Category Archives: Excellence in Entrepreneurship

Every Woman is an Entrepreneur

Believe it or not!

 

It is very true fact that every woman is an entrepreneur. She is dealing with different projects at the same time. Project for her kid’s health, project for her family food and snacks, project for managing the household, project for managing relationships. Project to create a beautiful ambiance in the house. Project to manage kids studies and project to manage herself.

It is a responsible portfolio with a single motive to create happiness in life for all members of her family. And then it is not getting that appreciation the way one gets for her project deliveries in professional fields. Or rather it can be said this is not getting acknowledged, as people take her work as a routine work for any household lady.

This thought process has to be changed. We as women definitely should not avoid our family responsibilities but perform it with full dedication, but in return, we should stop cribbing of not getting appreciation. The happiness of fulfilling our all jobs with dedication should be celebrated by giving credit to oneself and taking out some time for oneself.

I read a strong saying “ Everybody is good at one thing., but once has to choose that thing herself’ and polish it. Get to know yourself well by using your time in the best way and improving productivity by correct time management. Time saved from getting depressed of lack of appreciation and lamely thinking oneself, as waste should be constructively used to know what are you good at and improvising it every day.

Every woman is born genius. Use your brain to find your individuality. Why need assurance from any body else. God has given special powers to every woman and it can do wonders if used with the passion in the right direction. All the best womenfolk for creating miracles in life!

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting excellence in women!

International Youth Leadership & Innovation Forum ( IYLIF 2017)

Sindu Sreebhavan, founder of As Many Minds sharing about the upcoming conference IYLIF 2017 at Women Lines You Tube Channel

Women Lines is proud to associate as Online Media Partner for International Youth Innovation and Leadership Forum (IYLIF 2017). #IYLIF2017 is a conference for youth from all around the world to speak, discuss and collaborate on topics that matter to them. This event is going to be organized by As Many Minds on 2nd Sep in Singapore. As Many Minds is a platform to bring out the creativity, innovation, confidence, and communication of millions of young minds around the world. As Many Minds strongly believe that innovations happen when an environment is created to foster creativity, meaningful dialogues, diversity, and collaborations.

Visit http://www.iylif.com for more details about the forum.

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting excellence in women!

New Year Reflections!

Happy New Year to my lovely blog readers!

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As the new year starts and before mind starts focusing on goals and resolutions I want to reflect a little on the year which has passed and which has carried with it so many learning, sweet memories, laughter, joys, emotions and much more.I am full of so much gratitude to so many things throughout year which has helped me to grow as better person –

1. I am thankful to youtube for sharing such amazing contents on its channel, which has really helped me to gain great knowledge about so many topics, from finding my favorite recipe to teach my kid potty training:). Believe me, friends, you can find solution of any problem live on youtube and this certainly can help you to improve upon yourself in all ways:)

2. I am grateful to platform TED talks which is a free platform for knowledge sharing.There is a tremendous amount of learning from experts on different topics ranging from science, technology, motivation and many other subjects. Entrepreneurs can gain so much knowledge by listening to various topics on TED, which really opens up mind and benefits in taking the right action.

3. I am grateful to influencers on Linkedin for sharing their knowledge on topics related to various professions. I will strongly recommend women who are working from home to follow influencers of their work field. As, when we work from home we have to strive to keep grooming yourself, which is quite challenging when you work alone.

4. I am grateful to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp which has given amazing communication and content sharing approaches. This is helping in building up strong personal relationships and creating awareness about whats happening in the world.

The entrepreneurial journey is all about mindfulness friends and mindful use of such platforms can really help in making this journey full of excitement and amazing learning. With proper focus, any woman can achieve whatever she wants. Start loving yourself and your time and you will take proper care of everybody, trust me:)!

 

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting Excellence in Women!

