From the very beginning, you could say I've always had a way with words. I was reading English fluently at the age of three, and when I was six and a half, I learned to pronounce some of the eleven longest words in the English dictionary in under twenty seconds! In addition, when I was very young, I'd often spend my car rides to Philadelphia for my treatments listening to the Word Master CD series by Denis Waitley with my dad, as well as self-help audiobooks like How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. My dad and I even used to watch TED talks many a night before bed and during our car trips. All of these influences not only imbibed profound wisdom into my life, but they also bettered me as a person by teaching me how to live.
The positive lessons I learned not only made my life better personally, but they also, along with my parents, gave me the motivation to speak publicly to others. When I was six years old, I gave my first speech, which was all about music, at my annual Indian classical recital. However, I always knew the power that my story had to inspire others to transcend their boundaries in life, and this, of course, translated into my career as a motivational speaker.
One day, I listened to a powerful TED Talk with my dad called "I'm Not Your Inspiration, Thank You Very Much" by Stella Young, and ironically, I became inspired by her to do a TED Talk myself one day. And on December 2016, I reached this goal when I gave a speech called "How a 13-Year-Old Changed 'Impossible' to 'I'm Possible'" at TEDxGateway, Asia's largest independent TED event. Since then, I realized that I could pursue a career as a motivational speaker as well as a musician, and in doing so, I have the best of both worlds and occupy a unique niche within both industries. So that's what I've been doing: performing and speaking on stages (so far in nine countries) throughout the world, for world-class companies, organizations, and events. I have been a keynote speaker at United Nations, Google, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, ADP, Walmart, Cisco, Deloitte Consulting, Oppenheimer Funds, Aditya Birla Capital, NBA Preseason Referee Meet, Comfort Company, Horizon BCBSNJ, Driven by Suzanne Evans, CIF Higher Education Forum, Vraj Walkathon, iCAN Summit, GOAFEST, MOCAAPI Gala, World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship, VMalaysia (20,000 people), Hindi USA Mahotsav, JAINA, Gujarati Unity Festival, BEST 2020 Youth Leadership Empowerment Conference, The HR Congress, India Inclusion Summit, SGCCI, and many more.
But this is only the beginning, and my dream is to one day use my voice not just to motivate, but also to transform the lives of others and the world we live in. I want to use my platform to empower others to not just see, but unleash the potential that God has given them to the fullest. In doing so, not only would I fulfill my mission of "sparshing" ("sparsh" means means "touch" in Sanskrit) as many hearts as I can throughout the world, but I'd also be able to help others carry out their unique roles in leaving the world better than they found it. After all, it only takes a single ember to light a bonfire, and if, in the words of DJ Khaled, "We're the generation that's going to run the world," then we must do our part to share a story that no one else can share, so that we can be the change that no one else can be!
Playlist of Motivational Speeches by Sparsh