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Ashwin Subramaniam, Co-founder of Gone Adventurin', - a collective that bridge companies, communities and consumers to tackle important social and environmental challenges - cares deeply about the future of our planet. Believing in creating collaborations for a more compassionate world, Ashwin gave up a lucrative career in the banking industry because he felt that so much more could be done for society. Asserting that “attitude is more important than facts,” Ashwin adopts a growth mindset, does great work with many incredible people and no longer lives in fear of failure or the unknown.
I am someone who deeply cares about the future our planet. I work hard at bringing together like-minded people to work collaboratively for a more compassionate world.
When one of our projects raised $2.5m in funds for a medical charity in Papua New Guinea - enough funds to enable the charity to buy a brand new medical ship that would more than double its impact on healthcare in the country.
The biggest secret I kept, was that, although I loved my time at the bank (as I got involved in several social responsibility projects and had wonderful colleagues) I always felt there is so much more that could be done. I had worked hard to get to where I was, so I didn’t tell anyone that really I thought there was more I could do to get employees, consumers and corporates more deeply involved in sustainability.
I didn’t tell anyone how unhappy I was in, until I met Jacqui through our mutual friend Veronica in 2010 and we did couple of pro-bono corporate projects. These projects brought together our passions for storytelling and on-ground engagement with local communities to drive social impact in Southeast Asia. When more corporates began approaching us with work we realised we had hit upon a social enterprise model! That's when left my job at the bank because I felt I could use my skills to create more hands-on social or environmental impact by running a social business.
I am an amateur geologist and like to collect rocks wherever I go. I go finding rocks in the midst of a project.
The lowest point for me was just after one of our most successful projects. Everything had gone perfectly, but immediately afterwards I began to have doubts "What if I am not able to repeat this again?", "What if our next project doesn't go as well...” “What if I fail….” etc.
After talking to couple of friends I realised that it’s all about mindset. I began to take a growth mindset approach - that its ok to fail in some areas as long as I learn and grow from it. The main focus should be doing great work and working with incredible people.
Planning 3-year projects for Gone Adventurin' and coaching our newer team members. My puppy gets me up every morning.
I swim and cycle most mornings. One of my co-founders recently recommended to me Headspace - a guided meditation app. It has been great in teaching me how to stay present.
Work like hell for the first 2 years. Then try to get 8-9 hours of sleep daily otherwise you will burn out pretty quickly.
October Sky - beautiful story of an underdog kid who finds himself with the help of his friends and family.
Attitude is more important than facts.
Buddha - he has a knack of always being happy.
Doing exactly what I am doing now i.e. creating collaborations for a more compassionate world. Hopefully we'd have made a great headway by then!
Published Date: 9 July 2015