It all started in school: We had an English teacher (Nafisa mam) who was an Oxford graduate and she use to teach us English Literature. Every week she use to give us a class test. The main theme of those tests would be to explain in your own words what the author or poet is trying to say (we were not allowed to use any word or sentence from the text book) It was basically expressing what you feel or think about the situation in your own words.
I somehow managed to get very good grades in those test and that is when I really learned how to think, how to take a complex topic and explain it in a simple and understandable language. I learned how to play with thoughts, ideas and how to express yourself in simplest and yet useful manner. In all other subjects we were expected to write tests from our memory, merely reproducing what was written in text books.
However these English tests were different, they developed an individual thinking process. Those tests laid a small but very meaningful foundation of what I am doing today. (Ever so grateful to all the Teachers)
The love for books: Since childhood I have been fond of reading and had built my own small collection of books which I still have. Although I was never into fiction reading I loved reading short stories, literature and poems when I was small. As I started growing up the topics and subjects kept changing but the love of reading was always there.
One of my teachers had instilled this thought in me that through a book you get an entire life time of knowledge and experience without having to actually spend that much time living it. Through a book you get to meet all the great minds of the contemporary world and also the masters who have lived before us. And till today the love affair with books still continues.
Today I have a huge collection of E-Books (More than 1000 Books) and occasionally I do share them with members of my Daily Gurukool Community.
The Stock market changed it all:All my working life before Daily Gurukool I have worked in the stock broking industry. I have seen very closely how people deal with money, making huge amounts in a day and also losing their life savings in a flash.
I have seen closely how dreams are built and how they come crashing down with the market. I have seen Greed and Fear and Hope create Havoc in people’s lives. I always use to wonder that at what point should one say enough, at what earning level should one decide to stop trying and start living life?
All these events help me shape my goal in life. Although the stock market talks of millionaires and billionaires and legendary investors, what I could learn from being part of this industry is that the ultimate goal in life is FINANCIAL FREEDOM.
Once you are able to reach that threshold level of FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE, you are completely free. If you are lucky or if you desire more you can keep going forward or you can decide to stop the journey over there and purse something that you really love. All the teachings of Daily Gurukool are focussed around this fundamental principle of Financial Independence.
If I could build a life where I had enough money so that I no longer have to work for money I am FREE. The job in the stock broking industry helped me frame my life goal: Financial Independence. And I am happy that I am cruising along that path happily.
The Day I Quit My Job:It was my daughter’s 2nd Birthday and we had invited her friends for a small party at home. I was supposed to leave early from work. Unfortunately on that particular day, my Regional Head along with newly appointed State Head were visiting our city and had called for a meeting.
The meeting started around Noon and extended till around 10:45 PM. I kept receiving phone calls from home; the party started and got over without me. I could not be there. On that particular day, during that meeting itself mentally I had quit my job. (I handed my resignation the next day). That is the day that changed the course of my life and took me into a completely different path.
How I became a Teacher: I always define myself as a Teacher. There are so many other things that I do now like Stock Investing (I love Positional Trading and Value Investing), Consulting, and Personal Coaching etc. However Teaching is what I love the most.
So to become a good teacher initially I had to unlearn so many things and then start learning all over again. I had read somewhere that to be extremely good at something you must spend at least 10,000 hours on it. So I decided to put in that time and master it.
For the next 4 years I immersed myself into learning and exploring. I dived into wide range of subjects right from Stoic Philosophy to NLP, to Behavioural science, to Decision making to Cognitive Psychology, to Persuasion an Influence science to Sales to Communication to the world of Physics and biology and health and nutrition, to Family Therapy and Parenting skills and many more subjects like this.
During these four years, all I did was to prepare and learn and absorb as much as I could. Almost 10 to 12 hours daily (Sometimes even more) were dedicated to this task only. I can proudly say that I did give more than 10,000 hours to become a better teacher. (Of course I did pay a huge price for it- the opportunity cost of being in a Job and earning a good salary, which I consciously let go to prepare. It was a tough and challenging decision)
The love for Teaching: The Biggest Joy of Continuous Learning is that it puts me in a position to Teach. How do I describe myself as teacher? Well I am a very hard working student first and because of that I am a good Teacher. Even today my day ends late into the night around 2 or 3 am while I am reading and learning. There is nothing more that I love other than when I am with my kids.
Learning is what I do every day. I still collect books (now on kindle or PDF formats) whenever I find a good recommendation for it and keep re –reading some old ones.
Every training program (Online or Offline) is based my 15 years of work experience, my own understanding and interpretation and the hundreds of teachers I have met personally in my life and the thousands that I have met through books.
So when I teach it is as if thousands of teachers talking through me. (I am happy that I am not alone and I have blessing of all these teachers)
The Daily Gurukool Philosophy
When I decided to start Daily Gurukool I was always wondering about this one very important question: “What exactly do I want Daily Gurukool to do in people’s lives?” So many days and nights I have struggled with this one simple and yet very crucial question “What will be the guiding philosophy of Daily Gurukool”.
No matter how much I tried to come up with answers something always felt missing and incomplete. Any philosophy that I came up with seemed to fancy or too shallow. However I definitely wanted one because although it may remain the unseen or the unknown part of your organisation, but it is actually a guiding light for how you conduct your business.
Finally I did find the right answer, the correct direction and more importantly the Daily Gurukool Philosophy. I now know clearly what Daily Gurukool stands for and what it will do to people’s lives and more importantly my own guiding light.
Continuous and Never Ending Self Improvement.
Improvement: As the famous saying goes, go to bed a little wiser than when you woke up. If you have not improved, if you have not learned something new, if you are still the same person then you have wasted that 24 hours of your life.
Improve little, Improve everyday is the ultimate goal. The whole idea is based on compounding of your mind. By compounding what we mean is that keep adding small pieces of new information, knowledge and skills everyday and over a period of time you transform into a completely new person.
We don’t want to rush anything, we don’t want to gain all the wisdom in one day, we don’t want to build the whole wall in one day, all we want to do is lay one brick at a time and over a period we have one big beautiful wall ready.
Continuous: Life is very busy and complex nowadays. We have to focus on so many things all at the same time. In this rush we miss out on so many important things, people and moments. The most important person that we miss out on is ourselves.
So the aim is to continuously focus on ourselves, regularly. The improvement that we are seeking has to be every day. Watching a YouTube video or some motivational video on social media or reading an inspiring quote here and there is not the solution. We need to become students once again; we need continuous improvement of ourselves.
Never Ending: Learning and improving does not end with school or college. After college our subjects change, books change, our teachers change, the exams of life are different and so learning never stops. It has to be a never ending process.
No matter how much we know, how much we have accomplished, how much we have made we cannot and we must not stop learning. As long as there is life, there is something to learn and become better at.
Continuous and Never ending Self Improvement for everyone is the goal. Daily Gurukool is the Platform to help you partake in this amazing journey of learning little, learning everyday till the end of our times.
So why don’t you join me? I have something to offer to everyone, right from the person who hesitates a lot (Daily Gurukool Q&A club) to someone who does not mind jumping right in (Daily Gurukool Success skills course) to people who would want to learn something in person (Daily Gurukool seminars and workshops) to someone who needs a personal consultancy services.
Let’s meet up soon. Till then please take care of yourself and my best wishes to you.