Published on March 1st, 2014 |
by Jehan Raffiuddin
FAB WOMAN: Rita Gangwani
“I was one of the first lady officers from Himachal Pradesh in the MNS (Military Nursing Service, Indian Army) Core. Once I wore my uniform, the same people who used to laugh at me, saluted me and I that’s when I found my value” – says the first in our “FAB Women” series, Rita Gangwani. Now an inspirational speaker, trainer and multiple-awardee entrepreneur, she’s on an unstoppable mission to change lives. Read on to find out how:
Rita has been instrumental in helping countless people dramatically improve and enhance their social and business skills, performance, confidence and self-worth. Her journey from a small-town girl to an uber- successful multi-faceted trainer has inspired many.
Rita reveals that in her early years she was extremely self-conscious of her short stature and did not believe that she was capable of achieving anything grand. It was one of her teachers, who encouraged her to discover her innate value and potential and not be swayed by those who wrote her off as being short and incapable. This proved to be the catalyst for Rita to appear for the Army Medical Board competitive exams, which she cleared with flying colours. She joined the MNS Core of the Indian Army in 1977, stood first in the All India Merit list and was awarded the President’s Medal along with the Air Force Station (Bangalore) trophy as best cadet. The rest, as they say, as history.
The FAB BAG crew caught up with Rita for a quick tete-a-tete and we’re excited to share some of the conversation below!
FAB BAG: If you had to start up something new, what would that be?
Rita: Indian culture is the richest and oldest culture of the world….but in this modern era, kids are completely disconnected from our rich culture and heritage. I want to start a school which promotes Indian ‘Shishtachaar & Sanskaar’ and promote our culture throughout the world.
FAB BAG: You’ve travelled quite a bit for work – so what is your idea of a perfect getaway?
Rita: Lao Tzu quotes, “A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving” – a well planned holiday is always perfect! However, I love to go the wilderness… far away from the maddening crowd, in the world of no mobile or internet, just a few great books, a hammock and my loving family around me.
FAB BAG: What’s the one message that you’d like to leave for our members?
Rita: People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, they make them.
Needless to say, we had a great time chatting up and can’t help but be genuinely impressed by her indomitable spirit. Rita Gangwani may have a diminutive frame but she stands tall as a very successful entrepreneur and a much sought after Personality Development Mentor. Through her initiative (more details on www.ritagangwani.com) , she loves helping people lead extraordinary lives through the power of living in the moment. Through a curriculum that comprises equal parts of education and inspiration – she definitely embodies a delectable blend of wisdom, razor-sharp insights and humor. We, for one, are floored.
List of Awards: Women of the Year-2005, Mahilla Gaurav Samman-2006, Rajdhani Rattan -2007, Apar Vashisht Sewa Samman-2008, Rashtriya Sanskar Bhushan-2009, Jewel of India 2009, Women Achievers award in Education-2010. Eminent Speakers Award 2010, Gantavya award 2011, Kesari Woman award 2011, Achievers award 2012, Indian Icon-2013, PHD premia award2013, Woman role model award 2013, Nari Shakti Award 2014, India Achievers Award 2014.
Parting Shot: Pivoting a career is never easy, especially when they are inherently so different in nature. Rita Gangwani’s persistence and success makes for a fascinating story and if there’s one message that we’d like to send to the thousands of women across the country reading this, it’s this… Follow what you believe in and happiness will follow.
The *FAB* Women initiative by FabBag.com celebrates the occasion of Women’s Day all through the month of March with an aim to inspire women across the country by sharing stories of ordinary women with extraordinary lives. If you liked reading Rita Gangwani’s story, please leave a comment below and share this article. It’s now your turn to spread the inspiration.
Jehan Raffiuddin Dances like there's a full house cheering. Dresses like it's the runway. Travels like a nomad and lives each day like it's her last. Chief trouble-maker on any social media platform you can name. High on life since 1991.