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Meet Jinal Pandya : Actress in South Indian and Bollywood Movies
Gargi Duggal   Sep-2019   113 Views   0 Comments
Recently, Jinal Pandya and I did a modelling campaign together, where I got to be up close and personal with her. Pandya will be seen in a lead role alongside Sanjay Dutt in the movie Amrapali which is slated to release during Diwali 2019. Prior to joining the film industry, Pandya indulged in prominent modelling assignments. She was a Femina Miss India 2010 finalist. Jinal believes body is a combination of mind and soul.

Gargi Duggal: You are raving on the silver screen; how did you make your way into Indian Cinema?
Jinal Pandya: I started off with Telegu movies, and then did a Kannada movie. Later, I took part in Femina Miss India, and that’s how I kicked off my acting career. Currently, I am shooting a movie with Sanjay Dutt, it’s a remake of Vaijantimala and Sunil Dutt starrer 1964 Amrapali movie.

Gargi Duggal: What piece of advice would you give to millennials, who want to choose Indian acting and modeling as their career, but are living American lifestyle?
Jinal Pandya: Any career you choose, you must feel passionate about. I have tried two to three different careers before I choose acting as my career. When I was studying, I thought I could be an IT graduate and that’s exactly what I did, but once I started working, I realized I wasn’t enjoying. If your heart feels like doing something, don’t give up before you try it out. You will only be successful if you are 100% determined.

Gargi Duggal: People like us who moved here in early 2000s, our parents gave us only two choices either medical or engineering, what is your take on that?
Jinal Pandya: Parents need to realize that there are many other career choices beyond medical or engineering. As a parent you need to find out what your kids are interested in. You have to give them the liberty to choose what they are passionate about. If they deeply care and make an effort to succeed, they will sore high. Sky’s the limit!

Gargi Duggal: How was your experience working with the ‘Amrapali’ crew?
Jinal Pandya: The movie is a period film, set in ancient India around 500 BC. We spent a lot of time in the make up room getting decked up and ready. There is lot of effort put in each and every shot. The detailing in terms of our costumes, the jewelry, and the set design, that you will see on the silver screen, were all thought through. Everyone has worked hard to make this a big success.

Gargi Duggal: You have your own clothing line called ‘Krishna Leela’, what kind of designs and brand are you trying to sell?
Jinal Pandya: Back in India lots of people wear sarees on their daily basis, not the one for fancy events but the comfortable ones. My brand carries very subtle versions of it that they can wear anywhere they like, even casually. The price is affordable, so even middle or upper class can manage to buy it.

“If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.” - Michelle Obama
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Spirit of Philanthropy : Mrs Amruta Fadnavis Banker, Dinger and Social Activist
Toppick Media Editor   Jun-2019   425 Views   0 Comments

Spirit of Philanthropy : Mrs Amruta Fadnavis

Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis, a social activist, a trained singer, actively lending her support to women empowerment and charities active in welfare, healthcare, and research! It was a pleasure interviewing this kind spirited soul. Her love for family, passion for singing and urge for social welfare was evident in every conversation we had during her Dallas visit. 

The ailment research you supported through AAPI charity event is in line with the upcoming issue of TopPick media. Can you shed more light on why these issues need more attention?

I am so happy to be here in USA to promote this cause taken up by AAPI. I think it is very important in today's date to look into these serious diseases like leukemia, lymphoma and  cardiovascular diseases. These are growing lifestyle diseases and majority of patients and families  who can't afford good treatment can be helped by such charity causes.. Second, increasing the research activities on these diseases to help in later contingencies where people can find a complete cure is very important. Proud to perform at Jai Ho! Concert organized by AAPI to raise funds for research, awareness, and cure of these serious diseases for the needy. It is an example for all of us to follow, how an organization can come together and make a huge difference.

What would be your advice on how to prioritize health and fitness in life?
Health should be a priority because when health is lost everything is lost! One can bring back the money, but cannot bring back one's health....and character..of course! 

Another cause on your agenda is 'Woman Empowerment'. You are a VP in Axis Bank , a social activist, and is also connected to a very popular political figure in Maharashtra. You must be coming across various issues affecting women, what is your assessment on where does it need more efforts to make it a better place for women and which area would you like to highlight? 
I must say that women are venturing into various fields but the top corporate positions occupied by women are very few. In India, the women entrepreneurship in start-ups is only 10%.  This percentage should increase. India is rolling out more women conducive policies. The maternity leaves are increased, Startup India is engaging in multiple activities to support early-stage women startups. There is a POSH law to govern the security against the harassment of women in the corporate setting. Also, there are various financial schemes and special cells for women. All these things go a long way, but finally, it is our mindset. We need to think that woman is equal to man and she can perform equally. Plus the woman also has to have that conviction in her, which comes through a family, her upbringing and her education.

We often see NRIs here are bonded with their roots and help the population in rural areas in India. Any specific rural India project you wish to bring to their attention for help?

I must say as you rightly said, that NRIs really help out a lot in India. India resides in their hearts and that is a matter of pride for us. I thank AAPI here, who sent aid to help soldiers in Pulwama terrorist attack. They are also engaged in the Ayushman Bharat initiative, helping with startups including the Indian Equity market. Maharashtra is the only state where the investment by NRIs exceeds Rs.1000 crore. In the equity market, it is currently Rs. 8500 crores. NRIs show strong support and that really increases our confidence.

Healthcare would be the priority cause to focus on where NRIs can help with their expertise by consulting on video calls, training the resources of Ananga Vadi to handle the malnutrition cases better and much more. Secondly, it would be education! We can come together to upgrade various schools in rural areas. Another focus is the village development, by adopting a village of 500-1500 people to transform into a Model Village which would include sanitation, education, vocational training, etc. These things would really help because the maximum population of India resides in the villages.

What is Mitti Ke Sitare?
This is my ongoing initiative. Divyaj Foundation, in association with Mpower aims at discovering hidden talent from the slum areas of Mumbai and honing their musical skills to showcase their talent to the global audience. Divyaj is partnering with Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (1187 schools) to identify children who are blessed with talent but lack resources to improve themselves. The Shankar Mahadevan Academy (SMA), of the critically acclaimed musician Shankar Mahadevan, is also collaborating for Mitti Ke Sitare to provide musical training to these children. Their final performance is scheduled on June 22nd in Mumbai, where International and national artists will support them through their special performances. It will be a great platform for kids to perform and showcase their talent. We have been grooming them for over 6 months now. The ones who were not selected for the final rounds are being trained to keep a positive mindset and we shall groom them more so they can try and prepare for a next chance. The few talented children are not cut for a 9-5 job, they deserve to be an artist! We have made all the arrangements at the NSCI dome, and extend an invitation for you to attend!

