MANAGEMENT MANTRA - “Greet Problems With A Smile”: Yuvraj Bhardwaj, CEO, Petonic Infotech

Yuvraj Bhardwaj is a Delhi-based researcher, innovator and business owner with 36 research projects and 15 patent applications to his credit. He is also recipient of many awards and accolades, including the Karamveer Chakra Award in 2016. Mr Bhardwaj was a proud nominee for the Padma Shri, India’s highest civilian honour, in 2018. The Petonic chief lives in Delhi and Dubai and collaborates with investors and innovators from Silicon Valley, TED, venture capital companies and technological hubs throughout the world. His major line of business is consulting and advising services as well as providing clients with unique solutions. Sharmila Chand catches up with the Petonic CEO to know about his management principles and practices.  

How do you set out your priorities to keep your work and personal lives balanced?
Personally, I am a very dedicated individual who thrives on learning and working more. My priorities are family and work, and my work is also my family. My job requires a lot of travel and concentration. So, I try to focus on work as much as possible when I am on the go. But when I am with my family, I avoid work at all costs and strive to devote all of my time to them.

While on the move, what helps you the most in maintaining calm and peace?
I aim to remain as calm as possible when performing any critical activity. I try to be as grounded as possible. So, I focus on breathing, which may also assist in diverting my mind from whatever is upsetting me so that I can focus solely on what is happening at the time.

What keeps you fit and healthy?
Fitness and living a healthy lifestyle are very important to me. I try to eat as clean as possible and as much homemade food as possible on the go, and I try to go to the gym for at least an hour every day.

How do you like to rejuvenate, recharge and de-stress?
As I previously stated, I need to be stress-free at all times at work. Every day, I do Yoga and meditation to recharge and rejuvenate myself. And music has been a tremendous stress-reliever for me.

What are the tips that work the best for you to maintain work-life balance?
Understanding the significance of maintaining your physical health, emotional well-being and mental fitness is the first step towards making it a priority in your life. We can apply the notion of habit building to include basic, helpful behaviours into our everyday lives. Consider forming habits such as regular meditation, being respectful to others, spending your leisure time doing something meaningful and spending time with your family.

Do you play any game that helps you in your work?
Yes, I do play cricket. It just refreshes me, and if I talk about the lessons that the game teaches for life, there are so many. What I believe is that if a parent wants his or her children to avoid bad habits, they should enroll them in any type of sport coaching. Nowadays, especially after COVID, youth are gravitating towards video games that increase their dopamine levels. However, increasing dopamine levels through virtual games is not a productive endeavor. Youth should instead go out and play games. It will have a positive impact on you in many ways, such as teaching you discipline and sportsmanship, getting you fit and so on.

What is the secret of your success?
The secret behind my success lies in just two points: One is a “clear aim” and the other is a “keen desire to achieve”. Everyone may witness the achievements of successful individuals and their life goals, but the crucial element is the path to success, which largely rests on the second part, that is, a strong desire to succeed. Your motivation and habits will determine how consistently you work towards your objective. To be consistent, practice is necessary. A player must run for years in order to win a four-minute race. Finally, patience is a virtue that will help you succeed. No one can suddenly become wealthy. At the same time, I want to emphasise how my family helped my brother and me along the way.

How has your journey been?
My journey has been so good so far, and like others, I have also faced ups and downs. And if I talk about challenges, I would say recognise and respect people’s differences. It is vital to recognise that not everything will go as planned. If you are unwilling to accept the truth, you will be terribly dissatisfied with life. So, live in the moment, and greet problems with a smile.

What is your philosophy of work?
I look at my work as a means of self-expression. Hence, I devote myself completely to it to get satisfaction at the end of the day, knowing that I did my best. While doing so, I make a point to enjoy it. I have to enjoy the journey rather than the destination itself.

What message would you like to give to youngsters on time management?
You can only manage yourself. Whether you want it or not, time will pass. So, instead of stressing about time management, try regulating your energy, emotional state and focus.

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