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How can you convert your dreams into actions? …

How can you convert your dreams into actions?

What is the smallest step you can take today that will bring you closer to your dream?


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  • 1. Actionable Dreams Gaurav Munjal
  • 2. That one dream.
  • 3. First step is the most difficult… • Thought of the dream being too big • Failure to act • Criticism from the loved ones • What if…Maybe…it’s too early/late
  • 4. My teenage dreams • Meet SRK and JKR in person • Start a blog that makes money • Work as a Programmer with Google • Change the way education is being imparted • Write a novel • Start a company
  • 5. Yes, I have failed… • Resonance. Failed. • Flat.to in college. Failed. • Unacademy for the first two years. Failed. • Dozens of blogs since 10th standard. Failed. • Couple of YouTube Channels currently. Mostly Failed. • My first novella in school. Failed.
  • 6. Failure is the only way you will succeed.
  • 7. Given it’s coupled with Persistence.
  • 8. My teenage dreams • Meet SRK and JKR in person! • Start a blog that makes money • Work as a Programmer with Google • Change the way education is being imparted • Write a novel • Start a company
  • 9. It wasn't easy.
  • 10. 7th October ‘11
  • 11. My teenage dreams • Meet SRK and JKR in person • Start a blog that makes money! • Work as a Programmer with Google • Change the way education is being imparted • Write a novel • Start a company
  • 12. Fashionama Subscriber base of more than 1.1 Million people
  • 13. My teenage dreams • Meet SRK and JKR in person • Start a blog that makes money • Work as a Programmer with Google! • Change the way education is being imparted • Write a novel • Start a company
  • 14. My teenage dreams • Meet SRK and JKR in person • Start a blog that makes money • Work as a Programmer with Google Directi • Change the way education is being imparted • Write a novel • Start a company
  • 15. What it takes? • Letting go of Turbo C++ to begin with ;) • More than ~350 days of programming, 2-3 hours everyday • Giving up on a lot of distractions • Programming contests: ACM ICPC, TopCoder, CodeChef • Lots of “rounds” of interviews
  • 16. My teenage dreams • Meet SRK and JKR in person • Start a blog that makes money • Work as a Programmer with Google Directi • Change the way education is being imparted! • Write a novel • Start a company
  • 17. Unacademy • Started as a college project • Recently crossed 17k+ subscribers,1.2 million+ views and 10k+ daily views • More than 276 videos on the channel • Lots of small failures • One of India’s fastest growing educational channel, long way to go
  • 18. My teenage dreams • Meet SRK and JKR in person • Start a blog that makes money • Work as a Programmer with Google Directi • Change the way education is being imparted • Write a novel! • Start a company
  • 19. My teenage dreams • Meet SRK and JKR in person • Start a blog that makes money • Work as a Programmer with Google Directi • Change the way education is being imparted • Write a novel novella! • Start a company
  • 20. My teenage dreams • Meet SRK and JKR in person • Start a blog that makes money • Work as a Programmer with Google Directi • Change the way education is being imparted • Write a novel novella • Start a company
  • 21. My teenage dreams • Meet SRK and JKR in person • Start a blog that makes money • Work as a Programmer with Google Directi • Change the way education is being imparted • Write a novel novella • Start a company: Flat.to
  • 22. Flat.to
  • 23. Flat.to • Failed first time in college
  • 24. Flat.to • Failed first time in college • Took another year to rebuild and launch again
  • 25. Flat.to • Failed first time in college • Took another year to rebuild and launch again • Everyday you encounter plethora of issues
  • 26. Flat.to • Failed first time in college • Took another year to rebuild and launch again • Everyday you encounter plethora of issues • But it’s worth it…
  • 27. April ‘14 Flat.to gets acquired by India’s largest real estate portal
  • 28. First step is the most difficult… • Thought of the dream being too big • Failure to act • Criticism from the loved ones • What if…Maybe…it’s too early/late • But taking the first step or not, makes all the difference
  • 29. Out of Comfort Zone • Starting something new • Asking that girl for coffee • Standing your ground not going with the crowd • Give your brain two minutes :-)
  • 30. Excuses
  • 31. More than anything else we become so confident about our excuses.
  • 32. Excuses?
  • 33. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.
  • 34. What’s the worst thing that can happen?
  • 35. That one dream.
  • 36. That one dream. What’s the smallest thing you can do today to become a step closer towards your dream?
  • 37. That one dream. What’s the smallest actionable item that will help you achieve your dream?
  • 38. That one dream. How can I convert my dreams into actions?
  • 39. That one dream. How can I make my dream into an actionable dream?
  • 40. “Because the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” –Steve Jobs
  • 41. Reach out • Tweet @gauravmunjal • Message facebook.com/gauravmunjal • calendar.gauravmunjal.com • Don’t come up with excuses, reach out
  • 42. Thank You