Deepak Ramola is the founder of Project FUEL, which he started in 2009.
Project FUEL collects life lessons from people all over the world and turns them into interactive and performance activities to help others learn. The passing on happens by way of workshops, seminars, and sometimes even over coffee.
Listen in to learn how you can use life lessons to enhance your business and career.
The Power of a Life Lesson: Learn to Fuel Your Genius Using the Network Effect with Deepak Ramola
Time stamped show notes:
[0:14] Deepak is from Dehra Dun, India.
[1:43] Live with abandon instead of dying with regret.
[1:52] What Project Fuel does – share stories and fuel people to reach their potential
[2:11] Project Fuel – collects life lessons from around the world (human wisdom)
[2:55] Deepak’s life journey
[3:02] His journey started with his mother, who was pulled out of school because girls in India at the time were not allowed to study.
[4:05] When he asked his mother what her education was, she answered that life taught her.
[4:41] Her experience made him believe that everyone who is living is learning something.
[5:22] As he grew, he realized that learning from other was not to avoid mistakes, but to make newer and unique mistakes and avoid the mistakes others have made.
[6:07] At 17, he was given a book deal.
[6:33] He started to design the life lessons in different ways: poems, games, etc.
[6:54] His idea grew through word of mouth. It became a movement/organization.
[7:24] Examples of how people have been transformed
[8:02] Favorite lesson #1: wash your socks regularly.
[8:52] Favorite lesson #2: try to relate to everyone with a sense of humor.
[9:42] Business side of Project Fuel: advertising, revenue, virality, etc.
[10:02] Project fuel grew organically.
[10:59] Primary source of revenue: workshops
[12:04] Launched Project Fuel’s online store
[13:05] Learning from “regular people” not only “gurus”
[13:52] Sex worker lesson: value your own work. The value is of the person; the work is second.
[14:23] Sex worker lesson: “Interpretation is a dangerous weapon; use it wisely.”
[16:55] Stepping into people’s shoes can be enlightening.
[18:06] Painted houses with stories from who live in the village
[19:15] Don’t judge people by how they make money.
[20:10] Ego vs. spirit
[20:20] “Man plans; God laughs.”
[20:51] “When you know better, you do better.” – Maya Angelou
[21:10] There’s different ways of telling the same story.
[22:51] Where he sees Project Fuel going | 5 year plan
[23:26] Wants to have an app or a digital tool. Is in the process of building but is in the process of finalizing.
[23:36] In the next 5-10 years, he wants Project Fuel to close. He doesn’t believe the success of the organization is when it is no longer needed, because it is part of the culture.
[25:05] “The purpose of life is not to become a star; it is to become a constellation.”
[28:08] He has no story framework. People don’t want to talk to someone who has an agenda. Listen as much as you can.
[29:52] Never ask people what their life is directly. Ask them what is the piece of advice you would give to your most loved person right now?”
[30:15] Be patient. Listen to as much as you can. Be open to vulnerability. You’re not ready to take if you’re not ready to give.
Three key points:
- His journey started with his mother, who was pulled out of school because girls in India at the time were not allowed to study.
- Sex worker lesson: “Interpretation is a dangerous weapon; use it wisely.”
- “The purpose of life is not to become a star; it is to become a constellation.”
Give as many life lessons as you can. It is the more useful thing for him.
Connecting him to collaborators.
How to reach him:
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/projectfuel/