Do you look for opportunity or obstacle? Sunjay Nath Talks – Impact 2009

It’s decidedly humbling to be in a room full of ripe, young minds with actionable plans in motion and enough optimism to ignite the masses.  It’s even more overwhelming to be in the presence of established business professionals whom acknowledge this shift in the approach to leadership and the new era of risk and reward.

The Impact Organization mandates the sustainability of naked innovation at its utmost potential. Through this focus, it produces the annual Impact Conference available to young entrepreneurs from around the nation. If, in the end, this conference doesn’t further emphasize the importance in sustaining solid ideation, then the intent was lost at the outset. Through the facilitation of an inherent goal to recognize lateral thought, Impact is the place where ideas will be born. This was surely evidenced on November 21st.

2009 brought an exceptionally bracing voice to the forefront of the event, and I sat down with key note speaker, Sunjay Nath to talk about his organic growth as a voice of the times, along with the experiences that have brought him to this place.

Sitting down with Sunjay Nath, the young, self-branded “international motivational speaker” it’s evident the man has the energy of pre-adolescence and insights that can only come with years of wisdom. He is the epitome of the idea that if you engage in something you enjoy then the successes and accolades will follow. With an approach that breeds following and interest across diverse spectrums, Nath understands that the ability to engage with varied audiences is a rare feat. With the intent to communicate his message of valuing individuality in a world where the majority can’t escape groupthink it’s clear that Nath has overcome his own obstacles in navigating a less than traditional career path.  He subsequently offers this piece of insight: “as you go through life there is absolutely nothing wrong in being the only person standing in a room where the majority of people are sitting down.” In essence, this is the definition of what Nath calls impact, and it’s this philosophy that has significantly contributed to his success.

In a society where the breeding of favourable circumstances can often be discouraging to prospective entrepreneurs whose socio-economic stature is less than privileged, Nath explains that the capacity to stand is an internal quality called leadership.  It has nothing to do with one’s social stature and everything to do with choices.  According to Nath, every morning you wake up with a choice. In his words, “Life’s all about making small, smart choices over an extended period of time.” So, how does this apply to innovation? Potential business pursuits? Nath argues that leaders link buyers and sellers and understand that there’s opportunity everywhere. In essence, they see more opportunities than obstacles.

Nath believes in the idea that if you play in your space of interest you will, by default, become a better, richer, individual. This, coupled with understanding the human instinctual process inside and out are all factors in realizing growth and opportunity. I ask Nath how he assesses risk and reward in a career that doesn’t follow any type of formula. For Nath, the formulaic approach lies in one’s ability to evaluate the “risk-zone spectrum” as he coins it. Nath believes, that the middle-zone, which, is essentially the space in between the zone of comfort and the high-risk area, is where the most individual growth occurs. One could draw the conclusion that in order to understand where this middle ground lies a certain level of self-awareness and astuteness of one’s own strengths must be achieved. For Nath, this is clearly something to consider. He understands his area of expertise and knows where he’s lacking. All, part of his strategic pursuit in continuing on a path of opportunity recognition.

I ask Nath what the future holds for a man whose career has already taken him all over North America on high profile speaking engagements and has afforded him the opportunity to be in the company of influential decision makers. He explains that everything he strives for, he already has. “If you make a list of everything you want, you’ll realize that it’s all already in your possession, just taking a different form. As a society, we’re so addicted to this idea of form that we fail to realize that everything we potentially want, we own.” It’s clear from talking to Nath that he is a believer in living in the present and is appreciative of every barrier or road-block encountered along the way.

With one minute left to speak, Nath continues drawing in an already captivated audience and explains that in one minute, there are only sixty seconds. Nath enlightens that in that sixty seconds, eternity can be realized. Differences can be made. Opportunities afforded. Judgments erased. If that’s not perspective, I’m not sure what is.

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