The Platinum Rule - Sejal Thakkar

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Howdy howdy everyone, Tad Stephens on the Micro Success Secrets podcast where we focus on business psychology and marketing and how you can use that in your business daily and long term. Today I'm talking with Sejal Thakkar, dubbing herself Chief Civility Officer, she is not your average employment law attorney. For more than 15 years of experience advising clients, human resources, personnel and legal counsel regarding sound standard employment practices uncovered a need and a personal passion for bringing more proactive, relevant and impactful workplace training programs to our clients and teams.

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 If you had a time machine, and you could go back in time, in your business, professional or personal life? Would there be one thing or maybe two things that you would change the decision and event something that you would change? In? If you would change it? What would you change it to?

- When I when I look back at my professional journey, I went to law school, and got licensed in California in 2003 and then I was a defense Attorney for a number of years. But I think somewhere in that journey, I realized and this was probably maybe three years into it, or four years into it, I realized this isn't the right fit. I love the law but being a defense Attorney, being a litigator wasn't the right fit for me, I'm more of a conflict resolution person, more of an educator, more of a raising a trainer. 

And so I stayed in that litigation field for way too long, I would have probably cut the cord a little bit quicker and jumped in. I'm doing today. So if I could change anything, that would probably be it.

 

So kind of related to that, if you could go back in time again, and you could identify one decision again, business, professional, personal. If you could identify one decision that you made that turned out just super positive. Do you have one of those? 

- Absolutely. That's an easier one. Okay, that was leaving law firm leaving the litigation world when I had my son to work at home, because I wanted to be at home with my son. So that was eight years ago, when he was born, the minute I saw him, I'm like, I need to be at home with this kit. So I was working as Senior Counsel at a law firm I gave my notice. And I'm like, I'm sorry. And so I started working from home, I still had to work and work really hard from home. But that decision was the best decision I've ever made. And I just having that time to be there at home with him and see him grow and evolve. And this last year, same thing with COVID. Having that time because I've been homeschooling him for the last since March. Having that time with him is where I want to spend all my time if I could spend all my time just hanging out with him and I would do it.

So this is this could be related. Sometimes it is, sometimes it didn't. But again, you go back and you look at your decisions. Do you have one that it was the scariest?

-  The scariest part and again, is when I started my own company three years ago, in November of 2017. I went out on my own and that was never in my cards. I was not planning on ever having my own business. That was never an aspiration. And in fact, I I didn't want to have my own business because my parents owned their own businesses. And so I was like, I want to study, I want to study paychecks. I want my benefits paid for by somebody else might have to pay 500 bucks a month on my own medical insurance, that was not my plan. But the best decision, the scariest decision, again, that I've ever made. But it was huge because I finally took a leap of faith in myself and said, This is what you want to do. You can do this, believe it, go for it, and I did it. But it was scary and many times last year, I was questioning that decision, because of COVID, but I don't regret that decision at all.

I think we've all kind of grown up with this golden rule mentality of, let's treat other people in the way that we want to be treated. And I would just say, if you're watching this or listening to this, let's shift our mindset to the Platinum rule, which is, let's treat others in the way that they want to be treated, because we all might want to be treated differently. And the only way that you can treat other people in the way they want to be treated is to get to know people, get to know the people more closely in more meaningful ways that are in your life and really treat them in the way that they want to be treated.

Twitter: @SejalThakkar

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sejalthakkar

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