Episode 42: Global Dreams with Akash Patel

Akash Patel: Founder & President of the Happy World Foundation

Akash Patel is the Founder & President of the Happy World Foundation, a nonprofit organization that has impacted thousands of educators and students in Oklahoma and abroad. Patel is a graduate research assistant at the University of Central Oklahoma, an international motivational speaker, diversity coach and educator.

In December 2015, Patel’s nonprofit received the 2015 Oklahoma Human Rights Award in the chamber of the Oklahoma House of Representatives for promoting global citizenship in Oklahoma communities and for fighting racism and bigotry with anti-bias global education. Patel has over 8 years of international public speaking & education consulting/training experience. Patel speaks six languages & has traveled to over 30 countries. In his free time, Patel likes to read, play golf or volunteer.

Akash believes that he is both a dreamer and a doer! He says that you need to first have a dream before you can do anything.

Growing up a People Person

Akash and his brother decided to study nuclear engineering in college to make their parents proud. He realized that this major was not right for him! He knew he was meant to work with people, and that was reinforced when he and his brother made the front page news working to share global knowledge.

Akash knew this was the right path for him because he liked doing it! It may take courage to stop doing something that the world wants you to do in order to do what you want to do.

Starting the Happy World Foundation

In order to rid the world of prejudices, Akash began the World Experiences Foundation to bring people from all over the world together through sharing cultures and experiences. When Akash’s twin brother, Happy, passed away unexpectedly, Akash named the Foundation the Happy World Foundation to honor him. Today, all the foundation does is to honor his brother, Happy.

Staying Motivated 

When Akash started the Happy World Foundation, he looked for the gaps in society. He realized that students were not getting the international education they needed. Akash encourages students to find the gaps in the world in order to see what is needed. That way you can maximize your impact on the world around you!

Middle School Advice

Stay true to yourself! There can be a lot of peer pressure and pressure from those around you, but if you stay true to yourself you will learn to find yourself. 

Key Takeaways

  • Be courageous enough to do what you want to do instead of what the world wants you to do.
  • Find the gaps in the world around you to work within.
  • Stay true to yourself.

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