~ 7 Techniques to help you quit Job/Career Fear and ‘Reboot’ Life

Priya Parker has proposed crazy but effective seven steps to eliminate FEAR about quitting your current career/job to choose things you are really passionate in life! She has given interesting 7 steps that will help you to switch career to follow your heart! The steps are helpful in transition stage when you have decided (or wish)  to quit your current career but not sure how you will land to your dream career. It will help you to analyse your mental, emotional, physical and financial stage before switching to new exciting but unexpected life.

All these crazy things given in talk will help you to build your muscles for discomfort and remove your fear. Her experience while dealing with many successful people (who could actually  quit their past career and reboot) is that; the successful people had actually managed to live in uncomfortable situations and manage fear in life.


Seven steps to check your strength & weaknesses, interest/passion of life , limits/constrains, etc to reboot life; which are discussed in Priya’s TED talk , are described below:

STEP 1 (Mental & Emotional level)- Take the obituary test and make sure you pass: Write down your Obituary on paper. Answering basic questions like; how do you I want to live my life? etc.

STEP 2 (Mental & Emotional level) – Passion comic strip: What passion do you have? Interview 5-10 close people ask them When they have seen you happy? Draw on paper cartoon series about your passion and thing you wish to do or did till now.

STEP 3 (Physical & Emotional)- Get comfortable with this concept: Build your muscles for discomfort i.e. get habituated with awkward and humiliating situations in life! Just for the experiment she has suggested following 3 crazy ways –

  • (a)      Start singing in public places when in queue or standing. Notice your emotions inside  the body (heart),and feelings while doing this.
  • (b)      Go outside for dinner alone (habit of staying alone), without reading  material, mobile or anything to entertain
  • (c)      Stand-up facing back towards door in a lift (different from others)

STEP 4 (Mental & Emotion)- Life Sentence: Give yourself a life sentence, like many organization and companies generally have their mission and vision statements. Ask questions like, What do I value? What is purpose of my life?,etc see below:

  •  A. What are the qualities and values that I bring with me (regardless of family or at work)?
  • B. What is that I actually Do?
  • C. Why I do all this? It is most difficult but important task. It helps in analysing your life and help you to make future decision-making about life

STEP 5 (Finance)-  Dwindling-Cash Experiment:  To check how much money is enough money for you to live a normal life. In this experiments you first note down how much money you spend on yourself per month (not how much you earn) . Take that amount from bank and put it in an envelope. Then divide it into 4 parts (40%, 30%, 20% and 10% of total).  Then expose yourself to 4 different money parts one in each week. Start with 40% money for first week, then 30% in next week, etc. Note down what you did in each week and how did you manage e.g.  live with this much money for one week each to know how much money is sufficient for you/your habits/constraints/spending pattern, mind-set, etc. Find out what amount you are comfortable with and live on. Build a financial model and see how much you need to “reboot” your life.

STEP 6 (Mental) – Help Somebody else: Identify 5 different friends/person who are doing different and interesting jobs. Ask them whether you can spend 1 hour with them to solve any of their difficult problem in their business. It will build habit , how can I help others and  realize which problems you can/can’t solve ( your strength weakness analysis).

STEP 7 (Mental & Emotional) – Social accountability & PR:  Invite your 7 ‘close’ friends and tell them about your plan of quitting current job and rebooting life. Note their Suggestions and reactions. This will help you to know about your Social accountability and PR groups practice.

Priya has summarized her talk with quotes:  “Step back from your life to see clearly… Don’t avoid thinking about the meanings just because it scares you. Changes in the universe are very hard to make, but they are even harder to make if you don’t spend time thinking about what matters to you. Imagine the consciousness in the History of not doing the things, if Leonardo da Vinci hadn’t stuck to his plan or if Albert Einstein had remain the Patent Officer…Changing the Universe needs time , Space and Risk. So, I urge to you, think about what matters to you, what makes you to come alive and think about wants actually happening in the world. Then think critically and deeply about how you want to dive in, other wise you might be cheating your future that you have to give”. See her full TED talks below.

Hope these eye opener talks and crazy suggestions will help you to follow your heart! 🙂 It’s up to you to decide how you choose your path and start walking!

Priya Parker on “How to Quit fear (and reboot) @ TEDxUHasselt

Priya Parker on ‘The fear of missing out’ @ TEDXCambridge

Another excellent talk about doing thinks in life and what we are missing.

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Sources: TEDx, google search, PriyaParker webpage, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and other hyperlinks in the post.


~ Reverse Innovation: New trend from Emerging to Developed countries

Globalization has changed the world faster than we used to think! In recent years, emerging countries (India/China/Asia/Latin America) had innovated many break-through technologies for their local needs and situation; such innovations  are now exported to the developed countries, this process is also called as Reverse innovation . By doing this companies are finding new markets for their products which is thus benefiting both developed and developing countries across the globe, so technically a win-win situation for all!

