Dream It ! Do It ! – A compellingly motivational Series…2010

Posting updated on 25th October!

The journey of ‘Dream It! Do It!’ took me through 30 odd cities in 45 days! I could not make it to the following cities before CAT – Pune, Mumbai, Baroda, Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Agra, Meerut, Gzbd, Jammu, Hissar, Gurgaon, Faridabad………. Looking forward to facilitating as many as I can through the session posting on youtube in the next one week! I am sure I can be as effective through this medium too! Watch out for the posting!

“I attended your session at Bangalore on 26th Sept,10 and talked to you at the end about how important MBA from IIM is for my life. The session conducted by you has been one of the most inspiring sessions i have ever experienced. Your advice to me at the end really lifted my spirits and my ultimate goal became more clearer. I

Dream It! Do It! @ Patna

have attended so many seminars but none has touched my heart like this because this session was not only about cracking CAT but about life and its various shades which we all negate in day to day life. A warm and sincere thanks to you for helping me to think about these important areas.”

“First of all A Big THaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks for the session and it was one of the best things i have ever experienced. I have attended thousands of seminars and

Dream It! Do It! @ Jamshedpur

lectures but today for the first time after I left my home some 3 years back in the search of my aim & goal, I have come across something substantial. Believe me sir you have touched my heart and moved me”

So go many of the emails I have been receiving, after every session. Each one is from a charged aspirant who wants to change his or her life for better; who wants to bell the CAT in 2010.

Dream It! Do It! @ Dehradun

I am on my annual pilgrimage across the country before CAT. I get motivated and inspired while motivating and inspiring youngsters and old alike to push their boundaries…. boundaries of thought and action, and boundaries of achievement! Every year scores of students write back saying that this session has been of immense value in helping them reach their dream destinations, institution of their choice. I keep pushing my boundaries all the time, in order to be able to push each of the participants…. The whole exercise is a great energizer for me, though each session is energy-sapping when I finish those four hours of ‘dancing and singing in the alleys!!’

Dream It! Do It! @ Delhi

This year the series started from Delhi with a great opening at three different locations and continued to address CAT aspirants at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Kurukshetra, Patiala, Patna, Durgapur, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Cochin, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore so far. At most of these locations, the halls have been packed and people were unrelenting to move even after four hours. The audi guys had to push us out!! At Varanasi, it was very heartening to see girls in hijab sitting in the packed hall even when the world outside was celebrating Eid / Ganesh Chathurthi and Teej, all of which fell on the same day.

Dream It! Do It! @ Varanasi

The best thing I liked about the sessions have been the Q&A in each location that lasted for over two hours. The participants, students and also many working executives, asking questions not limited to preparation for CAT but of larger perspectives of setting goals and priorities, focus and concentration, managing time, social expectation, expectations from self, pushing boundaries…..!!

Dream It! Do It! Jalandhar

The participants gave feedback at the end of the sessions. I just thought of sharing the summary from 3000+ participants so far during this tour –

a. Feedback about the session
0. Life altering and Life changing
i. Fantabulous!
ii. Brilliant!
iii. Awesome!
iv. Outstanding, never attended anything like this before
v. The session was an eye-opener. It can change everyone’s life for the better.
vi. Such sessions should keep happening once in a while
vii. Very motivational

Dream It! Do It! @ Allahabad

viii. Two more such sessions before CAT!!
ix. I am going to be at IIMA now
x. Can we have Audio and Video CDs of this session
xi. I WILL, IIM here I come
xii. I am an IIMA student from now on
xiii. Thanks a lot for conducting this session; It has changed my outlook
xiv. Do should have done this session four months ago!
xv. You should do it for parents too!

Dream It! Do It! Delhi Univ

b. Three things I carry home from this session

i. Vision, Vision, Vision
ii. Inspiration and Motivation
iii. Positive thinking, Self belief and Right attitude are the key
iv. Passion rewards… I will be
v. Sachin’s discipline, Oscar Pistorius’ strong desire to compete
vi. Energy, Energy and Energy
vii. Practicing everyday is the ‘mantra’
viii. Live, Eat, Breathe what you really want… IIM in my case now
ix. Think Ahead, Look Ahead, Run Ahead… learn lessons from the past

Dream It! Do It! Visualization @ Gorakhpur

x. I will remove “try’ from my dictionary.. I will do it
xi. New found determination
xii. Got a wake-up call !!
xiii. Master the fundamentals
xiv. Nothing is impossible
xv. Determination, Dedication, Discipline… 3 Ds of Success
xvi. Clear vision of what I want to be!
xvii. Peace of mind
xviii. Will remember ‘Going to the 10th floor…’; brain releases the chemicals to help us achieve what we want to..
xix. Listening to My OWN HEART, not to any one else
xx. I will have to conquer myself, I will conquer the world
xxi. If I think I can, I will definitely will make it
xxii. I will never forget Bumble bee and climbing the stairs!!
xxiii. Big successes come when you do small steps well
xxiv. Starting the game and finishing it… I will succeed
xxv. Being selfish and hungry for more

