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Lessons on Success & Branding from Joseph Schooling’s Collaborations

So a friend asked what can one learn from this picture about branding & success.

Here is my answer:

If I were to read this bottom up, my learnings are this:

1) Milo : before u become a champion, you need to have Energy.

2) One Championship : You gotta be willing to give a good fight. Even take a few blows. You stay down after being knocked down or out or up, you lose. So try to get back up with you wanna stand a chance.

3) Borneo Motors : You gotta have drive. If one vehicle doesn’t work, try the second if not the third. Regardless of the ride, keep the drive.

4) Speedo : Equip yourself right. Get the right gear / resources. Attitude, Skills & Knowlege are also resources.

5) Canon. You may not get the perfect shot at the first attempt. You may not get a second shot either. But keep adjusting your settings/efforts till you are able to turn whatever you shoot for into something worth remembering for life. Frame yourself and shoot for success.

6) Hugo Boss : Impressions matter. If you wanna be successful, look and smell like it. Wear the right style, the right attitude and the right image. Moat importantly build a reputable brand by being Authentically You.

7) Tag Heuer: Keep track of time always. Appreciate your good times. Acknowlege your bad times. Understand the limitedness of you within time. Use time wisely. Don’t procrastinate. Don’t waste it away in senseless chaos either. Optimise it.

8 ) Yakult : Your Gut matters. Trust your instincts. Also stay healthy. Health is the first requirement to Happiness. Nurture a culture of Positivity. Nurture a Positive Nature.

9) DBS Bank : Invest in Financial Literacy. Good money sense helps make sense of money. You know you have arrived when the bank pays you 😀

*Rahul Shah is a Communications Speaker, Author & Strategist. He is currently writing a book, “Life of Cheese”.

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Have A Great Life: 18 Simple Ways For A Life of Happiness, Fulfilment & Success by Rohit Bassi

“Money will come and go. But time will never stand still for anyone. Be grateful for what you have received, what you are receiving and what you will receive.” – Chayya Sakhuja

A deadly virus kills millions of people every second. Many are not even aware of this deadly virus. For all you know that deadly virus is killing you right now while reading this.

The deadly virus that is killing you and many around you is self sabotaging feelings, thoughts and actions. This may include feeling down or low in energy to something more life threatening like depression, suicidal or behaviour that leads to destroying yourself and others. It could be the obsession with materialistic wealth or showing the world you are a success.

There are so many people who sell you the dream of being happy, joyful and blissful. Embroiled with their mumbo jumbo of having a purpose, passion, goal, better health, amazing relationships, or making loads of money.

Material/financial success is great to have. Times are such that many of us are taught to measure happiness in terms of material/financial success. For many the driving force in life is material/financial success. And very easily you forget the essentials of a life of happiness and fulfilment. In the rat race for material/financial success you kill your integrity, health and beautiful relationships.

We take these, fundamentals for granted. In fact most of you forget to appreciate the essence of these in your life. Your life can easily be magical and exciting if you learn to say “thank you” to these core elements. As a child we had the ability to easily and effortlessly appreciate all of these. The eighteen essentials are simply:

