Nagesh Joshi is a Mechanical Engineering Graduate & Business Management, he took the entrepreneurial leap and joined the Antal India Network in 2010.

He has more than 17 years of rich experience in the automotive sector. He worked in well known auto Multinationals (fortune 500 cos.) and Indian auto giants in areas such as Operations, Manufacturing, Logistics, Quality, Process planning, New launches, Developing manufacturing systems, Greenfield & Global launches and has substantial international exposure working on global car launches.

Nagesh is adventurous and likes extreme sports, travelling, trekking, mountaineering and music. The life of an entrepreneur is full of ups and downs. One day things are exciting; the next we have to face a new hassle. In this unpredictable life as an entrepreneur, Nagesh has managed to make time for himself and for his passion for adventure sport as his new found passion for running. Nagesh shares how running has has kept him motivated, emotionally strong, built his bonding skills as well as made him more focused and disciplined in chasing his entrepreneurial goals.  Here’s a glimpse into his journey in becoming more disciplined, focused and persistent:

How did your journey as an avid marathoner begin?

It started a few years back when there was a mini marathon of 3 kms for parents in my daughter’s school. I was practicing jogging then but it used to be just a casual workout. I decided to participate in this run and I finished it at 4th position amongst 30 odd parents who participated then. I found the experience quite joyful and motivating. I decided to take running seriously and started practicing on a regular basis. Within one year of practice I participated in Pune International Marathon for 10 km distance and completed the run successfully in a decent time. There after I participated in various short marathons focusing on improving my performance (pace).

How has it impacted your life today?

Indeed, I think I am more fit today. From last 3  years there has been no minor and major illness touching my life. I have lots of energy to handle daily challenges. I truly feel I am going in the reverse of my age.

How has this affected your business?

I would say the biggest benefit of running has been shown in the business. Long distance running (LDR) is extremely challenging both physically and mentally. By practicing LDR you are training yourself to handle any kind of extreme challenge and precisely that is helping in our business as well. While you are practicing LDR, your focus is squarely on running and you break the mammoth task of running 10kms/21kms/42kms into small goals of lets say half a km or a km. Similarly in our business if you focus on each and every call,activity, interactions, negotiations, meetings etc,  at the end you will achieve the big targets you have kept in your mind. I can draw one more parallel; when you participate in a Long Distance Marathon, you focus on your own result, you are least bothered about who is running ahead of you, behind you or with you. As you run more and more Marathons, you start focusing on improving your own performance. Similarly in Business, you compete with yourself and you should always try to be better than your formal self and not compete with others who may be there in business for years who are legends or there are some who are just novice.

What does running mean to you today?

Running has become a way my of life.  It brings enormous joy to me. It helps me handle my stress and frustrations in much better ways.

Inspite of a busy schedule is it possible to prioritize and take time out for a sport or a hobby:  Running, any kind of exercise or sports are very important part of our life and one should not excuse them for lack of time. Infact make these activities an overriding priority and you will have far better quality of life.

Taking up a sport or music or any other hobby, does it bring a change in your working style?

Certainly. you become much more confident in handling any challenging situations, you are more focused and balanced.

What’s your advice to entrepreneurs or business leaders who think they are too busy to take up something they are passionate about apart from their profession?

I would certainly advise them to take running, weight lifting or any kind of physically & mentally challenging sports as your hobby. You can certainly travel from fitness to success.

Nagesh Joshi office in Chinchwad Pune largely focuses on sectors around Automotive, Engineering and Manufacturing sector. Highly competent consultants at Antal – Pune are handpicked for the expertise they bring either from the Recruitment / Search background or as a functional specialist from a specific sector. If you’re looking to hire exceptional talent within the above sectors/discipline visit his microsite https://www.antal.com/office/pune-india/115

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