Welcome to my Tech Leaders Interview Series, where I interview impactful leaders and ask them to share tips and techniques that have benefited them, both in their personal and professional lives.
This interview is with Pratik Thakker, CEO of Webzoly.
Pratik is a LinkedIn Influencer, Angel Investor, Israel’s Tech Ambassador to India, Keynote Speaker, and CEO of Webzoly.
Q & A:
What are your main productivity tips?
What I am about to share changed my life.
Without this, I would NEVER succeed.
When I look at all the success I had in the past few years, I realized that the reason for my success is mainly because of one thing.
That one thing is “Strict Deadlines.”
My day ends only after my to-do list for the day is achieved.
When you meet your deadlines,
It helps you boost your confidence.
It helps you build trust with your boss, customers, or network.
It helps you get things done, and eventually, you PROGRESS!
What is your favorite drink?
India’s famous drink is my favorite drink, masala chai!
After moving to Israel, I started loving wine too.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
In 2014, I moved to Israel.
My first year in Israel was the hardest year of my life.
New country, culture, and language as a foreign national are really challenging.
Especially when you are not on vacation
I was rushed to the emergency room a few times in the first year because of anxiety attacks and depression.
I was about to give up and almost decided to go back.
But my goals didn’t let me quit. I kept on pushing myself to adapt and accept the change.
Beginnings are always difficult!
Don’t give up!
When we go out of our comfort zone, it’s obvious to feel anxious.
Here’s the 2 step magic trick that I use:
- Accept the situation – Once you accept, no matter how worse the situation is your mind is relaxed and automatically helps deal with the situation.
- Find solutions/options – When you are in a problem that causes stress and anxiety, instead of panicking, find two or three options to solve the current situation. Choose the best option based on facts, go into action. Don’t deal with stress and anxiety; try to overcome them with solutions.
“If you can’t handle stress, you can’t handle success.”
Your tips for aspiring entrepreneurs?
Today’s trend is that everyone wants to be an entrepreneur.
Everyone wants to be the next Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, or Steve Jobs.
Nothing wrong with taking inspiration from these legends.
Entrepreneurship is a roller coaster ride with a lot of dips until the business takes off! All of this takes time and massive effort.
Few things every entrepreneur should be good at:
– Passionate about solving the problem
– Clear vision and plan
The world’s most successful entrepreneurs had one thing in common – the character trait called resilience.
Who in the Tech industry would you like to meet for lunch?
I love meeting extraordinary people who are working to change the world for the better.
It has been a dream to meet a legend who always inspired me, Bill Gates.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Where I was born, India.
And where I live now, Israel.
I would say 50:50
Both countries are awesome because of their amazing culture and awesome people!
What is your favorite book recommendation?
This book helped me become an extrovert from an introvert.
Without this, I would NEVER be good at networking and communication..
It literally changed my life, business, and relationships.
Amazing book by Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People.
I have read this book over a hundred times. I am sure you will love it too.
Why are you in Tech?
Since childhood, my inspiration has been Bill gates! Imagine a world without computers.
In 2005, the internet became very popular.
At that time, my father purchased a new computer for me, and that opened the doors to a world of opportunities.
I wanted to become a software engineer, but my destiny and creativity made me a marketer. So I chose to match both my love for Tech and marketing and started marketing tech products.