  1. Taking In Fresh Air – My friend death is only a breath away, so enjoy every breath you take in. For example yoga is a wonderful life style which promotes the focus of life being your breath although many are lead to believe it is all about the postures.
  2. Drinking Good Water – You are full of it, I mean water. Approximately 70% of our body is composed of water, so replenish yourself regularly. Check out Dr. Masaru Emoto’s water experiments. Through his experiments it was discovered amazing physical effect of words, prayers, music and environment on the crystalline structure of water. So, in simple terms the water within you can have positive or negative effect depending on the thoughts you use for yourself.
  3. Be In The Sunshine – No matter how I feel the sun always makes me feel better, it brings a smile to my face. “Without enough sunlight exposure, a person’s serotonin levels can dip low. Low levels of serotonin are associated with a higher risk of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of depression that is triggered by changing seasons.” as stated from
  4. Healthy Eating – We all indulge in eating harmful foods which leads to being fat, obese and further more to depression. It is best to stick to non processed food. The key to healthy eating is simply moderation. Moderation in terms of healthy eating means eating only as much food as your body needs. Be aware, please follow a high content of fruits and vegetables in your consumption of food.
  5. Regular Exercising – Apart from the fact it assists in maintaining your weight. The benefits are endless such as combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood and boosts energy. In simple terms regular exercising keeps the happy hormones on a high, a natural high, no drugs are required.
  6. Sleep Well – Many of us numb ourselves through watching too much television, surfing on the internet, social media, alcohol or smoking. Unfortunately, these are not relaxation treatments. They are the worst tools to use to relax yourself. Get good sleep on a daily basis to amplify your awareness. It makes you much more alert and active.
  7. Smiling/laughter – “Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.” – Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D. Smiling/laughter simply relaxes the whole body, boosts your immune system, triggers the release of your endorphins and protects your heart. It is a natural medicine to combat anxiety, fear and stress. And it has the ability to improve your mood, enhances your resilience and strengthens your relationships. Smile please 🙂
  8. Alone Time – Many of us are filled with terror and are deeply afraid of our own company. Being alone with yourself for many is grim and intimidating that we occupy ourselves with our work, business, hobbies, laptops, mobiles, social media, partner, friends, family and much more. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this but our so called elders forgot to teach us the importance of being alone. Being alone in our silence is where some say we can truly find that peace we seek, as that is when we truly empathetically listen to the unsaid words and feelings that is us. For even we know all of this but knowing is not being. And the wiseman is the one who lives a life of being rather than just knowing. Meditation is a great way to know yourself.
  9. Relationships – A 75 years research by Harvard (and the research still goes on) showed that Grant and Glueck studies led by George Vaillant and Sheldon Glueck revealed happiness is love or “Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.” The study discovered the most important happiness choice is to invest is in your closest relationship whether it’s a spouse, partner, parent, sibling or friend. 75% of those extremely happy give a top box rating to the importance of success in their intimate relationships.
  10. Amplify Your Compassion This is where we need ensure that through our smile, silence and gratitude fuels the compassion, which is hidden with ourselves. My doctor teacher who I call him Doc Uncle, Dr.Segu Ramesh calls this this entering the unknown anatomy of the heart, I call it entering compassion for self and others.
  11. Know Your BS – Yes you have guessed it right, yes your Belief System…or did you think something else. Well, it could be that as well : -). Accept that you will need to regularly educate yourself to overcome your sabotaging feeling, thoughts and actions to be an on-going success. You will be rejected, beaten to a pulp both mentally and emotionally. Many times fear will cloud your vision. Remember to accept such a state as that will be the only way to overcome the dark-side.
  12. Shoshin – A Japanese word meaning “beginner’s mind”. It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would. In other words, it means no matter how much experience you gain in life never let your judgment, pride and ego blind you. Listen to everyone empathically and remember even a foolish person can teach you many things.
  13. The Two Wolves – A Cherokee Indian grandfather narrates a story to his grandson. He vividly explains there are two wolves inside us. Both are always at war with each other. One wolf’s character is of kindness, bravery, and love. The other’s character is of greed, hate, and fear. With great curiosity, the grandson looks up at his grandfather and asks, “Grandfather, which one wins?” The grandfather replies with a smile, “the one you feed”. In simple words, it means wherever you focus your feelings and thoughts that is what your life will return back to you.
  14. Ikigai – Ikiagi is a Japanese concept that roughly means “reason for being” or “thing that you live for” or “the reason for which you get up in the morning.” Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an Ikiagi. Its essence is that happiness in life is more than money, luxuries or being in the limelight. Ikiagi simply says wants are never-ending. Stop asking yourself “What do I want?” Start asking yourself “What is important to me?” Ikagi allows you to improve your health, wealth and most importantly gives you your purpose in life. Fortunately, Susan Jeffers, in her book Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway® makes this easier for us by defining it as the “The Whole Life Grid”.
  15. Row Your Boat – It is more than words of a nursery rhyme. These are words of life. As Dr Wayne Dyer use to say it is about rowing your own boat and not someone else’s. People will come to your boat and will leave your boat. You may row your boat next to someone for a while or a lifetime and vice versa. And as you row your boat of life you will have trials, tribulations and terrors. You will have love, happiness and fun. This will happen in life but always remember to row your boat; it is not a competition. It is about enjoying the ride and appreciating all that is in the journey, even the failures not just the success.
  16. Kintsugi – Also known as Kintsukuroi. It is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. It is very easy to throw away or discard something that is broken as it may it may look ugly or repelling. Now imagine how many times you beat yourself help, have lost hope, trust or knowing of yourself. It makes you feel ugly an unwanted. Instead of trashing yourself to bits how about filling those cracks with powder of gold, silver, or platinum; called compassion, self-compassion. We have a great ability to shower others with compassion, its time to show it yourself.
  17. The “F” Word Is Most Important – It is a terrible state of affair that the “F” word is horribly miss-used and abused. As Ray Jacobs always says “You need to understand the “F” word is the most crucial word in your life. Yes, FOCUS is crucial.” Many of us lose our focus in both work and personal life. Thus we need to be like an autofocus on a camera. Like autofocus, we need to constantly adjust our attention to be most productive in any given situation or time. Focus gives you the opportunity, direction and courage to boost your self-worth in order to overcome adversities and enhance your performance in any given scenario. Stay in focus as the only thing that is permanent is change.
  18. Accept & Pass Through Your Dark-side To live a life of happiness, joy and bliss many of the so-called self-help gurus, experts, doctors, physiologists fail to address the basic. That basic being nothing will transform for individuals until one accepts their own dark side. In a world of duality, we shun away from our dark side. We have a decrepit way of segregating our actions, feelings and emotions into good or bad. As a child, we are conditioned into a duality behaviour pattern that when we enter into adulthood we find it difficult to cope with our emotions, especially the so called “bad”, “negative”, “ugly” ones. Most of us sweep these “bad”, “negative”, “ugly” emotions under the carpet as barely anyone is able to guide, support or assist us to pass through them. Yes indeed, we all are masters of deflectors or hiding (most of us have got a double PhD in this) from these dark emotions but find it next to impossible to pass through them.

