1. What do you really want from life?
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony -Mahatma Gandhi
The meaning of life itself is that we have to be happy. We are born to be happy; we are born to be blissful. That is the broad statement but how you make the best of it is where you see the difference. If you do what you enjoy the most at work, happiness will come automatically. You must follow your passion because your passion is really a reflection of your heart's desire.
2. What makes someone unique?
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. -E.E. Cummings
I believe every human being is unique. No one is the same, be it within the same family or company. In this culture and generation we are in the mass marketers world where we act as a flock of sheep. We don't always ask where the herd is going; we just follow. However we are all still unique, but in action we don't always depict it. As an entrepreneur we should be proud to show our uniqueness. We have "unique selling proposition" in the business world; we need that in every day life.
3. What makes you unique?
Our potential along with our gifts, talents and dreams of extraordinary life makes us unique. My uniqueness is my people skills, my ability to get along with the team, work with a group having conflicting thought processes and tackling complex situations by making them simple for people to understand. I am a people person, down to earth and humble. I am honest, direct and fearless; as I believe I have nothing to lose. There are many people with these qualities but I believe I have a lot of uniqueness in this area.
4. How do you make a difference?
There is just one life for each of us: our own. -Euripides
I have my own kind of style that sets me apart. I am not the most unique person in the entire world but I do offer the ability to make a difference in people's lives. TiE is a place to inspire and be inspired and working with the organization for last few years, I was able to inspire not only the team members but also the volunteers. Being able to create a movement in TiE, proves my ability to be a change agent; to bring people together for a common cause that is much bigger than the individual or the company.
5. What is something you are proud of?
I am proud that I was blessed with the ability to successfully put together entrepreneurial conferences two years in a row in the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. I was able to revive and rejuvenate entrepreneurship in Michigan. The conferences resulted in investments and the creation of new businesses.
6. What kind of books do you read?
The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. -James Bryce
Business books, books on wellness and a lot of books on spirituality. On the business front I choose to read those books with business strategy and trends in mind. Spirituality to me is an understanding of food, body, mind and spirit integration. Many people just say body, mind and spirit but I am interested in the integration of all four.
Favorite books: "Happiness Hypothesis" by Jonathan Haidt - like and recommend for all. "Gandhi's Autobiography", "Mastering the Rockefeller Habits" by Verne Harnish, "Delivering Happiness" by Tony Hsieh and "The Abs Diet" by David Zinczenko
7. What kind of movies do you watch?
"Comedy, drama, and action"
Some Favorites Include: Titanic and Raiders of the Lost Ark
8. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Energetic, passionate and results-oriented (both business and personal life; I don't believe in lip service)
9. What inspires/motivates you on a professional level?
I think accomplishing the impossible and the kick you get out of that is what really inspires me. Identifying something that no one has thought about and then going after it when the whole world thinks the odds of success are slim to none. But you go after it and make it happen.
10. What inspires you on a personal level?
On a personal front- helping others. It could be in several different ways; mentoring, financial or a variety of other things. The sense of satisfaction that you get by helping others and knowing you made a difference makes you feel proud. Seeing others succeed inspires me a lot.
11. What's your favorite thing about meeting people?
Being able to make a difference and being able to inspire individuals. At the core we are social animals and I believe human connections are so important to accomplish bigger and better things. We all feel good when we are connecting and bonding with others. My ability to connect with people cutting across many different barriers such as age, gender and ethnicity; be it a five year old child or a 70/80 year old person and being able to inspire gives me immense pleasure.
12. What is one thing you think people need to know about you?
"I am a people person."
13. What is one thing you want to try in your lifetime?
"Producing a movie- a general entertainment film; a movie that people would like to watch"
14. What do you feel are some keys to being successful?
Follow your passion, and success will follow you. -Terri Guillemets
"Three P's - Patience, persistence and perseverance. You have to have all of these things in place. You need to have a vision followed by passion to start the journey then you will need the three P's to make it happen."
15. If you could meet anyone (Dead or Alive) who would it be?
"Bill Clinton, Gandhi, JFK and Steve Jobs"
16. What made you start your own business?
"After being in the corporate world for more than a decade I realized I had the entrepreneur bug in my DNA. Once you realize that, the decision is obvious. It is only through self realization that you comprehend it."