Updated: Sep 29
Want to know what it means to create your world?
Venki Mandapati can tell you all about it.
As CEO of the startup company, CareerQuo, Venki came to the United States from India to fulfill his educational pursuits.
With knowing no one, he navigated the channels of a new educational journey and a career in a new country alone truly creating a path and network that he has today.
It was a professional development event at the University of Memphis that placed him in front of employees of leading companies in the Memphis area landing Venki an opportunity to work for FedEx Inc. as a Data Analyst and now Product Analyst Manager and Marketing Advisor for the global company.
It was after completing his Masters of Science in Information Systems, many of his cohorts were looking for the same opportunities to connect and navigate their own educational and professional journeys.
Seeing the need for mentorship and support, CareerQuo was born.
CareerQuo helps connect students with industry-specific professionals to conduct mock interviews with constructive feedback and learn about industries firsthand during discovery sessions (source: memphis.edu).
We got a chance to talk with Venki to share his journey, his wisdom, the power of habits and what embrace possibilities truly means.
What is the best word that describes what led you to where you are today? And why?
I would say passion.
If you are not passionate about what you are doing, you are not going to ultimately give your best.
I have so many different passions that started early in my childhood.
I am really passionate about education, always wanting to learn new things.
And also sharing my knowledge with others.
I always have made friends helping others and sharing what I know.
I think being the elder person in the family, you always have siblings or cousins approaching you for support and guidance, which helped build my leadership skills also.
So what got me to where I am today is passion and the things that I am passionate about which is education, leadership, knowledge, and sharing that knowledge with others.
What is and/or are your daily spiritual practice(s)? In other words, what are the daily habits you consistently do to maintain a healthy well being to execute at the level you operate from)?
For me, my day starts off with 20 minutes of meditation.
This is something I have been practicing for close to 1 ½ years now. I think meditation is something I learned which I realized was necessary.
Lifestyles can be very stressful and so one of the things I realized in the last year and a half of practicing meditation, is that it really calms me down.
It helps me a lot.
Before then, I really felt a lot of stress because I am the type of person that wants to do a lot of thing at once. As a result, I quickly understood that my triggers of stress were something I needed to be mindful of.
Meditation is one of the tools that I use to be able to focus better and work on my energy. Just taking 20 minutes a day of meditation has benefited me in my professional and personal life.
My stress levels have decreased immensely.
I also journal.
I journal 3 positive things that happened throughout my day before I go to sleep and so, whenever I am down read previous entries to give me a healthy perspective and balance.
I have learned that positives and negatives are a part of life and getting back to the positives helps you have the right frame of mindset.
The last thing I do is listen to a ton of podcasts about entrepreneurship and how these entrepreneurs have built their companies.
The podcasts have helped me understand that everybody who has become an entrepreneur is a normal person just like me and obstacles are just apart of the journey. And it is the ones who have held on just a little bit more than others, are the ones who achieved entrepreneurial success.
So these are the three daily practices that keep me grounded and stable in all the things I do.
What have obstacles taught you?
Obstacles have taught me that it is a long journey.
We can get motivated easily, but that the feelings of motivation may not always be there for a long period of time.
More than motivation, creating good habits is what makes the journey even better.
We see a lot of great content, we hear a great podcast, we listen to other peoples' stories and we get motivated, we get excited and we want to do just do it.
What happens, however, is that the energy doesn’t stay for long. The only way that the energy stays is through channeling it through habits and having the discipline to focus on that one thing you want to achieve.
So that is what obstacles have taught me because naturally, we are all wired to not do the hard things and we have to come out of a comfort zone as well.
There are so many people who are giving their best and then there are others who just give up on their goals and dreams. The most important thing obstacles have taught me is that you never know how close you are to that achieved goal or dream.
That is the reason why you should never give up.
There is going to be a hard phase when pursuing your goals; then all of a sudden, things start to happen.
So keep going and be persistent no matter what.
What does embrace possibilities mean to you?
Well, a lot of people think that the opposite of success is failure, but this is not true. The opposite of success is not trying.
To me embrace possibilities means actually helping people have the awareness that it is possible. It is the difference between people achieving greatness versus struggling.
We live in a world with a touch of a button that can connect you to so many people that can help you. So embrace possibilities also means getting started and asking for help to find out what is possible.
There were so many people who helped me once I decided to get started with CareerQuo and for that, I have learned the possibilities to be endless.
I believe everything is possible one step at a time.
If you could sum up your life’s purpose in three words, what would it be?
I would take my alma mater’s mantra and that is: Driven By Doing.
Driven by Driving, Leading by Example
Venki continues to make his impact on the business community.
His growing passion to learn continues to lead the way.
Venki recently finished up his Master’s degree in Business, and he continues to be a light to so many by sharing what he learns and infusing it into every thread of the CareerQuo brand.
He also launched a podcast, Driven by Doing where he shares stories from around the world to inspire others.
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help and connect with others, you never know where it can take you.”
Because it truly can take you to possibilities.
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