This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

In a very candid and honest conversation, Bharani shares his life and how we wanted to shape his own destiny – even as a child. We spoke about growing up seeing your parents struggle, and how that teaches you to make the best out of what you have. He also shares how entrepreneurs must learn to change and shape their role as the company grows.

You can find Bharani at the below links

In the interview, Bharani shares

  • Somehow in my childhood days, I got this inspiration and deep motivation to shape my own destiny.
  • my only philosophy to make the best out of what you can
  • whatever you have, make the best out of it. when you don’t have much privilege and opportunities, you have to learn to make the best out of it and accept what you have.
  • when you come from a lesser privileged background and when you suddenly get into a world full of opportunities and life, you will be overwhelmed. Um, and it’ll not be easy to adapt.
  • You don’t have to do everything in one stretch
  • you have to let go of a few things so that other people can take it forward and run while you can focus back and, uh, look at the big picture and take your time. So, it is very counterintuitive. It is not easy for people to let go
  • it’s a very difficult journey to go through, you know because you will have an innate fear that, uh, nobody in the company will be able to operate at your level, right? As a human being. Most of us fall in that trap. Uh, but it’s important to realize that, et cetera. Otherwise, you are on a treadmill constantly. 
  • It’ll be uncomfortable, but please go through it.
  • I have invested in myself to understand more about myself. 
  • I completely agree with this because money and title are hygiene, but people want purpose and culture and values beyond that.
  • it’s important that you have some breathing space to reflect upon what is happening, otherwise, you are constantly Reacting to the world.
  • Don’t worry about the outcome because you are given everything. The best will happen. Trust the process.