Introversion, Immigration & Identity Raj SubrameyerRaj Subrameyer is a motivational speaker, writer, and tech career coach who helps people step into the leadership role of their dreams through his services and speeches. He is helping countless people to discover their zone of genius and leverage it to live the life that they love. In his spare time, he loves traveling with his family and discovering new experiences which include craft beer.In today’s episode, Raj and Monique are talking about how overcoming self-doubt, low confidence, and low self-esteem as an introvert helped Raj become one of the top keynote speakers in the tech industry. The episode also goes into detail about discovering new ways to be highly productive and produce impactful work throughout this journey.
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[01:27] – Monique introduces her guest, Raj Subrameyer.
[01:38] – Tell us about who you are, where you from, and what you do?
- I’m a tech career coach.
- I do speaking and writing for companies, I speak at various conferences on different topics, which includes AI, software development, and also non-tech topics like leadership, motivation, and then self-confidence.
[07:19] – When was the point that you felt like you had to change something to get out of this “inferiority syndrome” that you felt trapped within your family?
- The trigger-event was in the 2nd year of under-grad
- My family and me were in my room and I was again advised on what career path to take and it just didn’t feel right
[09:13] – What made you think at that moment when you step up and speak up and prove them wrong?
- It’s all those small moments, which actually brought me to that moment where I had the blow-up with my parents. And I think it was all a gradual transition of small wins, which gave me the confidence.
[11:38] – How did your parents react?
- They were pretty shocked.
- And they were taken aback and they didn’t see that comment at all.
[14:44] – What do you think did this situation cause within your brother, watching all of that?
- My brother was oblivious, in terms of what was happening inside me, not to ay that he’s a great guy.
[21:17] – Talk to me about the decision to move to the US.
- I came to the US in 2008 to pursue my master’s in software engineering.
[38:01] – Raj shares his experiences on the intercultural differences.
[48:34] – What was the biggest thing that changed for you being an introvert?
- I started looking for opportunities where I could get out of my comfort zone.
[53:36] – What are you doing at that moment to overcome this fear and still introduce yourself?
- The first thing is I realized everyone was human and they started from somewhere, everyone comes out as a baby.
[57:19] – What does efficiency mean to you?
- It would be trying to optimize processes. You can help to solve complex problems with simple solutions, and also help to finish work ahead of time.
[58:14] – Which of the three things would you do over and over again, to basically build your success up again?
- Finding your purpose.
- Serving others to be happy in life.
- It’s never too late to make a change.
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IMPACTFUL QUOTES OF THIS EPISODE
You can never find a small-minded traveler.
You can help people solve complex problems with simple solutions.
Efficiency means trying to optimize processes.
Remote-Work, Recruiting & Resilience with Anna ShcherbynaFor the past 8 years, Anna has been working in Operations and Recruitment for both major companies and remote businesses. She currently, runs a remote-focused recruitment agency that helps companies hire top remote talent via a done-for-you service. She is originally from Ukraine but is currently location independent. In today’s episode, Anna and Monique are talking about big goals, both personally and professionally to bring value to the remote working community.
HOT TOPICS OF THE EPISODE
[02:07] – Monique introduces her guest, Anna Shcherbyna.
[04:13] – Tell everyone first, what are you doing? Where are you from? And who are you?
- My name is Anna.
- I am originally from Ukraine.
- I run a remote agency, It is specifically helping online businesses hire remote teams all over the world.
[05:20] – How do you go about finding remote teams?
- It’s such a unique process, in my personal opinion.
- So what we do is we fully try to understand and, what we’ve done is we’ve figured out which job boards in which locations we can actually go to to find those specific people.
[12:00] – How can you evaluate the values of the people who are applying? And do they actually apply themselves? Or do you headhunt? Most of the people into the funnel? How does it work?
- In terms of how we find them, the actual job boards or locations where we’re finding candidates are also the same locations where we can invite candidates.
- In terms of values, I’d actually even pull that back a little bit and say, personality, culture fit.
[30:29] – How did you experience growing up? Did you grow up in Ukraine at all?
- I was born there.
- it was a really hard time. I actually had a year where like a gap year when I was I think 16 or 15.
[54:50] – What does efficiency mean to you?
- The team creates efficiency.
- I’m extremely passionate about a team because I truly believe that the reason that I got to be efficient in my business is with a team.
- Surround yourself with people who are better than you at what you need them to be.
[1:02:09] – If you would have to start all over again which of the three things that you’ve done has been so successful that you would be doing them over and over again to get where you are now?
- Learning that team can support me has been a revelation.
- I’ve been able to grow my own skills and learn because of the people in my life.
- People are the key to success.
- If you want to go fast, go alone if you want to go far go together.