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Limitless Grit Podcast

Hey there, this is Shristi and the Limitless Grit podcast is where I have honest conversations with social entrepreneurs, thought leaders, educators, artists and anyone who I believe dares to live their life on their own terms. Every person selected to be interviewed on this podcast has a unique and different perspective in life yet all of them have one thing in common: consciously choose courage over fear. Some of my interviewees have impacted millions of people’s lives while others are just getting started. Throughout this podcast, I will ask questions on how their ideas evolved and how they influenced people to join their vision.

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EP3 Betsy Nilan: Stepping into Confidence

Betsy Nilan is the President of The Get in Touch Foundation. She has been involved with The Get in Touch Foundation for most of her life. When she was 13 years old, the Founder and her mother, Mary Ann Wasil was diagnosed with breast cancer and started Get In Touch to provide others with the knowledge to be informed about breast health.Over the years, Betsy assisted and volunteered her time to further the organization’s mission. She helped plan and execute fundraising events across the country, worked with Get In Touch Youth Ambassadors, and worked as Operations Coordinator in the office. In February of 2016, she stepped up as Acting President and two months later stepped up as President after her mother passed away.Betsy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Virginia, and has a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Southern Connecticut State University. Her thesis was entitled “Empowerment Through Decision-Making: Patriarchal Society’s Effect on Women with the BRCA1 and BRCA2 Genetic Mutation.” It focused on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutation, also known as the breast cancer gene and how society reacted to women testing positive.Betsy’s mission is to empower women by providing them free breast health education which she is doing every single day through her foundation.10 THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR * The purpose behind creating the Get in Touch Foundation. * Why was her organization able to thrive for the past 13 years while most organizations run out of business within the first three years of business.*We talk about how the Get in Touch foundation is able to provide Daisy Wheel for free. * How is her organization able to partner with huge companies like Guess and the Stop and Shop Stores.* Meaning behind her pink hair. * Why did she choose women’s stories major and what does it mean to be a feminist. * Becoming the president right after a loss of someone she truly cared about.* We talk about her goals for the organization for the next 5 years How can one cultivate confidence * Her definition of courage Book recommended: Milk and Honey by Rupi KaurDocumentary recommended: Misrepresentation Connect with Betsy/ The Get in Touch Foundation:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/getintouchfoundation/?hl=enTwitter: https://twitter.com/GetInTouch http://getintouchfoundation.org/Connect with Shristi Limitlessgrit.comlimitlessgrit@gmail.cominstagram https://www.instagram.com/shristigajurel/?hl=enTwitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=shristi%20gajurel&src=typdPlease go limitlessgrit.com for show notes


15 Apr 2017

Rank #1

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EP6 Ameen Haque: The Art of Storytelling

Ameen Haque: Formerly a Vice President at the ad agency Ogilvy & Mather, Ameen has over 20 years of experience in Advertising, Theatre & Consulting. Ameen is also the Founder of Storywallahs which is a Bangalore-based organization that believes stories are the best way to inspire, motivate and teach. Using his expertise and experience, he helps people discover and use the power of stories in their personal and professional lives. Some of his clients are Microsoft, intel, KPMG, Amazon etc. Ameen is truly an expert who trains leaders and entrepreneurs in storytelling, crafting narratives, and using story based frameworks to navigate change and inspire action along desired goals.10 THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR How he balanced his full time job while pursuing his passion for theater How he overcame speech impediment as a child and eventually went on to becoming an expert on storytelling.What makes a good storyWhat makes Sachin Tendulkar god of cricketHis family’s reaction when he left a well paying job to pursue his passionWhy he does not like the word “AWESOME”His advice to his twenty year old selfhow to tell the truth without being rudeImportance of embracing failure His definition of courageBook Recommendations by Ameen Jungle book: Rudyard KiplingWhere the Sidewalk Ends: Shel SilversteinHermann Hesse: glass bead gameConnect with Ameen:https://storywallahs.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ameenhaque72Twitter: https://twitter.com/StorywallahsGoogle Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77FUr6ZsWjY&t=2898sConnect with Shristi   Limitlessgrit.com   limitlessgrit@gmail.com   Instagram https://www.instagram.com/shristigajurel/?hl=en   Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=shristi%20gajurel&src=typd


6 May 2017

Rank #2

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EP5: William B Helmreich- Walking 6,000 Miles in New York City

William Helmreich has walked every block of New York City's five boroughs to get a better understanding of the city and the 8 million people that call it home. He is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at City College. He has also written 16 books including, The Things they Say Behind your Back; Against All Odds: Holocaust Survivors and the Successful Lives they Made in America, What Was I Thinking: The Dumb Things We Do and How to Avoid Them and The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in New York City.In addition to books and publications in scholarly journals, Professor Helmreich has written for the New York Times, Newsday, the Los Angeles Times and has also been a guest on Oprah Winfrey, The Larry King Show, CBS Morning News, CNN, ABC Nightline, and guest anchor on NBC-TV News. William is larger than life character and has truly inspired me to be more disciplined and creative.10 THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR1. William talks about his most satisfying experience as a teacher.2. He gives advice on finding one’s purpose in life.3. 10 traits most successful people have.4. He talks about his near to death experiences in life.5. How can we learn to be more disciplined.6. How he manages to be a full-time teacher while walking 30 miles a week and writing a book.7. Why really smart people have a harder time making decisions in life.8. How to deal with difficult people.9. Why is it important to have high tolerance for not being satisfied10. His definition of courage (this is my favorite)Books recommended By William:1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith2. Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer3. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell4. The great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald5. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson6. Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance7. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse Connect with Shristi Limitlessgrit.com limitlessgrit@gmail.com Instagram https://www.instagram.com/shristigajurel/?hl=en Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=shristi%20gajurel&src=typd


