Mr. Akshay Nanavati is a Marine Corps Veteran on a mission to run across every single country in the world. Born in India and growing up in ten different cities, his family finally settled in America at the age of 13. In this interview, he shares his personal motives for this mission and the impact that he wants to leave, not only with his feet but also with his heart.
Highlights from the interview:
- Akshay’s teenage years were marred with drugs as he struggled to find his own sense of self.
- Joining the marines was the changing point in his life as he came face to face with what it meant to stand for something beyond yourself.
- Serving a higher cause led him to take on the challenge of running across every country in the world.
- Akshay has thalassemia- a blood condition, scoliosis, and flat feet. He is the most unqualified person to take on the mission but he says that is what being human is all about.
- Dreams are fuelled through clarity and a big enough “Why.”
- Fear and adversity needs to be reframed. These are emotions and experiences that are natural and need to be embraced rather than running from.
- Don’t compare your dreams with others, everyone is on their own journey.
Three keys for pursuing your dream:
1) Get clarity on your goal. 2) Embrace the mundane. 3) Celebrate the small wins.
Your greatest influence?
Apart from my parents, Jack Canfield, the author of Chicken Soup For The Soul. Helped me through my own personal issues post Iraq and my journey into the personal development world.
What impact are you wanting to leave through your work?
I want to help people find their gift in adversity. We seek to avoid adversity rather than find meaning through it. Use it as a source of inspiration for success rather than a crutch.
What is your definition of success?
I think success is progress in mind body heart and spirit. I also add finances onto that. If one year from today, I make progress in these realms, then I am successful. If you are making progress and constantly moving forward in life, then that is successful.
Embrace your own journey whatever it may be for you. Get clear on that and reward yourself as you keep working toward it. There is no right or wrong about any journey that you want, just celebrate your own path in life.
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