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Ishwar Jha

Entrepreneur, Digital Media Specialist, Technology Innovator, Speaker & Blogger. I relish the vision of creating a collaborative and participatory platform that would help enrich the lives of people. My expertise includes; - Business model generation - Lean Startup - Customer Development - Digital Strategy - Technical Innovations - Digital Product design and development - Mentoring, coaching and inflection support for entrepreneurs

Don’t overwork. It’s not worth it

I use to work usually 12 – 14 hours. Once my father visited us. He observed me every day going early to work and returning very late. One Sunday, he asked: “Are you running away from you or genuinely working so much?”

My wife replied, saying he comes a bit early because of him being here with us.

He said: “Today, you are working hard to make money. Tomorrow you will need to work harder to arrange the money for medical expenses.” His thoughts changed my lifestyle and working habits forever.

Most people write “think big,” “change the world,” “be prudent,” “work hard,” “peddle fast and focus,” as a must for becoming a successful entrepreneur.

It makes you so stressed that you start putting in extra hours, stop caring about your health and struggle to stay closer to your loved ones.
Don’t kill yourself — you have chosen to become an entrepreneur to create a more meaningful life. If you feel down and out, stop it.

Call me if things get too stressful. Or more importantly, make sure you take sleep for 8 hours and relax.

A relaxed body and calm mind boost your concentration, attention, decision-making skills, creativity, social skills, better health and decreases mood fluctuations, stress, anger, and impulsiveness.

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क्या आपने कभी विश्राम किया है?

भगवान शिव क्षीरसागर से निकले हलाहल का पान कर लिए। पीने के बाद देवता लोग आए और पूछे,”प्रभु आपने विष का पान किया तो आपको डर नहीं लगा?”

शिवजी ने पूछा, “यह हलाहल विष कहाँ से आयी?”
देवता बोले, “समुद्र मंथन से।”
शिवजी ने पूछा, “समुद्र मंथन किसने किया?”
देवता, “जब सारे देवता थक गए तो सागर के स्वामी भगवान विष्णु ने स्वयं।”
शिवजी, “तो आप समझो – भगवान विष्णु स्वयं ही इसे पी लेते लेकिन उन्होंने मेरे पास भेज दिया। मैं तो राम राम जाप रहा था और उन्होंने विष भेज दिया। मैं तो इसे मेरे राम का प्रसाद समझकर पी लिया और विश्राम पा लिया।”

तो आपके पास जो भी है, जो भी आए उसे भगवान का प्रसाद समझ कर पान कर लीजिए, सहजता से विश्राम की अवस्था में सदैव रहेंगे।

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आपका नेटवर्थ क्या है?

अगर हम अकाउंटिंग के दृष्टिकोण से देखें तो आपके पास जो सम्पत्ति है उसमें से आप की जो देनदारी है उसे घटा दें तो आपकी नेटवर्थ पता चलता है, यानी आपकी आर्थिक ताक़त क्या है !

आजकल क़र्ज़ और क्रेडिट कार्ड के माध्यम से गाड़ी, घर, फ़ोन, विदेशों में छुट्टी, इत्यादि की होड़ सी लगी हुई है। जिसके कारण हमारे ऊपर देनदारी ज़्यादा होती है और हमारी नेटवर्थ नेगेटिव ही रहती है। यह इसलिए होता है की हम आर्थिक प्लानिंग की ज़रूरत ही नहीं समझते।

आप थोड़ी मेहनत कीजिए – अपना नेटवर्थ का लेखा जोखा लीजिए, अपने आने वाले दिनों के ज़रूरतों का आकलन कीजिए, आपके कमाई के श्रोत को समझिए और फिर अपने ध्यान इस ओर केंद्रित कीजिए ताकि आपकी कमाई बढ़े और ख़र्च काम हो। नेटवर्थ हर दौर में कमाल की बात रही है और रहेगी।

इन तीन क्षेत्रों पर ध्यान दें और अपनी योजना बनायेंगे तो आपका नेटवर्थ बढ़ना भी शुरू हो जाएगी:

१) अगर आप हिसाब लिख सकते हो तो पिछले ३ महीने में आपने कहाँ कहाँ पैसे ख़र्च किए हैं उसका हिसाब लिखो।हर कुछ चाय, कॉफ़ी, कपड़े, यात्रा, बाहर का खाना, क़र्ज़ की इन्स्टॉल्मेंट, सब कुछ।
२) फिर एक सोच बनाएँ की आप अपनी कमाई का कम से कम १०% हर महीने बचत कैसे कर सकते हैं।
३) अगर नहीं कर सकते तो ३-६ महीने की योजना बनाओ और कम से कम १०% बचत करना शुरू करो।
फिर देखो २-३ सालों में आपकी आय भी बढ़ेगी, ख़र्चा भी कम होगा और बचत भी रहेगी। नेटवर्थ तो पॉज़िटिव होनी ही है।

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डिसेबल्ड ऑनबोर्ड – ड्राइव केयर फ़ुली

