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An Optimist’s Guide to Exploring Life

By Akshaya Narasimhan

I moved from India to California 6 months ago. This transition was big and it was hard for me because this is the first time I would be staying away from home. Back in India, the whole idea of living in the US has always been considered a golden opportunity, all of which added to the excitement. I always believe that meeting new people and experiencing new things constantly helps me evolve as a person  so I was hoping that I would be able to take this lesson forward in exploring life better.

Life in the US has been almost a complete antithesis of my life in India. I used to work for a market research firm as an Analyst back home, spending more than 10 hours at work. Talking to clients, reaching out to potential customers and, of course, constant research made my work fun because I used to end up learning a new thing every day! I was longing to get back to work and use my brain cells as soon as I moved here. But restrictions and my visa status meant I had no option but to wait; so resuming my career seemed like an impossible dream. Over time, meeting new people and talking to them helped me understand that losing hope was not an option at all!

As I explored options, I chose to explore my new city and keep myself busy while my husband was away at work, so I started figuring out my options here. As the saying goes, “A person who stops to grow will continue to decline.” Since stagnation is the last thing I wanted to experience, I took up a course at UC Berkeley to advance my education in Marketing.

In addition to this, volunteering at GiveTeens20® has been yet another journey I have been excited about! GT20 has helped me gain new exposure, insights, meet new people and be inspired by them. It also gave me an opportunity to test out a newer and rather exciting aspect of marketing, Social Media! In such a short time, I have learnt so many areas that I didn’t in my previous job.  As I look back at the past few months, I realize that I wouldn’t change a thing about this journey!

I guess I would say California has been a catalyst by opening my horizon and I am hoping the journey continues to be as enriching as it has been so far. As I take this opportunity to make a brand new beginning to my career, one of Seth Godin’s quotes keeps resonating in my  mind:

“Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow”

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Akshaya is our brand new Social Media Strategist for GiveTeens20®! When she is not busy engaging GT20 fans on Social Media, she enjoys listening to music and reading. Have a question about Indian cuisine? Akshaya is your girl!

 

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Quotes to Inspire and Be Inspired

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Sometimes life gets rough and you lose your way. Here are 15 quotes to help you find your way back.

Motivation

  1. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – C.S. Lewis
  2. Stay hungry, stay foolish. – Steve Jobs
  3. Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you can do it. –Maya Angelou
  4. You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream. –Michael Dell
  5. It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any. –Hugh Laurie

Knowledge

  1. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss
  2. I love wisdom. And you can never be great at anything unless you love it. Not be in love with it, but love the thing, admire the thing. And it seems that if you love the thing, and you don’t just want to possess it, it will find you. –Maya Angelou
  3. Any fool can know. The point is to understand. –Albert Einstein
  4. Change is the end result of all true learning. – Leo Buscaglia
  5. Action is the foundational key to all success. – Pablo Picasso

Life

  1. As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life. – Amy Poehler
  2. Whatever you are, be a good one. – Abraham Lincoln
  3. Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long shot. – Charlie Chaplin
  4. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. –Ferris from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  5. Life’s hard. It’s supposed to be. If we didn’t suffer, we’d never learn anything. –Before Sunset

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