Don't give up trying to do what you really want to do

Updated: Jun 26

Very few people know what they really want to do in life. Once you do "don't give up"!



On May 13th, 2020, I was honored and privileged to become a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) with the Scrum Alliance and join an amazing community of professional trainers and great human beings. About 10 years ago I attended my Certified Scrum Master (CSM). I was spellbound by the instructor on how flawlessly he delivered the class. That's


when my mind was made up, I want to be like him. I started working on my advanced certifications and teaching frequently. It was only in the summer of 2016 that I was introduced to Dave Prior.

Dave, what can I say? I still have a Skype recording that I hold dear to my heart in which you shared your "tough love" as you reviewed my training materials and my personal statement :-). I still remember that discussion. It made me strive higher and work harder. Thank you! It took me a year to get my materials in shape before I started my co-training journey with you.

Bernie Maloney who I first met at the Global Gathering in Minneapolis, Thank you so much for being a mentor, friend, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) coach. I still enjoy your checking on me via text messages :-) You and Laura opened your house and heart to me. I cannot thank you enough.

Jason Tanner, you reinforced Training from the BACK of the Room (TBR) principles as we co-created our co-training workbook. It was an amazing "no slides" co-training that opened up a world of possibilities that I had not explored before. I also like to thank each and every team member from Applied Frameworks that were there to mentor me at every stage.

Eric Tucker, I have no words! You were there for me night or day, even after a long day of training. Co-training with you was an amazing journey that helped me understand what interactive and engaging really meant :-). Thank you so much!

Petri Heiramo, your deep knowledge that you share with your students and me and your kindness and generosity to teach a class for my community and do a special stopover in NYC :-) Thank you!

Rick Waters, I still remember our class in Jersey City where we co-delivered a class and paid a portion of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Thank you for being a friend and mentor. Your generosity certainly rubbed off on me :-)

Chris Li, Valerio Zanini and Bonsy Yelsangi you spent countless hours to help me this last year to grow from a "not yet" to "approved" Thank you so much!

Jesse Fewell, Kim Brainard, Carlton Nettleton, Kert Petersen, Andreas Schliep, Lisa Reeder, and many more who were always ready to help and mentor. You were amazing all during my journey.

Bjorn, Anu, Judy, and Erika, and of course Lisa, thank you so much for an amazing TAC experience and Howard Sublett for checking on me both when I was a "not yet" and when I was "approved". Bjorn, ATC, and the 7Cs are now part of me. Thank you!

The CST-Candidate cohort from all over the world, you know who you are :-) Thank you for the countless hours you spent in helping me.

Finally, I wanted to thank my family, friends, and students, my wife Kriti, my kids, Mohan, Linda, and many more that supported and lifted me up whenever I was going through a low.

Quoting Bernie "You getting there is inevitable, Just don't give up!" and so my journey continues.