10 things to know about Ho Chi Minh City


Ho Chi 20151016_140154Beautiful City View of HCMC20151016_14050720151018_103247 20151017_123812IMG_20151018_104717 IMG_20151017_121800 IMG_20151017_112633Minh 20151016_142053City(HCMC), also known as Saigon city, is in southern Vietnam. It is known to play an important role during Vietnam war!

HCMC is also known for its French colonial architecture like  Notre-Dame Basilica, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the Saigon Central Post Office. Visitors can observe Food stalls line the city’s streets, especially around bustling Ben Thanh Market. A city is marked by Simple people, Bamboo hat wearing roadside sellers, chaotic traffic(mostly comprising of Bikes, even kids wear a helmet there :)). HCMC is safe for women travelers. Many woman group visitors visit HCMC to understand and know more about Vietnam history. I was amazed to see Vietnamese women are equally hard working as men and contribute to finances of the family. As an entrepreneur, I love to explore new places and meet people from diverse background. Visiting Vietnam gave me a deep insight of how hard work and dedication can really help to survive in odd situations

Few things to share about the place-

  1. Visitors should book a tour(either private or a group with a tour guide). They will get to know exact details about the place and history.
  2. Mekong Delta, a must visit for people who are looking for a break from hectic city life. Mekong Delta gives one a Kampong(village) life experience, near to nature, horse cart ride, tropical fruits, honey tea experience will give u a soulful experience.
  3. Visitors are advised to take Vinasun taxis only while going to different places in HCMC, as it is reliable.
  4. Rice Paper rolls a must try for all visitors. Amazing experience for veggies and non-veggies too.
  5. Do take a walking stroll around Dong Khoi street leading to Cathedral and Post office square and end up at Reunification palace.Visitors will experience the traffic, local street side food sellers, beautiful art galleries, young college student groups, local Vietnamese coffee outlets, and many more local city experiences
  6. Plan to visit Cu Chi tunnel is a must for every visitor, as they get reflection about Vietnam war and struggle which locals faced during those days.Inside of Cu Chi tunnel, experience makes one think if there is a will there is away. With bare hands, people dig the tunnel and kept digging to keep their families save.
  7. Ben Tanh market is a place for street shopping, but with good bargaining skills and less baggage along as the place is compact with narrow lanes for walking area.
  8. Jade Emperor Pagoda is worth visiting place situated in heart of the city. Built-in 1909 in honor of the supreme Taoist god (the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang), is one of the most spectacularly atmospheric temples in HCMC, stuffed with statues of divinities and heroes. The pungent smoke of incense fills the air and gives a different feel of the place.
  9. Currency in Dong gets very confusing to handle and reminds one of their monopoly days:).As a newcomer to the country, one must be very careful to check the money he is handling as some of the bill colors are quite similar. And because of the current rate of exchange, 1 US dollar is worth 21,000 VND. So when one exchange $20000 it will make him feel as though he is one of the wealthiest people on earth.
  10. If visitors want to explore the city view from a different angle then they should visit Bitexco Financial Tower. From the 50th floor of the tower, the visitor can admire the incredible panoramic view of the beautiful city.                                                                                              Charu MehrotraPromoting Excellence in Women!

Independance day expressions!

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August is a great month to enjoy the spirit of Indian and Singaporean Independence!

It was awesome experience listening to speeches by  Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, on occasion of the celebration of Independence day of respective countries. I want to share few takeaways from both speeches with my blog readers-

1.The phenomenal concept of ‘Team India‘ in which Mr. Modi has requested all Indians to consider themselves as part of a team, which is working towards the development of the nation, is very impressive. We as women can make a great team and contribute in various ways for the development of a country.

2. Raise your daughter and son equally. Both should be taught skills to work for their choice of career and also how to take care of family equally. As mothers let’s pledge to teach equal skills to kids of both genders,  to value and respect each other, to be mindful of responsibilities for our country. Values taught to present generation can do wonders for future of our country.

