5 Minute Interview: Arvind Devalia
Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Arvind: I’m Arvind Devalia and I am a blogger, published author, business consultant and success coach. I have worked for a number of corporate companies such as Shell, BP, Danone and NatWest Bank but I am now building my own coaching and consultancy business in London. I have published four books and my key book is Get the Life you Love.
(Incidentally my nickname amongst European friends who couldn’t say my name used to be the same as your name – Alvin!)
My blog is growing rapidly in popularity and influence. My theme is how to make it happen and my frequent articles how my readers how they can improve all areas of their lives and at the same time make a positive impact on the world.
My articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines and I also used to have my own newspaper column.
What I enjoy most about my work is the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my clients and my readers. People are incredibly gifted and talented – and I get great pleasure and satisfaction from seeing them blossom.
At the same time, there is so much we can all do to make this world a better place – and I feel I am privileged to be able to show others the way.
Alvin: Pick any man in the world who was the most influential to you and why?
Arvind: Mahatma Gandhi has been very influential in my life, ever since my late father first gave me his books to read whilst I was at a very young age.
Gandhi showed the world a way of living through peace, love, non-violence and acceptance. And we need his message today more than ever before.
My father has been equally as influential in my life, since he showed me the way in the first place.
Alvin: What do you wish to accomplish 1 year from today?
Arvind: I feel that I am just getting going with my work and my blog. In a year’s time, I would like to see my blog established as a leading resource to guide and inspire those people who want to make a bigger contribution to the world through their work. At the same time, I want them to be leading happier, more fulfilled lives.
I want to get established as a speaker and begin to speak around the world about my message. I also want to visit the USA this year and visit the many blogging friends scattered all over.
Alvin: In your lifetime what will be your greatest contribution for a better world?
Arvind: Whilst I was at university, some friends and I discussed what we wanted to do in our lives. I mentioned that one day I will be helping a charity school in India. My friends had laughed at my idea, but years later, I did get involved with Nirvana School and this is a project very close to my heart.
At the same time, I had also mentioned that one day I would like to be nominated for a peace accolade – not because I crave the recognition, but the nomination would be vindication that I had contributed something towards a more peaceful world.
And that’s going to be my greatest contribution for a better world – I intend to show people how we can all live together in peace in the modern world.
Alvin: What has been your largest step to manhood?
Arvind: Being willing to be myself and to show my vulnerability and humanness. People are all the same deep down and once you connect to them at a deeper level, your relationships magically transform.
About ten years ago, I lost everything and my life went belly up. But that time proved to be a major step to manhood as I soon resurrected my life and began to follow a completely different life path.
Alvin: What has been the best advice you received about being a man?
Arvind: I once met an Irish property tycoon in a bar – and he told me something I have never forgotten. He said to never underestimate myself and to never overestimate anyone and put them on a pedestal.
I have remembered his advise ever since and remind myself of this anytime I feel that I am not good enough or as capable as someone else. This applies both in my professional and personal life.
Finally, Gandhi’s words of wisdom are always very inspiring. My favourite is “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Thanks Alvin for giving me this privilege of sharing my message.0