Love What You Do and Tune Out the Noise to Thrive

Shaziya Khan, Senior Vice President and Executive Planning Director, J Walter Thompson, on maintaining altitude and “pouring your heart” into what you do.

Thrive Global India: Who/ what is your biggest inspiration and why?

Shaziya Khan: Works of art of all kinds because they reflect how someone saw something beautiful right there in the midst of everything or in everyone.

TGI: What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?

SK: Recall something funny

TGI: How do you unplug and recharge?

SK: By being curious  

TGI: What’s your favourite well-being tip?

SK: Don’t repeat, repetition obscures freshness.

TGI: Tell us about your relationship with your phone?

SK: Brevity and practicality.

TGI: How do you limit technology use to be in the moment?

SK: Keep it short, simple and prompt.

TGI: When was the last time you felt burned out?

SK: After a long weekend with guests with lots of new cooking following a week of lots of paperwork.

TGI: How do you incorporate well-being in your daily life? What benefit do these habits have on your ability to perform?

SK: Love what you do at its core and tune out the noise frees anyone’s ability to perform.

TGI: What is the one thing about our relationship with technology which really terrifies you about the future?

SK: Privacy and apt boundaries.

TGI: What are you doing to mitigate this?

SK: Keeping connections more human.

TGI: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace?

SK: “Pour your heart into it”, a sign at Starbucks of all places.

TGI: What is your advice to our readers on thriving in life? SK: Maintain altitude!

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People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- Marcus Aurelius

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