Mush Panjwani just completed an extensive happiness training assignment at Pak Suzuki Motors!

Mush Panjwani training at Pak Suzuki Motors

I moved back to Pakistan at the end of 2017 with two dreams: Launch my coffee shop/chain** and introduce ‘happiness training’ for corporates and individuals. And I am so grateful that both are on track! So far, I have done ‘happiness training’ at Engro Energy, Pakistan State Oil, K-Electric and now at Pak Suzuki Motors, apart from the non-commercial talks at Karachi University, NED University, Dawood University and a few others.

The happiness training at Pak Suzuki Motors was part of an employee wellness program called ‘StayWell’ – designed by the HR/Training team of Suzuki in collaboration with Cube Consulting. The program was run at Karachi, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Multan during Sep-Nov 2019. We trained over 1500 employees in 25 batches of 20-40 participants each!

My contribution was towards the ’emotional wellness’ aspect which included:

  • Developments in positive psychology and why it matters so much
  • Why we should learn to become happier, and how that affects every area of our life
  • What contributes to happiness/unhappiness at work, and what can we do about it
  • Tool and tips to raise our happiness level at work, and in life

Here’s what some of the organizers had to say…

Mush Panjwani knows how to spread positivity. The objective of making people realize how happiness enhances productivity and wellbeing was not easy… but I am really grateful for this True Happiness Expert whose practical approaches with real life examples made it possible. Mush’s session really strengthened our Workplace Wellness drive and made this transformation journey successful. Keep Inspiring! ~Muhammad Noman Ayub, Team Lead -Training & Development

It was a life-changing experience with Mush Panjwani! The way he involved and engaged our employees, and provided insights and tips on happiness and positivity. As a result, our employees are trying to become a higher version of themselves and are more grateful in their lives. ~Sohaib Bhatti, Head of Training & Talent Acquisition

Click the play button to see some of the many exciting moments captured during or after the sessions…

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**More about Mush’s coffee chain at www.CoffeeWagera.com or Facebook/CoffeeWagera

Mush Panjwani speaking at Pakistan American Cultural Center

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Absolutely loved the opportunity to speak to a group of students at PACC! We covered:

  • Two foundations to (entrepreneurial) success:
  • Happiness First – how our happiness affects productivity and everything else in life
  • The Four Steps – dream, goal, plan, action

The audience was extremely engaged and the feedback from the organizers was awesome…

Today’s guest speaker session at our English Works: The program by Mush Panjwani was amazingly awesome in terms of presenting practical life changing tips to the audience. Throughout his talk he created the aura of influence; the anecdotes from his life and humor kept the audience mesmerised! ~Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Evolution

A very energetic and full of learning session was conducted by Mr Mush Panjwani, who shared his amazing journey of life, with the lessons he learned and designed a wonderful foundation program. It was a session full of happiness. It will make a positive change in others life! ~Ehtesham, PACC

“Supercharge Your Positivity and Productivity” by Mush Panjwani at K-Electric

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So grateful to conclude the first four batches of training at K-Electric. These were 2-hour sessions that covered:

  • Latest in positive psychology – the science of happiness
  • How our positivity affects our productivity, relationships, health… life
  • Steps to become more positive
  • Causes for unhappiness at work
  • Two essentials for enhancing happiness at work

The audience included a mix from various departments, but mostly from customer service. Everyone participated very well, and the feedback was quite awesome:

Wow… really happy to attend this training session!

Very motivating and inspiring!

I learnt a lot today and will apply at work and life!

We need more of these to enhance our productivity and positivity!

Few pictures below. Looking forward to contributing more to the many other divisions of K-Electric!

PS. Very impressed by their new building at IIC, with full equipped training rooms and facilities for learning and development.

“Supercharge Your Positivity and Productivity” by Mush Panjwani at PSO Karachi!

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Extremely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to an open-to-all session at the PSO Head Quarters in Karachi last week. There were managers and teams from various departments. The organizer commented:

I’ve heard many trainers on happiness and positivity, but without much substance. This was different and full of useful contents and tips!

And some of the audience found the session to be…

Extremely energizing!

Very much needed, and useful!

We need more of this!