Any charity work on the International front that you are engaged with?
I have been part of a few peace missions on the International level. A Prayer Breakfast in USA and also a peace mission with China. I think I would like to see more work and contribution in handling global warming and environmental change issues on an international level. I have been co-ordinating with International artists through Mitti Ke Sitare to support another cause on my agenda, Women Empowerment, as well. I think it can make a great difference if we all work together. 

Any message for NRIs?
I would thank NRIs for their contribution. They make us proud. The NRIs expertise in a variety of streams has helped bring India into a positive light. They have a 'Give Back to Community' attitude in their hearts. I request them to keep it up! Every bit of help done by an individual or through an organization will make a big difference to the people who need it.

Now time for some Rush-Me Rapid Fire, we would like to know your instant response to a few words.

Family?  Love and bonding
Passion?  Music
Fitness?  Run & be on your toes
Kids?  Pure Love
Gender Equality?  Necessity 
Education?  Must have a great independent living
Water?  Inside the body
Sports?  Fit
Dallas?  Cowboy city that loves you back
Shrikhand-Puri?  Aww...my favorite pet food!

We extended a warm invitation through her to Devendra Fadnavis-ji (Chief Minister of Maharashtra) to grace the occasion of Dallas-BMM2019 in  July'19 with her august presence. We hope they can join, and we can treat them with her favorite dish, Shrikhand-puri!   

Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis is beauty and brilliance teamed with a passion to make a positive impact in the world. She was born in an upper-middle-class family that gave an equal priority to education, sports and art. Her father is Dr. Sharad Ranade (Ophthalmologist) and her mother is Dr. Charulata Ranade (Gynecologist). Mrs. Fadnavis urges everyone to focus on health as a priority. Stay fit!

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Tanushree Dutta THE SILENCE BREAKER in conversation with Toppick Anchor Swati Goyal
Toppick Media Editor   May-2019   201 Views   0 Comments

The voice that launched a movement.

As per World Health Organization (WHO), 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime. Unfortunately, 70 percent of these crimes are committed by somebody known in the family and less than 60 percent off these cases are ever reported. To bridge this gap, we have formal institutions like CHETNA that help combat domestic violence through social advocacy, education and outreach. As part of their raising awareness campaign we had an opportunity to speak to their keynote speaker, the pioneer of “MeToo” movement in India, the victim turned survivor – Tanushree Dutta.

Swati:  Taking your memory back to 10 years, you were a victim of workplace harassment and despite you raising your voice against it, it was largely unheard and failed to make an impact. But the same words after ten years, fueled the revolutionary “MeToo” movement in India. What do you think was different in the world then and now? What changed?

Tanushree: It all started with the “MeToo” movement in US that created awareness across the world and particularly in India. For the first time in India, there was desire to have a similar movement. Ten years ago when I shared my harassment experience, a lot was written and spoken about it. 

However, due to lack of support and lack of desire to change, it failed to get the traction to create a movement. But this time around, people were ready for a change, ready to be part of this movement; all they needed was a little stir. I was visiting India after two years to enjoy a vacation and someone prodded me with the question “Why do you think the MeToo movement has not happened in India?”. My response jogged them down the memory lane to the incident that happened with me 10 years ago, only this time it was meant to create history! Before I knew, the “MeToo” movement in India went viral and I was in middle of it all, too late to look back, too late to stop and I am glad I did not! 

I was honestly amazed at the overwhelming support we received and I alone cannot take the credit for it. I was just the face of the movement but the real credit goes to all the women who came forward with their stories. Also, the powerful media houses that supported this movement and helped make it become a national movement! A lot of these women who were speaking up were threatened with court cases and I remember discussing this with one of my journalist friend that this is not only unfair but would also dampen the spirit of the movement. That’s when we came up with the idea of pulling out from Twitter, the list of lawyers/advocates who had offered to provide their services for free and post it on national TV. Now all the women slapped with court cases were being defended by lawyers for free; now this is what we call coming “together” for a cause! My journalist friend, these lawyers – they were all the unsung heroes of the movement, the people working “behind” the scenes who were indeed the “backbone” of the movement.

Swati: Do you think there are certain professions or certain demographics that are more vulnerable to these crimes?

Tanushree: I don’t think it would be right to segregate victims based on profession or demographics. Rather I feel, it’s a clear case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. We all have equal chance of being caught up in these situations. Sometimes we end up marrying the wrong person, sometimes picking the wrong project to work on or sometimes choosing the wrong person to work with! One shouldn’t consume himself with feeling of guilt or self-blame. End of the day, we have to understand that life is bumpy. Things go wrong, and when they do we should stride forward in future and work on making the future a better version of the past.

Swati: It is unfortunate that these crimes happen and even more unfortunate that most of these are brushed under the carpet either due to fear or ignorance. Can you educate our viewers on what resources they can reach out to if they find themselves in similar situation? 

Tanushree: Today’s conference hosted by CHETNA was about domestic violence and I shared my experience on workplace harassment. These two situations are very different; one happens in an intimate relationship in a marriage and the other happens in a non-intimate setting where you barely know the person. But I tried to equate the two in that in both situations someone decided to cross their boundary and hurt you emotionally and sometimes physically.

When this happens, one should look out for local institutions that support violence victims and seek help. Victims of such crimes need financial, moral and emotional support. These incidents leave scars that need years of therapy and coaching to heel. Institutions like CHETNA provide a 360 degree support in all these aspects to help victims turn into survivors and be ready to face the life head on!

Concluding thoughts
We spoke to “Tanushree Dutta”, on her journey in fighting workplace harassment. If you are victim of domestic violence or are feeling vulnerable do not hesitate in reaching out CHETNA on their confidential helpline at 888-924-3852. Once again, our sincere thanks to CHETNA for empowering women and helping us create safer homes.

About CHETNA:
CHETNA is a non-profit organization for the prevention of domestic violence in the South Asian community of Dallas-Fort Worth and the surrounding areas. It is primarily a volunteer based organization founded in July 2005 by Ila Sarkar and Anu Agarwal.

