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/