29 Apr 2017

Rank #3

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EP4 Ken Banks: Being a Reluctant Innovator

I had an incredible time interviewing one of my personal heroes Ken Banks. He is the Founder of kiwanja.net and creator of messaging platform FrontlineSMS. He is a PopTech Fellow, a Tech Awards Laureate, an Ashoka Fellow and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and has been internationally recognized for his technology-based work. In 2013 he was nominated for the TED Prize, and in 2015 Ken was appointed CARE International’s first Entrepreneur in Residence and is also a published author, with his first edited book, “The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator.” In today’s episode, we cover different topics including finding one’s purpose in life, the power of paying attention, starting an organization and much more! If you’re interested in social entrepreneurship or starting your own organization then you have to listen to this man! He has some of the most genuine and practical advice I have ever heard! TEN THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR 1. Some of the lessons Ken learned from one of the lowest points in his life! 2. His initial reaction when he first got National Geographic explorers award3. His friendship with the Nobel prize winner Desmond tutu4. How can one find their purpose in life 5. Importance of being humble 6. Why he decided to create an app called “app for my children”7. Advice for young entrepreneurs8. Working with the U.K. Prime minister’s delegation to Africa 9. What does Kiwanja mean and what is he doing with the platform.10. What does it mean to be a reluctant innovator!Ken’s Favorite Movie: The Green MileKen’s Favorite Books:1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 2. Into the Wild by Jon KrakauerConnect with Ken:Website: http://www.kiwanja.net/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=ken%20banks&src=typdInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kiwanja/?hl=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ken.banksConnect with Shristi Website: limitlessgrit.comEmail: limitlessgrit@gmail.cominstagram: https://www.instagram.com/shristigajurel/?hl=enTwitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=shristi%20gajurel&src=typdFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/shristi.gajurel1


22 Apr 2017

Rank #4

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EP 51 Pushpa Basnet: Falling forward and never giving up

At age 21, Pushpa visited a women’s prison in Kathmandu and came face to face with children living alongside their incarcerated mothers. She soon started the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), the first step in a lifelong mission to rescue Nepal’s imprisoned children. Since then, she has founded Butterfly Home and has rescued and cared for over 500 children.Follow Pushpa- www.butterflyhomenepal.orgTwitter: @inmateschildren

1hr 7mins

11 Apr 2018

Rank #5

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EP 49 Anuradha Koirala: On Women Empowerment and fighting against Human Trafficking in Nepal

Anuradha Koirala is a Nepalese social worker and the founder of Maiti Nepal- a non-profit organization in Nepal, dedicated to helping victims of sex trafficking. Maiti Nepal today conducts a wide range of activities. Organizing awareness campaigns, community sensitization programs, rescue operations, apprehending traffickers, providing legal support to the needy, women empowerment programs, trainings, providing anti retroviral therapy (ART) to children and women infected by HIV are regular activities of Maiti Nepal. Miss Koirala received many prestigious awards throughout her life including CNN Heroes Award in 2010 and India’s fourth highest civilian award Parma Shri in 2017. To help Maiti Nepal please visit their site: www.maitinepal.orgFind Maiti Nepal on Facebook: @maitinepal Books recommended by Miss. Koirala:Sold by Patricia McCormickRadhika's Story: Human Trafficking in the 21st Century by Sharon Hendry


27 Mar 2018

Rank #6

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EP 46 Binod Chaudhary: How Nepal’s Only Billionaire Made It Big

Mr. Binod Chaudhary is a Nepalese businessman, industrialist, philanthropist, and politician serving in the Nepali Congress. He is the current chairman of Chaudhary Group (CG), a conglomerate that consists of nearly 80 companies. Mr. Chaudhary is also the first Nepali billionaire, as listed by Forbes.Besides business, Mr. Chaudhary has been involved in several other government and social sectors. His CG Foundation works for the social welfare and he often contributes in the areas of art, music and literature as well.His Biography: Making It BigConnect with Mr. Binod Chaudhary:Twitter: @BinodKChaudharywebsite: blog.binodchaudhary.com


4 Mar 2018

Rank #7

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EP 45 Paul Chek: How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy!