CHETNAs Mission:
CHETNA recognizes the unique challenges that South Asian victims of domestic violence face, and provides culture-specific services to empower and support the journey from victim to survivor. CHETNA aims to prevent violence through advocacy, education, and outreach.

CHETNAs Vision:
Preventing domestic violence and helping create safer homes. The South Asian community in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex consists of over 1000,000 people and the community is constantly growing. It is also a diverse religious and ethnic population. The domestic violence statistics on the South Asian communities are very limited. This is primarily due to cultural and language barriers. It is known that South Asian victims of domestic violence and abuse face many additional barriers compared to an average domestic violence victim. Multi-faceted and intricate challenges like language, immigration status, lack of family support, cultural and/or religious barriers and multiple batterers (simultaneous intimate partner, family and in-law abuse) keep South Asian victims in abusive situations for longer periods of time and prevent them from seeking outside assistance. 

CHETNA provides information and services to South Asians in the Dallas-Forth Worth and surrounding areas during times of crisis through Case Management, peer support, counseling, community education and outreach.  CHETNA has been set up to provide victim’s services in conjunction with existing resources and works with the domestic violence organizations in the Metroplex to reach out to the South Asian community; making them aware of the wide variety of services available to them. They also network with other South Asian organizations within the state and the nation.

CHETNA Helpline : 1.888.9CHETNA
CHETNA Email : chetna@chetna-dfw.org

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It's a story of success, story of love…story of struggle and story of victory!
Swati Goyal   Oct-2018   678 Views   0 Comments
Forty years ago, two business students came to US with an American dream and desire to excel. No money, no resources but united in their dream and united in their vision. Together, they conceived the idea of their business venture in the halls of a business school and 40 years later here they are as CEO  and director of SB International - a leading supplier and manufacturer of steel pipe and tubing products in US and Canada and their generous gift of $12million made possible the state-of-the-art SB Hall, home of the college of business at the Univercity of Dallas in Irving, Texas. We are talking about our cover story heroes, the then students and now entrepreneurs & life partners  - Mr and Mrs Satish Gupta!

We had the pleasure of having a candid conversation with Ms. Yasmin and Mr Satish Gupta and getting to know them up close.

Swati: You guys were neighbors back in India and then decided to pursue MBA in same country, same school and around the same time. Was there some planning and maybe a love story in the backdrop?

Yasmin: Satish is from Sonepat, Haryana and I grew up in Chennai. Satish had come to Chennai to pursue his undergrad and was living on the same street as us. In a street full of girls, he was easily the more popular  guy (Satish blushes). I was still in boarding school and very focused on academics; on the contrary Satish came from a business family with little interest herein. It was very unlikely for us to come together but we did and this imbued in Satish interest in academics. Back in our times, families were conservative in accepting inter faith marriages. We knew the only chance we had together would be if we went to United States to pursue higher education. And that's what we did, and rest is history.

Swati: Satish, when you decided to pursue MBA in US, did you have a clear vision of being an entrepreneur or is that something that evolved while doing MBA? 

Satish: Traditionally, I come from a steel business family; business is deep rooted in my blood. I was 20 years old when I came to US to do MBA (1979). I would say, at that point, I had some dreams, some ideas but wasn't sure how those would pan out. But yes, within 6-9 months of landing in US, I was already looking for business opportunities. I would say, having an association with business family definitely helped. They had connections which I could leverage but I quickly realized how different the business dynamics and economies are in US when compared to India. So it was definitely a learning curve, but yes to answer your question, I always wanted to be an entrepreneur. 

Swati: What deterrents you faced when you initially launched your venture? Any failures you recall?

Satish: Yes, definitely but I wouldn't call them “failures” rather “challenges. We were exporting copper, brass products to other parts of the world and one of our suppliers (whom we had given substantial advance) faced financial difficulties. All our earnings until that point were invested with this supplier and we had no legal document to support the agreement.  That was a great learning for us, that in this country handshake agreements are not viable and everything in business must have a legal representation.

Another challenging time was in 2015, 2016 when the oil & gas prices dipped below $30 which impacted several groups within our organization. But from this downturn, we learnt the importance of technology in enabling real time, accurate information which can be compromised or misrepresented if you rely on people around you for its transmission. Until this point, we had not integrated technology that well with our business and this was our biggest learn from this downturn. We made changes, did multiple strategic acquisitions and bounced back with double the speed!

Swati: Yasmin, Satish and you have known each other so long. How have you seen each other change through all these years?

Yasmin: I have seen Satish grow from a sixteen-year-old to who he is today. Yes, he has changed but I would like to say that he is very passionate about what he does and that hasn't changed about him till date. Satish is also passionate about sports and yoga and through all these years he has managed to balance them with his work. No matter how long the day is, end of the day, his office desk will be clear and you will see him heading out for his tennis game or yoga! That's something that has remained the same about him, through the ups and downs in business, through raising our children and through all these years!

Satish: I come from a small town in Haryana where we deal with lot of farmers.  Growing up in this environment, my language and attitude sometimes comes across as rugged and rough. On the contrary, Yasmin has a very polite tone of voice and demeanor. So it was quite a change for me to adjust our talking styles but a change in a good way.  And something I am still working on!

Swati: What activities do you enjoy doing together as a family with kids?

Yasmin: Our kids growing up were active in Girls Scout and Boys Scouts. This got us active in outdoor activities  Satish went for camping with the boy scouts in New Mexico at Philmont, where they were out camping in the wilderness with no technology, no phones for 21 days and food/water supplies hung up in the trees to avoid bears! As a family, we loved hiking, skiing , mountains and nature. When our children were younger and Satish traveled for business, the whole family would tag along so that we could spend quality time together whenever we got a chance. When life gets busy, you need to be creative in finding ways to bring together the family as often as you can.?

Swati: Yasmin, how difficult was it for you to be an entrepreneur and a mother? 

Yasmin: Honestly, it's a challenge! As a mother you are always in a dilemma on how to fulfil your role of a mother and at the same time not lose your individuality. For me, life changed after having my second child. Before that, I was working in a bank – I was learning, in large group enviornment, I was flourishing, it was great! However, after the second child it became increasingly difficult to balance my job commitments with my family responsibilities. Watching kids grow with baby sitters was not satisfying, I would be constantly flustered and impatient. That's when Satish and I conceived the idea of setting up a specialized import/export company/family office (Y.A.S. International) which I could operate from home and be around my kids. That was a win-win situation, so yes being a mother and an entrepreneur is challenging but can definitely co-exist.

