Day In The Life Of An Entrepreneur: Payal Gandhi Hoon, Tamarai

Posted: June 26, 2014
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Payal Gandhi Hoon is the Founder of Tamarai, an emotional wellness training company in Delhi NCR with a special focus on enabling women to be independent in their thoughts and actions with the use of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

She has a keen interest in women’s issues, writes on related websites and is also an external committee member against Sexual Harassment with a Law firm.

In this edition of Day In The Life Of An Entrepreneur, she talks about the passion as well as discipline needed to be an entrepreneur.

To move from a full time career after 13 years to being an entrepreneur was a fresh transition. Though quite contrary to the beliefs of my close ones and especially mine, I have savoured being an entrepreneur. It has opened doors and manifested my potential to an extent I hadn’t fathomed was to happen – even though deep in my heart, I wished for it.

How I started Tamarai

DILOE-finalI had spent more than 13 years in Learning & Development in the corporate space. I began my career with a training consultancy which gave me an in-depth view of being a learning consultant. Then I moved to an Indian ITES company as a training content developer and trainer which really gave me a peek into the other side of the action and finally to an International Big 4 brand – which truly got me to a mix of L&D in a consulting environment.

I had already begun exploring NLP in the 6th year of my career out of the thirst for adding an authentic and new dimension to my training. I established Tamarai with the intent to enable people’s dreams and potential with NLP. Tamarai is registered as a trainer member under an International NLP association ANLP and is associated with the Sue Knight network.

Now I run open public workshops every month in Delhi (NCR) on NLP and also continue to work with corporates on varied projects that will lead to their enhanced efficiency at work.

What’s an entrepreneur’s day like?

My day is unlike a typical 9-5; ok, I know what you thinking, so let’s just say 9-10 day! Usually I start my day with chanting and channelizing in a way to set my goals for the day with timelines as far as possible. Each day is a new day and doesn’t really resemble the other.

I start my day with chanting and channelizing in a way to set my goals for the day with timelines as far as possible. Each day is a new day and doesn’t really resemble the other.

I could have a corporate training or a project running or a 2 day NLP workshop or a meeting and preparation towards working on the learning needs of a training group. In addition, I assign 2-3 hours on days when I work on an article or a blog for a website. This is to accommodate my passion for writing and engaging in expressing on matters close to my heart.

A session of reflection

A session of reflection

Typically I set aside an hour for social media each day – this really is more of a break and an image building exercise for Tamarai and its upcoming NLP workshops.

In the evening I chant to thank for the day gone by and I cherish to look back on the day gone by. This really is to understand what I have done well and could do better the next day. I follow this up with some reading on either a topic that is current for me or on Buddhism.

I wrap up the day with believe it or not, some working out – if possible for an hour; then comes dinner and a comedy sitcom with my family.

Battling the status quo

The challenge of being an entrepreneur truly is in being patient as there are many times when clients take a long time to decide on a project. It is not like a regular job where your pay package gets credited at the end of the month.

With the excitement of being your own boss; comes much responsibility. It is you who have to call the shots. The mantra for me truly is to forge ahead and not stop. That is the only way to be. This truly inspires me to be more creative and weave new concepts and ideas.

…the Indian market is still opening up to the idea of investing in self development. There is a certain unconscious resistance to seeking out or even exploring anything in the space of enhancing one’s potential.

Also, I believe the Indian market is still opening up to the idea of investing in self development. There is a certain unconscious resistance to seeking out or even exploring anything in the space of enhancing one’s potential. And when people do want to explore; they seek instant results and that too in all spheres of their lives. The idea is to really make people aware of the benefits of any self exploration in a realistic manner. Even one step forward in your being is better than being status quo.

Entrepreneurship has certainly honed my discipline further. It is very easy to fall out of a routine and to start treating your venture as a hobby. But to keep at it with perseverance is what it takes.

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