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The pathway to fulfilment is to be of service to others. Through the process of discovering how you can be of service to others, you can gain clarity on your skills, passions and purpose. We can all be of service to humanity in our unique way with our skills and talents. We have to take the time to search from within, to unleash our potential and also identify areas for personal growth, so we can serve to the best of our abilities. We will have guests on the show who are utilising their skil ...
 
I have the fortune of speaking with some brilliant minds who all share the commonality of growing as third culture kids. We discuss how their family culture backstory had an influence on their upbringing, and what role this played in defining their values, passions and perspectives on popular life topics. From the light-hearted discussions around what it's like to grow up in a household with a different culture to the environment around you, to the more serious topics of finding your identit ...
 
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We discuss: Comparing the Uganda of 50 years ago to what it's like now The lost strong sense of community of Ugandan Asians after leaving Uganda Growing up in a competitive household Learning to play chess with cut up paper pieces and becoming the first female chess champion of her age (Queen's Gambit!) Discovering a love for poetry & writing durin…
 
In the final part of our conversation, we discuss: Dealing with the repercussions of ’THAT’ story from Omed’s wedding (see Part 1 for full story) Introducing a non-Bengali partner to his parents Cross-cultural similarities in our family's background and mindset Traditional belief systems of marrying within the same ethnicity The role of social medi…
 
If you don't already know who Doq is, check out the bonus episode before this, where I spend 30mins with him talking about all the weird and wonderful so that we could ease him of his initial nerves. In this episode, we talk: Deal with anxiety of meeting new people. Accepting my insecurities in social settings. What does it mean to be ‘well read’? …
 
FUNNIEST EPISODE YET. An unorthodox introduction to a very special guest - an entertainer, a storyteller, a cancer-survivor and, above all else, a loyal friend, son and husband who has endless value to offer whether you want to laugh or be inspired by his special story. Ladies & gentlemen, I present this prelude to a fascinating, meaningful and ins…
 
In this episode, we discuss: Impacts of apartheid still being felt today in South Africa The rising 'brain drain' in South Africa and future impact on the nation Her grandmother's significant history with Nelson Mandela Comparing South African culture to American culture Adapting to the immense loving nature of Pisac, Peru Realising a calling for C…
 
British-born Bangladeshi, Shuwel Ahmed, opens up about the biggest failure in his life, which came when he moved to London for University, and how the disappointment felt worse given the backstory of his grandparents and parents that gave him the fortune of the opportunities he had. In this episode, he talks about how this sparked his determination…
 
In this episode, Sina Haghighat talks to Anthony Orisses about how he is living a life with purpose and applying his service mindset into his start-up, Rarecut, to give back to the local community. He discusses his learnings as an entrepreneur; providing valuable insights for those who want to start a side hustle that they are passionate about. Ant…
 
Don't forget to check out Part 1 if you haven't already. In part 2, we discuss: Dealing with the culture shock of moving to Iran, and not 'fitting in' How can someone better connect with their culture and heritage? Social life in Iran vs the UK The importance of community in Iran Her desire to make substantial and impactful change in Iran Learning …
 
In Part 1, we cover: How facing the challenges of a third culture kid while growing up helped her embrace and fit in Learning to embrace her Iranian side and overcoming the 'terrorist' propaganda with the help of a close friend How her dad ended up moving from Iran to the UK The crazy story of her mum being stranded in Germany on the way to the UK …
 
We discuss: How I first came into contact with spiritually inclined youth. Where did the idea to use my summer holidays to stay in an ashram in India and serve with the monks come from? The feeling of coming back to the UK and navigating a spiritual existence and working in a Banking. Dealing with my own ego of thinking that finding spirituality ha…
 
In this episode, Sina Haghighat talks to Aly Paws about how she found her purpose through Yoga which led to running her own Yoga practice. She offers Yoga teacher trainings around the world both online and in person and has facilitated annual retreats in Costa Rica and Peru. Aly specialises in Therapeutic massage and Craniosacral therapy as well as…
 
About the Guest. Music is Boluwatife (Bolu) Adefemi's passion. The singer-songwriter finds inspiration in everything around her and being a young Black woman, she has created a song for Black Lives Matter, as well as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Her latest single 'Just Breathe' will be out in Summer 2021. Bolu Adefemi is a 14 year old Canadian si…
 
In this episode, Sina Haghighat talks to Anand Dattani about his spiritual journey; exploring his learnings from spending his summers serving and learning from Monks in ashrams across India. Anand covers how he incorporated his learnings from living the Monk life to living the corporate life and states that resilience and consistency are the key in…
 
Born in France to Algerian parents, Sadi recalls his childhood memory of moving from a neighbourhood filled with immigrant families and children of immigrants, to one where he was part of 'one of the only non-white families around'. In this episode we discuss: Growing up in a very ethnically diverse neighbourhood before moving to a middle class 'wh…
 
Shavika shares how it was to be not American enough for the Americans, but not Indian enough for the Indians either. Coming from a family of strong-willed women who went against the 'norms' of expectation of women in their society, Shavika talks about how this helped her towards her own realisations and underlying passion for coaching. In this epis…
 