Swati: Talking about kids, who were they closer to growing up? Who played the bad cop?

Satish: I think I played the bad cop (Yasmin laughs). We are blessed with great kids and now that they are grown up, we try to get together as a family at least once a month. While kids always had an option to join the family business, we let them pursue their passion. The eldest son decided to go into family business. One of our daughters is a Pediatric Physical Therapist and the youngest one totally surprised us by going into HR Management with Google.

Swati: Satish, if you were to start over again, what would you do differently? 

Satish: Through our experiences in life and business, we learn and we implement. But sometimes, we are slow in learning and slow in accepting change. We are too stuck in our ways and this impedes our ability to adopt new ways of doing things. Technology for instance has changed every aspect of doing business. In the coming future, Artificial Intelligence will make decisions for us by using historical data and mapping it with current data points. This is new way of doing business and we should be nimble in adopting these changes and integrating them in our lives. So, yes something I would do differently would be to be more flexible and nimble to change.

Swati: Which charity project is closest to your heart?

Yasmin: Satish has a big heart and has always believed in giving back to society. I personally find it very fulfilling to be able to give the under privileged children a platform for education and to be able to see them grow up to be financially independent individuals. I am doing such projects in India wherein I sponsor education of kids right from their childhood to adulthood, and identifying talented kids in the US who would benefit from sponsorship of specialized college education. 

We both strongly believe in “social responsibility” and would like to encourage the young generation to take the baton forward, and to  think how they can give back to the society and make a difference. We are trying to imbue this concept in our kids as well wherein they figure out a way to give back to the educational institutions that helped them build a strong foundation and hence helped them be what they are today! 

Concluding Message:
Spirituality, health, family and work – these are four pillars of life and need to work together in harmony. When you initially start any venture, the first few years are tumultuous and may call for a compromise with family time or with the things you like to do. But very quickly, you'll need to find a balance and figure out a way to assimilate all these components in your life; this includes getting a good night sleep, exercising and spending quality time with family. If you deviate too far and too long from these fundamentals, you won't be happy in the long run and would pay a price for it very soon. Yasmin and I practice yoga thrice a week and take long walks. This has helped us maintain a healthy life style.

Also, a message to all the budding entrepreneurs is to think BIG and think DIFFERENT and be willing to take risks. Don't follow the rat race and jump into doing what everyone else is doing, instead think out of the box and that's what going to lay the foundation for a successful business and a successful life. 

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The Roadless Travelled….Paves The Path To Success
Karuna Pai   Jan-2019   456 Views   0 Comments

The Roadless Travelled….Paves The Path To Success. Journey of Chan Patel by Karuna Pai
This is the inspirational journey of a man hailing from Mumbai, India who landed in USA in 1965.  His path led him to prestigious schools from Stanford to Johns Hopkins University. He came out carrying a vision of financial independence.  A man who refused to be a cog in someone else's wheel and was on a mission to start his own venture. He took risks and made some bold moves and became the first pioneering Indian to open hotels in Dallas in 1976.  He didn't stop there; he recognized a need to help fellow immigrant Indians without credit or capital and was passionate to start a bank. Against all odds, he opened State Bank of Texas in 1987. We are talking about none other than Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of State Bank of Texas - Mr. Chandrakant Patel aka Chan Patel.

Top Pick Media had the privilege of hearing his grit to greatness journey, one filled with sacrifice, perseverance and triumph.

Karuna: You have a very accomplished educational background, with degrees from Mumbai, Stanford and Johns Hopkins Universities. What role has education played in shaping your career and business? 

Chan: Education is the most important aspect in anyone's life and will always help you in anything you undertake. In Banking terms, we have a Balance Sheet- which is a statement of Assets and Liabilities. So, education is an asset, and the important point about this asset is, it never depreciates but only appreciates. It has definitely played a very big role in all the successes I got in my life.

Karuna: You were the first Indian to open hotels in the metroplex in 1976, and grew from 1 to 13 hotels.  Your success, in turn inspired other Indians to move to Dallas and open hotels. What were some challenges you had to overcome building this business?

Chan:
I was the First Indian hotel owner in Dallas. As far as challenges are concerned, I didn't face much, the difference being my education and professional background (laughs). Owning and running a hotel is a no brainer, especially independent hotels. But, the big sacrifice I made was on my personal life- we moved from our house to live in the hotel, which was tough but had to be done. 

Fellow Patels saw my success and moved to Dallas to start their own hotels. Within two years between all of us combined there were 17 to 18 hotels on the same street. 

Karuna: Despite the ups and downs in the banking industry, what inspired you to start a bank, learn the trade, and build a profitable enterprise over 3 decades?

Chan: All of us hoteliers back then banked at Trinity National Bank on Fort Worth Ave. I would often get called by the President of the bank to cosign loans for other Patels, which I did. I knew they were good guys, who just didn't believe in borrowing money, so didn't own credit cards therefore their credit reports would be blank. That inspired me to start a bank and help them However, securing the capital was another issue. I had a tough time, raising the 2 million dollars to start the bank. This was also during the RTC (Resolution Trust Corporation) days in 1986-87, when banks were failing and no one was willing to help me since I did not know A-B-C of banking. 

At that point, I came up with the idea that if anybody invested $100,000 which would amount to 5% ownership in the bank, I would make them professional bankers and put them on the Board of Directors. Within 2 weeks I got 10 investors with $100,000 & opened State Bank of Texas.  

I told my shareholders that it was now time to prove to the community that Patels can not only run hotels but they can also run a bank. So we all started working at the bank at no salary, (we had other income which helped). The women trained at new account school and teller school and the men went to the key punch schools. We had only one paid employee. 
Within 6 months, the bank made a profit and in the last 30 years has never declared a loss. I kept my promise to my investors to retain them on the board till I couldn't vote anymore and till date I have the same board. Today the bank is worth 400 million dollars.

Karuna: Community Well being and Give Back is very important to you, and State Bank of Texas has changed several lives. Can you share an instance where your bank impacted a client's life?  

Chan: (Beaming with pride) We have helped many Patels who came to this country solely on blood relationship and without any capital! We gave them loans for seed money, which is  extremely difficult to secure.  Also, there are so many Indians in the hotel business, who got their start because of the loans we granted, when nobody else would touch them. Several are multi-millionaires today. So we are very proud and feel very satisfied that we have done our share. 

