Hello 2015! Let’s shine!

Hello WordPress! I have finally been converted from a Blogspot blogger to a WP blogger. Hey, new year, new beginnings right!

So how was your 2014 & what’s up in 2015? My 2014 sucked. I can’t be happier that it’s over. In the last 10 years, I think 2014 takes #2 spot in the list of horrible years. No, nothing major happened, not like 2011 of course. Sure, there were things I learned and good moments I experienced, but overall it wasn’t a very feel good year. I started that year by quitting my awesome job at Facebook and joining a local hospitality company, went on a super fun vacation to Goa with friends, took a liking to Yoga, underwent an operation, had some shitty work experiences in my new job, decided to take the GMAT, took the GMAT & bombed at it, quit my new job, did not travel for the longest time, became nearly financially broke, had no inkling of a love life…..you get the drift. It was definitely an exciting year in terms of nature of events.

To summarize, 2014 was a year of mistakes, weak health and honesty.

But my gut says 2015 is going to be THE year. I don’t know what’s going to happen this year but I know that whatever it is, it’s going to change/define my future. It can be either good or bad, but it’s definitely going to be pivotal and I can’t wait for it!

Let’s talk about what I’m planning for 2015. I’m not big on new year resolutions so once again, I decided not to make any big resolutions. I did decide on a few themes for the year. These themes are based on my personal failures/low points of 2014 plus habits that affect my reputation (Personal and professional). Themes for 2015:

  • Be more social
  • Build relationships
  • Follow through on my promises

I’m excited about it and I believe I’ve started off well this year w.r.t these. But the key is to continue this momentum for the rest of the year.

Apart from this, I’ve taken up some new year challenges that I came across on the internet. I’ve pinned these on my Pinterest board so it’s easy to follow. These things are fun to do and I certainly think these give me a good direction. One of the challenges I’m super excited about and have already begun is the 52 weeks of photo inspiration challenge (found it on Pinterest). This is week 1 of the challenge and I’ve been posting these photos on Instagram. The challenge has a topic/word associated to each week and you’re supposed to take photos related to it. Sort of like the official Instagram-run #WHP series, just simpler (for a novice like me). Topic for week 1 was ‘Resolution’ and you can view the photos on my Instagram account- @sunayansen.

Finally, I want to talk about my blogs- Thoughts Of The Third Eye (Now on WP. Yay!) and From The Desk Of A Businesswoman. So far I’ve never planned for my blogs. Like, I neither had a calendar nor thought of and prepared for posts in advance. I sort of wrote as and when I felt like it. It’s worked well so far; no complaints there. But I think it’s time I upped my game. So this time I’ve made a list of topics I want to write about, days of the week I want to post (to maintain consistency), and made a calendar with the schedule for these posts. So here are some things you can expect from Thoughts and FDB:

Thoughts of the Third Eye (Trulysu)
  • Posts every Monday & Thursday @ 1 PM
  • Since these posts are just random honest musings, you will see even more intimate posts addressing topics like how I built a relationship with my parents and my take on religion around me
  • To maintain consistency, I will post a weekly collage of photos I take during that week
From the Desk of a Businesswoman (FDB)
  • Posts every Tuesday & Saturday @ 1 PM
  • More kinds of guest posts (hint: Audio Q&As!) and international guests (Tomador de Riesgos 2.0)
  • Giveaways! (Who doesn’t love giveaways?!)

Please do comment on this post telling me what you’re expecting from 2015, any challenges that you’re following and post ideas you’d like me to consider. I’m sometimes lost about topics to blog about and I’d love for you to help me out.

I’m excited about 2015! I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about a new year! Lots to do, lots to learn, lots to experience and lots to share with you. I have a good feeling about this year and hope you do too. Best of luck for 2015!

