Episode 7

Published on:

31st Jan 2023

Eric Schmidt | Finding Your Naked Ambition

Do you find purpose in what you do? Or are you lacking an internal orientation that leads you through your day-to-day? Well, purpose and meaning are not only critical but are also powerful motivators that allow us to unlock a commitment to something bigger than ourselves. Did you know that a company with a strong sense of purpose also has a history of strong financial performance?

So now, just imagine as an individual, what each of us can foster if we create or find purpose in what we do, what performance, and what reward we can unlock for ourselves as individuals that we can release into the world.

This is what  Ashish and Anil are going to discuss in today's episode of the Happiness Squad podcast with their special guest, Eric Schmidt.

Eric has a master's degree in conservation biology, and he has worked with governmental institutions such as the US National Renewable Energy Lab and various local and regional government entities focusing primarily on grassland flora and fauna, as well as large mammal wildlife management.

Early in his career, Eric decided to shift gears and entered the world of tech startups, eventually leading large scale enterprise software deployments to Fortune 500 clients including Verizon, American Airlines, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Hershey’s, Kaiser Permanente, Boeing, Intel, and more.

Today Eric is back to applying those same skills to conservation by leading Wildlife Protection Solutions, an international NGO focused on protecting endangered species and ecosystems through the practical application of technology to field settings.

In this conversation, Eric is going to explore the real value of finding meaning and purpose in what you do.

You will find out more about Eric’s background story and how he decided to pivot from the tech world back to what he always loved to do.

He will talk about his company Wildlife Protection solutions, what it does and the impact they are driving in the world.

Eric will share his definition of true happiness, will talk about how his life changed after he pivoted to doing what he loves to do, will reveal how you can overcome burnout and find the resources to make a change in your life by adding meaning and purpose and so much more,.

Listen now to learn a new way to unlock your full potential by adding purpose to your life!

What You’ll Learn in this Show:

  • A little bit about Wildlife Protection solutions: What the company does and the impact they are driving in the world
  • Why did Eric decide to pivot from the tech world back to conservation?
  • Eric’s definition of happiness
  • How to overcome burnout and find the resources to make a change in your life by adding meaning and purpose
  • How Eric’s life changed after he pivoted to doing what he loves to do
  • And so much more...




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About the Podcast

The Happiness Squad
Welcome to Happiness Squad.

This is the podcast dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential by mastering the art and science of happiness.

We bring on the best leading experts on these topics to help you unlock your true potential and live with more joy, health, love, and meaning in your life.

Your host is no other than Ashish Kothari who is on a mission to provide you with an unfair advantage to be the masters of your experience and leaders in your industry.

Get ready to be moved, challenged, and enlightened on this podcast. It may change your life.

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About your hosts

Ashish Kothari

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Ashish Kothari is the founder and CEO of Happiness Squad, a company focused on democratizing happiness and touching a billion+ lives over the next 20 years and helping them live with more joy, health, love, and meaning.

Prior to founding Happiness Squad and writing his best-selling book “Hardwired for happiness”, Ashish spent 25 years in consulting, including the last 17 at McKinsey and Co, a premier management consulting firm, helping thousands of clients and their organizations achieve breakthrough performance by building new mindsets and capabilities.

Ashish is a trained ontological coach and a lifelong student of human thriving.

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Anil Ramjiani is an experienced senior leader at Nike, Inc., most recently as the Commercial Director managing key athlete partnerships and business with Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, and Marcus Rashford.

Anil's passion is grounded in empowering people, unlocking potential, and driving performance. He has worked in consulting and corporate across the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia acquiring over 20 years of experience in strategy, brand, and general management at IBM, Adidas, and Nike.

He created the podcast and platform Live. Breathe. Believe., to enable reflection, motivation, and inspiration for his peers. #Knowyoutobeyou!