Hi! I’m Coach Kaushal.
Founder and Director
I was first exposed to the world of International Business as a Strategic Alliances Manager (North America Region) in the Software Services sector. With a B.Tech in Computer Science, and a Diploma in Digital Marketing, I figured out pretty soon that Marketing and Sales is where exponential growth lies. Sales is where I really understood the importance of ‘will’. Every skill in my diverse skill set flows out from this basic element: ‘will‘. If you don’t have the ‘will’ for it, you can never succeed at it. I seek to propel the same self belief and fighter spirit in as many people as I can. The body achieves what the mind believes!
It’s true you can build a very successful career as a programmer or a project manager among a million other things as well but no other discipline can grant you the exponential growth that sales can.
In sales, you directly influence a company’s revenue and etch out a reputation for being a ‘producer’. Being a sales pro is like being a hunter. If you don’t hunt, you don’t eat. It’s that simple. The only reason most people don’t think that way is because of the amount of will power sales demands on a continuous basis.
The reason i fell in love with this profession is that no amount of ‘formal education’ can guarantee you success in sales. Sales is about constantly looking at the future and wiping the slate clean at the end of each sales cycle. The way I see it, it’s a perfect profession as it provides everyone a level playing field.
I started my career as a salesman when I was 13! You can read more about that on our Sales Coaching page. Long story short, I’ve been doing this forever. I can wake up in the middle of the night and close a deal for you on the phone. I can train others to be this confident and efficient and then I can do some more.
The number one thing to help you succeed in life and sales, is ‘attitude’. If you don’t have that as a salesman, the market will eat you up and throw you out sooner than you can say ‘Mississippi’ !
Back in my schooling years, I was always appreciated for my command over the written word. I was a great writer because I was a great reader and I learnt to read at 4! By the time most kids my age were reading comics, I was already reading classics.
But I was never satisfied being ‘just‘ a writer. So I honed my public speaking skills and would practice replicating iconic speeches word for word. I memorized ‘Tryst with Destiny’ by Pandit Nehru, then I memorized ‘I have a dream’ by Martin Luther King. Then I moved on to prose and poetry and perfected that as well.
I was never satisfied being just one thing and I still believe you need to constantly reinvent yourself to grow avoid being ‘stereotyped’. So I began to work hard in sports, something my teachers though I could never do because everyone perceived me as a ‘nerd’. The zenith of my sporting ability was when I clocked 11.8 seconds in a 100 m sprint, on a wet track, without proper shoes!
I excelled in dramatics, painting, sketching, handicraft, history, literature, debates, recitation, extempore, science and quiz competitions, but mathematics was my Achilles heel. Also, at about 16 years of age, I began to ‘break down’ mentally emotionally and physically due to the sheer toll my life had been subject to over the previous 12 years. Many many hours of practice, devotion and sacrifice would go into exploring and excelling in so many different fronts.
I just lost interest in everything altogether and went into depression. Just like that. One day it just happened out of the blue. I hated everything about my life and I wanted out. I just wanted out but had no way to get out. I was ‘caught in the system’. There was no way out and no one acknowledged my mental health needs as a 16 year old. I have personally gone through all of the The 9 stages of self disempowerment detailed on the home page.
It felt like I had no one to turn to, no one understood me and no one could acknowledge what i was going through.
Severe.. ‘can’t get out of bed’ depression…
Shortly after that life began to spiral downwards. I flunked in school, stopped attending classes, stopped being the happy person I was and began to search what ‘really mattered’ to me. What really made me.. me.. all the while, throwing growth opportunities away and pushing people away who could help me. Where I got lucky was that I came out a better person and without any external help.
However, straying from the well worn path meant I no longer had the support I needed. I was on my own. I was sure running for the things that everyone else was running for was sure as hell not going to lead me to where I knew in my mind I needed to be.
That’s when I began to develop my spiritual practice. My first Guru was my grandfather who was a multi talented scholar himself. He was as great at Mathematics as he was at Sanskrit among many other things. He could speak and write Persian, Urdu and Punjabi just as well!
Starting from age 10 to age 16, every evening from 4-6 PM, I would learn elementary Sanskrit and Mathematics from him. Thanks to him, I read his translations of most upanishads by the age of 14! So, you can say I always had that foundation which helped me transform. I studied the Saankhya Shastra, Patanajali’s yoga sutras and the Ishavasya Upanishad. By the time I was 16, I had exposure to ‘multi dimensional’ spirituality. A lot of credit for that goes to my mother who instilled in me the habit of ‘speed reading’.
The turning point of my life was a solo trip to the Himalayas at the age of 19. The time I spent meditating alone in the mountains in the middle of the identity crisis I found myself in, took me to a different plane of consciousness. Looking back, I had experiences on that journey that I still can’t believe were real. The highlight was meditating alone on Chandrashila peak at sunrise.
For a 19 year old, it was no less than a moment of revelation.