3. We have to be mindful of taking care of nature and conserving natural resources. If we can inculcate certain habits in our kids from childhood like saving water, less usage of plastic, saving electricity, limit wastage of food and certain other habits in favor of nature care.I am sure future generation will be able to enjoy nature and lead a safe life.

4. If we curb certain habits like stop giving and taking bribes, respect every individual same whatever level they are, follow general rules regarding traffic, standing in a queue, waiting for your turn and much more, in few years time our country will definitely come in the category of top countries in the world. It was such a great feeling of getting the driving license made in India, without giving a single currency not:).Things are definitely possible if we take initiatives.

5.”Make the most of what you have, chase that rainbow!”-This statement by PM Lee in the video shown during the National day celebrations in Singapore is a very impactful statement. Kids can do wonders if they are taught to be mindful to focus on their goals and work hard to achieve it, in whatever circumstances they are.Same goes with us as adults. We should put our efforts in making the most of what opportunities we get, instead of cribbing about what we don’t have!

 

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting Excellence in Women!

 

4 Skills to succeed as an Entrepreneur!

imagesI am an entrepreneur and every new day is a new learning day for me!

In my startup journey, I am like a school kid who is learning many new skills, as and when required. If you are an entrepreneur by choice then you know the roller coaster ride which this journey takes you through. Life is full of learning curves in any entrepreneurial journey. I have always looked out for inspiration from successful entrepreneurs like Arianna Huffington, JK Rowling, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.I have read about their sharing in media regarding their entrepreneurial journey which is so inspiring. It gives me encouragement to look out for those traits which these entrepreneurs are having and I have to develop.

I have to learn a lot as it is beginning of my journey, but will love to share few skills (which I am sharpening:))can help you to ease off your entrepreneurial journey-

1.Mindfulness-Entrepreneurs have to be always mindful what they are doing. They must be alert about living in present and acting as per to do list. All entrepreneurs are addicted to their to do list and cannot survive without it. It helps them to be mindful about their work and to live their life in present.

2.Focus– Entrepreneurs have to be very focused on their goals. They must be having their business plan sketched in their heart and always be taking the decision as per plans. The fully focussed mind can help entrepreneurs to achieve their targets within deadlines. In case you are not able to focus then invest time in training your mind to focus on doing some exercises and keeping yourself relaxed.

3.Patience– Patience is a virtue which every entrepreneur requires in abundance. Entrepreneurial journey is not a cake walk. It is full of hurdles, challenges, and failures. Patience only can help you to survive in this field. Keep yourself calm and have a strong faith in yourself. This will certainly help you to succeed, no matter what the challenges are.

4. Good communication and networking skills- Since the inception of the idea of the startup to the stage of launching the business, entrepreneurs are required to communicate both written and verbally with so many types of people. Good communication skills will not only help you to deliver fast but also share your idea easily. Networking skills will help you to meet right people at the right time which can help you to grow your business.

It is a long way to go friends. I will keep sharing more skills as I will be learning in my journey. Please do share your special skill which you have acquired in your journey:)!

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting Excellence in Women!

8 mindset changing takeaway thoughts for every women from ‘Lean In’ by Sheryl Sandberg

Recently I got a chance to read book ‘Lean In’ by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. Thoughts shared in the book by Sheryl are so powerful that still resonating in my mind and I felt the urge to share them with my blog readers. I am sure these mindset changing thoughts will definitely help in motivating women (working or non-working) to excel in life-   download

1) “A truly equal world will be one where a woman ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes.”

Men are continually applauded for being ambitious, powerful and successful but women who display same traits often pay a social penalty,  we need more portrayals of women as competent professionals and happy mothers many women feel like fraudulent when praised. Instead of feeling worthy of recognition, they feel undeserving and guilty, as if a mistake has been made   Ariana Huffington advice we should let ourselves react emotionally and feel whatever anger or sadness being criticized evokes us. And then we should quickly move on”.-Embrace your success proudly and let go your frustrations easily

2)We need more portrayals of women as competent professionals and happy mothers, Fear is the root of so many barriers that many women face, Fear of making the wrong choice. Fear of drawing negative attention, Fear of   overreaching, Fear of being judged.”-It is our responsibility, as a woman to be fearless, to come out of our insecurities and to give our best in our professional and home front.

