At BrilliantRead Media, we always strive to bring meaningful and powerful stories from India and around the world to empower and motivate our growing community. As part of this endeavour, we invited Mini Kapoor for an exclusive interview with us. Mini is a Passionate Entrepreneur, Leader, Coach, Mentor, Healer, Consultant, Speaker, Influencer and Change Enabler. She is the Founder of Conscious Seeker Academy and the Co-Founder of SoulVilla. Let’s learn more about her incredible journey, her background, and her advice for our growing community!
Excerpts from our exclusive interview with Mini:
We are aware of your contribution to the ecosystem, talk us through your background and your journey as a women entrepreneur, please;
I embarked on my professional journey with an educational foundation from Delhi, initially working as a software developer. As I progressed, I assumed diverse leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, Advertising, and Operations. The corporate environment honed my business acumen, emphasizing the importance of the bottom line.
My proficiency with numbers enabled me to excel in meeting targets and goals efficiently. Unrecognised to me at the time, mindfulness or law of attraction principles subtly played a role, allowing me to achieve objectives in record time and garner recognition.
Motivated by this success and armed with confidence, I ventured into entrepreneurship. With just a month’s salary, I founded an advertising and design venture. Within a year, I was associated with reputable brands and experienced a tenfold increase in earnings. Despite personal challenges leading to a temporary pause, my commitment and dedication left a lasting impact.”
Returning to employment, I continued to do well, fostering a sense of ownership and commitment that showed an entrepreneurial zeal. While I was externally successful, an internal yearning for deeper understanding and purpose persisted.
Conversations with friends, family, and mentors suggested perseverance, but my internal compass pointed elsewhere. Consequently, I embarked on a healing and mindfulness journey in 2007. The decision brought newfound freedom and an unplanned entry into counselling and healing.
In just a few months, I discovered my purpose. The subsequent full-time transition to mindfulness and healing represented more than a career shift—it was a personal quest for space and purpose.
Fascinated with nature’s universal design drove me to explore metaphysics, quantum physics, and the energy systems of life.”
Breakthroughs on physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels ensued, fostering a fulfilling life, and impacting others. Through mindfulness and healing, I realized that innate abilities lie within us to navigate life’s challenges and manifest our dreams, provided we embrace authenticity.
Passionate about life, I am driven by the purpose of awakening authentic selves using the simple formula of 3 Aces: Assess, Acclimatize, and Ascend. My commitment extends beyond professional realms; I actively volunteer for various social causes, including food programs, education for underprivileged children, and support for NGOs assisting the elderly.
These endeavours keep me grounded and connected to humanity, reinforcing my belief in contributing meaningfully.
What attracts you towards entrepreneurship instead of a corporate career?
While I found immense satisfaction as an intrapreneur making a substantial impact within the corporate landscape, the charm of entrepreneurship held a unique appeal for me.
The shift to entrepreneurship afforded me the luxury of time and flexibility, enabling me to immerse myself in continuous learning and personal growth. More importantly, it provided an avenue to contribute to causes close to my heart—a privilege I hold dear.”
Entrepreneurship, particularly the path of a solepreneur, grants me the freedom to chart my course, set personal goals, and steadily build upon them. The journey of entrepreneurship acts as a catalyst, driving me to continually learn, evolve, and refine myself as a better human being.
Operating at my own pace has been a game-changer. I can align my actions with my beliefs and bring my thought processes to fruition. The ability to impact more people, coupled with the autonomy to make swift decisions, is a compelling aspect of entrepreneurship. What resonates with me most is the fact that in this realm, I am my own boss—a role I embrace wholeheartedly.
What kind of problems do people have when they seek professional help and seek your help? How do you help them find their solutions and answers?
Individuals often seek professional help when struggling with signs of distress, unhappiness, or other emotional challenges. While these symptoms may manifest on the surface, my approach involves delving deeper through coaching and belief-work sessions.
In many cases, the root cause of the presenting issue is traced back to formative years or experiences from the past. For example, a perceived career problem might have its roots in a relationship issue, or a struggling relationship may have underlying issues related to money or parenting.
Through a process of deep exploration, we uncover the core issues, leading to a cathartic experience for the individual. This discovery not only liberates them from the immediate challenges but also lays the foundation for sustained happiness. By addressing the root causes rather than just the symptoms, individuals can find profound solutions and lasting answers to the challenges they face.
What does your company specialise in?
With a wealth of experience spanning over two decades in the realms of healing, coaching, and training, my company specializes in empowering individuals to master their emotions and attain balance in their lives.
Beyond personal growth, I extend support to budding healing enthusiasts, aiding them in establishing meaningful practices by leveraging various tools for a rewarding business opportunity.
Our diverse programs encompass self-healing, life mastery, and Train-the-Trainer initiatives. These programs are thoughtfully designed to cater to different preferences, delivered both in a traditional physical classroom setting and through accessible online platforms.
In recognizing the evolving landscape, we have introduced digital programs, providing seekers the flexibility to learn and grow at their own pace, ensuring accessibility for all.”
Our commitment extends beyond mere skill acquisition; we offer long-term coaching and intensive coaching programs tailored for personal development, aiming for life-transforming results. Fundamental to all our programs is the integration of mindfulness, providing a foundational structure for holistic growth and well-being.
How do you manage to keep going despite the challenges? What drives you?
For me, challenges are not roadblocks but rather powerful motivators. When faced with adversity, my immediate question is, “What can I learn from this?” This perspective shift, transforms challenges into opportunities, offering clarity and focus for resolution. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason, and this mindset guides me to extract valuable lessons from every experience.