Definition of Reverse Innovation as per  Wikipedia:  “The process of reverse innovation begins by focusing on needs and requirements for low-cost products in countries like India and China. Once products are developed for these markets, they are then sold elsewhere – even in the West – at low prices which creates new markets and uses for these innovations.”

Mr. Vijay Govindarajan,   India born American professor and former top executive at GE has written a best seller book titled “Reverse Innovation: Create far from home, win everywhere”. In this TED talk Mr. Vijay  has discussed the term in detail and highlighted new trend in the world business. Some of innovations he discussed in talk are:

  • GE Healthcare India’s innovation regarding low-cost ECG machine for rural India which is now exported to developed country including US!
  • Jaipur foot/leg  – Low cost and affordable artificial foot for handicapped person even for animals (more details at their website HERE )
  • Heart Surgery : Incredible Innovation and initiative of low-cost but high quality Heart Surgery at Dr. Devi Shetty’s  Narayan Hrudayalaya Bangalore-India  (N.H. Hospital). Visit NH hospital website  and other initiative REVIVA
  • TATA Nano – TATA motor’s $2000 car ‘Nano’ which has changed the paradigm of car market and given new small car segment. Car will be exported in many countries including Europe and US. More at TATA Nano page
  • Ultra low-cost housing ($300 – $400) project in India for homeless.

Mr. Vijay Govindarajan on ‘Reverse Innovation’ at TEDxBigApple.

More detail talks on Reverse Innovation by Mr. Vijay :

My other relevant post : Jugaad innovation: From India To The World

Other references about Reverse innovations:

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Sources: Google search, GE, CISCO, H Hospital, CISCO, Jaipur foot/leg, Wikipedia, Newsweek, Youtube, TED, Mckinsey, Facebook, Tata Nano, and other hyperlinks in the post.

~ Tiger and Dragon : Discussion About “Chindia” – Part 2

To understand new globalized world especially  about India and China (in short Chindia).; here is a collection of interesting TED Talks,News, Debate, Discussion and Information.

Watch  Part-1 – Tiger and Dragon : Discussion About “Chindia”

  • Asia’s Rise – How and When

(Mr. Hans Rosling, Swedish Doctor, academician, statistician and public speaker)

  • Behind The Great Firewall of China

(Mr. Michael Anti aka jing Zhao about Social Networking Control & Microbloggers)

  • Understanding The Rise of China

( By Martin Jacques, Author, Editor, PhD)

  • The Global Power Shift

( Paddy Ashdown, British Politician and Diplomat)

  • Dr. Swamy on China, India and US

Dr. Subramanian Swamy ,  PhD in Economics from Harvard, Author of many books including few on China and India, Economist, Academician, Politician , Thinker. Full Internview by CTS Tv Canada here.

TO BE CONTINUED…..see part 3 in next post.

Sources: YouTube, Wikipedia, TED talks and other hyper-links mentioned in the post.

~ Tiger and Dragon : Discussion about “Chindia” – Part 1

Interesting collection of various TED Talk, discussions and News debates about world’s top two most populated countries India and China (also referred as Chindia). Although, both countries have  over 1 billion population and  ancient roots; but they are very different from each other in terms of Politics, Demography, Culture, Race, Languages, Religion/Faith, Mindset, Landscapes/Soil, Climate, History and Heritage. Overall China is more homogeneous and India is very Diverse in all aspects. One thing is probably common that both countries are trying to acquire their  lost ancient glory! See how India and China were World’s top 2 countries in terms of GDP till 1950 here. Also, see Indian History in brief from stone age till now (here) and China Civilization in brief (here).

Hope both will adopt Inclusive and Sustainable growth approach for future and will not just focus on high GDP or per Capita Income model (read ‘Rat Race’)!

Selected YouTube Clips about Chindia discussion

  • Mr. Francis Fukuyama ( Stanford University) about India and China History at Carnegie Council Event-2011.

  • Interesting Discussion Covering Some Comparison between India And China On some factors like, Demography, Age, Education, Political System, Status of Infrastructure etc.  Via The Agenda With Steve Paikin at TVO channel Canada here

  • Jim Pinto At TEDx 2010 about “Chindia”

  • Print, Electronic and Broadcast Media Growth In Asia (Indian and China). Watch full discussion at Dubai press club event 2010 about Asia Rising – India and China Story on YouTube links:  Part-1 and Part 2

Watch This Space For More On This Topic…

Watch Part 2- Tiger and Dragon : Discussion About “Chindia”


Sources: Youtube, Wikipedia, Google Search, TVO News, TEDx and Other Hyper-links mentioned in the post.

