Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Volunteer - Happiness For All

The way human beings are taught needs to be changed.

I see how since a very young age, children are programmed to be fearful and afraid. They are told that if they don’t study hard, they won’t get a job. If they don’t top their exams, they will be failures.

They are told that they need to stop living in a dream world and start getting serious. Parents are filled with fear and start applying for admission to nursery and school even before the child is born! They are afraid that if their child doesn’t get into a good school, their life will be doomed.

Do you know of someone like that?

The irony is that this is exactly the kind of programming that makes people miserable in life. They might end up becoming engineers or doctors or lawyers or whatever else the society wants them to be, but deep down, they aren’t satisfied.

They aren’t in a state of mental, physical or spiritual bliss.

It isn’t their fault. It isn’t even the fault of their parents. It is the fault of the education system that was designed on the basis of fear.  A system that was designed by the Colonial Rulers who wanted to rule over people.

It wasn’t meant to enlighten people or ensure they lead a blissful life, but instead to condition them to never question, obey orders and function like machines.

Human beings are meant to laugh, joke, play and live a full life. Success doesn’t mean you have to be serious. Have you seen a child play? The child is filled with energy, joy and laughter. It is this creative and dynamic energy that can help us achieve anything we desire.

Children and adults need to be given knowledge that is relevant in a rapidly changing world. We are living in a golden age of knowledge – and yet, only a very tiny percentage of people benefit from it.

Everyone needs to realize the powerful laws that work in nature that lead to success, health, happiness, love, bliss and peace. Everyone needs to realize that we are all one. The world needs to realize the wonderful benefits of giving and having empowering emotions.

In order to achieve our missions of Happiness For All, we have started a volunteer program. We launch it first in Mumbai, and then spread all over.

The first thing needed is a venue volunteer.  So if you have a venue (or can recommend someone with a venue) do let us know.

In addition to venue volunteers, we also welcome volunteers with expertise in social media, video recording, editing, logistics, IT skills and management.

The ideal volunteer is someone who just wants to give back. Click here to fill in the Volunteer Form

You don’t have to be a volunteer to attend the Happiness For All sessions, they will be completely free for everyone to attend.

I am excited (as always!) – let’s get started and get people to smile more and have a lot of fun!

Yogesh Chabria

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

6 Life Changing Teachings of Lord Ganesha - Yogesh Chabria

Everyone in India (and the Indian community elsewhere!) is celebrating Ganesh Utsav. 

I have always been inspired by Ganesh ji and am happy to share 6 Life Changing Teachings of Lord Ganesha in Hindi.

Which teachings did you connect with the most? Would love to hear from you!

Stay happy, healthy and prosperous always!

Yogesh Chabria 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Women Power

Eid Mubarak, hope you enjoyed some delicious kesar sevia and had a great Father's Day! 

I was recently with Marshall Goldsmith and was happy to see his focus on women with his new book How Women Rise. I have personally believed the feminine has immense power. The power of both  Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge  are what define success.  (Here's one of my videos showing the power of both these feminine forces and how they work together.) 

Even in Succeed The Happionaire Way, I shared my conversations with several women such as Neerja Birla, who shared the importance of taking action and how she pursued her education several years after getting married or a young girl who decided in order to lose weight, she needed to learn to love herself first. Some of my biggest mentors and supporters have been women, from my mother, to my wife to even my publishers at CNBC, who are largely female! 

Keeping this spirit in mind, I am very happy to share about Marshall's event in India on How Women Rise with his co-author Sally Helgesen. I'm going to be there and we are going to make it all about empowering women (and men!).

Go ahead and click here to register for it. I'm looking forward to seeing you there and having lots of fun!

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Yogesh Chabria 

Friday, June 8, 2018

What's Your Take On Ideas?

I have always believed in the power of ideas. I have believed ideas can change life, provided they are backed by complete faith and action.

As I consider you a friend, I thought of sharing a recent video of a seminar we did in Dubai. It's on the power of ideas and how a gentleman created $20 million by taking action. 

I'm curious to know what is your take on ideas, there power and what are some of the most powerful ideas that have had an impact on your life? I'm curious to learn.

I'm also curious to know what are some ideas you are working on for the future? 

Have a wonderful day ahead!

Yogesh Chabria

Thursday, May 10, 2018

My Personal Invitation To You To Meet Marshall Goldsmith


I'm pleased to invite you to meet Marshall Goldsmith for an interesting interaction on his latest book How Women Rise with Sally Helgesen.

This is happening on 10th May, 7 pm at Title Waves in Bandra. Title Waves also happens to be one of my favorite bookstores in Mumbai because of the nice open space and lovely coffee shop.

Here's me with my copy of #HWR - looking forward to getting it signed by Marshall tomorrow!

Kudos to my buddy and business associate Gautam Ganglani  and his Right Selection Team  for making this happen!

If you are in Mumbai, do drop in - if you aren't, you might want to fly in! See you!
Yogesh Chabria

P.S.: Here's the official invite:

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

How Challenges Can Be Our Biggest Gifts

I’m sure lots of students who have given their exams are upset and angry with the paper leak that happened recently. They will have to give their exams once again and this would affect their holiday plans or other plans. The education system should certainly become strict and stop such things from happening. But how should a student take this paper leak? Will it help to grumble about the paper leak constantly – or should a student simply accept what has happened and more forward?

Should a student look at this as a challenge that has come their way and look at the positive in it? Everything that happens, happens for a reason and we can always find the positive in things. So a student can look at this paper leak as an opportunity to improve on what they have studied. In fact they have excellent practice as they have already given the exam earlier, plus, the paper is just three more hours.