3) “Ask a man to explain his success and he will typically credit his own innate qualities and skills. Ask a woman the same question she will attribute her success to external factors insisting she did well because she got lucky or got help.” –Start taking responsibility of your achievements and proudly give yourself credit for it.

4) “Instead of perfection, we should aim for sustainable and fulfilling. The right question is not “Can I do it all? But “Can I do what’s most important to my family?’’ The aim is to have children who are happy and thriving… The secret is there is no secret-just doing the best you can with what you have got”- Give your best to your present moment of your priorities. Have faith in yourself and things will definitely fall in pace

5) “Guilt management can be just as important as time management for women.”-I think every woman can relate to this statement and remember how many times in her life she has wasted her energy and time in managing her guilt of not able to take care of various things properly. Therefore guilt management has to be done mindfully so that women can focus on their growth by learning from their mistakes.

6) “Until women have supportive employers and colleagues as well as partners who share family responsibilities they don’t have a real choice. And until men are fully respected for contributing inside the home they don’t have a real choice either.”-This mutual partnership and understanding between husband and wife are strongly required for today’s generation. It is definitely not easy to change the mindset fast but yes it is responsibility on mothers of today’s generation to raise their boy and girl with the same mindset.

7) “   True equality will be achieved only when we fight the stereotypes that hold us back. The goal is to work towards a world where those social norms no longer exist. If more children see their fathers at school pick-ups and mothers who are busy at jobs, both girls and boys will envision more options for them. Expectations will not be set by gender but by personal passion, talents, and interests.”-This is golden saying as very well Sheryl has emphasized on the importance of changing the mindsets of both men and women for equal growth. Stop setting expectations by gender.

 

8) “I have written this book to encourage women to dream big, forge a path through the obstacles, and achieve their full potential. I am hoping that each woman will set her own goals and reach for them with gusto. And I am hoping that each man will do his part to support women in the workplace and in the home also with gusto. As we start using the talents of the entire population, our institutions will be more productive, our homes will be happier and children growing in those homes will no longer be held by narrow stereotypes.”-This is a beautiful dream and I strongly pray for this dream to come true by next generation.

I am grateful to Sheryl Sandberg for writing this book as it has given me a new vision for myself and with what mindset I will be raising my kids. Cheers to womanhood!

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting Excellence in Women!

Humbled by the modesty from great leaders-US President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Modi

US President Mr. Obama’s visit as a chief guest for Indian Republic Parade to India was a  golden moment in Indian history! images Media was flourished with various reports about how both leaders of great Nations, Mr. Narendra Modi, PM of India and Mr. Obama were having various meetings and discussion to form some new policies and take some historic decisions to make this relationship between both countries stronger. I was not able to follow all stories and what all decisions were taken but this conversation between both leaders on Man Ki baat channel really touched my heart. What impressed me was the humbility by both leaders. In spite of being such great leaders, both were down to earth and were so simple and humble in their speeches.   I just loved the way Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama bonded over their humble beginnings on this radio show. All words were coming straight from their heart and this shows the simplicity of their personality. I want my kids to listen to this talk when they grow up and understand the importance of simplicity in thoughts and get inspired by their high thinking. http://pmindiawebcast.nic.in/

Replete with rich personal anecdotes, the 30-minute amazing radio talk emphasized on a fact that both never imagined reaching high positions. “I think both of us have been blessed with extraordinary opportunity, coming from relatively humble beginnings,” Obama said in answer to a question. “When I think about what’s best in America and what’s best in India, the notion that a tea seller or somebody who is born to a single mother, like me, could end up leading our countries is an extraordinary example of the opportunities that exist within our countries.”