By simply “giving gratitude” to these essentials uplifts you from your lower self to your higher self. Time to give respect and thanks to what you have, make a difference to yourself.

The rat race will only kill all of you from the inside out.

“When you lose your smile, you lose your way in the chaos of life.” – Roy T. Bennett

By Rohit Bassi

Global Professional Speaker

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Personal Development With Glam & Heart

Up Your Game Community is proud to support the Ramp The Cause Movement which was inspired by Sanrakshan Pte Ltd in Singapore and took on a whole new life in Bangalore, India and now expanding to Mumbai in preparation to scale globally in aid of Sanrakshan Pte Ltd’s Vision 25/25.

Positioned as a premium fashion fundraiser, we at UYG resonate with the all round personal development potential for participants and beneficiaries alike.

While participants get to gain in confidence, purpose, creativity, personal style & etiquette, presence and more, beneficiaries benefit from self awareness and self protection workshops that will be funded through this noble initiative.

Sharing with you below a note from the organisers themselves.

“All the best to Sanrakshan Pte Ltd, Faith Foundation and Ramp The Cause team.

Ramp The Cause – A unique fashion fundraiser initiative to raise 25 million safe children by 2025.

How beautiful it is to know that you cancreate a better world for 25 million children by 2025 globally.

How? By bringing your grace and light on the ramp and walking for the cause.

By helping us create this unique fundraiser event “Ramp The Cause’.
Ramp the Cause is a globally organized prestigious fashion fundraiser initiative of Sanrakshan Pte Ltd Singapore. The mission is to call people from all kinds of different backgrounds to come and walk the ramp to represent the causes that they strongly feel for.

