Name : Indu Rao
What kind of a student were you in school and college?
I was and excellent student till Std X1 after which for some reason I lost my attention and can say confidently an average student academically, but excelled in specific areas of my interest. I was always a favorite of my teachers, especially the ones who taught subjects I loved learning. E.g. English.
I was talkative, and was often branded a brat by my siblings, and parents. Was rebellious as a child, and needed to explore and expand beyond what I was told or taught. I had a high need to challenge traditional teachings, and was not willing to confirm to social or standard norms without being given an answer for the “Whys “ I often asked.
And your favorite subjects?
English, Physics, Dramatics, Geography
Which teacher do you remember most and why?
I remember my English teacher the most. Her name was Hazel. I loved her, and actually to date meet her occasionally. I liked her because she liked me. And also because she allowed me to question without feeling threatened, or shutting me up. She was empathetic, soft and willing to listen. She never branded me like most other teachers did.
When did you realize this is what you wanted to do?
I always knew I would love to be in a profession which will encourage and motivate people to grow. I knew I had the ability to empathise and be sensitive to people’s needs.
I realised I could to help people recognise their potential, from feedback I often got from friends and family. I began to believe each of us is special, and can excel in areas if we believe we can. I seemed to have some skills to influence others, helping them to make ordinary into extraordinary and feel proud and happy with what they are doing.
If I want to do what you do, what do I have to do?
I think it’s extremely important to work on yourself. Be able to see yourself in the mirror. Take feedback from people who are genuinely interested in your growth and will give you fair and open feedback. Work on the feedback to better yourself. Identify a mentor or guide who is willing to help you grow. Be open to learning, and constantly keep your eyes open to learning for your own personal growth, only then can one work with others. Believe that you can and you will .
What’s your typical day like?
Since I now have created a niche profession for myself, and am also fairly successful, I have the privilege to make my day the way I would like it to be. I work out of home on most days, as my work requires a lot of research, preparation, and thought. But when I am doing the interactive work with individuals or clients I then have to go to their office, or site.
On days I am home, I wake up early in the morning around 6.30 a.m. I go out for a walk for an hour whenever possible. When I get back I lazily have my cup of tea, which I enjoy and listen to some peaceful calm music. I start work on the computer around 9.00 a.m. I have a low attention span, so cannot work too long on a computer on one thing, so I generally will have at least 3 different documents or assignments that I am working on.
And for recreation and creativity, I am also cooking. Since I am good at multitasking, I am generally, cooking, working, and listening to music almost simultaneously. I achieve much more this way. I shut my computer at around 5.30 in the evening finally. After 6.00 is my time. I go for a walk or swim, and then laze around chatting, reading, or socializing with friends and family
What did you do with your first paycheck?
My first paycheck was given to my mother. It was exciting, it felt like a lot of money, but lasted very little. But I was happy that I could earn some money and share it as well. Made me feel good.
Name some joys of your profession
The most joyful part of my profession is seeing people who come in on day one with low self-belief, and leave on day 5 believing that they can reach for the stars. This makes me reinforce my belief in human kind and their potential.
Another joy is travel. My work allows me to travel nationally, and internationally, so I feel privileged to see new countries and meet new people. I have learnt so much about different cultures, food, music, and art.
My work forces me to expand my knowledge and learn all the time. Not one day is the same. New people, new challenges, and I have to keep thinking of new ways to reach them.
Were you named after anyone?
I don’t think so.
What are some of your hobbies or passions?
My favorite hobby is cooking. I am also passionate about interior decorating. I love setting up house, and looking for interesting ways to make my home reflect who I am. I believe and others have told me I am creative, and one of my passions is doing things differently, Decorating a home is my big passion. I love reading too.
What is the most thrilling experience in your life?
Going in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia in Turkey. High up in the air. Was so much fun. Since I like open spaces, the Hot air Balloon ride allowed me to see the world from a height which made me realize how small I am… like an ant on the planet.
What book are you reading right now?
I just finished “ Steve Job”, and have bought a new book “How to change the World” by David Bornstein.
What is your animal spirit? Why?
I have the spirit of a horse, well groomed, sturdy and strong. But I like to relate symbolically with a bird.
A bird. Looks gentle but very tough. Soft, but can withstand all climates and weather. Can fly away easily, soars the skies.
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