Key takeaway: Back your passion up with the rigour of discipline
Experts from various fields got together for a series of online TEDx talks organised by Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal’s (SVKM) Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Navi Mumbai Campus, to guide and inspire students.
Held on March 31, the TEDxNMIMSNaviMumbai panel featured Sonal Mehrotra Kapoor, NDTV’s principal anchor and associate editor; Kriti Jain, associate professor of human resources and organisational behaviour at IE Business School, Madrid; Gaurav Bhushan Sharma, senior vice-president - growth at Pine Labs; Harsh Lal, co-founder and director at The Souled Store; Jinal Inamdar, content creator and founder of Talkin Travel; Harini Sreenivasan, partner at Semcostyle Institute India; and Nandini Shenoy, founder and CEO of Pinkvilla.
The talks revolved around what it takes to pursue one’s passion and the skills one needs to follow through with it.
“Passion is a strong desire for something. While chasing a dream is glorified, people might ask if passion really pays. Kids are told that if they study well in school and college, they will get a good job, get married, settle down and have a ‘good life’. However, no one prepares you for a Plan B. If you live a healthy life, you are looking at roughly 3,500 Mondays. That is a lot of Mondays spent doing something you don’t like,” said Harsh Lal, taking a leaf out of his entrepreneurial journey with The Souled Store, an online platform for official licensed merchandise.
“Since you don’t have a boss to report to or fixed office hours, it is very easy to get swayed from your goals. But the number of hours you put in will ultimately reward you. You need self-discipline. Make a to-do list and assign a time to each task, including time for breaks and family. It will not only help with self-discipline but also productivity,” said Jinal Inamdar, whose travel blog Talkin Travel has detailed itineraries to help people plan their own vacations.
Nandini Shenoy’s advice for youngsters was to listen to their heart. “Instead of following the path life lays out for you, be the hero of your own story and take action to realise your dreams,” said the lady who’s turned Pinkvilla into a sought-after destination for Bollywood news.
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