Chirag Kulkarni managed to avoid that trap. He’s never held a traditional job. He didn’t finish college. Instead, life forced him to start figuring out what he was good at the age of 15.
He discovered he was not so great at engineering like his father, but was much better at connecting with other people and marketing. This guy makes things happen.
He’s started 3 companies and jokingly describes himself as a “distracted entrepreneur”. I think he’s just really good at the art of pivoting which he explains in this episode. His latest company Insightfully was incubated in the MIT Media Lab.
He writes for some of the most well-known publications like Fortune, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post and Inc.
His most important lesson: if you want to be successful, you have to have the courage to be yourself.
He also offered some great advice on forming partnerships and the ingredients necessary for putting together a founding team.
He grew up in Detroit and currently calls Boston home.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Learn a valuable skill.
- Build community.
- Find and tell your story.
- Embrace discomfort.
How Chirag Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 5:30am
- Ideal work environment: He says he can work anyone as long as he has his noise canceling headphones.
- Self-reflection practice: Practices heartfulness meditation every morning and evening.
- Unproductive habit: Stop eating chocolate.
- Favorite productivity tool: iCalendar by Apple
- Wants to meet: Richard Branson
- 90-day goal: creating more content for his website.
“You need to be constantly looking at problems people are having and then from there that’s how you come up with good business ideas.”
“If you want anyone to remember you, you have to figure out how you are going to help them.”
As you listen to my interview with Chirag, you get the sense that this guy really loves people. He’s a super-connector too.
He’s so good at creating community, I asked him for advice about how people could “put themselves out there.” He offered some unconventional, but wise advice.
He told me not everyone has to get their name out there. However, you do need to focus on the skills you want to develop and connecting with others who have mastered those skills will help you grow faster.
Remember, the game of life is a team sport and no one ever become successful all on their own!