We had the good fortune of connecting with Sunil Bhaskaran and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sunil, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
In 1991, I needed the money! But I also knew that I had to rethink how I was earning money. I was working quite happily as an electrical engineer / software design engineer. My company treated me more than well. But I knew that the economic model of working long hours for a salary had its limitations.

Also, I was being exposed to a different category of thinking, perspective and information. The category of thinking inside of being an entrepreneur involved how to generate what I wanted in a way that reduced the impact of time, stress and brain bandwidth. Also, I was gaining a different category of thinking around being more of a leader and effective communicator as well as a mentor.

The perspective of being an entrepreneur was more about being “your own man” rather than having to be answerable to others.

The new information around entrepreneurialism included strategic thinking that involved designing a future (e.g. a product, service with good marketing) that would make a difference without any proof that it would work.
This was a new exciting world for me and I found myself more and more enthused about moving into starting my own business.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business is called Global Communities, LLC. Under this umbrella, I work with experienced entrepreneurs (mostly women with more than 2 years business experience) who wish to earn more income, with less stress and with more free time.

What sets me apart from most other coaches and mentors out there, is my deep and wide experience from more than 30 years of working in my own businesses and in mentoring others in their business.

I have depth in the following results that I provide:
1. A Joyful Calendar – I help entrepreneurs gain a calendar and workflow that creates at least 7 hours of free time per week, with a doubling of productivity and an increase of income typically (and not guaranteed) of at least 100k over a year.
2. My High Level Networking Breakthrough program – I can take a newbie or someone who has been in business for a few years to a breakthrough level of effectiveness in their networking including the option of generating their own networking community and events.
3. Building Breakthrough Level Audiences Globally, Regionally or Locally – how to build an engaged community of possible clientele and then generate profits from that.
4. Compelling re-branding of their business: helping them gain a higher level of clientele – one that chases them and pays them more money.
and much more.

Also, I have my own audience of 200,000+ small business owners globally on various meetup groups around the world. We do bi monthly networking events that are well attended.
My clients benefit from my giving them exposure to this community.

I am also the founder of the Global Small Business School – an online school dedicated to providing affordable if not free education to budding entrepreneurs worldwide.

I am very excited at opening up new markets for myself and my clients; I just opened up a new market in Malaysia – teaching entrepreneurs there how to do business with the USA and how to manage their joyful calendar.
Also, I am proud of my two current books on Amazon – The Forgiving Universe and More Money, More Time, Less Stress – and my next book to be published within the next year “Divine Chocolate – Gangsta Advice for the Hustler in You.” I also have a fourth book on Business Transformation in the process of being written.

HOW DID I GET TO WHERE I AM TODAY:
It is very difficult to summarize in a short way what I have learned in over 3 decades of business, but I will try to bullet point it here:

1. Get a good mentor and then be extremely coachable.
2. Consistent actions and behavior outdoes almost anything else including charisma, although if you have charisma, please use it! If you don’t have it, learn how to cultivate it in you.
3. Learn to be more fascinated by the future, making your vision real with concrete, while respecting the lessons and depth of learning from the past.
4. Honor all people – no exceptions unless they attack you. But be careful and use war only as a last resort.
5. Be suspicious of all opinions including yours.
6. Learn to master avoiding the bookaka (technical term meaning things that do not make a difference) and focus on what makes a difference.
7. Better to be on the court playing than being on the sidelines making comments. Never invalidate either group of people.
8. Learn to note the insignificance of what you think is significant – this is the key to understanding and appreciating nuance and irony. With nuance and irony, you learn to see and appreciate what is authenticity and what is pretense. Pretense is mostly what people do on the surface with little or no reflection. Authenticity comes with deeper and consistent reflection and a damned good sense of humor.
9. When you hit a challenge, think of the future of resolving that challenge as bigger than the past that that challenge reminds you of. The time to prepare for a challenge is way before you hit the challenge. The more you develop your internal compass and clarify your rules and beliefs, the more prepared you become with no guarantees.
10. Learn to own everything in your life and in the world i.e. you have a choice in every aspect of the world and your life to either take ownership (being willing to resolve etc.) OR to shirk the responsibility. Either way has consequences. If you own the consequences fully, you are present and alive in the world and probably a damned good leader.

My vision: (my brand)
To have one hundred million joyful and successful entrepreneurs in the world by 2050.
To have a healthy climate for all human beings by 2050.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to places where they would experience at least one of the following: 1. well being
2. deep connection
3. creativity
4. a difference being made.

Eating:
1. The best cupcakes in the world – made with love – Hummingbird Cafe, Vallejo, California. Momma who runs the place treats everyone with love.
2. Aung May Lika Burmese Restaurant – Benecia. Creativity in the food – the attention to detail and the fine way it is cooked.
3. Mare Island – the old style World War 2 shipping front – leaves a sense of anything is possible.
4. The Ferry ride on the San Francisco Bay – just pure beauty and connection with nature.
5. Hanging out in conversation with Glenda my wife and friends. With good wine and food. The best times are always the most organic and easiest to do – a good conversation around the fire or around the dining table. Intimate and humor based.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My first mentor took me on in 1991. He became like a father figure to me and taught me (in a very direct, experiential way) how to run a business, be a leader, influence others, focus, manage my time effectively, keep my promises, stay calm under pressure, speak in front of others, design programs, and much more.

We were very close and when we parted company, he wanted to retire into obscurity and he requested that I never publicize his name. I have kept my promise never to do so.

There are so many others to acknowledge; my wife Glenda Benevides, my parents and family and practically all my good friends (both in business and not in business) who supported and encouraged me along the way. Not to forget the hundreds of books and programs (too many to speak of here) that made a difference in my life.

Website: https://sunilbhaskaran.com/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sunilbhaskaranspeaker/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CahayaMind

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoyfulCalendar/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdxYImUthLvpFnp7TbUGGFw

Other: http://www.joyfulcalendar.com/

Image Credits
Abigayle Tarsches Photography

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