I have known Sachin for a good long while. He’s gregarious, extremely cheerful and happy-go-lucky.
I have always seen him inspire people around. Even back in school, I awed his speaking skills. Mostly, impromptu!
He is always up for the mic time!
He presented himself and his ideas fabulously in the World Quora Meetup – Bangalore (23rd July).
I am sure to expect a TED talk from him sometime in future.
He’s been a sport in answering these questions and let’s see how beautifully he answers them!
1. Have you always been a big dreamer as you are now?
Yes! I definitely think I’ve always been a big dreamer.
Right from my schooling, I’ve dreamt of numerous things.
But in the last couple of years, I’ve learnt that dreams don’t mean anything unless you fuel them with the right approach. To me, A Dream is the most raw form of a Vision. It only takes a couple of ingredients for a dream to be a great vision: Belief and Perseverance. For a Dream to become a Vision, you must learn to protect the dream. Something that I derived from one of the best movies ever made “Pursuit of Happyness”. I’ve experienced this in various phases of my life so far. A dream becomes ‘BIG’ only when you convert it into a Vision.
2. How has your life changed after engineering?
Engineering was a great experience for me. It kind of gave me wings. But I hardly knew what to do with a great pair of wings. NICMAR PUNE was a brilliant Platform for me to discover my real passion. Something that I believe, came to me naturally: Teaching. I’ve always loved helping out friends with whatever concept I knew. But, I didn’t even have a clue that I would end up as a teacher. The kind of Networking opportunities and Social Platforms that my college gave has truly turned out to be a life changer for me. I would like to believe that my Skills after joining NICMAR PUNE have increased exponentially. I’ve gained the bigger perspective of things. Right from Economics to Politics to Technology to Business, I’ve managed to grasp as many things as I could. Thanks to a couple of great friends who pushed me to limits when it came to Personality Development.
3. What has been your biggest challenge so far?
I think it’s Self Belief. I’ve been through situations where my confidence was absolutely crushed, on multiple occassions. My family and a few close ones have been my biggest source of inspiration. They have believed in me even when I was completely down and out. Not long ago, I have had to face situations where my Education had to be discontinued because of one particular reason. My chances of getting selected in Campus Selection was as slim as a line of thread. With so much going against me, the biggest challenge I’ve had to face was Self Belief. There have been times when I’ve doubted my own abilities and skills. To be able to retain the confidence and belief, I needed a lot of push. This was provided by some of my closest friends at NICMAR. Specially my roommates in Pune. They’ve seen me during the worst phases of my life and helped me recover.
4. How have you scaled up on your public speaking skills?
I always thought Public Speaking came to me naturally. I’ve always enjoyed a stage. Right from my schooling, I was involved in a lot of extra curricular activities that helped me build a Personality. Over the last couple of years, I’ve learnt a lot about the art. YouTube has taught me a lot about it. Honestly, it has a lot of elements that didn’t even know. Voice Modulation, the art of pausing, the art of smiling, Eye Contact, Posture, Using the Stage and so on. I’ve been trying to implement all of these in every single opportunity I get. NICMAR again, has contributed immensely. It has given me so many stages and practice hours, that is invaluable. I’ve used every single opportunity I got without any hesitation to take the Center Stage and talk in front of a crowd. I sometimes used to record my speeches and observe the patterns of mistakes. I’ve practised few aspects a million times in my head. All of my preparation happens within my head.
5. What is the best learning in your life that you would like to share?
I have a few learnings!
There are no rules to success. To be really successful in life, there’s just obstacle. To me, that obstacle is Defining Success. The definition of success varies depending on individuals. The moment you figure out what success means to you, you’re already on track.
Don’t complain about problems. Find a way to solve them.
Try and stay humble at all points. It really helps
6. What keeps you going?
The immense trust, faith and belief that people have placed in me. It fills tremendous amounts of energy in me to keep going.
7. What are your future plans?
As of now, I work as the Director of an Educational Institution called Motion Institute of Management Studies in Bangalore. I’m more of a teacher than an administrator. That’s what I want to concentrate on, in the future. My Vision is to create values that will leave an impact on young minds. According to me, only Parents and Teachers can instill the right values in the society. That’s my plan for the future. To keep doing something that I’m good at.
8. If you have to motivate anyone who has lost purpose of life, how would you?
You’re extremely lucky if you’re reading this. Not everyone on this planet is blessed with the kind of resources you have. Try and make the best use of this opportunity. We all just have this one life. Just One Precious Life. Only you can fight your worst enemies. And the worst enemies are always hiding inside you. Don’t let them surface often.
9. What is that one dream of yours that hasn’t let you sleep?
The dream of defining success. Like I’ve mentioned above, that is something I consider very Fundamental. Success to me is variable. I have all the freedom to redefine, rephrase, rearchitecture the meaning at different phases of life. I just hope that the hunger in me never dies.
10. Any piece of advice that you would like to give to your fellow folks reading this interview?
The only thing that matters in the end is Perseverance. Be it a dream, Be it a job, Be it a relationship. Just commit yourself to what you’re stuck to, you’ll definitely reap all the benefits. Challenges come and go. Challenges are variable. The only constant is your commitment towards your goal.
Sachin Amarnath – Quora. You could take his help for your civil engineering questions and find your motivation source in him.