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

Hi Archana, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?

To answer more precisely whether to keep going or to give up? Keep going, everything gets 3 strikes. Before you give up, make sure you ask yourself, can you live with out it? whatever that is. If the answer is Yes, then leave that situation. Once you leave that situation do not look back. You will need to now work extra hard to adapt the changes and make your life better.

Being happy with yourself and the life you have created is a very important thing. Ask yourself, what can you do more to achieve more? Set short term goals, whether they are career goals, health goals, other personal goals – set goals.
Be kind always. Remember, not everyone agrees with your decisions and some will not be there for you. Again, these are your decisions and you face them.
When you are watching a movie, you are always focused on the main characters, you are continuing to watching what they are doing. There are plenty of extra characters in the background, you never pay attention to them, they are there to fill in the screen to make an act successful . You are the main character in your movie. Focus on your self and what you are doing to make it better for you. Rest, is just a background noise. Stay focused and make that change. Yes, during the process you should know your priorities and take responsibilities of all your immediate duties. Life goes on no matter what! Knowing the difference of when to give up and be in charge is an act of boldness. It takes a lot of courage and confidence. Things just don’t fall into places magically, you need to be tactical about it.

Wear the confidence to overcome all struggles. Life is a constant struggle. Not two situations are alike. Assess with your head, understand the impact and then execute. Only you can change your life, no on else can. Only you have to live that life, choose to live it real and be happy.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.

I have been so, fortunate to learn and change my career in my early thirties. Getting an opportunity that I took head on has only taught me two things in life. Number one is to NEVER look back to make any upcoming decisions and number two is to always apply your lessons learned. I never looked back, I wanted to do more and achieve more. I am very fortunate because, every single person I have worked with, was always teaching me so much along this journey. Putting your ego aside when it comes to learning is a very important requirement. Those who are so passionate about teaching you will also treat you like a child. Your focus should be on the learnings and in understanding the kindness in the other person that is teaching you. Be appreciative of it daily. Till you learn this, you will never be able to learn and enjoy the learnings along the way.

Before I knew, I was so deep into my new career and had developed another passion of being the best in my career. I won’t call myself the best, because there is always room to grow. Learning should never stop, it will stop your career growth. It’s that simple. Another aspect of learning has taught me the value of giving it back to the society. The knowledge that was shared with me, certainly has made me a very humble person and now, I too have developed the passion of teaching.

I measure my success with how much value I have provided to others in making their careers successful. To me, that is an ultimate success. I considered that is a privilege which, not too many has. I am very fortunate to be on both sides of it; “Receiving and Giving”.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them around town where ever would that be. I would take them to see all historical places ( in a priority order that I have mapped out to complete within this week). In the evening, I would like to start at an upscale bar followed by dinner at a nice known restaurant. Later, I would take them to dancing or a nice lounge to chill and have few nice cocktails.
Pretty much, I would like to visit places that are there to go see and explore such as; nice bars, lounges, clubs and restaurants for evening fun!!
For some day time fun and adventure, I would like to include local things such as; hiking, running, water sports, boats etc.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

I would give full credits to my dad. I am who I am because of his influence on me. Growing up in India, I was raised to be an independent child. He believed in equality. My dad always told me to have a self identity for myself and also maintain it. Never let anyone take that away from you. I married and had children, but at the end of the day, I am still who I am. Maintain your identity and remember “Self Respect” is everything in life.

Understanding who you are, what you are going thru, how much you want to compromise and what the impact is thereafter, is very important in life. You have to be smart and proactively understand to know what is truthful in your life and what is not. If, you choose to live the life that compromises your happiness then it’s ok too, its the choice that you have made.

Life does not have to be complicated, people grow apart and hence the complexity. Love and respect for one another is the key. Once, you loose it, it’s never the same. Life is to live and to be able to live happily and spread that happiness around you is the most important thing for me. We as humans, we make mistakes and we learn from them. Some mistakes we admit and some we don’t. The impact of these mistakes in our lives can be huge and we have to realize at some point in life, what matters? Does it require for forgiveness? Absolutely, it does. What I have learned from my journey is you need to not only forgive, but forget too. Moving on to positive things in life, and not acknowledging anything that is negative is a wise thing to do. We need to daily ask ourselves do I really need someone to blackmail me emotionally? Detach yourself, learn to live alone and love yourself. That is the most powerful thing you will ever do.

Loving who you are and what you have become is very important in life. It creates this beautiful joy from within that will shine thru and will inspire you even more. You won’t even know how good you have become and suddenly, you are now spreading that joy around you. That is what MATTERS in life!

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