day my father decided to get a computer. As it was being assembled at home, the process of “making” a computer  highly fascinated the child in me! I believe this was the moment when the seeds of being a technology freak were sown. I always wanted to be someone who could make computers and make them work. This fascination was alive, when it was time for me to make a choice after school and I enrolled for an engineering diploma in computer technology. This decision was well supported by my parents and other important people in my life. The hunger for more knowledge drove me to take up a masters course as well. Along the way, I read about great entrepreneurs as a hobby and the ambition to become  an entrepreneur took root. After my masters I turned down three job offers, out of which two were what people would call ‘dream jobs’ with tech giants of the modern world. Such is my passion for entrepreneurship and technology combined, that a mere discussion, years ago with two of my best friends Devendra and Yash, of starting up a tech company soon became a reality, hence the conception of Technobratz! It has been two and a half months and, as I said earlier, the most important journey in my life has just begun…

2. Please describe the activities Technobratz is into and how the start-up has been perceived in its early days.

Technobratz is currently serving in four domains, viz. Mobile Applications, Software development & Custom software development, Web Designing and a Design Studio. We are focused on delivering the best, time bound services. We have dedicated expert teams in each of these domains but Mobile applications is our main forte, with a number of projects already lined up.

It has not been a smooth sailing journey. Clients, for obvious reasons, doubt your potential. Inexperience in dealing with clients overseas doesn’t help either. On the other hand, people have been extremely co-operative as well. Everything said and done, the satisfaction of being a start-up and living up to expectations is priceless!

3. According to you, what does it take to get a tech start up off the ground, especially in India? 

I can think of three things – patience, determination and self-belief. Getting a tech start-up off the ground is going to test your determination to succeed to its limit. You have to be smart and grab every small opportunity that comes your way. Building up your work portfolio is the way you can make headway in the international market. We faced tonnes of setbacks and disappointments; this is where self-belief and patience is tested. Stay focused. Determination should be converted to hard work. Consider every project coming your way and work to your full potential every time. Treat all clients at par. Such a work ethic imbibed early on will work to your advantage in the long run.  Fortunately, every partner at Technobratz has this principle down to the letter, easing off some of the pressure that comes with a start-up.

4. What are the three most important things you learnt after you became an Entrepreneur? 

In my opinion, giving all costumers equal priority is the single most important thing. Customer satisfaction leads to an immense sense of fulfilment. Irrespective of who the customer is, maintaining the same level of professionalism is essential. A healthy and fun work environment goes a long way. As an Entrepreneur, it is your responsibility to ensure that your employee works in the most efficient manner with a happy mind. Finally, legal issues can be catastrophic in some cases, so knowing the law, in terms of technology and the product you create or the service you render, is crucial. Compliance with legal formalities and honesty make for hassle-free growth over time.

5.What do you have to say to the people who at different crossroads of life battle these difficult choices – a) To go get a job that you might not be passionate about. b) Start something of your own with an inherent risk of failing miserably.

Well, getting a job that you might not be passionate about doesn’t make sense. Then why do it?! The Greats have always said being passionate about work and having work satisfaction is the most important thing! If your passion lies in starting up your own business and being an entrepreneur, then why not. Agreed it comes with inherent risks, but achieving your dream to become a successful entrepreneur is well worth the risk. If you have the determination to do well, failing miserably is out of the question!

6. Where do you look for inspiration

The determination and motivation to succeed is inspirational enough. The support and love of my family and friends keeps me goingl. I believe, this drives me towards success.

Sanjyot can be contacted on Facebook

About the project : Game Changers

Dhvani Khanderia – An E-Entrepreneur at the age of 20

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How did you get started in business?

“It all started with the help of my dad! He knew very well that I was just like the other girls who loved to spend money on clothes, going out with friends, movies etc! He purposely used to give me just Rs 600 as my pocket money for 30 days! I started complaining asking him to increase it, so he offered me a deal! He asked me to join his business (Into websites), and asked me to work just for 1 hr anytime in the day and he would pay me Rs. 1000. I found it quite interesting and agreed with the deal!

Slowly, this deal actually became my passion! And I started loving this! This is how I learnt web-designing and planned to launch my 1st website – www.GlamWorldChennai.com

Glam was launched only with the help of my dad! He introduced me to his friend who deals with women’s apparel and accessories and this is how my journey in business started!”

What do you think are the challenges faced by younger Entrepreneurs like yourself?

“In the initial stages its difficult to get customers. People do not trust you easily because of your age. My business policy is such that I ask people to 1st make a bank transfer (In case of deliveries) and then I confirm their orders. So in the beginning, people refused to do so, but later as they got reviews from their friends, the trust factor creeped in and helped me. Definitely competition is also a big challenge and it is always going to be a big one.”

What are your goals for the business and yourself?

“I want to set up an extensive online store featuring all possible products for men & women, give them the latest news about the trends.”

What’s the toughest feedback you’ve ever received and how did you learn from it?

“The customers who approached me for the 1st time asked me where my store is located. Since we are an online store, I do not keep items in stock. So, many people said that you will not have a good response if you do not keep stock. At first I felt what they were saying was right. I had a discussion about it with my dad. He convinced me saying, what I was doing was absolutely right, keeping the stock is a big problem, you have dead stock and then disposing those off means losses. So basically, I learnt that it would be good if we  could provide a return/exchange option to our customers because many times the customers change their minds once they buy the products. We now allow for returns and exchange on certain products.”

What key personal characterstics do you see in yourself that were especially important for your success?

“Patience & confidence are the 2 most important characteristics. In the initial stages you will not have an encouraging response, so its very necessary that you be patient and DO NOT give up. And always have confidence in whatever you’re doing. People will comment & criticise,  do not bother. Do what you feel is right and portray a confident picture of yourself so that they do not have a chance to pull you down. Once they come to know that you are not confident about yourself, that is the time they are waiting for. Always be confident & patient.”

What three pieces of advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today? 

Exactly like how Seth Godin preaches, Dhvani says “See the trend, decide your products/services and give it your best. When you start off consider having only 10 satisfied customers rather than having 100 unsatisfied customers and spoiling your brand name. 10 satisfied customers will spread the word to atleast 10 people each and you’ll quickly have 100 people wanting to buy from you”.

Dhvani can be contacted on Facebook

About the project : Game Changers