Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
– Herman Cain
People spend their life chasing happiness and yet don’t realize that it lies in the simplest things and in moments they generally oversee. I have been fortunate to be tested with some interesting trials of life and I choose to be happy no matter what. Here are 5 things I have discovered so far…
- Jokers will always be there
Life is a paradox. There would be no hero or dark knight unless there was a joker because he would serve no purpose. Life is like a game of cards and the jokers are placed at random positions in the deck to make the game more interesting. It is inevitable so might as well enjoy their presence. Trust that all challenges in life are given for a very good reason and overcoming them with happiness leads to the ultimate joy.
Ever heard of John Lennon? Yes, he is the guy who created one of the most epic songs- Imagine. Hear it asap, in case you still haven’t. When he was 5 years old, his teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up and he said – happy. They told him, he didn’t understand the question and he replied – You don’t understand life. Doing what we love is the greatest skill we have, to achieve no matter. The challenge lies in being persistent and married with that inner voice because you know it is right. Do not make your life choices only based on what your teachers, parents, guru ji or neighbors tell you. Listen to your mind but follow your heart. It knows exactly what is good for you. Keep searching, don’t settle! The dark knight ‘loves’ beating the joker every time because it pushes him to play at his ultimate best.
If you ever manage to speak to the dark knight in person, you might get an impression that he is a very stubborn guy and yet you like him. The truth is that he lives his life in a way that ‘not rising’ after a fall is equivalent to death. The more challenges he overcomes, the stronger his self-believe becomes and he loves it. He might not show it to you but he is always smiling from within when a joker strikes his grand plan. He says, ‘bring it on’! So it is very simple. If you want to accomplish great things, know that they will not come easy. The more you fail, the more you succeed. If you haven’t failed, you haven’t lived. Rise every time you fall and you will experience the strength of the dark knight within.
As far as we know so far, we have only one life. So let’s have fun along the way. Don’t take yourself too seriously no matter what you choose to do. Laugh at your failures but don’t forget to take the lesson or it will repeat again and again. Laugh at yourself when you make a fool of yourself. Show your vulnerability because no one can be or is expected to be a masterpiece worth putting in a museum. People like honesty without layers of makeup that the joker puts on his face. But remember to laugh like him no matter what life does to you. Be you, be real and have fun.
Very often we get so busy being busy that we miss the simple moments in life. Spend time with people you love. Don’t take them for granted. Go on a random drive with them and eat whatever you want, wherever you want. Have real friends and not just facebook friends. They say we become the average of the five people we spend most of our time with. So choose your people wisely. Let your friends know how much they mean to you and build relationships based on honesty and love. There is no point reaching your goals and having no one to celebrate it with. The dark knight suggests you identify your most recent success and whatsapp your favorite five people for a chill-out.
If you wish to meet some dark knights and discover more secrets, apply now for Young India Challenge
Founder and Chief Happiness Officer
Kamal is a life enthusiast and loves connecting enlightened minds. Having been in more than twenty countries, he loves sharing his stories about love, life and happiness.
Human Circle organised the 8th Young India Challenge (YIC) at IIT Delhi on 4-5 March, 2017. It was an ‘Impact Edition’ and the focus was on finding innovative and sustainable solutions for the ‘United Nations Sustainable Development Goals’. 500 selected participants, speakers, mentors, jury members and happiness team members from 25+ cities were invited to do the challenge. Eventually 4 teams emerged victorious and were rewarded with prizes worth more than Rs 1 lac for each winning team. The was the biggest YIC so far. The 9th edition will be organized at IIT Bombay in October 2017. The application is now open!
The smiles and memories at the Impact Edition of YIC at IITD will take a long time to fade away. The social media is still buzzing with pictures, stories and videos. The #DoWhatYouLove movement taking social media world by storm! Organised by Human Circle, the 8th Young India Challenge saw the participation from the top youth influencers in India.
