In Conversation With Arvind Devalia

He’s an author, a blogger, a life coach and an inspirational speaker – he’s Arvind Devalia of Make It Happen. I’m so happy to have him sharing his views on living an inspired life today.

 

Arvind, I understand that you used to work in the corporate world. How did ‘Make It Happen’ happen?

Corinne, firstly thanks so much for your kind invitation to share my work with your readers. Much appreciated.

My work in the corporate world seems like a life time ago! Just over 10 years ago, I experienced some major life changes which ended up with me in South India at this charity school in Pondicherry, called Nirvana School. There I experienced unconditional love for the first time – and that changed my life forever. After that, there was no going back to the corporate world!

A few months later, I discovered the world of life coaching and I manifested a weekly writing column for my local paper. That ultimately led me to write and publish 3 books and launch my blog – Make It Happen.

What is your motivation to keep writing and working with people?

Since that first experience of unconditional love in India, my life has never been the same again – and I feel I still have so much more to do and offer the world.

I really do believe that we all want to create a lasting legacy for the world and we have an inherent need to help others and make a difference. I want to inspire more people to do exactly this and at the same time have some fun and improve their lives.

Arvind, I’m quoting a line from a recent post of yours, where you say: What’s becoming clear to me is this – the moment you commit to a bigger game, the small things in your life just drop away. What is the big thing that you are committed to for now?

Yes, once you commit to a bigger game, any petty or niggly things in your life become less important. For example, does it really matter if someone cuts you up in the traffic on your way to work?

The big thing I am committed to right now is to get my message out there big time – this means writing much more and also sharing my work both online and offline. I am really inspired to do a lot more live talks this year – and my intention is to publish a lot more e-books on Kindle.

So, what are the small things you found yourself letting go off?

Hmmm. Where would you like me to start!?

When I went through my major life changes 10 years ago, I somehow let go of being angry and impatient. Suddenly I became very cool and calm. It was the realization of what was really important in my life that transformed me overnight.

Now I don’t get bothered if I am stuck in traffic, or if someone fails to reply to a phone message or email. Life is really much more than an endless round of emails and trying to get ahead of others!

Another not so small thing I have let go is that I am no longer a perfectionist! I allow things to just be, and instead I strive for excellence and completion.

Arvind, I know you feel strongly about Personal Social Responsibility. Can you share what that is and how you live it out in your life?

Indeed, I am very passionate about Personal Social Responsibility – I even wrote a book about it. Personal Social Responsibility (PSR) is all about doing to others what you would like others do to you. It is about recognizing how your behaviour affects others, and holding yourself accountable for your actions. For example, compare someone being well mannered with someone being rude.

Ideally a PSR aware person – a. Will always endeavor to have a positive effect on others. b. Will have a mind-set to contribute. c. Will refrain from causing negativity in his or her environment e.g. by throwing litter on the ground, or by gossiping and c. His or her social and economic activities will have a positive or neutral impact on the environment.

So a socially responsible person will endeavour to have a positive effect on others and enrich his environment. He or she will strive to make a positive contribution, and will not pollute the atmosphere, both physically and metaphorically. This is exactly how I bring PSR into my own life – everything I do has the intention of making a positive contribution to others in some way or another.

What is the most gratifying aspect of blogging for you?

The best thing about blogging has been the many friends like you that I have made around the world. It’s amazing how through our blogs we get to know each other intimately and how we can join forces to inspire, educate and make a difference to others.

At the same time, I am always learning from other bloggers and getting inspired myself.

Of course blogging gives me the perfect platform to share and spread my own unique message. We all have a unique message and I am fortunate that I have connected and become friends with so many unique and authentic bloggers around the world.

Finally, Arvind, what advice would you give to someone who wants to leave a legacy through her/his life, but doesn’t know where to start?

To create your own legacy, you simply start from wherever you are now!

Note that I used the word “create” and not “leave” when I talk about a legacy. It is indeed something you create in your lifetime and not just something you leave behind. It is better to be part of the legacy you are creating in your own lifetime.

So start locally and seek out ways of making a difference to your local community – it can be as simple as picking up the rubbish on your road and inspiring others to do the same.

It can be as simply about being the best father, mother, son, daughter, brother and so on. Never ever underestimate the impact you can have on your loved ones just by your loving presence.

Of course, if you are so inspired, then you can also start your own blog and share your unique wisdom with the world.

And the best and easiest way of making a difference to someone – SMILE!

Thank you so much, Arvind for sharing your wisdom here today.

