My beginnings were humble. I come from a middle-income family in Jaipur. As a typical Indian family, I grew up in an extended family of 23. We did not have a lot of space or money.
I remember one particular moment in my childhood where I had to share a bed with my uncle and my brother. There just wasn’t enough space or money for us to have individual beds. Being the youngest, I had to squeeze myself at the edge.
I felt small. I felt insignificant. And I was bitter about our scarcity. I knew I never wanted to ever feel like that again.
With that seed in my heart, I adopted an outlook of seeing opportunity instead of limitations. The first nudge towards expanding my horizons came from a school teacher who encouraged me in a school assembly to become a “news anchor”. That experience gave me the idea that I have more talent. That empowerment is within me. That I can be what I wanted to be. It also sparked my interest in media.
I planted myself wherever I could grow and aligned myself with people who could teach me to grow. At university, I joined AIESEC. Starting as a trainee, I worked my way up to become Vice-President and Regional Director of AIESEC India. There, I gained my first experience of leading a team and expanding an organisation.
Upon graduating, I gained branding and multimedia sales experience at Rajasthan Patrika, one of the largest publications in India. After that, I dabbled in building a social rating site as COO of GMI Pvt. Ltd. Then, in 2008, I made a bold decision to move to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and join Mindvalley as an intern.
My mentors at Mindvalley accelerated my learning and growth. Juan Martitegui opened me to the idea of “standing on shoulders of giants”. He showed me that even if you’re not the smartest, you can learn your way through others. Vishen Lakhiani taught me dreams do come true and that challenges are a good thing. He challenged my limiting beliefs and made me realize that when you don’t know what the ceiling is, there is no ceiling.
The teachers and mentors on my path were pivotal in shaping who I am as a person and what I achieve as an entrepreneur. And because I have been blessed by the value great teachers and mentors who transformed me, it has inspired me to do the same for others.
To create solutions for the world. Turn the world to learning. Empower trainers and coaches to create positive change. To make the world safer for women. To make work fun. With this purpose, I have since held various roles including as, CEO of Mindvalley, Co-founder of Mindvalley Teach. I also started many companies including Global Grit Institute, Infinite Creative and EPIC Businesses.
I have penned the best of my learnings from working with coaches into the bestselling book, The Book of Coaching, so that I can help other coaches make bigger impact. I have poured my heart into my upcoming book Live Big, so others can also learn there is no ceiling and how to empower ourselves to create the abundant reality we want.
All these endeavors have become platforms for me to fulfill my purpose. I am passionate to help others learn the things that have helped me. That we are not limited by space or money. The only limitation we have is the box we put ourselves in. That you — yes you — can learn how to achieve abundance in business and life no matter what cards life has dealt you. It IS possible. As my mentor once said to me,“It will cost you nothing to dream, and everything not to.”