We had the good fortune of connecting with Coach Nami (Jagtiani) and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Coach Nami, what do you want people to remember about you?
At a very simple level, I hope when people remember me, they recall that is when their light felt the brightest. At a larger scale, I hope to leave behind the legacy of The Mind Quotient – the global organization that established the third quotient: not IQ, not EQ, but MQ – mastery of your mind. The Mind Quotient is filling the world with light by providing every single human being the tools and resources to bring themselves out of the dark.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The idea for the Mind Quotient came to me in the middle of the pandemic. In response to the dark times that many were going through and many were succumbing to the darkness and really struggling to get through. I looked around and I was seeing some of the most intelligent, friendly, connected, and happy people that were really not able to get through. Their IQ is not helping them, their EQ is not helping them. What is missing? At the time, I was in the Jay Shetty Certification School for coaching, and I realized that all of us in the coaching community were thriving – we were supporting each other, we had learned how to build good habits. Being in a community of like-minded people inspired me to think of a way that we could all start speaking the same language, and bring attention to this important area of life, especially when times are tough.
Raising your MQ will get you through the dark days. I know this because when I was at my rock button, I was able to heal and bring myself back from the dark by focusing on myself and my MQ. For example, if someone makes a comment that upsets you or makes me irritated – I will know that my MQ has gone low. To get it back up, I know that I need to meditate for 10 minutes and then chat with a friend for 15 minutes or so. I know what will make me go from low MQ to medium MQ. I am only able to do this because I have mastered my mind and know how to bring myself back. And most importantly, it’s not ME, it’s my Mind Quotient – separate from me.
The path to get here has been windy, with one consistent theme. Since I was a teenager, service has been central to all the work I do. When I was in college, I volunteered for Americorps. As a research scientist (my first career), the goal was to find cures for rare diseases. The largest part of my career, as a communications executive, included a large focus on training, mentoring and growing emerging leaders. As a coach, I guide people to find their purpose through compassionate leadership. My career path has led to me founding The Mind Quotient, which is a mission-based organization that will fill the world with light. It is our vision that in five years, The Mind Quotient (MQ) will be a part of the dictionary. We look forward to a day when the conversation at the dinner table starts with what’s your MQ today?
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m in my 40s and have been in New York for 20 years, so my recommendations are the classics. If someone was visiting me for a long weekend, I would recommend starting off the day with a trip to Union Square Market, then walking down to Strand Bookstore for some rare finds and then heading over to the village for a slice from the original Joe’s Pizza or falafel from the original Mamoun’s. For a nice night out, we could catch a classic Broadway show, followed by dinner at Don Angie (if you can score a resy). The next day, we can grab brunch is at my go-to Indian restaurant, GupShup and then participate in something off the beaten path, like the tour of the Old City Hall Subway Station – that’s an epic adventure.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There’s too many to list! I will highlight the most pivotal in the last few years. First are my teachers – both my sprititual guides and my supervisors at the Jay Shetty Certification School. The training and growth that I have gone through with my teachers has been transformative. Some mentors of mine are leaders that I look up to in my personal growth community, including Oprah and Deepak Chopra. Oprah’s wisdom and stories she shares have helped push me through days when I would struggle to stay on the path of light. Deepak Chopra’s meditations have helped me reframe and rewire how I look at the Universe and the role we play in it. Last but definitely not least, my family, especially my husband, Suhel, have supported me throughout this journey of healing and self-discovery. Now that I am entering a new chapter of business/entrepreneurship, my family supports me embracing my calling. I am so blessed!
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