♠ Happy New Year ♠

Tomador de Riesgos – ‘Susanta Misra’

As we end 2014 and step into 2015, we also end this guest series called ‘Tomador de Riesgos’ which is Spanish for ‘risk taker’. So far we’re read about different perspectives from different entrepreneurs and most of the featured entrepreneurs are fairly young and new to the game. Today I present to you a completely different perspective on entrepreneurship. As a curator and knowledge seeker, I believe it’s important to view something as a whole- a 360 degree view. In this last post FDB is featuring an inspiring entrepreneur who has a very rich library of knowledge to share. He is also a very important person in my life. He’s my mentor, uncle, friend, sounding board, and teacher all rolled into one.

I hope that this guest series has been useful in some way to you guys. If you’d like to see more of these or similar series, comment below or drop me an email. Happy new year!

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Sunayana asked me if I would oblige to write about my journey as an entrepreneur. It was like asking a child, would you mind to have a chocolate or an ice cream ?  At the age of 45, I was a budding entrepreneur and at the age of 50, I am a budding author.  I am happy to write and I am happier to share my writing..

Incidentally, I just finished my first book ‘Ready  To Fly’. It is now available in the market. Will talk more about the book at a later point of time. You can also visit susanta.in to know more about it.
Ready To Flye

‘Ready to Fly’ written by Susanta Misra

Contrary to popular belief, entrepreneurs are very lonely people. Many of them are known for building great organizations and great teams. But they, themselves are very lonely. Dreaming is one of the few things that cannot be done in a team. Dreams are very personal and if you cannot dream, you may not have a great chance in enjoying your entrepreneurial journey. Not all dreamers are entrepreneurs but almost all entrepreneurs are dreamers.
So, what dream did I have or do I have?
Let me first tell you what dream I didn’t have.  I never had a dream of becoming a billionaire or being in the cover page of a popular magazine or having a business empire.  My dream actually started from a nightmare.! I had many sleepless nights wondering where were we going with our jobs and careers. The stress levels were mounting with the uncertainties in jobs, growing imbalances in work-life balance, deterioration in health and financial stability. There came my dream — a dream of a world where everyone enjoys the right to work based on his/her strength and interest. In my dream world, no job is good or bad, it can only be right or wrong for you based on your strength, interest and the context of your life at that point of time. It was an ‘aha’ moment when I coined the word NICEFIT to represent my dream.
That’s how it started. If you wish to be an entrepreneur, you need to have a dream. Again, there is no right or wrong dream — a dream that is very personal to you and you must be honest about it (at least with yourself).
As you must have heard, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. I decided to step out of  a cushy, respectable  and high paying job in  Motorola to take that first step — perhaps the most important step I have taken. Before taking that step I had a 17 yrs long career in Motorola and I shall remain grateful to Motorola for all the learning I had while working in Motorola.
Steps 2-3-4  were easy but exciting nonetheless. We got registered as a private limited company, created a logo, got a website done. Thanks to some wisdom and experience (that comes with age), I didn’t spend any time creating business plans and business spread-sheets. Business spread-sheets are one of the most dangerous addictions an entrepreneur can have. A spread-sheet gives you unlimited freedom to project your revenue, expenses and profit. In my view, it is a total waste of time at the beginning.
To do business, you need to have just two things –a defined product/service and a specific target market. I had neither. It’s easier to follow a road than defining it. NICEFIT as a concept was very new (and even today it is new) and I was repeatedly asked — ‘what service do I provide — training or recruiting?’ The market gets used to existing products/services and often it is reluctant to accept a new one. You would need patience and faith to survive rejections of new ideas — not once but many times.
It was not even clear to me how we will make NICEFIT happen.  I thought, Training can help, Recruitment can also help but both are incomplete as a solution. So, the journey started in search of the solution and is still continuing.
If you are curious about entrepreneurship, please do remember that Entrepreneurship is not always about making money, it’s often about solving a problem or pursuing a dream.
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 In case you’re new to this blog and are wondering what this series is about, make sure you read the introductory post and other posts written by MrinmayeeSarojini & the Postbox duo.