किसी की मुस्कुराहटों पे हो निसार किसी का दर्द मिल सके तो ले उधार

कल एक वाक्या हुआ – ऑफिस से वापस आते समय एक कार दिखी जिस पर लिखा था, “डिसेबल्ड ऑनबोर्ड – ड्राइव केयर फ़ुली।”

मैं थोड़ा ठहर गया। गाडी धीमी कर ली। हॉर्न नहीं बजाया या साइड लेने की कोशिश नहीं की। कुछ समय उनके पीछे चलता रहा। अगले मोड़ पर उन्होंने मेरे तरफ़ देखी और मुस्कुरा दिया और मेरे भी चेहरे पे मुस्कान बिखर गयी।फिर, मन में एक ख्याल आया – कितने लोग होंगे जिनके मन के अंदर कुछ दर्द होंगे, जिनके शरीर में पीड़ाएँ होंगी, एक चाह होगी की कोई मेरी बात सुन लेता, एक इच्छा होगी की कोई मेरा दर्द बाँट लेता।

तो फिर हमें एक साईन बोर्ड की क्यों जरूरत पड़ती है, क्या इंसान को एक साईन बोर्ड डालनी शुरू कर देनी चाहिए? क्या हम कुछ पल यूँही ठहरकर किसी का दर्द सुन या समझ नहीं सकते। क्यों हम इंसान दूसरे के आँखों में लरजते आंसू को देख और पोछ नहीं सकते।

क्यों नहीं? जरा सोचियेगा।

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Take Off

I was badly stuck in my life. There were problems, but there were no answers coming. It felt like a never-ending road.

I went to my father for advice. Without giving ears to what I was going through, he said ‘take off.’

Both figuratively and literally, take. Off.

Take off in the direction of your dreams.

Take off and explore the world because getting out of your comfort zone will help you find your voice, your values, and the very things that make you you.

Take off over that hypothetical ledge, because you’ll be surprised at how much you’re capable of.

The rest is history — whenever I get stuck, I remember what my father advised, and I take off without thinking too much about where it will land.

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When things go wrong

“You cannot salvage once things go bad, it’s like curd cannot be made out of spoilt milk”


Some problems cannot be solved but many others can, if you look at solving it

1. Don’t give up before assessing it thoroughly. Say to yourself “It’s worth you solve it.”


2. Frustration will drive away your focus. Keep your cool and keep bringing  your focus back.


3. Find the systems, process and procedure that led to the problem. Look at finding the way to avoid similar situation in future.


4. Don’t play a blame game.


5. “We have to be back onto the earth safely. Failure is not an option.” Be the team player and make everyone accountable and fix their role.


6. Take ownership like responsible captains do.


7. Step by step solution – solve the easy ones first.


8. Be optimistic. You need to put hard work, adaptation, experimentation and iteration. But, you must do it.

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The art of business

I was at a summit on “The Art of Entrepreneurship”  which was attended by over 100s of budding entrepreneurs, startups and SME Business owners. I learned and shared the following:

1. As an entrepreneur you must invent failure else failure will invent you.


2. Don’t invest in business where the entrepreneur has plan B. Also don’t invest in CV.


3. What’s the lovemark that would attract your customers and stakeholders towards your business.

4. For 5 years nourish the business, for 5 -10 years care and control, for 10 to 25 years empower your business and after 25 free it from your clutch and control.


5. Unless you find a woman’s customer taking away her wallet with a smile for your product don’t start.


6. As Monalisa cannot be created in the lab so is the business- you must go out and get going unless you discover your pearl.

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Be the grace


Anonymous asked, “It feels like lately I’ve been carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders. My problems are too heavy to bear. I am gradually succumbing to this feeling that the world is nothing but a problem fighting battlefield for me.”


I replied, “Just surrender yourself like the most responsible child that god has put his faith in you to be the bearer of some of his troubles. God wants to see some of his problems to be solved through you.

Just walk every step knowing that everything is safe there. Show your love. Show your strength. Guide yourself listening to your heart and move forward. You’d know which way to go even when you’re stuck at crossroad. Be the grace. Be everything.”

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Influencing the fate by timing children birth

These days it’s becoming increasingly fashionable to decide the birth date and time of new born babies. As medical science enables us to do so through the Caesarean section, people believe that they can influence fate.

Your fate, your deeds and dealings are pre decided by the cosmos at the time when you are conceived in the womb.

The position of the sun and the moon, the zodiacal sign into which the sun had entered, the position of the seven other planets, the day of the week as well as the day of the lunar month, all these are turned out to be propitious.

The only way to turn the fate into positivity is through the devotion, prayer, righteous deeds, compassion and gratitude towards all being.

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Just move forward

You don’t lack creative ideas, you lack the focus to move forward

He asked, “I see there seems to be a mysterious conspiracy in favor of our competitors and it seems I am just unlucky.”