Paul Chek is an internationally-renowned expert in the fields of corrective and high-performance exercise kinesiology. For over twenty-five years, Paul’s unique, holistic approach to treatment and education has changed the lives of countless people worldwide .Paul is a sought-after presenter and has consulted for organizations such as the Chicago Bulls, Australia’s Canberra Raiders, New Zealand’s Auckland Blues, the US Air Force Academy and other elite organizations. His information is not only cutting-edge, but also very applicable.BOOKS RECOMMENDED BY PAUL:1. How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy! By Paul Chek2. Last 4 Doctors You'll Ever Need: How to Get Healthy Now! Paul Chex3. The Book By Allan watts4. Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe DispenzaFOLLOW PAUL: chekinstitute.com paulcheksblog.comYoutube: @Paul ChekSPECIAL OFFER chekinstitute.com/hcc

1hr 5mins

26 Nov 2017

Rank #8

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EP 44 10 Min Tuesday: Quitting my job and traveling the world

EP 44 10 Min Tuesday: Quitting my job and traveling the world by Shristi Gajurel


22 Nov 2017

Rank #9

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EP 43 Jeremy Courtney: Love first and ask questions later

Jeremy Courtney is co-founder and executive director of the Preemptive Love Coalition (PLC), an international development organization based in Iraq that provides lifesaving heart surgeries to Iraqi children and trains local doctors and nurses. Jeremy resides in Iraq with his wife and two children.Jeremy's book: Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart at a TimeConnect with Jeremy:Website: preemptivelove.orgInstagram: @preemptiveloveFacebook: @preemptivelove


20 Nov 2017

Rank #10

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EP 42 10 Min Tuesday: Thriving as an Immigrant in the United States

in today's episode, my friend Kshitij talks about some of the challenges he faced as an immigrant from Nepal and how he overcame them. His story is absolutely incredible and inspirational. Enjoy.


15 Nov 2017

Rank #11

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EP 41 Susan Haag: First Woman To Finish 100 Iron-Distance Triathlons

Susan Haag became the first woman to complete 100 full iron-distance triathlons. Haag started competing in triathlons in 1990's and has crossed the finish line 375 times in the last 26 years. Haag, who resides in Jacksonville, Florida , is a practicing lawyer and sits on the Board of Directors for USA Triathlon.

1hr 16mins

12 Nov 2017

Rank #12

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EP 38 10 Min Tuesday: How can a checklist save your life

In today's episode, I talk about one of my favorite books Checklist Manifesto and it's practical use in day to day life. Enjoy.


1 Nov 2017

Rank #13

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EP 37 Raha Moharrak: First Saudi woman and youngest Arab to summit Mount Everest

Raha Moharrak is the first Saudi woman and youngest Arab to summit  Mount Everest. She is an advocate for women’s  rights and empowerment. She is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles in Saudi girls while reminding other women that they too can reach the highest peak, no matter what their field. Enjoy.GO TO LIMITLESSGRIT.COM FOR SHOW NOTESConnect with Raha:Instagram: @rahamoharrak Twitter: @rahamoharrak


29 Oct 2017

Rank #14

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EP 36 10 Min Tuesday: The power of not giving up

EP 36 10 Min Tuesday: The power of not giving up by Shristi Gajurel


25 Oct 2017

Rank #15

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EP 35 Jeff Jonas : Overcoming failure & changing the world while running Ironman triathalons

Jeff Jonas is a data Scientist, Former IBM Fellow, Serial Entrepreneur, Founder and Chief Scientist at Stealth startup, Senzing. Jeff is also one of four people to have completed every single Ironman Triathlon in the world. In today’s episode, he talks about his life and how he attacks seemingly impossible challenges step by step. Enjoy.GO TO LIMITLESSGRIT.COM FOR SHOW NOTESBooks Recommended by Jeff:1. The art of war by Sun Tzu 2. One Man’s view of the World byLee Kuan YewConnect with Jeff:Twitter: @jeffjonasWebsite: jeffjonas.typepad.comConnect with Shristi:instagram: @shristigajurel


23 Oct 2017

Rank #16

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EP 34 10 Min Tuesday: Why taking care of your personal finance is everything

in today's episode, my friend Trolette talks about Personal Financing and how she was able to pay her college debt and travel 30 before turning 30. Enjoy! :)


17 Oct 2017

Rank #17

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EP 32 10 Min Tuesday: Trust your Gut and Believe in Your Crazy Idea

In today's episode, I talk about one of my favorite Entrepreneur Phil Knight and his brand Nike. I read his memoir a year ago and it changed my life. In this episode I will be sharing five things I learned from his book and how it changed my perspective. Enjoy.


10 Oct 2017

Rank #18

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EP 31 Bailey O’Brien: Healing Stage 4 Melanoma In 6 Weeks After Chemo Failed

Bailey O’Brien was diagnosed with stage 4 inoperable melanoma in 2011 and was believed to have just a few months to live. Her doctor said "There's nothing we can do”. She didn't agree, so she looked into alternative options. A few weeks later she made a decision and put her trust in a radical new mindset, changing her diet and going to Mexico for treatment.Now she is 6 years Cancer- free and is helping people with their healing process.GO TO LIMITLESSGRIT.COM FOR SHOW NOTESBooks recommended by Bailey:1. The Bible 2. The Defining Decade by Meg JayConnect with Bailey:Website: www.baileyobrien.comInstagram: @baileyobrien330Twitter: @baileyobrien330Facebook: @baileyobrien330


8 Oct 2017

Rank #19