Looking forward to doing more with PSO!

Mush Panjwani speaking at Dawood University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan

Mush Panjwani at Dawood University of Engineering and Technology

There’s something special about talking to the youth – their open minds, their energy and their level of ambition to do great things!

Some of the students of Dawood University of Engineering & Technology had heard me at a recent conference in NED University, and decided to organize the same talk at their own university. And that happened today! They had done a great job of promoting the event, so we had about 500 students in the auditorium, giving up on their lunch break (1-2pm) to listen to me. So honored and grateful!

I spoke about happiness as the foundation for all success and the four steps to achieve anything! And came away very excited about the impact this may have on their lives.

Looking forward to more opportunities to work with the youth and other universities!

One year in Pakistan, and no looking back! (3 Tips to Manage Change)

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It’s been more than a year since I left half my family and a very comfortable life in Hong Kong, and moved to Pakistan, in September 2017. And I am often asked how can anyone willingly move back after spending over 20 years abroad; how has the experience been; and how do I manage to stay so happy and positive. It was a combination of things I’ve learned over the years and have applied in many situations, particularly in dealing with any change…

Manage your expectations: I didn’t expect anything in Pakistan to be similar to HK – effective government, efficient systems, easy public transportation, organized traffic, law-abiding people, beautiful weather or the basic stuff like security, electricity, water, Internet etc. Those are the luxuries that most countries/people do not experience in a lifetime. So I rarely found myself getting frustrated about the weather, traffic, government or lack of any of those things I often took for granted in HK. Everyday I experienced what I had expected, so there was no disappointment.

Focus on the positives: An essential part of being happy in any situation is to be grateful for what you have, which is only possible if you are always looking for, acknowledging and appreciating all the good things in your life. And there are a lot of good things about life in Pakistan, which we did not have in HK, or may not have in many parts of the world e.g. local fruits, vegetables and meat (instead of imported); varieties of great food from around the world; beautiful country with lots to see and do, from Karachi to Kashmir and everything in between; lots of opportunities for entrepreneurs (and businessmen too); good people (mostly nice, kind, friendly, helpful, awesome); hardly any natural disasters like earthquakes, tornados, typhoons, volcanoes, tsunamis, or even flooding!

Be the change: Instead of complaining about things, we can try to be the change we want to see in Pakistan. At a personal level, it’s things like following traffic rules (very difficult though), reducing power/water consumption, being more tolerant with people who are different (Sindhi, Panjabi, Pathan, Shia, Sunni, less educated or civilized). At business level, we can do that by supporting good causes – e.g. equal opportunities for the transgender, women empowerment; minimizing disposables and reducing waste. And most importantly, being positive and spreading cheer!

Few other things that made the change exciting for me were:

  • Starting Coffee Wagera as a hybrid of social-commercial enterprise that becomes a force for good and a model for other businesses.
  • Introducing the concepts and teaching the principles of ‘Happiness at Work’ in Pakistan for the first time, through my training programs.
  • Supporting Hur with his training at Special Olympics – one of the best non-profits in Pakistan! They are preparing him and many others for the Special Olympics World Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi.
  • The excellent support of family, friends and the business community. And finally, the secret: the love of Shanzeh (my granddaughter) and the opportunity to spend time with her 🙂

 

 

Inspiration from one of Pakistan’s top cyclists: Ali Laghari

I have been lucky to get to know a few running and cycling groups in Karachi, since I started Coffee Wagera. It’s always inspiring to meet these people, because I know how much passion, commitment and discipline it takes to come out for a run or ride before sunrise.

Ali Laghari is part of “Cycologists“, one of the most active cycling groups in Karachi. And I met him during World Heart Day on 29th September. That’s when I found out about his record 4900km of cycling in one month, and asked him a few questions… his responses were very inspiring indeed, as you can see from the video above. The highlights were:

  • He wasn’t competing with anyone else – just himself!
  • Cycling and healthy living is a way of life for him, which he is trying to promote.
  • He cycled all the way to Mubarak Village and back – 100km in a day!
  • He started small. Just one ride, on a rental bicycle. Then another…

Bonus: Commentary at by Zeeshan Khalid, another Cycologist, at the end of the video.