I replied, “To maximize the probability of success, it is imperative to set yourself up with an environment where you can focus on your goals and eliminate paths that push you to easily allow you to quit. Most things don’t show up the results because we quit at 90%.”

I must tell you, “Just move forward. It just needs one push with full focus and force.”

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Pictures in your mind make the character

When we see a wall picture of good people, it helps us develop a positive mindset, which catapults into the development of good character.

In India, it is advised to keep pictures of people like Ram, Krishna, Saraswati, Lakshmi, etc., so that mothers see them and adore their characters, which helps give birth to high-character and intelligent children.

Beginning today, place the frame of your favourite God or people, watch it from time to time, and think about their good deeds.

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An ardent devotee

Arjuna asked: My Lord! Which are the better devotees who worship you, those who try to know you as a Personal God, or those who worship you as Impersonal and Indestructible?

Lord Shri Krishna replied: Those who keep their minds fixed on Me, who worship Me always with unwavering faith and concentration; these are the very best.

Those who worship Me as the Indestructible, the Undefinable, the Omnipresent, the Unthinkable, the Primeval, the Immutable and the Eternal, Subduing their senses, viewing all conditions of life with the same eye, and working for the welfare of all beings, assuredly they come to Me.

But they who thus fix their attention on the Absolute and Impersonal encounter greater hardships, for it is difficult for those who possess a body to realise Me as without one. Verily, those who surrender their actions to Me, who muses on Me, worship Me and meditate on Me alone, with no thought save of Me, O Arjuna! I rescue them from the ocean of life and death, for their minds are fixed on Me.

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Where there is faith, there exists the god

A boy had to travel long distance alone for his study. He had to cross forest and get scared sometime. One day he narrated his fear to the mother.

Mother said – “You need not feel afraid, my son. Whenever you feel scared, you may call your brother Kanha (lord Krishna’s popular child name), who herds the cattle in the forest and comes to the help of anyone who wants it.”

The boy nodded his head convincingly. The next day, while crossing the forest, he started feeling scared. He remembered his mother’s advice and shouted, “Kanha…Kanha… please give me company. I am feeling scared…”

Soon, Kanha appeared and consoled the boy: “Hello friend, I am Kanha. You should not feel scared now; I am with you.” The Lord Krishna travelled with the boy until the end of the forest. The boy felt safe and calm.

After some time, his mother inquired about his fear. The boy said that every day, Kanha gives him company to cross the forest, and his fear is no more. His mother became curious, and the next day, she followed the path to the forest, hiding behind her son, and found it to be true. The mother realised Lord Krisha helped her son because of his unwavering faith.

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The Magic Bowl of Sadhu

One morning a Great Sadhu knocked at the door of a Great King and asked him to support him by filling his begging bowl with anything.

King was very kindled and happy to hear the Sadhu’s request. He ordered his staff to fill his bowl with Gold coins. The moment Gold coins were put inside the Bowl, instantly they used to disappear. Every time, the king’s staff will bring the the gold coin and fill in the Bowl, the Bowl will become empty. This keep on repeating until the evening.

The King’s treasury was emptied by the end of the day but the Bowl still remained empty.

Amazed by this mysterious and magical act, the King was asked the Sadhu humbly – “Please tell me the secret to fill this mysterious bowl”.

The Sadhu said “O King, this bowl is made from the heart of a Human. Nothing of this world can satisfy and fill a human heart.”

Name, fame, Power, Money, luxuries, etc. cannot fill your heart.

Your heart is made to love God and only love for God can fill the heart.

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Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow

When you look around at the successful people with a great amount of wealth, almost without exception, they have done things that they love to do and by doing what they love, they have made money.

It’s like when you love your work; you do superb work, you indulge in it with the passion and that entails great results.


Forcing does not work in the long term. Most of the time when I meet people in the interview, I ask – “you don’t have competency or interest, still why do you want to do it?”

The usual reply – “Sir, I will get to learn and obey your instructions to meet your job expectations.”

I have seen these kinds of people mostly fail because they force themselves into the work, that they don’t love just for the heck of it.

Some things that attract your interest are extra curricular activities – I love writing, reading scriptures, practicing yoga, etc. but none of those are my mainstream income thing.

I do these to attain mental and spiritual solace – these make me feel calm and well. I can’t do this stuff for 8 hours. I never thought of these activities to help me with my livelihood.

What do you love to do?

Leverage your mind and figure out a way to give value to others by doing what you love.

The money will follow. Somewhere, someone is getting rich doing exactly what you love to do.

Make a list of activities that are engaging and enjoyable to you.


Look around and find someone who makes a living with that activity and mentors them.

Be wise. Many times people ask me – “I want to quit my job and pursue what I love to do.”

Don’t leave your present job until you have another job already making money for you. I didn’t leave my former job until I was making enough from my alternate profession.

Money is a wise product of your actions. It’s like a bullock cart. Your action is like bullock – you can’t keep bullock behind the cart and move the cart. Connect your karma bull with the cart and let the money-cart follow you.


Bless yourself a wealthy day everyday!

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