It’s the subtle side of life that motivational speaker and author Shiv Khera chooses to dwell on while talking about the intent and philosophy of his new book, You Can Achieve More, which released here this week. Happiness, fulfillment, values, integrity, a positive attitude, behaviour and mentality… believes Khera, are prerequisites to leading a meaningful life. Khera describes his new book, which has come after a gap of three years, as a “companion” to his international bestseller, You Can Win.
“Writing a book is different from something you feel must last forever and so I gave it the time and energy it deserved. The intention was to empower people to become unstoppable, for the secret to a meaningful life is in your hands.” he says.
The subtitle of the book is Live by Design and not Default and US-based Khera believes that no matter what stage we are at, we can achieve more. And if we are living a happy, fulfilling and meaningful life, we are living by design. “If we live with guilt, remorse, resentment, we are living by default,” he says and adds that the book is a road map to a journey to achieve more and find direction in a cluttered environment.
“If you want to have an extraordinary life, you have to be an extraordinary person,” he says.
Sharing his own journey, highlighting the long struggle behind his success, Khera says that behaviour and attitude are vital for success and the need of the future is to inculcate persuasion and prioritisation skills in people. Khera adds that messages in his book are likely to resonate with every person’s life.
“I am not 24 carat, but I do make an effort and strive to be. Nothing in this world is unique. We all have our tragedies and so we have to stop blaming life, but focus on self-development and personal growth,” he says.
As for the rising number of gurus and guides in today’s world, Khera says, “We have to choose our mentors carefully, and need to understand the true meaning of spirituality, which is, do good and feel good.”