“I often wonder what I will be remembered in history for. Scholar? Military hero? Builder?” ―Ferdinand Marcos
I was a soldier, entrepreneur, editor, educator, and I am an author, adventurer, explorer, philanthropist, and spiritualist. Here are things you didn’t know about me.
Early Riser: I get up every day at 4 A.M to author books.
Exercise Regularly: I hit the gym regularly and go for a walk daily. I am a fitness freak.
Voracious Reader: I read thousands of books in my lifetime. I read the newspaper regularly.
Prolific Author: I have authored 49 books so far including the bestselling ‘See the Light in You.’
Dyslexic with ADHD: I was dyslexic with an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Frequent Failures: I encountered several struggles and rejections in my life. Harvard has rejected my application for a postdoctoral course in 2016. I want to show to the world that hard work wins against Harvard.
Inspiration: Abraham Lincoln is my inspiration since my childhood. I enjoy reading his life and leadership. I often write about him in my books and manuscripts.
The Secrecy with the Letter ‘S’: Most of my book titles start with the letter ‘S’.
Self-taught: I am mostly self-taught. I joined the Indian Air Force when I was 19 years old. I completed my graduation after joining the Indian Air Force. I acquired several qualifications while serving including DME, BSc, MA, PGDBM, PGDCLL, and MBA. I earned my Ph.D. in Soft Skills in 2011. I follow the principle of ‘earning and learning.’
Google is Guru: Whenever I have any questions, I visit search engines to learn things. Hence, Google is my guru.
Carry a Notebook and Pen: I often carry a notebook with me to capture the ideas that pop up in my mind. I write down my observations about others. I believe in the slogan ‘a short pencil is better than a long memory.’
Focus: I don’t multitask. I focus clearly on one task, complete it, and then move on to another task.
Punctual: I am punctual. I cultivated this habit after I joined the Indian Air Force.
Time Management: I value time more than money. I always carry a book or reading material with me to read while traveling.
Sleep on the Floor: I sleep on the floor every day. I rose from humble origins, and I have the habit of sleeping on the floor. I lead a simple life. I still belong to a lower-middle-class family living in a 2BHK rented apartment.
Frugal: I am frugal and live with simplicity and humility.
Traveler: I enjoy traveling. I traveled entire India when I served in the Indian Air Force in various aircrafts including the Mi-17 helicopter.
Travel Secretly: I travel to different places without prior information and without unveiling my identity.
Incognito: I rarely unveil my identity to others whenever I travel or go outside. I mingle with others in public places like an ordinary person.
Home Bird: I am not a party animal. I enjoy authoring books and spending time with my wife.
Friendship is Thicker than Blood: I prefer friends to relatives. I was born into a toxic family and grew up in a toxic environment. My father was an alcoholic and my mother is a naysayer and constant complainer. I am a victim of rogue relatives. I was cheated by my siblings and relatives but rescued by my friends. Hence, I value friendship more than anything else in the world.
Believe in Referent Power, not Positional Power: I make friends with people irrespective of their ranks and positions. I don’t make friends based on popularity or positions because popularity is a passing cloud and positions are temporary. Precisely, I respect people, not their positions.
Take Feedback Regularly: After the completion of each training program, I sit quietly for some time to take feedback to deliver it better next time. I emphasize excellence.
Appreciate and Inspire Others: Whenever I meet people, I observe a few positive traits; appreciate and inspire them to make a difference. I create positive vibes.
Gifting: I have the practice of gifting memorable items to my friends, relatives, and close associates.
Go to Bed on Time: Usually, I sleep at 10 P.M every day. I sleep less.
Passionate about Students: I enjoy investing my time in the company of students. I love guiding, coaching, mentoring, and grooming students as healthy global citizens without charging any money. I dedicated my books to some students and gifted them.
Share Knowledge Freely: I am a continuous learner and passionate about sharing my knowledge with others. I share my knowledge freely with the world on my four blogs and LinkedIn. I have the vision to share my knowledge freely with one billion people globally.
HeForShe: I advocate gender equality globally.
Self-made Man: I encountered resistance from many people to reach the present position. Nobody helped me reach my current position. Hence, I am a self-made man. The only person who can claim for my climbing the ladder of success is God.
Vision 2030: I run a nonprofit―vision to build one million students as global leaders by 2030. I have trained more than 40,000 students so far.
Philosophy: Health first, education second, and wealth third.
The only Regret in my Life: I didn’t have any Guru to guide me. I struggled a lot in my life due to a lack of guidance. Hence, I take a keen interest in guiding, grooming, coaching, and mentoring others so that they should not struggle like me due to lack of a mentor, or a coach.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ―Maya Angelou