As far as impact on the community as a whole is concerned, I've been Instrumental in establishing a community center in Irving which cost us 7.5 million dollars (all paid off), a project that I am very proud of.

Karuna: You have tremendous experience & success across industries, from a career with Braniff Airways, to being first Indian hotelier in DFW, to starting your own bank - State Bank of Texas. What wisdom would you share with ambitious entrepreneurs in turning their dreams to reality here in The U.S.A?

Chan: First and foremost, I would say Financial Independence.  I encourage everybody to quit their jobs and go into business for themselves, (laughs reassuringly) I agree is very difficult to do and needs courage.  The start is very difficult but Perseverance is the key. I highly recommend this to anyone in our community; in fact all my children are self-employed! Second is Education, it plays a very important role.  Finally Hard Work, especially in this country if you work hard, I guarantee 99%, you will be successful.  

Karuna: They say success depends on the strength of your relationships, who are some key people who helped you achieve your goals? 

Chan: The number one person is my wife; she has supported me all the way.  Any time I was ready to start a new venture she has always stood by me. 

Number two are my investors. I remember, when I started this bank, I had tough time raising capital (nervous laugh)! The day they came to me with their $100,000 investment, still means a lot to me to this day. Though I have rewarded them tremendously, I am very thankful to them. 

Karuna: What are some important life-lessons you have shared with your children, which will help them carry on your legacy?

Chan: Ethics is very important; without ethics, you may experience short term success, but if you have ethics you can count on long term success!  Being a banker, I am the fiduciary officer, managing one billion dollars of other people's deposits, so obviously I am trusted by the FDIC, who has verified me and has faith that I am an honest person.  So I would add Honesty to be the number one principle, and what is important is, being honest even when no one is watching you.

Karuna: You experienced a life changing incident at a young age, you survived a heart attack. In what way did this change your life? karuna: You experienced a life changing incident at a young age, you survived a heart attack. In what way did this change your life?

Chan: I am 74 years old and I was half my age when I had my heart attack at 37! It changed my life tremendously; I was in shock for 6 months. The first lesson I learnt from this was 'delegation of authority'. Before my heart attack I used to micro manage my hotels, but had to stop after my attack. 

After 6 months of not micro managing, I noticed that my P&L remained the same! I said to myself, this is like “the dog that walked underneath the bullock cart thinking he was the one running it” (laughs). So I implemented this lesson in my life& the principles I had learned at Stanford and Johns Hopkins.  I am very happy to say, that most of my financial success came after my heart attack. 

Secondly, it changed my Life Style.  I became an unofficial cardiologist; in those 6 months while recovering at home I studied cardiology. I also attended the ACC (American College of Cardiology) conventions. Now, when anyone in my community has a heart attack, I visit him/her and share my experiences to help them.

Karuna: What advise do you have for maintaining balance in life while pursuing career at the same time? 

Chan:
The most important advice I can give here is that Money is not everything!  It is hard to believe; when you don't have money, it does feel like money is everything but when you gain a certain level, you will realize that it isn't, because you cannot take it with you when you are gone (laughs).  

The important goal you should have is to help members of your family, maintain good relationship with the society and earn a good reputation in your community and friends circle. Achieving this will give you more satisfaction than being rich.

Concluding Message:
It is true that I have been successful in hotel business, in my airline career and in banking. But, I've had failures as well and that is also part of life.  Not every new project initiated will be successful, however,  if you experience failure in your very first project, it could be hard to absolve. So, I would suggest starting your first project with a conservative approach and once you succeed in a few you can start taking risks. But the key to success is education, hard work, honesty and perseverance and sooner or later it will pay off. 




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Arnav Koppala – A Young CEO and Founder with a Vision
TP4U Editor   Sep-2018   443 Views   0 Comments

Arnav Koppala – A Young CEO and Founder with a Vision

Talented, imaginative and gifted individuals are getting younger and younger every day  and are found in so many different areas such as science, invention, writing, and business entrepreneurship, just to name a few. However, an innately talented genius like Arnav Koppala, who aspires to be a particle physicist is not an easy find. Arnav fits so many of these magnificent categories of achievement and is continually adding new ones every day.

At the age of 11, Arnav published his first book of his current three-volume Pentagon Springs series, Pentagon Springs (2016), followed by Breaking Boundaries (2017), and The Journey (2018). Philanthropy showed itself in Arnav’s heart as he donated the proceeds from the sale of his first book, Pentagon Springs, to the Pediatric Cancer Centre Fund. A portion of the proceeds from his second book, was offered by him, to Save A Child's Heart (SACH), the largest international humanitarian non-profit organization working towards heart issues and a part of the earnings from his third  book, was given to Zbyte Inc, the first ever non-profit global organization working towards technology addiction.

Arnav Koppala has received national and regional level recognition and appreciation for being named as the youngest 11 year old author. He has received numerous invites and participated in many high-profile interviews on television, radio, and the Internet. He has stated in his interviews, that he likes to be inspired by his imagination, and loves making the characters in his book come to life, so that he can live vicariously through his characters and their experiences.

Arnav loves public speaking and sharing his interesting ideas and beliefs with his audiences is something he is very passionate about. He is a confident, natural and interestingly animated speaker whether on camera or in front of a huge audience. He was a noted speaker at TEDx events and inspired his audiences with his wide knowledge of TED’s main topics: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. His recent TEDx speaking engagement and Talk on the topic, Growth Mindset, adding new definition to ICE was shared on social media by Irving Mayor Rick Stopher as a brilliant and thought provoking speech by a young kid.

Once again, Arnav stepped out of the normal run-of-the-mill, youth stereotype and became a CEO and founder of a new organization named Zbyte a name that steals the technical term BYTE from the a 8-bit word in computer language to create an abbreviation for Zero Bytes. Arnav started this company to create unique programs, potential rehab centers to help kids and adults to curb themselves of their addiction to technical devices.

Zbyte is first ever and only organization in the world that has been created and designed specifically to make an impact on a global platform by creating and administering methods for preventing technology addiction. Pura Vida “Pure Life” is the right of every person. Arnav launched Zbyte Inc. organization before a 700+ audience with unanimous support from Mayors, StateReps, Business Executives, Chamber of Commerce and Educational Boards.