I had to lose an entire year in school in eighth standard because I was shifting schools. While in those days everyone thought of it as a bad thing, it was nice it happened as it made me work harder and in fact I came first in 10th standard because of my burning desire to succeed.

The rest of the time is still theirs and they can do anything they want. Throughout life, whoever has succeeded has had an attitude that looks at the positive in situations.

Today billions of people use Whatsapp, most likely even you use it. Did you know the founders of Whatsapp, Brian Acton and Jan Koum, desperately tried to get a job at Facebook and were unable to. The rejection from Facebook turned out to be their biggest opportunity.

They went on to co-found Whatsapp together in 2009 and then sold it to the same Facebook just five years later for $19 Billion. Imagine if they had been hired by Facebook, they would not have got the chance to create Whatsapp and sell is for $ 19 Billion.

In their journey did they face challenges? Of course they did – but those challenges made them stronger. Life is similar to body building or Yoga, a muscle grows and becomes stronger only when it picks up heavier and heavier weights. The more weight is picks up, the faster it grows.

In life too, we grow when we face challenges and push ourselves. Till we don’t push our mind and body’s we can’t grow.

Another story is of two young guys, who couldn’t afford to even pay their rent. Their landlord had given them notice to vacate and they needed to come up with money very very fast. They decided to rent out the sleeping space in their hall where people could sleep on air beds. This led them to the idea of creating AirBnB which is today worth billions of dollars. Anyone can now rent out a room in their house and make money. The founders, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia would never have become billionaires and created AirBnB had they not experienced the challenge of not being able to pay their rents.

In fact many times, I feel the people who are not born rich are the luckiest because they have to work harder and smarter to achieve their goals. Growing up as a boy, I couldn’t even afford the bus, but this made me smarter. I started selling toys at the age of 5 and even in school I would always be selling something or the other.

I had a passion to learn and grow. I’m sure if I had money when I was born and had been given everything on a platter, I wouldn’t have worked as hard and wouldn’t have been able to share my ideas and inspire millions of people with The Happionaire™ Series.

Today even countries that are the most advanced and progressive, from Japan to Germany are countries which haven’t been blessed with lots of natural resources like oil and gold. In these countries people are encouraged to use their mind and work hard. On the other hand so many countries in Africa and the Middle East are blessed with gold and oil, and these are places with the maximum poverty and war.

The human mind grows when it is challenged. It stops growing when it is not challenged. In fact we should always ask the Divine blessings to make us stronger to face challenges because after every challenge we come out stronger and better.

Another great inspirational example is the story of two young boys who were unable to get a taxi at the train station. It was very cold and raining and no taxi was willing to take them to their destination. They used this frustration as a challenge and decided nobody should suffer like them. They came up with Uber which today has revolutionized the way people commute. It also made Travis Kalanick and Garret Camp billionaires.

How many times has an auto or taxi rejected you? How many times has a company rejected you? How many times have you been rejected? How did it make you feel? How many times have you been short of money? What if next time you fact a challenge or rejection and ask yourself – how can I make the most of it? How can I use the infinite power within my mind to unleash my inner potential?

If I have been given this challenge, why not look at it as a gift and make the most of it?

This challenge is just meant to make my mental muscles stronger and something incredible is lying ahead in the future.

Best of luck and I am sure you will make the most of this incredible gift of life we all have!

Yogesh Chabria

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Technology and A Changing Future - Augmented Reality

I believe we are living in one of the best times in history. But at the same time it can also be a one of the worst times in history for people who are not fast enough to adapt to change. Never in the history of mankind has new technology come in and been adopted by billions of people across millions of kilometers in  such a short period of time.

This creates opportunities for people who are fast, smart and ready to adapt to change. Lots of wealth can be created. Look around you, Jeff Bezos, I love the guy, who is worth over $100 Billion today, has created more wealth in a short period of time in an absolutely new industry. An industry he created.

At the same time, Amazon is going to end up being a massive threat to people in conventional retail and any other industry they enter as they have massive data on how consumers behave. They have knowledge and they are going to use that knowledge to their benefit.

Technology and people who control technology are going to be more powerful than governments. The next wave of technology is going to be in areas like 3D printing where massive printers can print entire buildings and machinery. Massive infrastructure projects can be completed within weeks thanks to massive printers.

All this once again will mean a threat to traditional companies, unless they adapt to these changes and in fact introduce these changed. This will mean massive unemployment for manual labourers who are unable to adopt new skills. Today revenues and incomes are growing across industries, but they are hiring lesser and lesser people. Machines and AI is gaining more and more importance. No amount of government regulation can stop this change. 

To succeed, we need to be open to a changing world, we need to be open to new ideas and thoughts. I remember, when my first book was launched, Invest The Happionaire Way, I was 23. I had spoken to the leadership at Kingfisher Airlines and told them they should sell my book in all their flights as they can earn additional revenue and people can get an amazing book to read. They said it has never been done before and were closed minded.

I believe that is the attitude that led them to go bust. On the other hand, another airline that was open to the idea and retailed the book, went on to become one of the biggest airlines in India.

I have always been fascinated by technology and are happy to share we have been doing some incredible experiments with Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence.

Succeed The Happionaire Way has become the first book ever in the Happionaire Series to have Incorporated Augmented Reality in it.

Here's a sneak peak at it -

This is in association with the amazing Vyaar-Lit - do check them out.

In the future there is a lot more that's going to happen. Right now, we are keeping it top secret, but stay tuned, you will see it.

I am curious to know, how are things shaping up in your industry? How is technology affecting you? What sort of disruption is happening? Are you excited because of it or are you scared? Do you see technological disruption as a threat or an opportunity? I'm very curious to learn more and as always benefit from it.

Have a wonderful week ahead and make the most of every moment!

Lots of smiles, warmth and happiness,

Yogesh Chabria

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