~ TED Talks by Indians

Collection of Indian origin Speaker’s presentations which are listed  in Top 1000 TED Talks . Watch Inspiring, Informative and fascinating talks from various famous personalities. Also, see previous post for more TED talks:

=>   Best Indian Speakers at TED talks (part 1)

The Child-Driven Education

He is a Prize Winner – Best TED Talk of 2013

( Dr. Sugata Mitra : Professor at Newcastle University (UK), Hole In Wall Project  )

Imaging at a trillion frames per second

(Prof Ramesh Raskar : MIT Media Lab – USA)

Anand Agarawala demos Bump Top

( Software Developer and inventor of Bump Top software)

Why nations should pursue “Soft” power

(Shashi Tharoor: Former Senior Advisor to UN secretary-General, Author  & Indian Politician)

Winning In India: Ideas To Succeed @Indian Market

(Ravi Venkatesan, Former Chairman-Microsoft India, MBA-Harvard)

A Rosetta Stone for the Indus Script

( Dr. Rajesh Rao : Computational Neuroscientist)

The Ecosystem For Innovation In India

(Preetha Pulusani, CEO of a Tech Start-up)

How I started a sanitary napkin revolution!

(Arunachalam Muruganantham : Innovator and Businessman)

3 clues to understanding your brain

(VS Ramachandran : Scientist)

We are the Stories we tell ourselves

( Shekhar Kapoor : Actor, Director, Film Personality)

Caring for Engineering tissues

(Nina Tandon: Tissue Engineer at MIT and Columbia)

Teaching one child at a time

( Shukla Bose: Founder and Head of Parikrma Humanity Foundation)

Information is food

(JP Rangaswami : Technologist)

 Actually, the world isn’t flat!

(Prof at Panjak Ghemawat : IESE Business School-Spain and Author of “World 3.0” )

Sheena Iyengar: The Art of Choosing

Image source: “en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pranavmistry.jpg”

Sources: TED Talks, Google search, Wikipedia and others hyper-links mentioned in the post.

~ Best Indian Speakers at TED Talks

About TED Talks :

“Technology, Entertainment, Design “ in short TED is a non-profit organization devoted to organizing conferences across the world and bring together prominent personalities in the field of Technology, Entertainment and Design. Their motto is providing platform to “Ideas Worth Spreading”. Here, I will collect impressive talks at TED conferences from Indian origin speakers. Kindly keep visiting frequently for updates. Many talks given below are among all-time “TOP 1000 TED Talks “ list.

 Watch Part-2 : New TED Talks from Indian Speakers (listed among top 1000 Best TED talks)

Robot that fly ….and cooperate

(Prof. Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania-US)

Learning From A Barefoot Movement

( By: Mr. Bunker Roy. This is  “One of the most viewed talks” at TED)

East Vs West – The Myths That Mystify

(Devdutt Pattanaik– Doctor, mythologist & Chief Belief Officer at Future Group)

The Thrilling Potential Of SixthSense Technology

(Pranav Mistry (http://www.pranavmistry.com – PhD Student at MIT,USA)

Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry Demo SixthSense

(Researcher at MIT)

Turning Trash Into Toys For Learning

(Mr. Arvind Gupta , Enginner, Toy Innovator- who makes toys from Trash- Website)

Dr. Vijay Bhatkar- India’s Initiative and Rise in Exascale SuperComputing -TEDxNagpur
Dr Bahtkar is father of Indian supercomputer technology i.e. PARAM. He established C-DAC-Pune centre to train Indians into Software and Hardware Technologies and Supercomputing.In a way he is also father of India’s IT revolution!

New Era of Technology and Computing: Dr. Vijay Bhatkar at TEDxSIBMPune

Do you your India? by Mr S Gurumurthy -TEDxSRM
He is a Chartard Accountant, public speaker, Writer, former editor of IndianExpress, Indian Civilization expert, Public intellectual.

Why nations should pursue “Soft” power

(Shashi Tharoor: Former Senior Advisor to UN secretary-General, Author  & Indian Politician)

A Police Chief With A Difference

(Kiran Bedi-India’s top cop, social activist)

India’s Invisible Innovation

(Nirmalya Kumar, Prof at London Business School)

10 Young Indian Artists To watch

(Ravin Agrawal, Market Investor)

Nandan Nilekani’s Ideas For India’s Future

(Co-founder of Infosys Ltd, Author of “Imagining India”)

India’s Hidden Hotbeds Of Invention

(Anil Kumar Gupta, Researcher-Honey Bee Network)

The Rise Of Cricket, The Rise Of India

(Harsha Bhogle, Sports Anchor, Commentator, Entrepreneur)

The Ancient Ingenuity of Water harvesting

(Anupam Mishra, Smart water Management, India)

Kiran Bir Sethi Teachers Kids To Take Charge

(Founder of Riverside School, Ahmedabad)

UPDATED TALKS (20-Dec-2012):

Indian Thinker – Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

(Guru/Yogi. Runs ISHA Foundation – Non-profit, non-religious organization)

Sources: TED Talks, YouTube, Wikipedia and others hyper-links provided in post. Image credit- wikipedia