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AVINASH ALAVANDI

Decide.Do.Repeat

 

DECISIONS AND PUBLIC SPEAKING

 

I led the typical life of anybody born in the ’80s in India. Like everyone else, I completed my engineering in the hopes that I would be swept up in the tidal wave of jobs created by the IT revolution. Life had its ways, and I found himself in a sales job instead. I continued in the sales profile, with a brief stint in Marketing Communications. 


In parallel, I became deeply involved with Toastmasters International, an involvement that seeded in me the love of public speaking, critical thinking, and coaching. It helped me be clear in my thoughts, and remain focussed on delivering a message.


The second organization that I became closely associated with was the Art of Living Foundation. His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar made me aware of the three foundational pillars of life- Sincere effort, Good Company and Service to others. The association continues to this day.


Throughout my twelve-year corporate career, I had a niggling feeling in the back of my mind- it was like a low hum, sometimes it would escape awareness, but it was still there. Think of it as the low hum of an Air Conditioner. You might not notice it, but it’s there. That small inner voice was trying to tell me that I was destined for greater things in life. 


I had always wanted to do…….. something. 


I just didn’t know what it was, or even how to set about finding it. But I was never afraid to try new things. And I had the intensity and focus of a laser beam. I only didn’t know where to direct that laser beam.


So one day I decided to take a leap of faith. I ditched his twelve-year corporate career and joined an engineering college with the faith that I would be able to achieve his….. something.


But life has its ways…..

 
 

MY STORY

 

"Your purpose in this world is to uplift others around you"

 

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