In this episode of FOMO Sapiens, host Patrick McGinnis welcomes special guest Suneel Gupta, author of the book “Everyday Dharma.” Gupta encourages listeners to pursue their passion, even if they can only dedicate a small amount of time to it each day. He shares his experience of writing his first book while working in private equity, dedicating just 30 minutes a day to writing.
Gupta’s new book, “Everyday Dharma,” is a guide to making ancient wisdom relevant to the modern world. The host expresses excitement about the book and its exploration of how ancient wisdom can be applied in our daily lives. Gupta discusses the concept of wisdom being sought after throughout history, emphasizing the importance of finding equanimity, or space, between being triggered and responding.
The speaker highlights a chapter in his book titled “Opeka,” which focuses on finding comfort in discomfort. He shares an analogy of a prickly porcupine to illustrate how we can navigate challenging situations in life. Gupta stresses the importance of taking a moment of reflection before reacting to difficult circumstances.
The conversation delves into the works of Victor Frankl, particularly his book “Man’s Search for Meaning.” Gupta and the host discuss how previous generations viewed and pursued meaning in their lives through financial success, while younger generations are prioritizing meaning over money. They explore how integrating ancient wisdom into our lives doesn’t mean giving up ambition or financial success, but rather examining whether material possessions truly bring fulfillment.
Gupta encourages self-inquiry and avoiding reaching old age with regrets about not living life differently. He shares the story of Karen, a nurse who brought her passion for writing into her job without leaving it, demonstrating that approaching life differently can be achieved within existing circumstances.
The discussion also touches on the concept of FOMO (fear of missing out) and how external desires and accumulation of wealth often fail to bring internal fulfillment. Gupta introduces the “arrival fallacy,” the belief that reaching a certain point of accumulation or success will bring complete fulfillment, which he argues is a flawed notion.
The episode explores the importance of self-awareness and avoiding impulsive actions, as well as the societal pressure to respond quickly in every communication channel. Gupta questions the urgency of immediate responses and suggests that decision-making power should be placed at the beginning to determine if a situation truly requires an immediate response or if it can be addressed later.
Throughout the episode, Gupta shares personal stories, insightful anecdotes, and practical advice for integrating ancient wisdom into our daily lives. Listeners are encouraged to discover their dharma, their inner calling or essence, and find ways to express it while managing responsibilities and obligations. The episode leaves listeners inspired to pursue their passions and find fulfillment in their everyday lives.
Meet our guest:
Suneel Gupta, once dubbed the “face of failure” by the New York Times, has traversed the tumultuous path to success.
As the founding CEO of RISE, an Apple App of the Year and groundbreaking wellness company, Suneel leveraged his lessons from setbacks to achieve remarkable accomplishments.
Today, he stands as a bestselling author, renowned speaker, and Harvard Medical School visiting scholar. Additionally, Suneel serves as the host of a global Documentary Series, where he explores and imparts simple, actionable habits that elevate performance and enhance well-being, drawing insights from leaders worldwide.
In his pursuit of rediscovering his Dharma, Suneel’s journey has taken him across the globe. He scrutinizes the strategies of exceptional performers in overcoming their most formidable challenges.
His work has garnered recognition from notable publications such as Vanity Fair, Fast Company, and the New York Times.
Suneel’s latest book, “Everyday Dharma,” offers profound insights to inspire and empower.
Learn more about Suneel and his last published work at: https://www.suneelgupta.com/writing/everyday-dharma/