Dream It! Do It! @ Mandi house, Delhi

c. Learnings I will implement in my life –

i. Passion can defy destiny, I WILL
ii. I will believe in myself
iii. I will Plan and work with dedication
iv. I will Face the reality
v. I will Manage my time
vi. I will use Time management matrix to organize my schedule well
vii. I will imbibe the Attitude of ‘just do it’
viii. I will give Sweat, Guts and Blood…. Nothing less will do!
ix. Every second counts; I will be disciplined
x. I will Fight and do not give up
xi. I will be Making schedules and sticking to it
xii. It is ‘Me Vs Myself”
xiii. I realize that there is No substitute for hardwork

Dream It! Do It! @ Chandigarh

xiv. I will Practice, practice, practice… every day
xv. I will tell the world what I want to do!
xvi. I will make learning every day agenda
xvii. I will Change my habits to achieve anything
xviii. I will make Flash Cards and use it every moment of time
xix. I will make IIM class of 2013 Placards and stick every where
xx. I will be focused on myself, and not bother about others
xxi. I will fight the Urge to Give up
xxii. Step out of the comfort zone; I Will
xxiii. I will give up my comforts and strive
xxiv. It is never too late to Begin, I will start today with passion
xxv. I will work harder
xxvi. I will study hard for eight hours; and also sleep for eight to be fresh
xxvii. RC is the key to succeed in CAT, I will work on it seriously
xxviii. Will polish my fundamentals thoroughly
xxix. I will continuously revise with a plan
xxx. I will do thorough analysis of every mock to improve myself
xxxi. I will keep fighting

d. Suggestions to improve the sessions

i. The session is energy sapping, so much in a few hours
ii. Use videos of our generation, or about students going through similar challenges
iii. Show more IIM student videos
iv. More interaction and examples
v. The focus was on Success and how to win. Kindly focus more on CAT (Spent two hours only answering CAT related questions after the first two hours on Dream It, Do It!)

vi. Use more Hindi!!
vii. Kindly include more videos from Business and student world too, though sports videos are very compelling
viii. You can do some activities with participants during the session

Videos of “Believing is seeing, 2009 version of Dream It! Do It! Motivational Series; CAT 2010 takers can watch these and charge themselves”

Believing is seeing Part I

Believing is seeing Part II

Believing is seeing Part III

Believing is seeing Part IV


The journey to the Audi @ Delhi…..Viva Metro!

I was heading to the venue by my car, and it was pouring and as I approached Apollo hospital, still a good 15 kms away from the venue, I realized that though I have an hour and half for the session to start, I would not be able to reach. The pouring rains and the blocked drains, had already caused a long traffic jam. I covered a kilometer in half an hour. I just asked my driver to turn the car around at the next cut and head to the nearest metro station, Botanical Garden in Noida, which was a good four Kms away, hoping that the way will not be that crowded. Thanks to my luck, it was indeed a smooth drive. And in 10 min, I was at the station.

This was the first time I was boarding the metro on this Noida-Dwarka line. The line has been opened a few months ago. But, I was appalled by the apathy we Indians have towards any thing that does not belong to us. The moment, I stepped on to the escalator, I noticed pan-spits on the wall next to it; Stepped into the bogey, scribbling on the walls. We have world-class service being provided and we don’t care for its well-being……

Yes, I reached the Sriram Centre in just forty minutes. If I had continued by road, I would never have made it to the session. Viva Metro!!



Attracting talented and committed champions – Food for introspection

After an exciting last weekend (check the previous blog), Monday and Tuesday were earmarked for a Soul-to-soul and heart-to-heart sharing session to create a vision and organizational frame work for an institution of Education and Research. I just knew that session is at a retreat thirty five kilometers from Gurgaon. As I had to pick up one eminent gentleman from central Delhi and reach Gurgaon to car-lift Satya and Puneet, I left Noida home at 7:30am, and finally reached the Om Shanti Retreat at 10am. Only on reaching I realized that it was Northern India Regional centre of Rajayoga, the spiritual movement of Brahmakumaris(BK). All their centres spread across the globe actually come under one umbrella of World Spiritual university, with global headquarters in Mt. Abu.