In this episode Sina Haghighat talks to Ryan Clifford, David Sint and Sanaya Khambatta about the Summer Institute; a program established through the Tech Allies Network to provide University Students with insights into the working world along with essential skills to give them that competitive edge once they enter the workplace. The program has bee…
 
As an UK-born Iranian, Sina speaks about what it was like to grow up as a third culture kid who was influenced both by the British culture around him, and the Iranian culture instilled by his parents. In this episode, Sina speaks very openly about finding it difficult to find where he truly fitted in, and even spent some time schooling in Iran, whi…
 
A WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY SPECIAL (which takes place Saturday June 5th, 2021) "I wish to leave a better world for my children and all the innocent little ones on the earth." Vivina Vincent is a Climate Reality Leader from The Climate Reality Project. She has given talks in schools and libraries on Climate Change for children. She has also given talks…
 
In part 2, we explore: How consistency and relatability are just as important (if not more) than talent in having a significant impact The importance of having a coach in all aspects of life and levels of expertise How important it is to understand the difference between a mentor and a coach Two radical and unexpected life events that led to sellin…
 
The world needs us to create and foster meaningful communities. As individuals we crave to be part of a community as we are social creatures. We want to be part of community that shares the same values, interests and missions. Having a greater sense of community and purpose has shown to increase longevity as demonstrated in the 'Blue Zones'. If the…
 
"I WASN'T WORRIED ABOUT STANDING OUT... I KNEW I WASNT THE SAME AS EVERYONE ELSE, AND I KNEW I WASN'T ORDINARY, SO I WAS LIKE 'IM GONNA BE EXTRA-ORDINARY" In part 1, Kojo speaks of growing up as the only coloured person in a white-dominated area, and tells a great story of how it was to attend his first Ghanaian party with his dad's side of the fam…
 
In this conversation, we discussed: Becoming aware of the fortunate family and environment she was brought up in Living in a society that are not trained to ask why and think critically Challenging the norms of protesting against climate change by actually asking 'what am I doing to make a difference' Not being the biggest fan of Greta Thunberg Lea…
 
Alex gives her fresh perspective and learnings on topics such as: How I managed to become grateful for the privileges I had in order to use to serve those less fortunate? How I found the place I call home, and coming to terms with my identity. How I learnt to become honest with myself about my passions and ambitions, so that I could find my true ca…
 
In part 2, we covered: Self-reflecting on his brother not liking the person he was becoming Noticing cultural differences when traveling around India and Japan, and comparing it to the UK Better connecting with people you know, and being humble enough to ask for help Appreciating the people in his workplace who would grind for him Balancing work vs…
 
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is playing a pivotal role in predictions, clinical decision making and diagnosis; revolutionising the healthcare sector by empowering doctors. AI can predict and diagnose disease at a much faster rate than most healthcare professionals, but will AI replace them? In this episode, Dr Keith Grimes takes us through how Baby…
 
In this episode, Vik Judge speaks about: Appreciating the individual roles and influence of his mother and father. Learning the value of hospitality and manners from his parents' culture. Finding his place in school and university. Did being the child of immigrants mean you had a different upbringing experience? Is it necessary to wake up at 5am to…
 
Facts about Third Culture Kids (TCKs): Average number of cities they've lived in = 4 Average age they first move = 4.5 yrs old 85% are bilingual 44% earned a graduate degree by age 22 They typically work in education, medicine, business, entrepreneurship & highly skilled positions Source - https://www.thirdculturekidglobal.com/tckfacts In this seas…
 
We all breathe, but do we know how to breathe properly? Are we aware of its full potential? Through your breath, you can self-regulate by controlling your autonomic nervous system. Breathing can reduce stress levels, improve your sleep, enhance creativity and boost your immune system. In this episode, Hanna-Jade Browne takes us through her breathwo…
 
Francis Ngannou is a gifted athlete. But his path to superstardom is far from ordinary (and I mean FAR), both as a sports-star and as an immigrant. The UFC champion's story, which took him from a small village in Cameroon to being regarded as the hardest puncher in the history of MMA, is nothing short of a Hollywood movie in the making (and to be h…
 
We cover A LOT, so here's what to expect: RELATIONSHIPS & EXPECTATION > How can you leverage conflict and 'argue better' to help strengthen relationships? > How do people who frequently travel and move countries manage to form deep relationships? VALIDATION & IDENTITY > How can I move away from the fear of what other people think about me, or livin…
 
Brazilian native, Michellee Fox is a slow food chef and small minority farmer advocate. And on top of this, she's joined an amazing initiative for a food and lifestyle television network, known as FoodBay TV, as the North South America Business Development Manager. Through our conversation I've realised that she really is leading the charge for the…
 
Roman is a 1st generation immigrant from Ukraine and arrived to the US with 6 family members to a 2 bedroom apartment. He was forced to become a self-taught digital marketer due to the 2008 recession, and realised his strong passion for it. He went on to become the founder of Nova Zora Digital, as well as host of the Digital Savage Experience podca…
 