Arnav is forever challenging himself to learn and expand his horizons. In addition to his passion for golf, music, and guitar, he also entered the field of acting at the age of 11  years. To better acquaint you with Arnav’s goals dreams, and ambitions, below are a few notable excerpts from some of his previous interviews:

Excerpts From Arnav Koppala’s Previous Interviews

Interviewer: You are barely 13 years old and currently working with State Representative, Senators, the Mayors, and major company business executives as a CEO and founder of Zbyte Foundation. How does it feel?

Arnav: It feels very responsible and I do not get nervous when I work with them because they are the elected people by us to work for the betterment of our community. I feel honored when they all are extending their hands to support our organization. This organization would not have been possible without the  mentorship and support of State Representatives, Mayors, Corporate executives, Educational Boards and above all people who believe in me.

Interviewer: Young leaders are not taken seriously. Did you face challenges when you were working with them?

Arnav: On the contrary, I was received well, I have already established a level of credibility to the hard work and focus I have, so when I approached anyone I always received their support be it politicians, or corporate executives. Age is a factor that is in your mind not in your heart.

Interviewer: What plans do you have further?

Arnav: I am always a go-getter and try to reinvent what I do. My motto is Breaking Boundaries Any Time. Trust me when I say, “While working on my Book I was thinking about my TEDx  Talk for my speaking engagement, and while working on the content for my Talk, I was thinking about my organization.” So therefore, I am constantly looking at the big picture and trying to move forward in a positive way in many different directions. The goal of my every pursuit is the same. It is just the way to reach that goal that is constantly changing.

Interviewer: You are an author, speaker, actor, and a founder of an organization, and above all a middle school student how do you balance? Don’t you fall behind in your academics?

Arnav: My parents made it very clear to me initially before allowing me to pursue other areas of interest in life that there are two most important points that must be addressed before anything else, that is Behavior and Academics, exactly in that order. They will not make any compromises on either of those two areas. You can rest assured that everything I do can only fit into my schedule after first, I maintain my best behavior wherever I go and with whomever I work with, and  second, I must score A+ in all my academic studies. In the 7th Grade, I got national recognition by Duke University for my SAT scores so I think I am good in academics but I am a super brat at home (grins sheepishly).

Interviewer: When you first became an author you have inspired so many kids around you to write and work on their books, How does it feel?

Arnav: It makes me happy that kids are inspired by me. I definitely want to support everyone who loves to write. This is totally an out and out creative space that has no boundaries. 

Interviewer: Any challenges on the way?

Arnav: Plenty of challenges. I address it with one word that is passion and having the best team to work with. When you have the passion for the mission and vision of Zbyte organization there are no hurdles, you just change the course of action but the goal remains the same and trust me so far we heard only ‘YES’ regarding support to our organization.

Interviewer: You are all over the place, author, actor, speaker, running organizations and studying, what are your next plans?

Arnav: Trust me I have a huge bucket list and one thing I don’t do is plan my next move… I follow my heart and everything in my life happens organically…. I love what I do and do what I love. After my final sequel of Pentagon spring  series, I plan to focus fulltime on Zbyte because that is where my passion lies for

now.

Summary

At the age of 13, Arnav Koppala is a three-time published author, actor, Tedx Speaker, innovator and founder of the Zbyte organization, humanitarian, and political activist working with the Mayors, state and local government officials, national representatives and senators in efforts to promote, impede, or direct, social, political, economic, or environmental reform with the desire to make improvements in society.

And that’s only the beginning point, where Arnav’s goals and ambitions may take him. His aspirations to become a particle physicist and his passion for quantum physics is clearly visible in his writings which may take him into the world of science and space someday.

Arnav Koppala is truly a young kid with a big vision, and above all he is a highly enthusiastic, creative and a compassionate kid. To date, Arnav has won over 121 trophies and 82 medals in various competitions that he has either entered as an individual or representing his school.

When he isn’t writing stories, acting, and running corporations, Arnav is super busy attending science labs, working on perfecting his golf swing, learning new guitar solos, and being featured on a number of television and radio shows.

Arnav lives in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas with his Mom, Dad, and Grandmother. He has received recognition and support from Laura Bush, President George W. Bush, President Obama, Irving Mayor, State Rep Rodney Anderson, WFAA television station, CBS, TEDx Community. He treasures President George W. Bush’s personal copy of his book that was gifted to him by the Bush family very dearly.

He is truly not a kid with a plan but instead a kid who follows his heart and his instinct into whatever endeavor finds its way into his life that he deems necessary for the betterment of man and the world.

Arnav’s leadership persona is distinct and is reflected in his personal life’s motto: “There are no boundaries in life, the only boundaries in life are set by your mind.”

Arnav Koppala Is Truly a Living Proof That Age Doesn’t Matter When We Talk About Changing The World!!

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Mane Kaka - Unsung Hero of Indian Cricket Team
TP4U Editor   Jul-2018   535 Views   0 Comments

Mane Kaka – The Man of Many Faces

The success of Team India is not just credited to the brilliant performance of the cricket players who set the stadium blazing with their super sixes and fantastic bowling and fielding. Besides the players there are people who are equally committed to turn every game into a victory. One such name is 'Mane Kaka' aka 'Ramesh Mane'. Mane Kaka is the official masseur of the Indian Cricket Team who ensured that the boys were 'well oiled' for the game. Like many other people, it was destiny combined with a sequence of unexpected events that made Mane Kaka an indispensable part of the Team India.

Mane Kaka's Journey  in the Indian Cricket Team:

Formerly a chemical plant operator, Ramesh Mane never dreamed of becoming the official Acu-masseur of the Indian Cricket Team. He used to participate in the social service camps held on weekends. Mane Kaka took initiative to start acupressure camp at RCF Chembur through Jai Bhagwan acupressure international and the practice helped him mastery the skills in Acupressure, Pranic Healing and Reiky. Very soon his massage session to sportsmen at the RCF Chembur became quite popular. Soon luck dawned and Ramesh Mane was approached by Balwinder Sandhu to treat back problem of the young Sachin Tendulkar, while playing for the Ranji Trophy Games. It is not surprising that later he was summoned to be the Official Acu-Masseur of the Mumbai Ranji team and served there for nearly seven years. Mane Kaka expertise landed him the job of the masseur for the Indian Cricket Team in 2005.