Though I have been to premises of a few spiritual movements earlier too, this visit was a different one as we stayed in the premise for two days. This enabled me to experience the place more intimately. From the moment you enter the premises to the moment you exit, you are treated like a special guest, in the sense, there is always one Bhai or Behan, a BK, as they are also referred to is around to facilitate you. You step out of your private space, the BK is there to usher or guide you. Every guest is treated with the ‘seva bhav’, as if you are the guest visiting from the ‘SUPREME soul’, SHIVA, the all powerful inanimate incarnate. It resembles a retreat out of those ‘mythologic films’ that I have watched in my childhood, where the princess has birds, bees and flowers as her company in a tranquil and verdant surroundings.

The retreat accommodates 150 resident BKs, all in ubiquitous white attires, who have a regimented yet joyful schedule of starting the day at 4am and ending the day at 11pm. During the day, they involve in four meditation and interactive sessions that dwell on pursuit of the truth, apart from carrying out their responsibilities of cooking, gardening, generating solar power (200KV plant), conducting spiritual sessions, manning the guest houses etc.

The facility includes one academic block with 8 large classrooms, and two serene meditation structures that are very aesthetic and spiritual to just experience, wherein you are left to yourself to spend any number of hours. The place attracts scores of guests from around the world on any give day. We came across over 100 of them from as far places as Russia (a dance troupe), Portugal (yoga and meditation troupe) on one hand to Vishakhapatnam and Mysore (from other Rajayoga centres, BKs who dedicate their life) on the other, all in pursuit of exploring the internal journey.

As part of familiarization of the campus, we were put through a few mandatory processes (I felt) – visit to the hi-tech Rajyoga museum that has installations talking about journey of life and significance of the inner journey on day one, the second day an introductory session for Rajayoga and meditation, early in the morning for little over an hour. In all there were four BKs who facilitated our stay of two days at the retreat, all looking alike in their white attire, soft-spoken and eager to facilitate.

During interactions, I realized that each one has been in this movement for almost a decade, one of them since childhood. One striking discovery was that they were all professionals with varied experiences. The guide in the museum was a qualified engineer with a few years of experience in L & T, the guru for the meditation session was a physician (doctor) from Karnataka, the contact who arranged our stay there was an MBA from Narsee Monjee, and the constant companion was a postgraduate facilitated by the movement itself. Except for taking care of their stay and food, the movement does not pay a penny, and yet you see such an amazing commitment and passion. No wonder the whole campus was running like a clock-work, amazingly professional yet very spiritual and enlightening.

In fact, after experiencing the place, we four were discussing that a corporate has a lot to learn from the OM Shanti Retreat. I left the campus with many introspective thoughts. These thoughts took me back to another interesting journey that I went through in February.

On Feb 13, I received an email from one gentleman, Rakesh –

“Dear Mr. Sreenivasan,

This is Rakesh from BHUMI in Hyderabad. You had helped us with our Dronacharya & Ekalavya Mentoring Program in 2006. The program is in its 3rd year now and we have scaled up the program to reach out to 1000 Govt school children (most schools are in slums). We have also developed a unique framework and a specialized training program for mentors. We have also introduced Tutoring as part of the program this year.


We have just successfully concluded a 5-day transformational leadership workshop for the coaches , mentors and tutors of the program. The workshop is called “Leading to Light”.


Will keep you updated on the progress of the program

Need a small help from you. I copied my elder brother Naresh in this mail. He is an IIMB alumni from the class of 2008 and is currently with McKinsey in Mumbai. He is exploring franchisee options of Career Launcher and is looking at an advice from you. Would be grateful if you could help him with his queries.

Rakesh Reddy Dubbudu
weblog: http://rakesh-will-do-it.blogspot.com/

To cut the story short, I had interacted with Naresh a couple of times and on Feb 21st, when I landed at Okhla HO, I was surprised to see Naresh in the office to sign as franchisee. He shared that he was inspired by his younger brother Rakesh’s work with slum children and wanted to get into education. Influenced by Rakesh, Naresh explored the portfolio of the work CL family is doing and was so moved by our work that he wanted to be part of our education movement. He has since jumped on to the CL journey. We have him on board, within ten days of start of his exploration.

So these two experiences – Naresh’s joining CL leaving McKinsey and the professionals devoting their life at Rajayoga movement, have lead me to a few introspective questions –

  1. What does talented people really look for in an organization?
  2. What makes them jump even without expecting a penny in return?
  3. If we articulate and anchor ours as a movement in educational transformation, will more capable lot move in?
  4. How do they feel motivated for so long doing the same thing day in – day out (as in the Rajyoga movement”?
  5. What sort of work in the education space if we pursue consistently we will have talented people flocking and championing the cause?
  6. What sort of environment will make each one thrive and excel?

Though every year a few capable lot move out of our movement and some do come back a while later, I for one is keen to retain and also attract many more to enrich, enliven and enable the movement for long time to come. Kindly comment and give feedback that may answer a few of my introspective questions.

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