Through our 6 different cause-centric themes we raise voices towards prevention, protection, equality, sustainability, and empowerment of women and children. Who says raising
awareness can only be done by protesting. Make the cause shine by bringing your inner beauty, grace, and light on the ramp.

Fund raised through this event supports the vision of Sanrakshan Pte Ltd that is to create safe spaces for 25 million children by 2025. Fund raised through Ramp the Cause India, goes to Sanrakshan’s nonprofit wing Faith Foundation trust.

Faith Foundation had already impacted 500,000 children in India towards their safety from abuse and they have also created the Guinness Book of World Record for conducting the largest child safeguarding session of the world.
Organisers of this initiative have a unique set of belief system.

They ask everyone ‘ Why do you protest when there are so many beautiful ways in which you can voice out your concern and make a difference.’ And this belief system made them come up with the idea of the ramp the cause.
Once you register as a participant for ramp the cause, your contribution enables one child to learn about its safety from abuse and molestation. While as a participant you gain a chance to walk the prestigious ramp with one person from your life whom you love and adore.

You also get to pamper yourself as the professional artists do your makeup, and you learn to walk the ramp too. You also get your professional photoshots and yummylicious food at an elite hotel of Mumbai. There are 6 different cause based themes to choose from.

You can express your creativity on the ramp through your dress, props or an elevated speech about the cause you are projecting out. There will be 6 crowned winners and one Global

Mini Diwedi, who won the title of Global Ambassador of Ramp the Cause in Bangalore was flown to Singapore to learn how she can further sustain her school for special needs children. She was also provided with special grooming and make session by Singapore’s finest style Etiquette Mentor ‘VanithaDevi Sarvanamutthu’.

The whole initiative is supported by brands and organizations who love to support social causes such as Gulabi Tribe, Women Cyber Security Cell, Brandzzup International, Roots360, Camera Traveller, Bizwingz production house, Buoyant Media, Style etiquette
Singapore, DOSE Singapore, Up Your Game Singapore and many more.

Bangalore event was also supported by actors like, Milind Soman, Sal Yousuf, Prasad Biddappa, Many famous local actors and models who also walked the ramp to support the cause.

So Mumbai what are you waiting for, open your heart, bring your grace, sizzle the ramp and make a difference.”

Women Empowering : Dr. Vani Khare

We are honoured to kick off our “Women Empowering” Series with Dr. Vani Khare.

A scientist turned social hero, Dr. Vani Khare is a Guiness Book of World Record holder through her Faith Foundation.

They recently set the record for organising the biggest child safeguarding session in collaboration with V Force Media as part of Rakshana, a global movement against child abuse.

In Singapore and rest of South East Asia, Dr. Vani Khare impacts lives through her social enterprise, Sanrakshan Pte Ltd.

She has worked with children at risk, women and Rohingya refugees in collaboration with the city of Batam (at the invitation of the Mayor of Batam), a women’s shelter, a Singapore based Charity MKAC, and more!

She has also stared a platform, Drive to Passion, to help individuals reconnect with their passions and lead more fruitful and purposeful lives.

Dr. Vani Khare will also be sharing at The Women’s Symposium on 31st March 2018.

Thank you Dr. Vani Khare for impacting the lives of so many. You are a hero we are happy to celebrate!

9 All Purpose Conversation Starters

Ready to use tool kits seem to be all the fuss these days. And why not? There is an infinite volumn of resources out there. Well, seemingly infinite.

Ever got lost on how to get a conversation going or wished for more interesting conversations beyond food, travel and the weather?

Here are 9 all purpose conversation starters to get you going.

  1. What got you to sign up for this?
  2. If your life were a movie, how would you classify it? Thriller, Romance, Comedy? Let’s hear the story.
  3. Who is the most interesting person you have met today/recently? Why?
  4. Have you thought about your ideal retirement?
  5. Are you an urban person or do you prefer the countrysides?
  6. You seem to have great taste in how you dress up. Where do you shop?
  7. Whats your drink?
  8. What were your ambitions growing up?
  9. What are the three values that define you best?

Whats your list? Add in the comments!