Thanks again Corinne for giving me this space to share with your world. I wish you and your readers a wonderful and fulfilling life, a fun life of making a difference and creating a lasting legacy.

Please go on over to Arvind’s site and sign up for updates to his very inspirational blog.

May you be inspired – every day!


Corinne Rodrigues

An inspirational and motivational blogger journeying happily through midlife. I blog here and on Write Tribe and CorinneRodrigues.com.

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  1. Irene
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    Thank you for the interview and the opportunity for Arvind to share his wisdom. I learned a lot from him today. :-)

  2. Janaki Nagaraj says:

    Thanks Corinne…very inspiring.

  3. Martha Orlando
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    A wonderful interview, Corinne.  So inspiring!  Blessings to you!

  4. Debbie M. says:

    Very inspiring interview, I agree why be bothered with the little things. I’ve always taught my children and tried to pass along to my friends and family this ” pick your battles and decide which ones are worth your time and effort” an email or un-returned phone call aren’t worth it. 

    Children do love unconditionally, I remember when I was teaching preschool how much love my class gave. 

    Wonderful interview, thank you both for reminding these points. 

    • Debbie, as you get clear about what’s really important – but maybe one doesn’t need to “pick any battles”. Life is what it is and sometimes even by seeing something as a “battle” makes it more entrenched and harder to deal with.

      So just go with the flow – like children do:-)

  5. Thank you for showcasing a delightful individual… I agree why sweat the small stuff!

  6. “Easiest way to make a difference is SMILE”……. lets not forget to smile unconditional. The interview was inspiring and thoughtful. thanks for sharing Corinne.

    • Ansh, indeed we must smile unconditionally. People can always tell when our smile is forced and fake. Worst is to smirk!

      Glad you found the interview inspiring. Now just remember to apply some of the things we discussed – and of course keep smiling :-)

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  8. Sulekha
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    Thank you Corinne and Arvind for this wonderful and inspiring interview. I too believe in trying to do good, but so many people have forgotten how to smile back at those trying to spread positivity and joy :) Am heading over to your site now…

    •  Sulekha, thanks for your kind words.  As long as you keep smiling, doesn’t matter about the rest :-)

      All the best…

  9. This is really interesting and inspirational! Thank you for sharing it with us Corinne

  10. I am going to go check Arvind out right now! Sounds like a kindred spirit!

  11. —Arvind,
      This is precisly  why the “”blogging platform”” is abundantly important & imperative….

    For people like you to tell us your story…

    Thank you for a superb interview.  :))) 

    • Arvind Devalia says:

       Kim, thank YOU :-).

      Yes, this is the power of blogging – we all get to connect and make the world a better place together.

  12. Rimly Bezbaruah
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    Thank you for introducing us to Arvind. It was a very inspiring interview, Corinne. You asked the right questions and got a very good informative replies.

  13. good , glad to know arvind.  inspiring  and I loved the lines FOR I beleive in them with all my heart do to others what you want them to do to you ..

    if only everyone did world will be a beautiful place to live in

    Bikram’s

  14. melissatandoc
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    It created very positive energy within me. These are healthy conversations from which we could all pick out wisdom and audacity.

    Thanks for sharing this person with us Corinne ~ you both are beautiful souls.

  15.  Kriti, glad you found the interview interesting and inspirational :-)

  16. Arvind Devalia says:

     Bikram, glad to know you too.

    I loved your post about how many dogs it would take to change a light bulb :-)

  17. The little things always get in the way of loving and caring. It just is all so unnecessary when you truly think about it. Picking your battles is how I explain it to young mothers with their toddlers. It is much more important that your child plays well with other children than it is for him to keep his face clean while doing so. Mine were always dirty when playing. I truly believe the things you were saying very inspirational thank you Corrine for the wonderful interview  and thank you Arvind for sharing your wisdom.

    • Arvind Devalia says:

       Jan, thanks for your positive feedback. Yes, forget the little things and focus on what’s really important in life – such as allowing your children to be and blossom in their own beautiful way:-).

  18. Inspiring Citizen Rafi
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    What makes this interview special is the honesty in which Arvind has answered his questions and the manner in which Corrine has asked open ended questions.

    I have learned the art of questioning from this interview…

    I wish people go to archives and read all posts to get the full essence of your blog..

    Sincerely,
    Inspiring Citizen Rafi
    Inspiring Citizen Rafi recently posted..See How 18 Year Old Ammar Ali Built A Blog Worth $1,16,665 In 12 Months – A Straightforward Interview With HimMy Profile

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