For our second episode, I had the pleasure to sit down with Aakash Ranison, a travelpreneur from India that is set out to change the world through bringing awareness to important global issues and actually taking action, not just talking about it.
Aakash is the Founder and CEO of The Golden Bird Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization based out of India that was created to help less fortunate children who have an interest in working with computers, an opportunity to gain an education.
Since the founding of the program, Aakash has also expanded the program to cover the issues of hunger, woman empowerment, health care, and environmental protection.
Along with making the world a better place, Aakash has a passion for blogging and travel photography, which he shares with his more than 2,000 followers on Instagram, 3,600+ likes on Facebook, and 11,000+ followers on Twitter. He has already cycled across India and now has future plans of hiking from the capital of India to one of the highest motorable roads in the world.
His motto is “Be Passionate. Be the Change”…and continues to live it each day.
In this episode, we discuss:
- The start of The Golden Bird Foundation
- How he began traveling by getting to know the local communities around him
- How he started traveling with no money by cycling and obtaining sponsors
- Selling yourself to sponsors by highlighting what is unique about your story
- Having a clear message and purpose during your travels
- “If you want to do something bad enough, you will find a way to do it…if you don’t want to do something, you will find an excuse”
- The attitude that makes a travelpreneur
- His personal struggles with education at a young age
- Using our time wisely and making sure the one life that we live is more than enough
- How those that are stuck doing something they do not like, are afraid to take a risk
- How we learn from observation at a young age and how that shapes our future self
- The importance of a mentor
- Using social media as a tool to leverage your voice and gain the attention of sponsors
- How networking is the key to success, because you never know whom someone can connect you to
- “I would rather die out my passion rather than of boredom”
- Overcoming no and pursuing his passions
- Being so dedicated and focused on your mission that no one can deter you
- “At first they will laugh at you, then they will fight with you, and finally they will be proud of you”
- His next travel plan of walking 1800 km (1118 mi) from the capital of New Delhi, to one of the highest motorable roads in the world, Khardung La.
- How challenges shape us as travelpreneurs
- How you can only learn to travel by actually traveling, not reading about it in a book
- His favorite author: Swami Vivekananda
- The most impressionable age is 5-15 years old, when we decide what we are and what we aren’t, with a positive educational experience being extremely important during this time
- Using verbal affirmations to make your goals a reality
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