Modi added that he had never imagined holding the country’s top office “because, as Barack said, I came from a very humble background”.

As the son of a lower-caste tea vendor, Modi’s backstory is often compared to Obama’s inspirational rise to become America’s first black president.

Modi said he was “touched” when Obama gifted him a book on Swami Vivekananda during his US visit last year.

Thoughts shared in this talk show are reflecting that both leaders are down to earth in their approach and care about each other’s values. Hats off to their humbleness!

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting Excellence in Women!

My Five Heartfelt New Year Wishes!

The new year is around the corner and my thoughts are scattered here and there what exactly I am going to look forward to and prioritize incoming new year?                                                         images

It was a long break from blogging as sometimes other priorities come in between and own favorite things take a backseat. Womenlines has always strived to share those thoughts with its readers which can help them in excelling in some field of their life. Somehow as a blogger it was getting challenging for me to keep myself unaffected by the changes happening in society, media world, strange unnatural news and then I realized how difficult it is becoming for individuals to keep in touch with their natural self-residing in their bodies.

Society is getting more selfie based, looks , what you wear, what you eat, where you party are getting more important than having personal touches with friends and relatives, heart to heart communications between family members, reaching out to help each other. Even famous stars are feeling same-http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/2014/09/kirsten-dunst-selfie-video

This anti selfie video by famous Hollywood star Kristen Dunst reflects this sad trend in a very positive way.

It is really a mad rat race and my only and only wishes for coming new year is to pray to God to save me from losing myself while running in this race!

Yes, I am a part of this race to excel in what I do, race to prove myself, not to the world but to me only, but I really cherish that warmth in relationships and bonding in relations which are important in my life. So here go my three heartfelt new year wishes-

1) I want to be mindful of whatever I am doing and enjoy it to fullest. My all prayers to God is to guide me to immerse myself in my present moment to the fullest and save myself in wasting my time from pondering about future or reasoning out past.

2) I want to teach my kids importance of positivity, mindfulness, gratitude, attitude in life to be happy and having faith in God for the right direction.

3) I want to be mindful for saving nature in whatever capacity I can (saving electricity, paper, using less aircon, saving water, using fewer polythene bags and many others like http://indianapublicmedia.org/amomentofscience/20-easy-ways/)

4) I want to be undistracted by things which lead to wastage of time(no 1 being less time on social media:)))and focus on my goal and what’s important to me. Time management is a key skill which I want to excel.

5) I want to give my full attention to my all relations and make it stronger and firmer by giving time and love.Friends, Relatives, Family members or any relation I am having I always want to be mindful of the bonding and love I share.

I wish all my blog readers a very Happy New Year and may God bless you all with an abundance of health and happiness. Women Lines promise to keep bringing interesting write-ups to you which can help you in excelling in life. Happy New Year!

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting Excellence in Women!

 

Changing trends in media reporting!

I am an Indian and I am proud of my cultural values and traditions!images

Today morning It was disturbing to read media news by a leading newspaper reporting about a famous Bollywood star and cricketer couple going to stay together before marriage. It is their personal choice and like many other couples they also believe in live in relations but why to report in media in such a big way.

Youngsters in any country always idolize film stars and another sportsperson as they see them at a level where they have achieved some goals in life. But if their social behavior is also followed then I wonder what will happen to few cultural values and traditions which every parent wants to see in their child. I don’t want to sound like a watchdog for traditions and cultures. What my worry is this inappropriate reporting in media is slowly going to kill the traditional beliefs and values of our country.If media reports with responsibility and highlights more news which glorifies our values and traditions then it can save them from becoming extinct.

Media can really play a strong role in propagating values in any society. I am grateful to responsible media reporting during my school and college times which really helped me to gain right knowledge and follow right traditions which are helping me to exist confidently in a foreign land.

I sincerely request today’s media authority to take fully the responsibility of what type of news they are printing, with a thought in their mind that how it is going to affect the young generation of our country!

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting Excellence in Women!