The Official Masseur for the Team India was fondly referred as Mane Kaka by the players. He had been an integral part of the team for more than a decade now. He travelled with the boys to different parts of the world, and wherever he went, he always carried a pressure cooker and jadi butis to make magical ayurvedic concoctions, which provided instant relief to the players. While millions of Indian fans would do anything to get a touch of their favorite cricket player, Mane Kaka did it every day, for his living. Mane Kaka has been with Team India from the time when Sachin Tendulkar became the hottest International cricket player to witnessing glorious innings of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Mane Kaka has served almost all the brilliant players of the Indian Cricket Team. His years of experience and commitment had made him an integral part of the Indian Cricket Team.

Mane Kaka was more than a masseur for Team India boys. He was looked upon as a fatherly figure by the boys, and hence named 'Kaka'. Mane Kaka loved his boys and would affectionately treat the worn-out players with his magical medicated oils. When Mane was not soothing the aching muscles, he would even cook delicious India meal for the boys when the team travelled abroad. 

His duties were quite elaborate and Mane also tended to the needs of the players during the breaks in the match. He would apply ice packs on the swollen and aching muscles and also look after getting the energy drinks ready for the next session.

Mane Kaka's Music Therapy:

Not only this, Mane Kaka understood the mood of his boys and used music as a therapy to boost the morale of the players. He said that his job was not just to ensure the physical well-being of the players, but it was equally important to create a mentally relaxing atmosphere in the dressing room. He would play motivational songs from Hindi movies to instil 'josh' and keep the energy levels high. He understood the music taste of every player in the team and always carried 3 iPods to play different genre of music. It was a part of his job to visit the Rhythm House to get the latest selection of songs. From the songs of legendary Kishore Kumar and India's nightingale Lata Mangeshkar to bhajans and Hanuman Chalisa, Mane Kaka played them all before the boys were ready to battle in the ground. Mane Kaka's collection of music was very distinctive and some players like Sachin Tendulkar would even joke him about considering DJing as an alternative career option. Mane Kaka would also create a praying space for players across religions to spread serenity. His techniques were so popular that even International players like Shane Watson and Chris Gayle would take his services. 

When the news of Mane Kaka being left out of the team became viral, it created shock ripples in every corner of the country. It was the first time in 10 years that Team India's favourite masseur was not travelling overseas with the players for the 3-Test Series, India Vs Sri Lanka 2015. Mane had been rendering selfless service to the Indian cricket team and has no resentment for no longer being the part of this incredible team. Yet, the 'Kaka' of the team is emotional for not being able to travel with the boys. Every morning is still a realisation for him that he is not sleeping in the hotel room but in his own house.

BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAMS AND YOU SHALL LIVE THEM!

He is currently living in his home in Vashi, Navi Mumbai.  Life was really moving fast for Mane Kaka. Being a part of the team earlier, he had been quite busy preparing his boys for the D-day. He had also been travelling a lot with the Indian Cricket Team for more than a decade now. However, when his services seem to get over, Mane Kaka plans to devote his time to social service. What else could we expect from this man of great thoughts!

Mane Kaka has worked for the longest time with the Indian Cricket Team. He has witnessed the euphoria of winning the 20-20 Worldcup and also 2011 Worldcup. He has served senior players like Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar to the young promising players like M.S.Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan and many others. During the IPL , Mane Kaka served the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for 10 years . It goes without saying that not only Mane Kaka will miss serving the boys; his void will also leave the players aching for his impeccable service, love and care. It was the fatherly presence of characters like Mane Kaka who made the young players from smaller towns; find a home away from home.

Even Greg Chapell, the former coach of the Indian Cricket Team, was full of appreciation for Mane Kaka. In an interview from Australia, he stated that “Mane played a very important role with the team. Over and above his masseur role he was a spiritual guide for many members of the team. I have no doubt; he will be keenly missed by those who availed themselves of his guidance.” His contribution to the Indian Cricket Team can never be forgotten!

Some prominent cricket players led by Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli  came together to felicitate Mane Kaka on behalf of the current Indian team for his selfless service. Virat Kohli mentioned how talking to Kaka was always refreshing. He always patiently listened to their problems and filled them with hope and positivity. Mane Kaka was the support system for many players of the Indian Cricket Team. It was indeed an emotional moment when the players thanked Mane Kaka for his love, care and affection. Mane Kaka was himself overwhelmed with the honour bestowed on him by the players. Mane Kaka humbly stated that he loved doing everything for the boys; it was much more than his regular duties. He wishes all the success to the current Indian Team and believes that there is nothing that can stop them now. The players hugged him and even clicked selfies with their favorite 'Kaka'. 

Mane Kaka's story is an inspiration to young aspiring Indians that only hard-work, dedication and commitment can take them to scaling heights of success in their life.


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Upclose And Personal Story Of Executive That Made A Social Media Mistake
TP4U Editor   May-2018   498 Views   0 Comments
When the American television newsmagazine, 20/20, reached out to me in January 2015 they said, “We are doing a story on executives who have made social media mistakes and you are one of the first people we thought of,” I rested caught my head in my right hand as I listened and thought, “This is what my life has culminated to? I am the executive that made a social media mistake?... But what about the 15 successful years of an investment banking career with Credit Suisse, finance career at IBM, and the fact that I made CFO at age 32 for a small medical device manufacturer!?! Or that I had adopted two special needs children!?! Or that I was actually a nice person who typically made smart and logical decisions!” 

I felt a tinge of embarrassment that this was my story, at least the story of which the public was aware.  And then…grace came in the form of my breath.  I just breathed while the TV producer explained what they were trying to accomplish.  I felt all that I had learned during the past 30 months and was still learning was all there with me.  Embarrassment turned into acceptance.  Acceptance turned into, “Yes, I will allow you to come into my home and interview me for this story.”  I just kept breathing, just kept accepting.

For the past 30 months I had applied to scores of positions, received many offers, and had all those offers rescinded once my name, Adam Smith, and my title, CFO, was Googled.  The social media mistake to which 20/20 referred to occurred on August 1, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona, in which I posted a YouTube video of me protesting for human rights against a fast-food restaurant chain, Chick-Fil-A, by ordering a free cup of water and then expressing my views of the company's stance on LGBTQ rights.  I had protested on my personal time, had only five followers, and thought that no one would ever link my video to the business in which I was the CFO.  And, certainly, my business would never fire me from my position, as they had just awarded me restricted stock that was valued at around one million dollars.  As long as I was employed when the company sold, I would have that million dollars that I worked so hard and long to achieve.  I felt protected and on top of the world.  Yes, there was definitely arrogance in there too.  I had made it, while others had not.

