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Author: Seema Desai & Dinesh Melwani

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The podcast for over-educated, busy, and ambitious South Asian professionals and entrepreneurs. In each episode, Seema and Dinesh will dive into the philosophies, strategies, and tools that can help you live happier, healthier, productive, and fulfilled lives with more success.

They will be talking about things that help you think, do, and be better in wide-ranging areas around the five pillars of a good life: health, wealth, love, happiness, and impact — to empower you to reach your highest potential without compromising what’s important.

Dr. Seema Desai is a dentist, certified professional coach, and author of the book, “Connected: Discovering Your Inner Guides.” She is also a devoted wife and proud mother to two children, as well as an advocate for creating learning equality in children in underserved countries through her work with Pratham USA.

Dinesh Melwani is a law firm partner, author, speaker, and certified success and results coach. He is an internationally-recognized patent attorney that works with hi-tech clients, ranging from startups to Fortune 100 clients. He also believes deeply in the potential and capability inside of everyone. In addition, he is a loving father and husband.

Join Seema and Dinesh each week as they explore, from the male and female South Asian perspectives, what makes you individually and uniquely happy and human, and what tools and insights allow us to reach that next level and beyond. You will learn how to level up your mindset, develop the needed leadership skills in your career and personal life, and learn how to live up to your potential.

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Send us a Text Message.Seema and Dinesh are welcoming special guest Tejal V Patel, author of the Award Winning Book Meditation for Kids on the podcast to talk about all things parenting, people pleasing, boundaries and more. Tejal brings her insights as a mindfulness and meditation expert to share what boundary setting really looks like and misconceptions that keep us scared from setting healthy firm boundaries. They have a conversation that all parents can benefit from about why parents feel...
Send us a Text Message.On this duo episode, Seema and Dinesh are diving into the topic of “mental toughness”. Drawing from their own experiences and what they’ve seen, they’re sharing what they’ve learned around the concept of being mentally tough, how we can find it in ourselves and encourage it in others. They discuss the ways society has normalized certain ways of decompressing and escaping our reality, and how we can identify if it’s actually helping us or if we’re using it as a crutch to...
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, Seema and Dinesh are welcoming special guest Abhijit Bhaduri. They discuss the necessity of having a variety of skills and what it means to be a “generalist”. Abhijit shares how he helps people curate a personal brand for themselves at all levels of their career and within organizations. They have a conversation around the necessity of building your own personal brand regardless of the organization you work with and how that can end up making all the di...
Send us a Text Message.Today Seema and Dinesh are diving into the concept of future self, how to use it effectively, and what to do with all of your ideas. They’re sharing what they’ve found in visualizing the future self and using that to guide their day-to-day choices, as well as how they approach new ideas. They talk about how ideas are meant to be acted upon, and if you don’t do it, someone else will. Seema and Dinesh talk about what happens when we choose an expert in the area of somethi...
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, Seema and Dinesh are sharing their own experiences and lessons learned from going from beginner to expert in their respective lives, and why it’s so important to do the uncomfortable thing and lean into being a beginner. As high-achievers, they know all too well how easy it is to convince yourself that there’s “no point” in starting something new if you’re not automatically good at it, but the value and joy really comes within the process of learning an...
Send us a Text Message.Seema and Dinesh are sharing a quick and fun episode today where they’re sharing what they’re currently reading right now. They talk about their takeaways in their books so far, why it’s important to continue reading outside of necessity, and give you some suggestions on what to read!Check out Dinesh’s current readCheck out Seema’s current readLinks: Dinesh Melwani https://dineshmelwani.com/ IG @dineshmelwaniSeema Desai https://drseemadesai.com, IG @dr.seemadesai&n...
Send us a Text Message.Seema and Dinesh are back today with a duo episode, they’re reflecting back on their experience with the Happy and Human podcast so far, why it’s important to try and experiment with new things as adults, and more. Seema and Dinesh share how their views of learning have changed as they’ve gotten older and why it’s so crucial we continue to do things we find interesting outside of our professional lives. Links: Dinesh Melwani https://dineshmelwani.com/ IG @dine...
Send us a Text Message.On today’s episode, Seema and Dinesh welcome Certified Conscious Parenting Coach, Mansi Parikh. They ask her all the questions you wanted to know but were afraid to ask around parenting, showing ourselves compassion, how our parents impact our parenting today, and more. Mansi shares how Concious Parenting is different from typical parenting styles, tips on combatting the parenting ego, and connecting with your children. Mansi is a Certified Conscious Parenting Coac...
Send us a Text Message.Seema and Dinesh are diving into the topic of yoga - specifically yoga therapy - in this episode with yoga therapist Melissa Shah. They’re having an enlightening conversation around yoga therapy, what it is, how it’s different from yoga, and why it can be beneficial to everyone. They’re sharing their own personal experiences around the impact of yoga and mindfulness and how to lean into resistance versus fighting it. There are so many practical tips in this episode you ...
Send us a Text Message.Seema and Dinesh welcome Nikhil Torsekar in today’s episode for a conversation centered around taking care of our mental and physical health, utilizing the tools we’ve been given, specifically breathwork. They dive into the benefits and methods to use when it comes to implementing breathwork and gratitude practices and why it’s so incredibly effective. Nikhil shares his transformative and inspiring experience in how it has enhanced his life and why he is so committed to...
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, Seema and Dinesh are welcoming the incredible Mendhi and body art artist Neha Assar. She’s joining them for an enlightening conversation all about following your passions regardless of your age, family situation or career, and how to handle the fear that comes along with taking a chance on yourself. Neha shares her experience from engineering to artist and the lessons and amazing experiences she’s had along the way. They dive into the importance of purs...
Send us a Text Message.Today we’re talking all things college, admissions, prep, and beyond, with college admissions consultant, Sheila AkBar. They dive into the parent’s perspective and where resources are best spent, as well as the prep and pressures future college students are facing and the way things have changed in recent years. Sheila shares what matters most in the college process and her insight into admissions and common misconceptions she sees from both parents and students. S...
Send us a Text Message.Back with a duo episode, Seema and Dinesh are talking about an all-too-familiar belief held by high achievers on earning our success, feeling like we have to compromise important areas of our life for higher level success, and the idea that we “didn’t have a choice”. They’re diving into how to escape this trap and line of thinking for something more helpful. They’ll also share their insights and what they’ve learned in viewing stress as neutral, and how to reframe ...
Send us a Text Message.Today Seema and Dinesh are welcoming special guest Phillip Naithram. This is a can’t-miss conversation around our need to feel validated and important, addressing how ego and judgment gets in the way of our interactions with others and much more. You’ll walk away enlightened and with powerful insights into why we feel the need to be validated, why commiserating in misery with others is counterproductive, and the empowering knowledge that we actually don’t have to believ...
Send us a Text Message.In this duo episode, Dr. Seema Desai and Dinesh Melwani are diving into the topic of traditions, celebrations, and all the unnecessary stress they can bring on. They’re having a conversation around how to set healthy expectations when it comes to holidays and celebrations and how to curate them in a way where everyone involved feels loved and connected. Everyone has a different approach and expectation around what they want when holidays like Valentine’s Day or birthday...
Send us a Text Message.In this special conversation with guest, GI Doctor Dr. Supriya Rao, Seema and Dinesh are getting all the answers around why we know what the healthy decisions are yet for some reason continue to struggle to actually make them. They have a conversation around what healthy digestion looks like and how to achieve it. This is an informative conversation around why you’re still struggling to create healthy habits and what to do about it, as well as what you can do to make su...
Dare to be First