Having a father who served in the Air Force, Joydeep spent a large segment of his childhood moving around India while attending the Air Force School. He has since worked his way up from being a software engineer in Bangalore, to a Senior Principal Consultant in London; and now has global responsibility in a senior manager role at HSBC Bank. But wha…
 
Of the well known immigrants who elevated to stardom in the US, very few can boast the accomplishments of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The real life terminator made a name for himself as a bodybuilder, and used this as a launching point to become the lead man in Hollywood and, later, the Governor of California. In this episode, I take a look at Arnie's j…
 
Eszter, originally from Australia, solo traveled through India amongst other places since she was a teenager, before moving to New York to pursue a TV career. With her husband, David, they both traveled all over the world as acclaimed photographers specializing in commercial work. After life-changing moments in her personal and professional life, a…
 
In this episode I sit down with Taylor to understand how being on the go almost every few years since the age of 3, until finally settling in his current apartment in London (for now), helped him to break down biases and understand "at the end of the day we are all human" as he states. He speaks on how he uprooted and moved to Tokyo, the perception…
 
Mila Kunis is well recognised for her successes in TV and film. Not only has she won a number of accolades through her career, but she has always expressed her gratitude to her parents and now passing that on to her own family. In this episode, I take a look at Mila's journey, to understand just how it has shaped the person she is today and how tha…
 
We have come to the end of Season 1 of First Serve with Sina Haghighat! In this episode, we are bringing you the key insights from each episode: #1: Listen Like a Hostage Negotiator with Richard Mullender #2: COVID-19 - Serving on The Frontline with Dr Hamid Hashemi #4: Transforming How We Move with Luke Rust #6: Serving Others Through Contagious P…
 
AmyK is a featured contributor for Entrepreneur magazine, and her latest book, The Secrets Leaders Keep, is an Amazon bestseller. AmyK received her M.S. from Johns Hopkins University, and has been a featured guest on numerous TV and radio networks including Bloomberg, NBC and ABC. Averaging 75+ speaking events a year over the last 2 decades - for c…
 
The eagerly anticipated launch of Season 2 is finally here. Where I'll be sharing with you the personal conversations I have with esteemed guests, as we dive into their migrant story and how it brought them to where they are today. New episode every Tuesday! Plus, every other Friday I'll be reviewing a well-known personality or celebrity and the ke…
 
Season 1 - From Uganda to the UK The story of the Dattani siblings, who grew up in Kakamega, Kenya, before moving to Jinja, Uganda in December 1950. "It was a paradise living there", as one of the siblings described. Until the rise of Idi Amin's political power led to the forced exile of all 'foreigners' from East Africa. Season 1 follows the journ…
 
Season 1 - From Uganda to the UK The story of the Dattani siblings, who grew up in Kakamega, Kenya, before moving to Jinja, Uganda in December 1950. "It was a paradise living there", as one of the siblings described. Until the rise of Idi Amin's political power led to the forced exile of all 'foreigners' from East Africa. Season 1 follows the journ…
 
Season 1 - From Uganda to the UK The story of the Dattani siblings, who grew up in Kakamega, Kenya, before moving to Jinja, Uganda in December 1950. "It was a paradise living there", as one of the siblings described. Until the rise of Idi Amin's political power led to the forced exile of all 'foreigners' from East Africa. Season 1 follows the journ…
 
Season 1 - From Uganda to the UK The story of the Dattani siblings, who grew up in Kakamega, Kenya, before moving to Jinja, Uganda in December 1950. "It was a paradise living there", as one of the siblings described. Until the rise of Idi Amin's political power led to the forced exile of all 'foreigners' from East Africa. Season 1 follows the journ…
 
Season 1 - From Uganda to the UK The story of the Dattani siblings, who grew up in Kakamega, Kenya, before moving to Jinja, Uganda in December 1950. "It was a paradise living there", as one of the siblings described. Until the rise of Idi Amin's political power led to the forced exile of all 'foreigners' from East Africa. Season 1 follows the journ…
 
Season 1 - From Uganda to the UK The story of the Dattani siblings, who grew up in Kakamega, Kenya, before moving to Jinja, Uganda in December 1950. "It was a paradise living there", as one of the siblings described. Until the rise of Idi Amin's political power led to the forced exile of all 'foreigners' from East Africa. Season 1 follows the journ…
 
In this first episode - I speak with Upin Dattani, who gives a very sincere and heartfelt insight into his years spent as a child in Jinja, through to moving to London as just a young teenager. Hear all about what life was like for a child growing up and schooling in Jinja, and the need to adapt to a completely new society and culture in London. Be…
 
Welcome to the Journey Onwards (or TJO for short). But what is it, and why did I create it? In the 1970s, the seizure of power in Uganda by Idi Amin, and subsequent forced mass exile of foreigners, resulted in some fascinating tales for many members of my family. This series is a chance for me to find out more about the trials and tribulations of e…
 
Most of us think that leadership isn't for everyone or that we need to reach a certain age in order to become a leader. You don't need a title to be a leader. The reality is that we are all leaders. We are leaders of our own lives and within our friends and families. If you want to get anything done, it requires leadership. If you want to experienc…
 
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