Colby Sharma, Author, The Curveball – A story of Grit, Adversity & Winning the Game of Life

Colby Sharma, Author, The Curveball – A story of Grit, Adversity & Winning the Game of Life

Colby Sharma is a law graduate from the University of Liverpool. He is an author of a book, “The Curveball,” which he wrote at 21. The book is a story of his journey to overcome life challenges. It offers a great deal of wisdom for readers of all ages.

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Overview

William Shakespeare has said, “Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.” Adversity is a part of life but is not a permanent state. As human beings, it often gets difficult to realise that when facing any challenge, however, with right mind training and some conscious efforts, one can learn to embrace these challenges and move forward for the better days.

Our guest, Colby Sharma, talks about the same in his book, “The Curveball.” He has overcome a learning disability and continued to be a law graduate. Tune in to listen to some interesting insight in handling the not-so-good days of life.

About Colby Sharma

Colby Sharma is a law graduate from the University of Liverpool. He is an author of a book, “The Curveball,” which he wrote at 21. The book is a story of his journey to overcome life challenges. It offers a great deal of wisdom for readers of all ages.

DISCUSSION

Colby talks about his motivation to write the book to find a channel to share his life experiences and challenges. He says that it is imperative to understand that life is not about the problems but about building life back. He shares about his days when he had a learning disability, and fears of not fitting in the university but how his persistent efforts gave him some richest life experiences and a best friend.

Colby suggests,  “It is about surrendering perfection and embracing inner reflectin as an antidote to adversity to opportunity.” 

He advises to take it one step at a time especially during hard days. 

Importance of Rituals to Control Responses

Colby stresses the importance of following daily rituals, no matter how small they are. 

He says, “Focus on the smallest things that you can do to trigger the high-performance cells. It’s about getting yourself back to basics. It’s a deeper set of practices that trigger the higher performance responses in our brains.”

Colby explains that one needs to put conscious mind and effort to overcome adversities in life. One doesn’t necessarily need to go through all the responses one feels. The need is to take one step back from the situation and avoid being reactive. 

Social Fabric to Overcome Life Challenges

Colby stresses the impact we, as a society, can have on each other through sharing the simplest of things. Citing pandemic as an example, he explains how people connected through video calls and texts as they realised what everyone was going through mentally.

He resonates with the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of people. He says, “Next pandemic is going to be mental health fallout that happens from this.” 

Handling the Challenges

“It’s knowing that it’s not permanent. It’s about what is on the other side of those challenges,” says Colby.

He advises following a bridge technique: one side is past, one is standing in present & facing current challenges, and on the other side is my future potential. 

Following Gandhi’s words, “You must be a change you want to see in the world,” Colby aspires to help people change their lives for good by helping them move forward in life.

Profile

I am a Law graduate from the University of Liverpool. Prior to this, I spent two years in the Cayman Islands. I am currently seeking an opportunity to work in corporate law. My experience starting a technology startup and working at the Bank of Nova Scotia has provided me with a certain amount of transferable skills, which I seek to bring into my career as a lawyer. As well as giving me a broader and more diverse outlook. My experience in going to school overseas has made me want to see as much of the world as I can. My hobbies include reading, playing sports, and keeping a close eye on the financial markets and legal news. If any of this sounds interesting, I would love to connect with individuals in corporate law!

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