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

Why I Reject Clients Who Aren't Perfect - Thanks for all your emails and messages! Always love hearing from you!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Why I Reject Clients Who Aren't Perfect

I have always loved sales and cracking deals. It's fun and and something I have been passionate about every since I was a small boy. 

CEOs, business leaders and sales professionals many times ask me on how they can increase their sales. One thing I regularly share with them is to have the power to reject clients who don't fit their needs and goals. 

Many people end up wasting precious time on clients who aren't the best suited for them and aren't giving them the desired profits. These 'troubled' clients take up valuable resources and also end up draining the positive energy out of people. 

I remember the Managing Director of a relatively small company with a turnover of around Rs. 750 crores (USD 100 Million) who wanted to make it a billion dollar firm in 5 years had come to me for guidance. Before I accepted him as a long term client, I wanted to be very sure this person is committed to this change as I would be investing precious time on the project. 

My team fixed up a meeting with him at 6 in the morning on the beach for his first consultation, at first he was a bit hesitant to come - but that was one of my conditions. He came to the beach at 6 and we had our first consultation session with him where he was to walk with me along the stretch of the beach. 

While I was paying attention to his challenges in business, I was also analyzing his mental capacity and how he reacted physically to the situation around him. We kept walking and after around 3 kilometers I could see he was getting really tired, but I kept walking. I wanted to see how much he was willing to push himself.

At around 4 kilometers, I asked him, "Do you want to give up?'

I could make out he had not walked so much in several years, and was sweating a lot, but he said, "No Yogesh ji, let's continue! I really want to do this." 

We went on further, and he was really trying hard to keep up with me, but still continued. He didn't give up.

Finally after walking for around 6 kilometer, we stopped and I smiled and offered him some fresh coconut water. I had liked his persistence and ability to not give up. That one morning walk revealed a lot more than a questionnaire would have. 

I accepted him as a client and we are having an incredible time working to attaining his goal of becoming a billion dollar company with the use of powerful strategies. 

No matter what you do, make sure your clients are perfect for you. As soon as you start rejecting clients who are not giving you what you desire, you will open up time and opportunities to attract those who are good for you.

Many times people settle for less than what they deserve, they settle for mediocre and compromise on their quality of service and product. 

Go ahead and make a list of clients or even people who are not adding any value to your life and simply reject them.  Then create a picture of your ideal client and make it a goal only to acquire clients who are perfect for you!

You will see incredible results - that's my guarantee. 

Have fun cracking deals!

Yogesh Chabria

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Open Your Heart To Love This Christmas!

I have always loved Christmas! I have loved the Christmas carols and enjoyed eating the special plum cake. I also have enjoyed watching the different types of cribs which show the birth of baby Jesus.

When I was a small boy, I used to hang a Christmas stocking and the next morning I would always find something nice in it like a small card, chocolate or toy. I of course knew very well Santa Claus has got it for me!

When I grew a little older I remember seeing one of my teachers dressing up as Santa. But still, that didn't stop me from hanging my Christmas stocking! It's always nice to know someone at home is Santa. At the same time surprise someone with something nice. A small chocolate, card or flowers to someone you care about will make them smile.

It's really the small things that matter.

Open your heart to love, laugh and live and you will incredible.

This is just me wishing you a very very very Happy Christmas and go ahead and smile - it's the best thing you can do!

Lots of love, smiles and hugs,

Yogesh Chabria

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Why We Need Happier Doctors

I know lots of doctors, many of them are regular readers of our books and many like attending our programs and Happionaire retreats where they can truly connect with themselves. (I even shared one such experience in Succeed The Happionaire Way of a family of doctors and how they were able to overcome some of their challenges at home.) 

Lots of them share intimate details about their lives with me and one common challenge most of them face is extreme stress. Lots of them are working round the clock and barely get any time for themselves or their families. Most of them start work early in the morning at 7 or 8 and keep working till 10 or 11 in the night. (If I was too work for that many hours, I would go crazy and my quality of work would suffer. Today's world is no longer about the number of hours you work, but what quality of output and results your produce. The smartest people are the ones who put in less time and get in the maximum results.) 

In many cases, this also affects their personal relationships as they barely get any time to spend with their loved ones. In addition to this more and more people in India have started looking at doctors with suspicion. In many parts they also face violence and of course. 

