Turning Dreams Into Reality: Chief Inspiration Officer Suparna Bhasin
Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out what to do with your life. Or, if you do know what your life’s passion is, you don’t know what concrete steps to take to turn your dreams into reality. That’s where Chief Inspiration Officer Suparna Bhasin, 35, of Passion Into Practice comes to the rescue. She and the company provide clients with coaching services that follow a proven methodology to help people transform their lives and align their careers with their passions. In addition to delivering services to clients, Suparna also makes strategic decisions about how to expand the company. The aim is to offer services and products globally, reaching and inspiring millions of people. Prepare to be inspired by Suparna in this week’s Young & Professional Profile.
Passion into Practice
Chief Inspiration Officer
New York, New York
Johns Hopkins University
Passion into Practice
Chief Inspiration Officer
Technology Solutions Company
Analyst and Manager
About the company
Passion into Practice is a company dedicated to helping people find what they love and turn it into what they do. What we have found is that the majority of people are unhappy in their work and often times in their lives and they feel as if they are not living the life they were born to live. Our company is designed to help people reconnect with themselves and their dreams and support them to make their dreams a reality. We have a proven methodology that we take our clients through to help them deal with both the internal blocks and limitations that they place on themselves as well as support with the external work that goes into making things happen. We have had wonderful results with our clients and fully believe and hold for our clients and the world that anything is possible!
What are your day-to-day responsibilities?
My day to day responsibilities include delivering programs to clients, business development and introductory coaching calls to potential clients. In addition, as a partner in the organization, I play a close role in managing our finances (CFO) and making strategic decisions about how to grow the company. I am also instrumental in developing the team and working with them around both marketing and operations to support what we hope to become a global business.
Most notable milestones
My most notable milestones include increasing revenue by 500% in the second half of last year and ramping up to a full practice in 3 months.
In addition, over the last year I have gotten numerous offers to speak as an expert in careers and purpose-finding.
I have also gotten in front of hundreds of people since the summer of 2006 to promote and teach Passion into Practice.
I have raised several hundred thousand dollars in bridge financing for the company.
Finally, I believe that taking this business in a start-up mode to the next level has been the biggest milestone. We have grown our team from my partner and I to 10 people with offices and a sustainable and smart business model. We are pioneering something that is very unique and having great results.
What’s the niche?
The niche for us is working with people to help them transform their lives but specifically focusing on helping them find work that they love. No other major, well-known branded company has the same kind of approach and methodology to our knowledge that we have.
What’s the biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge has been to find the most strategic way to grow this business in terms of the business model. I believe the biggest challenge now is finding and developing a team that will help us maintain our 100% customer satisfaction rate that we currently have.
What’s in store for the future?
What we have in store for our future is growing the company through products and services globally. We intend to reach millions of people through our programs and products and we hope to touch and inspire them to live a better life.
Best way to keep a competitive edge
The best way we know to keep our competitive edge is to attract and retain the most talented coaches in the world to maintain our brand integrity and quality of service.
Guiding principle in life
My guiding principle in life is my tremendous faith in a force and energy bigger than myself that is benevolent and loving.
Yardstick of success
My yardstick of success is that I remain happy and fulfilled by my work.
Goal yet to be achieved
My goal yet to be achieved is publishing my memoir as a best selling book.
Best practical advice
My best practical advice is for people to follow their hearts and go for their dreams even when it is scary and uncertain!
Supportive words from a family member or friend on your venture
Supportive words from my family is that I should never give up on myself or my dreams.
My most important mentor was my first boss who taught me that I could do anything and told me that I would teach him things.
What motivated you to get started?
What motivated me to get started is my passion and commitment to being in service of the planet and to make a profound difference in a confusing and challenging time on the planet.
Like best about what you do?
The thing I like best about what I do is the opportunity I have to inspire and encourage people to not settle in their lives and to go for their dreams. In addition, I see in each of them their greatest self and holding for them that they really can do anything even when they can’t see it for themselves.
Like least about what you do?
The administrative and accounting piece of what I do.
At age 10, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I had no idea! It is probably ironic and of no coincidence that I now help people find work that they love!
What was your first job?
My first job was as an analyst and trainer in a large regional bank. I worked with stock brokers to teach them both a computer based asset allocation program as well as the understanding on how to teach their clients about the risk and return of investments in the market.
Biggest pastime outside of work
My biggest pastime outside of work is spending time with my beautiful nephews that live very close by!
Person most interested in meeting?
The person I am most interested in meeting is Marianne Williamson. She is an inspirational teacher and is making a profound difference on the planet and in Washington DC around forming a Department of Peace. I would love to meet her so that I can learn from her what her secret to success is in continuing to do her work in a bigger way. Also, I would love to meet with her to better understand how I may collaborate with her and support her efforts in Washington.
Leader in business most interested in meeting?
A leader in business I am most interested in meeting are the founders of Google. I would love to know what their journey was like and ask them questions about some of the challenges in business that they faced and how they overcame them.
Three interesting facts about yourself
- I have moved 27 times since I graduated college.
- I knew I wanted to write my memoir 10 years ago even though I didn’t know exactly why.
- Even though I was born and raised in the USA, I still feel as though I am truly Indian at the end of the day.
Three characteristics that describe you
Three greatest passions
- Inspiring people to follow their dreams
- My nieces and nephews
- Using my story to help other people feel more empowered and safe in their own lives
“A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson
Helping end poverty and homelessness around the world
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I would like to add that I feel extremely grateful and humbled by the opportunities and people that have come my way in my life to support me in becoming the greatest version of myself.
Who would you like to be contacted by?
Anyone that feels that they have a connection or opportunity that seems to best meet their needs and is in conjunction with the work we are doing in the world.
Interview by Sheena Singh
Introduction by Preeti Aroon
Edited by Valerie Enriquez