Take Ownership For Your Conversations

Having been in the field of communications for over a decade both as a consultant and a speaker, I have met many people with varying proficiencies in communications.

What makes me sympathetic towards some of them though is the closed, almost fortified, approach they have towards their conversations, interactions and dealings with people who could potentially be of great value to them and their businesses.

The basic model of communications involves, traditionally, a sender and a receiver. In this, ideally the sender is successful in delivering the message as intended in the most perfect manner and the receiver is able to receive it as intended without their own personal prejudices or internal blocks and barriers altering it before their minds can accurately process the message.

However, as we know, the world is not perfect. We often do not get the benefit of the ideal. Our approaches, preferences, learnings, experiences, business cultural backgrounds, fluency and a whole lot more differ from person to person.

While one may prefer a more direct yet casual approach to opening conversations, some may prefer a more formal and ‘proper’ approach. I mean Warren Buffet loves his suits while Mark Zuckerberg made his billions in t-shirt and jeans.

The trick really is not in how one has sent their message to you or how you prefer to receive it. The primary rule of relationships is to first be interested in every possibility and connection rather than seeking to be impressed.

No one would know what would be of value or meaning to you better than yourself. So take the opportunity to communicate to find meaning, opportunities, possibilities instead of judging how you are being communicated to and in the process building barriers and discounting potential.

Ask the right questions. If what was communicated was not sufficient, be specific in what other details you require. Be open to share what would be of value to you. Help the sender or receiver to help you create your desired meaning.

By doing so you ensure many more fulfilling and rewarding interactions. You do not need to put yourself on a pedestal waiting to be convinced. Place yourself upon a bridge to actively find connecting points.

Dale Carnegie said “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

Take ownership.

By Rahul Shah

Communications Speaker &

Founder of Up Your Game Community

Up Your Game’s Death Cafe gets Featured in Straits Times Newspaper

Our recent Death Cafe Event got featured in the local Straits Times Newspaper.

Check out the article to find out what UYG Founder Rahul Shah and other attendees had to share about the session.

Also enjoy the pictures from the event.

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12 Life Lessons from a Man Who Has Seen 12000 Deaths

8. If/When you find your purpose, do something about it
To have awareness about one’s calling is great, but only if you do something about it.

A lot of people, Shukla says, know their purpose but don’t do anything about realising it, making it come to life. Simply sitting on it is worse than not having a calling in the first place. Having a perspective towards your purpose will help you measure the time and effort you need to dedicate to it, while you’re caught up in what you think you can’t let go or escape. Take action on what truly matters.”

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Buddha’s Teaching on How to Settle The Mind 


Once Buddha was traveling with a few of his followers.

While they were passing a lake, Buddha told one of his disciples, 

“I am thirsty. Do get me some water from the lake.”

The disciple walked up to the lake. At that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake. As a result, the water became very muddy and turbid.

The disciple thought, 

“How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink?”

So he came back and told Buddha, 

“The water in there is very muddy. 

I don’t think it is fit to drink.”

After about half an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake.

The disciple went back, and found that the water was still muddy.

He returned and informed Buddha about the same.

After sometime, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back.

This time, the disciple found the mud had settled down, and the water was clean and clear.

So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha.

Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said,

“See what you did to make the water clean. 

You let it be, and the mud settled down on its own, and you have clear water.”

Your mind is like that too ! When it is disturbed, 

just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own.

You don’t have to put in any effort to calm it down.

It will happen. It is effortless.”

Having ‘Peace of Mind’ is not a strenuous job,

it is an effortless processso keep ur mind cool and have a great life ahead…

Never leave Your close ones.

If you find few faults in them just close Your eyes

‘n Remembr the best time You spent together…


Affection is More Important than Perfection..!

Neither you can hug yourself….

nor you can cry on your own shoulder….

Life is all about living for one another, 

so live with those who love you the most…

Relations cannot be Understood by the Language of Money…

Bcoz, Some Investments Never Give Profit But They Make us rich…!

“Family n Friends are such Investments”

Have a Enriched life…..