Kamal Seth and Wioleta Burdzy Seth, the founders and creators of Young India Challenge and Human Circle, along with an energetic Happiness Team, welcomed the delegates from different states and walks of life with interesting ice breakers on Day 1. Heated discussions started with the very first session, as Kamal addressed the youth, asking them about their passion, career and objectives for life. The ‘Hack Your Brain’ session next woke up the delegates to hard hitting challenges of life in India and around the world, and how can we overcome them by combining our passion and our attitude of not giving up. The Speakers lined up next were inspiring with their #DoWhatYouLove stories. The hall was charged with motivation and inspired by the addictive energy and enthusiastic of the speakers. At the end of the day, the delegates were divided in teams and the challenge was announced, leaving the teams in fits of excitement.
Day 2 saw the best mentors chosen from across India, extending their guidance to all the team. Authors, dancers, founders, corporate professionals, social entrepreneurs, social acvitivists, CEOs of MNCs and many others were a part of the ‘YIC Mentors and Jury Panels’. The focus of the challenge was UN SDGs, pushing the teams to brainstorm and find the best possible sustainable solutions for them. The bond strengthened, the intensity grew and the presentations were presented.
The 8th YIC concluded with an awesome awards ceremony, announcing the winning teams and ‘You Are the Story Winners, happiness, energy, stories, sugarcubes and promises to spread the #DoWhatYouLove movement to make ours and others’ life better and impactful. An experience like no other!
Check out the updates on our facebook page and website. The application is now open for the 9th YIC which will be organised in October 2017 at IIT Bombay. Top 10% of the applicants will get selected. Check more details here – www.youngindiachallenge.com #DoWhatYouLove #HumanCircle
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After all the teams gave their presentations, it was time for the much awaited Award Function Ceremony. The multi colored balloons filled the stage, giving a colorful picture of our hearts. Kamal addressed the audience, followed by the Founder of Indian School of Development Studies, Ravi Sreedharan, who talked about the needful importance of preferring Development Studies Program over MBA.
The next speaker at YIC was very special, and she was Aarti Khetarpal. A delegate herself at YIC DElhi in 2014, Arti not only discovered her passion, but pursued it with full heart and focus. We had prepared a short, sweet video of her, that tracked her success as a Model, TV Hostess and Actor. She has reecntly bagged a film with one of the biggest productions. In her own words, she said, “Wherever I go, I say to everyone, that whatever little success i have achieved, I owe it to Young India Challenge, and Kamal and Wioletta Seth.” Heartfelt smiles were natural and common to all.
The next was the three stories of ‘You are the Story’ Contest, that saw three of our delegates telling about their inspirational stories. The noble intentions and efforts on their parts are significant and commendable.The appreciating applause must have filled them with energy and motivation to continue their endeavors with greater force. On the other end of the hall, the sugar cubes were getting filled at a much faster pace. Kamal surfaced another challenge to the people present, and that was to become financially independent by the next year. Almost everyone, including the writer of this blog, held their hand highest in the air.
The evening was power packed with action, and so the next we saw were Nikhil Kamath and Mahadevan B Iyer, two of the Happiness Team members, who came together after the last YIC at SRCC. They threw the audience in fits of laughter as they did a stand-up comedy act, ‘Comedy By Chance’. The duo along with another Happiness Team member and Mentor, Deepshikha also promoted their foodie rendezvous, Foodiezine. What followed then was also the collective effort of video-graphers and photographers of Human Circle and Happiness Team, who made a heart-warming video of all the happenings at the last two days in YIC.
The shout out was getting louder, as the Humans of Human Circle cheered and waited for the results to get announced. Four teams finally made to the 1% along with one team for the Special Mention. The four teams that won are: Team 30, Team 14, Team 22 and Team 28. The over joyous teams went crazy with happiness as their two days of hard work and brainstorming came to fruitful results. The other delegates also cheered for the well deserved teams.
This is what happens at the end of two days. You get so emotionally attached to the aura and the people at YIC, that you feel overwhelmed and grateful, with a promise to yourself to return the gifts you receive here. The Happiness Team was applauded and acknowledged. And the floor then was open for pictures, dance and more pictures!
Have a lifetime experience at YIC. The next one is happening soon. See you there. Till then, just #DoWhatYouLove.
