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Wisdom Stories Ep. 37: Harmeet Singh Sethi

Wisdom Stories #37

Cultural expectations surrounding the elderly are being challenged today, and with good reason!

While it was the norm to slow down and retreat into a quieter life post-retirement, more men and women are finding purpose and joy in doing the opposite.

WisdomCircle honours such men and women by shining light on their journey through an inspiring series called “Wisdom Stories”. These people have successfully smashed stereotypes, and their stories remind us that life should be lived to the fullest, no matter what age or stage.

I turned seventy-five recently. My life has had three distinct phases to it. The first phase was spent learning & developing skills. This was followed by my stint in the corporate world, where I learned and contributed. The third phase has been defined by a mix of my continued professional interests as well as enjoying my passions – be it travel, current affairs, the written word or music.

I pursued Engineering at the behest of my father, from the Thapar Institute of Engineering, Patiala. I followed it up with a Masters in Marketing Management from FMS, Delhi University, as Sales/Marketing were more aligned to my interest. After working at Cutler Hammer, Kirloskar’s & Spencer’s, I got the opportunity to helm a national role at VIP Industries in Bombay. The company grew at a phenomenal pace during my tenure, and in the process, I grew along with it.

After a wonderful run of six years, I decided to venture out on my own. Unfortunately, the venture ran into choppy waters, and I eventually wrapped it up. This was a humbling experience, but taught me many life lessons. I got back on my feet to start my consulting firm Matrix Marketing, and applied all my learnings to my clients. I also set up a small unit to market high quality stationery items. While the journey from a financial setback to stability wasn’t easy, it became possible with the support of my wife Bubli, and my two daughters – Anisha & Geetika.

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I have continued my work, but at my own pace, to leave enough time to pursue my other interests. My book “Pardon Me Please, I Beg to Differ” was published in 2014, and my second book is currently under publication. Our stationery line under the brand name ANIKA, now has a pan-India presence.

Today I have time to nurture my passion for singing, where I work with talented young musicians and share the videos on my YouTube channel. It was heartening to see that some of my videos have gone viral on social media. My dream is to start a project, where deserving students of music can develop their skills to establish themselves.

My message to the Wisdom Generation is to chalk your own path and do your own thing. There are no time frames to do what you love. Enjoy life on your own terms and give back in ways that are meaningful to you.

Harmeet Singh Sethi

Interview Credits: Saonli Sen Choudhury of WisdomCircle

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