Hey, Iā€™m Sunny

According to the Myers-Briggs Test, I'm an INTJ, which sounds about right. I work better in solitude, and I prefer listening to speaking.

I love going to the movies, and my laugh is obnoxiously loud. I'm not a perfectionist, but I'm hardly ever satisfied. For work, I help people build their businesses.

I'm a husband first: My wife, Dia, is my BFF and my in-laws are amazing. My parents came to the US from India in 1983, and, man, do they play the immigrant role well. My 2 (older) sisters & I grew up in suburbia wanting for nothing thanks to the hard work mom & dad put in.

Sunny Shakhawala

I'm an optimist. My default setting is, "everything's going to be alright". Even when it seems like the world is burning down around me. If I could only pass down one trait to my (unborn) children, it would be this. 

I'm super into a few things:

  1. Making lists
  2. Personal Finance (IWT, MMM, & Financial Samurai)
  3. Self Development (Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, Brian Tracey)
  4. Health & Fitness (CrossFit & Flexible Dieting)
  5. Real Estate (Private Lending & Syndications)
  6. Woo-Woo stuff like Meditation & Philosophy (Ryan Holiday)
  7. Helping People Achieve Their Goals (But only if they ask)

My preferred method of learning is taking action. But before I dive in, I apply the 'JIT'  (Just in Time) supply chain method to my education. A sprint style study of all things relative ensues.

I'm fascinated by two questions: 

  1. ā€‹Why do people do what they do?
  2. How can I become a better version of myself


Why Blog?

This blog is an online notebook for me. I may experiment with Vlogging here and there, but I'm much more comfortable writing. I take these notes so I can better retain the knowledge acquired over time. I hardly ever revisit my notes, but the act of synthesizing data alone works wonders for me. I also want to share my viewpoint on things that matter to me. ā€‹

Also, I know many of my friends don't have the time or desire to sit through long form content. So if you fall into that category, I encourage you to use me as a personal curated Cliffsnotes.

Finally, I'm secretly doing this so my children, grand children, etc. can get a detailed look into what made me tick. 3 out of my 4 grandparents passed away before I was born. My grandmother (Hi Ba!) played a major role in raising me, but I don't know ANYTHING about her prime years. I've learned to stop asking, because she's just not interested in sharing the struggles.

If I end up kicking the bucket unexpectedly early, I want there to be something more than a photo album to remember me by. Not trying to be dramatic about it, I plan on living well past 100.

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Why Now?

I 100% regret not starting this blog earlier in life. My 20's were a personal and financial roller coaster. Documenting the highs of starting new businesses or getting married and lows of abandoned friendships or failed ventures would have provided great context for the man I am today.

It's 2018 and I'm turning 30 this year. They say it takes 10 years to become an overnight success. I feel like I'm at a tipping point, which is why I decided to start documenting now.

If you want to take a peek at my experience with the little things, follow me on Insta. If you want go deep sea diving with me on this journey of trying to become a better person, enter your email below.

"Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one."
-Marcus Aurelius.