When I got up and began my descent, it seemed like I could see life clearly. Since then, I have gone back to Tungnath twice but Chandrashila only once. Most recently it was this time when we shot the highest ever recorded motivational speech in India. It is also the only recorded motivational video at the highest Shiva temple in the world.
A lot of people these days use ‘spirituality’ as an excuse to run from their life’s failures and rejections. They hide behind the garb of a ‘spiritual path’ and make no effort to work on themselves, to work on their life and it’s painful to watch.
I have been homeless; sleeping on park benches, bus stands, crashing at my friends’ flats. Didn’t know where to go but too proud to ask my parents for help. Never for once in those times did I ever even think of giving up on myself and packing my bags to go back home..
I’ve been penniless to the point I didn’t have money to put gas in my bike and had to push it for 2 kms. to find a safe place to park it for the night. Never once did I think of giving up on my dreams during those times. NEVER ONCE.
I stuck to my ideology, took every failure that life threw at me and I proved to ‘them’ through my success that it’s possible to live life on your own terms!
Through all of that, my spiritual strength has been my biggest strength. My habits of fasting, meditation, charity, empathy, forgiveness, chanting, healing and self belief have always kept me deeply grounded in times of trouble.
I had INR 0 in my pocket the day I started life coaching. I had been sleeping in the library for 2 days and hadn’t eaten properly. I had no energy, no hope, no expectation from life, just a will… a will to prove to the world that it’s always possible to live your dream.
Once I had decided that I wanted to be independent and build my own brand of teaching, coaching and healing, I knew going back to my corporate job was not an option. I had a painful breakup with the girl I was going to marry and many painful fall outs with a lot of my friends. At one point I found myself completely alone, crying on a lonely park bench at night.
Never for once.. even through all of that did I ever think about giving up on my dreams.
I just had one thought egging me on: “To set an example to people that it is possible to live life on your own terms. That it is possible to live your dreams!”
And I did, I wrote articles and I wrote answers online along with my contact number and offered to take sessions on the phone accepting payments via paypal and paytm. The next day, my inbox was brimming with inquiries and so was my whatsapp! I made INR 10,000 that day through pre bookings and was booked out for the week. I remember the first thing I did was get my bike tank filled. 🙂
Sessions brought references, references brought more sessions and that brought personal life coaching sessions and it just snowballed. After doing this for a while, I realized that the single biggest problem with people in today’s world is their ‘twisted’ idea about spirituality.
You don’t have to give up your life to follow your ‘spiritual path’. Your spiritual path should give you the strength to follow your ‘life path’ with vigor and conviction.
Sometimes what people need is to heal but healing is an automatic process of life. Just like eating, drinking and breathing. Healing takes place on its own even if you do nothing to consciously ‘ heal’ yourself. As you move forward towards your life goal, pushing through the troubles and trials, you heal automatically. It just happens one day; You wake up and you’re completely healed.
What people need to learn are the methods through which they can heal themselves every day. They need to make healing an integral part of their life that happens everyday. You shouldn’t have to take out a month or two months in a year to go heal some place, away from the world. You need to find a more permanent solution that helps you heal yourself inside out.. every day!
That’s when I founded Ratna Tantra, a company dedicated to ‘self healing’.
Ratna literally translates to ‘Gem‘. This isn’t necessarily your ‘gemstone’ or ‘crystal’ although we do work with crystals a lot. In Sanskrit, ‘Ratna’ means something which is the best, rare, unique.
Tantra too literally translates to mystical text. This isn’t necessarily a mystical ‘text’ as much as it can be a mystical ‘tool’. Tantra, practically refers to the most potent tool of functioning.
‘Ratna Tantra’ therefore refers to the most potent tool which is ‘self healing’.
I believe everyone should have the knowledge of healing themselves spiritually, emotionally and mentally without having to escape from the world to do so!
Spirituality isn’t a choice between living your life and progressing spiritually. Spirituality is about enhancing your ability to live your life to its fullest potential while remaining and functioning within the elements of your day to day life. While enjoying all the elements of your life but following your ‘dharma’ or your duty firmly.
And that is how, Coach Kaushal came into being. I decided to get my childhood friend Rahul on board to help with the client servicing and media strategy. I met Ankit studying in the library on one of those dark cold nights when I hadn’t gone home for two days. After hearing my idea, he instantly committed to it and we began building up this entire brand about an year ago.
We produced a life coaching video series in the meanwhile which shall soon be released as a video course including other short courses which are still in production.
After the immense success we’ve had with Personal Coaching, we decided it’s finally time to push all segments out on a wider scale in batch-model other than our most successful one-on-one coaching model.
This is where I think it is our biggest test but also our biggest duty to perform. I can see around me, so many people with so much talent and potential, just going through life’s motions. Far too many people are simply wasting opportunities and talent, that other people would die for.
If only more people could have access to our coaching methods, I believe step by step, we could make a difference to the entire world! 🙂
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