Consider me a turbocharged engine; challenges act as the fuel, propelling me higher and stronger. It’s not about problems; it’s about opportunities to learn, grow, and conquer.
Who do you believe has been the biggest source of motivation in your daily life?
In my daily life, my biggest source of motivation is a higher force, which I refer to as God. Whether we label it as the Universe, nature, or a divine presence, I believe it serves as the guiding force for everything.
My steadfast belief in the law of cause and effect, or Karma, drives me to consistently strive to do what is morally right. This belief system not only keeps me grounded but also fuels my daily motivation to contribute positively to the world around me.
What are some of the strategies that you believe have helped you grow as a person?
Several strategies have played pivotal roles in shaping my personal growth:
Mindfulness & Practical Meditation: I emphasize the practice of mindfulness and meditation not as a path to sagehood or become a sage but as a means to live a fulfilling, day-to-day practical life.
Continuous Learning: Each day presents an opportunity to acquire new knowledge. I believe in constant self-improvement by upgrading my skills and staying disciplined in learning something new regularly. This commitment ensures that my work remains impactful and relevant.
Learning from Mistakes: I view mistakes and failures as inevitable aspects of the journey. Extracting valuable lessons from these experiences is crucial to avoid repeating the same patterns and to foster continuous improvement.
Open-mindedness & Proactive Feedback: Flexibility is key when plans don’t unfold as intended. Embracing disappointments and unexpected outcomes with an open mind allows for valuable feedback. This, in turn, enables refinement and improvement in subsequent attempts.
Resourcefulness: Recognizing our innate ability to navigate life’s challenges empowers us to shape our reality and live the life of our dreams. This realization has been a driving force in my journey.
Befriending Young People: Engaging with individuals across different age groups provides insights into the diverse values, emotions, and challenges that people face. This understanding enriches my perspective and enhances my ability to connect with a broader audience.
Reading: As an ardent reader, I find that reading contributes significantly to my growth. It exposes me to varied perspectives, ideas, and knowledge that further enrich my understanding of the world.
Responsibility of Our Actions: Recognizing our free will and understanding that our actions and decisions shape our reality is a foundation of personal responsibility. Taking ownership of our decisions is essential for personal growth and accountability.
In your opinion, what are the keys to success?
In my perspective, the keys to success include:
Self-Awareness: Success begins with a profound understanding and acceptance of oneself. Cultivating a peaceful and comfortable relationship with who you are constitutes a fundamental aspect of true success.
Three Aces – Assess, Acclimatize, and Ascend: The journey towards success involves a strategic approach. Assessing your situation, acclimatizing to the challenges, and then ascending to overcome obstacles are vital components of a successful path.
Gratitude: Success is subjective, and expressing gratitude plays a crucial role. Acknowledging and appreciating the positive aspects of one’s journey fosters a mindset of abundance and fulfilment, contributing to the overall sense of success.
What advice would you give students and young professionals who want to have a successful career?
To students and young professionals aspiring for a successful career, here are a few pieces of advice:
Hard Work: There’s no substitute for hard work. Dedication and a strong work ethic are foundational to achieving your career goals.
Clarity: Seek clarity in your objectives. Clearly defined goals lead to unimaginable outcomes. Knowing where you want to go is essential for charting a successful career path.
Consistency and Continuous Learning: Consistency is key in any journey to success. Stay committed to your goals and be persistent in your efforts. Additionally, never stop learning. Embrace new skills and knowledge regularly to stay relevant and adaptable in your chosen field.
Networking: Build and maintain a strong professional network. Networking opens doors to opportunities, insights, and collaborations that can significantly enhance your career trajectory.
Adaptability: Embrace change and be adaptable. The ability to navigate through evolving situations is a valuable skill in today’s dynamic work environment.
Emotional Intelligence: Cultivate emotional intelligence. Understanding and managing your emotions, as well as those of others, enhances your interpersonal skills and contributes to effective collaboration.
Goal Setting: Set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals. Breaking down larger objectives into smaller, actionable steps makes them more manageable and achievable.
Mentorship: Seek mentorship. Learning from experienced individuals in your field can provide valuable insights, guidance, and a broader perspective on your career.
Resilience: Develop resilience in the face of challenges. The ability to bounce back from setbacks and learn from failures is integral to long-term success.
Personal Branding: Build and maintain a positive personal brand. Your reputation and how you present yourself professionally contribute significantly to your career advancement.
Effective Communication: Hone your communication skills. Being able to articulate ideas clearly, listen actively, and convey information effectively is crucial in any professional setting.
Remember, success is a journey, and incorporating these principles into your approach can significantly enhance your chances of reaching your career aspirations.
Last but not least, what are the three most important lessons you have learned in your life?
In reflection, the three most important lessons life has taught me are:
Take Ownership and Make Decisions: Taking ownership of my actions has been transformative. Quick decision-making, coupled with accountability, not only accelerates progress but also cultivates a sense of empowerment and control over my journey.
Distinguish Between People and Behavior: Understanding that people are not inherently bad, but their behavior might be influenced by various factors, has been a profound realization. This perspective fosters empathy, compassion, and a more nuanced understanding of interpersonal dynamics. I always say – People are not bad their behavior could be…
The Power of Forgiveness: Forgiveness is a powerful force. Letting go of resentment and embracing forgiveness not only liberates oneself from emotional burdens but also opens the door to healing and personal growth. It is a key to fostering inner peace and resilience.