Dare to be First

2024-02-2029:39

Send us a Text Message.Letting fear or the opinions of other people get in the way of your dreams and goals? This is the episode for you. Seema and Dinesh are welcoming guest Dr. Shawna Pandya who’s impressive career will remind you that just because nobody’s done it before doesn’t mean you can’t be the first. They have a conversation around the importance of having the bravery and confidence to be first and not letting limiting beliefs get in the way of your true potential. They’ll also talk...
Send us a Text Message.What does “being reliable” mean to you? What does it mean to rely on yourself versus what does it mean to rely on other people? Seema and Dinesh are diving into the topic of being reliable, what it means to cheat on ourselves, and why you should care more about your brand (aka reputation). You’ll learn: What reliability really comes down to Why it’s so easy to cheat on ourselves (and how to stop doing it) How you can better honor your commitments to ...
Send us a Text Message.In this episode, Seema and Dinesh have special guest Malti B Lee PhD. If you don’t think you’re a “creative” individual, this is a conversation you’ll want to hear. Being creative, especially if you’re in any sort of leadership role, is invaluable. They’re talking about different ways we express our creativity, as well as the importance of taking risks. Too often we’re afraid of trying something new because we don’t have past proof that it works…but what if you didn’t n...
Send us a Text Message.In today’s episode, Seema and Dinesh are talking about the power of visualization when it comes to achieving your goals. They talk about why visualization is so impactful because it requires us to become the version of ourselves that we’re taking action towards creating. Seema and Dinesh dive into why it’s not necessarily always about taking more action, it may even be the opposite. If you’ve set goals recently or for 2024, this episode will give you tips to take it to ...
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