After brainstorming sessions and skipping last night’s sleep, the teams are finally ready with their presentations. The eminent jury members are here, and the 38 teams working on the selected 10 UNSDGs are ready with their ideas. Out of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals YIC selected ten among them to be worked on by the teams here, simply because these ten goals are more relevant to India’s challenges. Those ten are:
- SDG 3: Good Health and Well Being
- SDG 4: Quality Education
- SDG 5: Gender Equality
- SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
- SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
- SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
- SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
- SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
- SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
- SDG 13: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
All the ideas will be voiced here. So stay tuned as we keep you updated with teams working on each of the selected ten UNSDGs.
The Impact Edition of Young India Challenge has already started impacting lives. After hearing inspiring speakers yesterday, our delegates are ready to create their impact as well. This YIC with over 400 delegates, 50+ mentors and 25+ members of Happiness Team, the idea is to create a significant mark in the lives of these people, that will create a ripple effect, moving them to a better and sustainable future.
After the challenge was declared open last evening, all the 40 teams are brainstorming to come up with their best ideas, in the competition to come in the top 1%. The challenge is to come up with the best possible, sustainable, practical solution to one of the selected ten UNSDGs, that can shape a better future for India. The delegates have already been selected from the top 10% of the applications, the challenge is to come in the top 1%.
So the platform is set, the challenge is open, the best people from across India are here, the brainstorming is on its peak, the best mentors helping them with their sheer brilliant experience, energy is on a rise. A memorable evening awaits us all.
With twinkling eyes, adoring smiles, and spirited hearts,
The heat of energy of the delegates on the second day of 8th YIC was defeating the coldness of the Sunday morning. The dynamic building of IITD echoed with the loud cheers and shouts as the Happiness Team played some ice breakers with them.
Buzzing with enthusiasm, and discussing ideas with their teams, the Humans of Human Circle looked eagerly forward to the day. The Mentors introduced themselves to the students, making them easily approachable.
The final day at YIC has always been our favorite. Be it interacting with many interesting personalities throughout the day or the team presentations, it always gives us more than we can hope for. With same hope today at YIC, the Happiness Team will keep you updated. With lots of energy, hope and happiness,
The final hours of Day 1 saw Manas Dowlani, who introduced the audience to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He was a member of the team who curated the UNSDGs at Manhattan in 2015. He told about the hardships through which the United Nations go through, and how they can fail in completing most of the targets if we as a civil society do not take initiatives. We ought to work more to reach out to more people with help in food, shelter. water, energy, equality and so on.
Setting the stage for the challenge, Wioleta Seth then opened up to everyone about the challenge, while distributing the delegates into their teams. Energy circulated like electricity, as people interacted with their team members, making loud and clear jingles and coming up with innovative names for their teams. After all the procedures and process was discussed about the team challenge the next day, the best 100 pictures were played on the slide show. Kamal along with everyone sang ‘Aaj ka Ye din”, with a hope of having an amazing and energetic Day 2. Wrapping up for the day, here we hope for a better tomorrow.
With Warmest Regards,
The energy level in the hall now is brimming, we can only hope you could get some percentage of it on social media. So the next speaker is Onkar Khullar, popularly known as ‘Digital Gandhi’. With his quirky and unique style, he captured all the hearts with his innovative and admiring ideas and sign language, pushing the audience to consider how, why and what they are doing. One person, living ten lives, he’s endlessly innovative. He innovated a Talisman that go with two faces on either side: ‘My Journey is sealed’ and ‘I He asked the delegates to close their eyes, and think about their life if today was the last day of their lives. If each one could be a ‘Digital Gandhi’, at the end of your life, when the devil will be looking in your eyes, we could smile back and say #NoRegrets.
The second speaker was another special lady, Prerna Mukharya. A fabulous lady, she was in a rush to catch a flight to Bangalore to get selected in the Forbes list of 40 under 40. The Founder of Outlive India, she inspired everyone with her struggling but heart-warming story, her ups and downs and experience as an entrepreneur. A Tedx speaker, she believes in thinking big and small at the same time. Think big enough that could scare you and people around you. Think small that could make difference in at least any one’s life.