All this after they have spent a couple of crores and invested several years of their lives to learn and study. One doctor told me who was now in his 40s, told me that many younger doctors in their 30s are financially not secure.

All this makes many of them unhappy and stressed. Now when someone is stressed and overworked, do you know what happens to their quality of work? It certainly suffers. And when their quality of work suffers, all of us are at risk. See what happened in Max Hospital and so many times happens in Government Hospitals - patients instead of being healed suffer. I do not know the specifics of the cases, but I do know for sure that we as a society need to ensure our doctors are happier. Because only if they are happier can they truly help others. 

I believe 99% of Doctors are good, there are only 1% who are bad and these are of the worst kind and the harshest action needs to be taken against them. But with the increase of social media, it is becoming easier for people to expose such doctors. 

I remember, once my sister had visited a Doctor at a prominent private hospital in Bombay. She had an open bite and when she went to the doctor to get her teeth straightened and close her open bite, he started scaring her. He told her how it is a major problem and she will need to undergo surgery costing . He used every scare tactic possible to get her to pay up and undergo the surgery.

Luckily, she came home, we discussed and she took a second opinion. The second doctor told her all she would need to do is remove one or two teeth, get braces and her problem would be solved without any surgery. She took the advice of the second doctor, and today she doesn't have an open bite. 

Not only she opted for the services of the honest doctor, she made sure she told everyone about the dishonest doctor. That Doctor and hospital both lost business and today one Google search on the hospital and doctor shows hundreds of negative reviews of people having had bad experiences. This hospital today is facing major challenges and might even shut down. They deserve it!

The biggest asset a doctor has is trust, once trust is lost everything is over. This applies not just to doctors and healthcare - but every other industry. 

But at the same time the second doctor solved a problem my sister had and has lots of positive reviews and a thriving practice. As a society we all need doctors, but as shared, we need doctors who are themselves happy and healthy. We need to ensure they are rewarded financially, they have financial security and at the same time they have a happy life besides just being doctors.

This means they should have perfect physical and mental health, they should have happy relationships with their family, with their spouse, with their children and parents. They should be able to experience the world besides just going from hospital to clinic. They should be able to laugh more and enjoy more. I mean these are people who have spent years studying, learning and researching, they are people who help us right from the time we are born to the times when we have a toothache or fever. 

I know society today doesn't have the same awe they did for doctors say 30 years ago, but its always nice to be kind to them and realize that while there might be a few terrible doctors, most of them are nice. I believe most of them became doctors because they have a passion to heal and cure disease. I believe deep down most of them are great human beings who want to be happy. 

The next time a doctor has been kind to you and helped you with whatever problem you are facing, surprise them by doing something special. A small thank you note, a small chocolate - will help them realize they are truly making an impact! 

I'm happy that doctors our family visit once a way. are happy, crack jokes and regularly take holidays! (Oh and when they take a holiday, they always divert their phone to another Doctor! So everyone is happy!) 

We wouldn't want anyone to take risks going to unhappy doctors, now would we? 

To a society with happier doctors and happier people! 

Lots of smiles and loves,

Yogesh Chabria 

P.S.: I would love to hear from all of you what you feel about a society with happier doctors? Do you agree with me? 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Thank You For Making Succeed The Happionaire Way A #1 Bestseller!

Yogesh Chabria's Succeed The Happionaire Way The Biggest #1 Bestseller
I just want to say thank you. Thank you for making this happen. Thank you for letting the world know that there is good. Thank you for valuing the positive over the negative. Thank you for believing challenges can be faced and overcome. Thank you for showing that dreams can become a reality. Thank you for letting the world know that it doesn't matter what your background is - if you want it, you can achieve it. Thank you for continuing to invest in knowledge and growth. Thank you for reading what I share. Thank you for the love. Thank you for making the world a better place step by step. Thank you for sharing your life with me and letting me share mine with you. 

Thank you for being a part of our ever growing Happionaire family. Thank you for making Succeed The Happionaire Way a #1 Bestseller. 

And above all thank you to the Divine for blessing us with the ability to smile, read, learn and grow every moment.

Lots of love, smiles and gratitude, 

Yogesh Chabria 

P.S.: We are going to have a huge celebration soon - and you are most certainly invited!