What is the best thing that I love about my work as storyteller?
I grew up believing that I was going to be a Lawyer because of my family background. But exactly when I had to make a crucial decision, life introduced me to a profound lady from the field of Psychology, Sneha Shah, who gave me a perspective and continues to change lives of thousands of people day in and day out.
Just one encounter with her turned into a lightbulb moment for me: I felt it in my gut: I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life i.e. Make a difference.
And gradually, I started living more of what I believed in.
I started believing that my life is a message, doesn’t matter how big or small the message is – but my life has to be a message. I need to be a verb. I need to tap into that inner voice and live my purpose. Exactly when I was inspired to start my journey of impacting the lives of people through my podcast: The Happiness Project which has now reached to more than 70 countries and has over 40,000 listens and is available on 10+ platforms including Apple and Spotify.
Just the knowledge that someone somewhere is listening to my podcast and finding it valuable in one way or the other makes me happy and allows me to sleep peacefully in the night.
What is my idea of happiness?
It’s in the little things because the little things in life aren’t really little. I know this because I have started an experiment called #100daysofhappiness. This idea came about when I was brainstorming episode ideas for the end of the year. I started posting about what made me happy every day for the next 100 days (last few months of 2020). I am now halfway through this challenge and I can see how finding joy in the little things is transforming my life perspective.
2020 wasn’t an easy year, not for you, not for me and not for many of us but irrespective of how the world has turned upside down, we have held ourselves through it all. And I am so proud of myself and so many of you out there for simply showing up! It’s not been easy – but it has definitely forced ourselves to look within, reflect and create a community where we share happiness and joy and see it multiply.
This challenge reminds me of The Power Of Choice every single day: What drives you? Fear or Faith? And the answer to that question will guide your entire day: And it’s about choosing wisely. So, if there’s one choice that we can make right now that would change the entire experience of our lives, what would it be? And make that choice every single day.
What is my greatest fear?
The fear of never settling: with my life, my career and my relationships.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
I generally tend to avoid confrontation and shut myself down to avoid rocking the boat. Also, I have lived most of my life in dichotomy, all or nothing! At times, that backfires at me – but I am able to make progress – trying to look at things more objectively and allowing myself to immerse in that uncomfortable grey area – that’s the space where most growth has taken place!
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?
Sneha Shah, Director of ISRA – she has absolutely changed my life and Anna Nyeste – she has guided me to live a more purposeful life especially during the pandemic. I am so grateful to you both. Loads of love!
What is my greatest extravagance?
Meditation: I was introduced to meditation by Sadhguru (Inner Engineering course) – it has helped me keep my sanity every day and of course, maintaining a Gratitude journal.
On what occasion would I lie?
If it’s helping someone for the better, I wouldn’t mind lying.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
I genuinely dislike nothing about my work – for the reason that I channelise my energy from the work I do: especially by connecting with people every day from across the world.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
Right now, every day. But to be specific, I would say I am a learner – always open to possibilities, opportunities, expansion. I am the happiest in between conversation with my guest speakers – every conversation has changed my perspective about several things in life.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
I strive for perfection and I know it doesn’t exist. I need to change that about myself.
What is my greatest achievement in work?
There are quite a few, one of the achievements would be:
1. To get my article published in Mental movement magazine, U.K. – https://www.mentalmovement.co.uk/why-is-change-so-difficult/
2. Starting my own podcast – https://anchor.fm/thehappinessproject
And more importantly, interacting to so many profound personalities from across the world – it gives me a different perspective in life.
Where would I most like to live?
Off lately, I have been feeling the need to go to a quiet serene place somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of the city: Dehradun or Mussorie (India) or maybe somewhere by the Mediterranean: Monte Carlo: Ah, my heart belongs there!
What is my most treasured possession?
Exact depiction of a fairy-tale life: In the city of Nottingham, some people I have met along this journey who have left an impact so strong that I will forever treasure the times spent with them.
What is my most marked characteristic?
I think, Connection and Inspiration
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
The best part about the city of Mumbai is that it’s built on the sea. It’s the never-ending source of wonder, inspiration and hope.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
There’s not one, but if there’s one place I absolutely love is Gada da vida, Juhu for it’s ambience and of course the food, drinks, people! Everything is just perfect about this place, maybe also because I have some sweet memories associated with this place.
What books influenced my life and how?
One of the books that have influenced my life to a great extent is ‘You can Heal your Life’ by Louise Hay. It still resonates with my life very differently every time I read it all over again.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
“My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
For me, it’s Oprah Winfrey and Brene Brown. And of course, people who follow their purpose and are making a difference in the world with the skills they possess.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?
Before We Go
What role do stories play in my life and work?
Stories are enormously inspiring to me.
What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?
I am going to quote Isabel Allende here: “You are the storyteller of your own life, and you can create your own legend, or not.” To me what it means is that you have the power and the choice to create the kind of a story that you want to leave behind, even after you are forever gone.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My best friends, Bhagyashree Bhatt, Niktia Vamanjur, Mitali Bapat, Amogh Mogre; My sisters: Dikshika Jain and Yuti Jain and my brother Aksh Jain!
Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2021?
Thrive and Pinnacle Research Group, LLC. I am also looking at expanding my work so I am more than happy to collaborate with professionals from a similar field of work.
Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2021?
Brene Brown and Tony Robbins: I admire them for their work, their energy and zeal to change lives of so many people. It would be an honour to work with these profound personalities.
What project, in 2021, am I looking forward to work on?
Ted Talk, maybe and writing a Memoir
Where can you see me or my work in 2021?
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
What it means to me is that: You wake up with a purpose every single day fulfilling it until your last breath. In fact, incorporating passion in everything we do, and more importantly doing it willingly.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Sneha Shah: Director and Founder of ISRA: https://www.isra.co.in/profile/founder-directors/
Anna Nyeste: Self-care and Healing Coach: https://www.instagram.com/annaqnyeste/
Bhagyashree Bhatt, Content Writer: Bhagyashreebhatt9@gmail.com
Mitali Bapat, Psychologist: email@example.com
Nikita Vamanjur, Finding her Ithaka: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anushree Bhimrajka: email@example.com
Anshika Arora: firstname.lastname@example.org
How can you contact me?
Via Email: email@example.com or