The following day, when my business began receiving bomb and death threats as a result of my YouTube video, I was fired.  My business issued a press release to try and assuage the cyberbullies from following through with their threats.  It worked.  Nothing happened…to them.  When the press release was read by Fox News, Fox News ran the story, “Executive gets fired for berating drive thru operator.”  The truth was compromised and so was my safety.

I began receiving death threats on my phone, threatening letters in the mail, even a letter that was nailed to the front door of my house.  Someone mailed manure through the mail and the mailperson delivered it.  My personal and financial information were shared on the Web.  CNN, MSNBC, and local news outlets ran the story, each in their own way to pander to their audiences' biases.  Thousands commented on the story they had been told.  Hundreds emailed me telling me how I should kill myself, lose my children, and would never find work again.  I had no idea at the time that some of these would come true or close to true. 

When I saw online that my children's elementary school's address was shared publicly with encouragement to others that they go to the school and harass my children, I broke.  And then I ran.  We moved out of our luxurious house and went to a local hotel, paid in cash, and watched as the “news” covered the story.  Most of the coverage were just people giving their opinion.  At that moment I realized the lack of depth our information is served to us.  We are under and misinformed people with the belief that we know so much.  

After a couple of months of searching for my next job, I accepted a role at a company in Portland, Oregon.  We moved there ready to start fresh and rebuild.  However, after two weeks at the company, someone googled my name and I was deemed to be too much of a distraction and was fired the Monday after Thanksgiving.  That was another moment of epiphany.  This social media mistake was going to be harder to overcome than I thought.

A couple of months later I received another offer as the CFO of a wireless company in Portland, Oregon.  Before accepting the offer, I made sure the owner was aware of my video.  He was not, but asked me if I would ever post another video like that again.  I answered, “Never again.”  He reached out, shook my hand, and said, “Welcome!”  But that opportunity disappeared a few hours later when I received an email from the company stating they had rescinded the offer.  I had to read the email several times for the reality to set in.

This pattern of receiving offers and then having them rescinded occurred several times over the first year since posting the video.  When August 1, 2013, one year after my infamous video was posted, I was experiencing the deepest despair I had ever known in my life.  I felt hopeless, alone, and worthless as a provider for my family.  Dark thoughts surrounded me and I began to question whether I was worth more dead than alive.  My life insurance policy was worth one million dollars, the same amount that I had lost back in 2012.  Fortunately, I asked for help.

I attended a five-day personal development course called The Intensive Journal Workshop (www.intensivejournalworkshop.org).  During those five days I dove all the way into my conscious and then into the subconscious.  After that I just kept going deeper toward Truth by meditating every morning at the nearby Buddhist temple, sitting for a 10-day silent Vipassana course taught by the late S.N. Goenka, attending more personal development workshops, getting certified as a life coach, learning to deeply listen to others, my body, and Spirit, and remembering the question that was asked by my IBM friend Krishna, “And what have you learned from this mistake?”  A powerful question that haunted me until I could answer it honestly and authentically.  Once I understood the lesson I began to teach it.

The only job I could get was at the local university, Portland State University.  I was offered an entrepreneurship course to teach.  I said I would teach Entrepreneurship if I could teach it the way it was true for me.  They agreed.  We meditated at the beginning and end of each class, learned how to deeply listen, resolve conflict, become present, connect with our breath, listen to what our soul wanted to create, and then they began to develop their business plans.

For me, I believe in order to be truly successful at entrepreneurship, one must know oneself.  One must know who they are, for the path of entrepreneurship is full of uncertainty, fear, grit, and potential abundance.  If one does not know who they are, one may create something that comes from fear and not love, from wounds and not healing, from weakness and not strength.  Some people have created companies and products that at best simply distract us from our own sadhana or at worst pull us away from our sadhana.  While others, those who are attuned to their life's mission, create organizations that are changing the world from the inside out, creating true wealth and freedom for people, and infusing the wisdom of sages that have come before us.  

What is our sadhana?  Well, my sadhana is to undo what I was taught and fully, constantly, and authentically see everything as it is.  What does this look like?  For me, it is seeing me in the eyes of the other.  It is me deeply knowing that I am the other, that there is no difference.  In entrepreneurship, it is serving the customer as though I am serving God; when I am negotiating with a vendor, I am negotiating with God; when I am sitting and waiting for the next customer, I am God sitting and waiting for God.

Everything is sacred.  Not just my family, not just my business, but even how I go about leading my family and my business.  How my breath is here connecting me to God as I see my children sharing their day with me, as my partner's smile radiates love to all who are fortunate to witness it, as I prepare nourishing food, as I read and reply to email, as I hear what my client wants and can listen deeper to what they really want, and how when I am afraid to take that next step, I lean into that fear and step into the unknown knowing that if I make a mistake I will learn another lesson into Truth.

Ram said to Hanuman, “What are you monkey?”  And Hanuman answered, “When I don't know who I am, I serve you.  When I know who I am, I am you.”

When the 20/20 program aired my story in early 2015, many organizations around the world reached out to offer me opportunities.  I was humbled and grateful.  I chose to be the CFO of a software company based in Arlington, Texas.  As I worked there, I realized there was still more to learn, to teach, and to share.  

On July 11, 2017, my family and I moved to Costa Rica and now help operate a healing center near the capital Costa Rica, San Jose.  I now publicly speak on topics of leadership, coach executives and entrepreneurs how to access deep wisdom when operating their businesses and lives, hold workshops on finding one's own truth, and help others find the capacity to heal themselves, for we are all healers, some realized and some soon to be realized.  I also moonlight my CFO services when needed.
I share my story for the evolution of your journey.  I do not wish public shaming on anyone, but I wish the grace of public shaming on everyone.

To ask for help is an act of love for oneself and takes great strength and humbleness.  I encourage us all to ask for help when we need it, for we are all on the same path.  As Ram Dass states in his new Netflix film, Going Home, “Let's all walk each other…Home.”

Namaste my entrepreneur network and remember who you are, who you are serving, and where we are all going.

In Love,
ADAM SMITH

Author of Million Dollar Cup of Water: Discovering the Wealth in Authenticity

Website to contact and learn more: www.AdamMarkSmith.com
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