Sudiksha joshi, phd

Learning advocate |  Researcher| Connector 

“When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending.”

– Brené Brown

Education has always huge part of my life.

I was the eldest daughter of two high school teachers and lifelong learners after all. 

I was praised for my accomplishments and as any “good girI”, I became dependent on defining my value through the eyes of others.  I was always striving to achieve, better grades, higher degree, …

I didn’t have a sense of who I was otherwise.

And so I walked on a path that I was told to be on – one that would take me to college where I’d earn my degree and then have the proverbial “good life.”


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Well, it didn’t happen.

I was the first in my immediate family to earn a Ph.D. But, I didn’t have a throng of job offers in my lap. In fact, for over a year, I didn’t have a full-time job.

Also, I my network had shrunk to include mostly people in the Academia, ones with PhDs or ones striving for one.

I felt so alone and misunderstood at that point in my life. And really jaded by all the expectations and advice.

I began doubting myself and questioning my abilities. I felt misunderstood and judged by others, wondering if they even saw me for who I really was.

But then again, I didn’t even know who I was. It was such a low point for me and reminded me of the many times I had felt unseen or misunderstood throughout my life.

I had to change something if I was to continue on and find a way out of my hole. I had to find out who I really was and start dreaming about what I wanted in life, not what I thought other people wanted me to do so I could get their approval. 

And that was a pivotal point where my whole learning and self-discovery process started.

How many times have you done something because you were told to?

Or because you thought it would lead to approval from others?

And how did those moments get you closer to what YOU really wanted?

Chances are, they didn’t get you very far.

I’ve seen over and again how our society conditions us to operate in boxes of what’s acceptable and based on the standards that may or may not apply to you. It limits your ability to discover what standards you want to create that will best support you going after your big dreams.

And if you’re like me, you risk walking a path for years that’s not of your design, only to find it leads to a dead end.

  • How many times have you done something because you were told to? 
  • How many times have you done something because you thought it would lead to approval from others?
  • And how did those moments get you closer to what YOU really wanted?

Chances are, they didn’t get you very far.

Once I started really looking at my life and of those around me, and started listening to others’ stories and connecting, I could clearly seen how our society conditions us to operate in boxes of what’s acceptable and what’s not.

It limits your ability to discover what standards you want to create that will best support you going after your big dreams.

And if you’re like me, you risk walking a path for years that’s not of your design, only to find it leads to a dead end.

I found light and You can too

Rather than follow the blueprint that says get a good education and job and everything else will fall into place, get curious about what you want your unique blueprint to look like.

Discover what lights you up and follow those creative impulses.

Your life is your responsibility to live according to your design, not someone else’s.

And when you forge your own path of discovering what lights you up the most and how you can make a career out of it, that’s when you figure out who you are and find your true source of happiness.

It wasn’t until I started working with undergrad students to prepare them for grad school and beyond that I saw how they were so unsure about everything. Like me, they struggled to know what they wanted that was independent of what they thought others wanted them to be.

After our work together, their confidence soared. Their research and writings skills improved. I saw so many of them go on to colleges of their choices.

I saw firsthand how I could make a positive change with others and that’s what’s fueled me since.

I am championing a new way forward for youths and young at hearts that allows them to forge their own path forward based on what naturally motivates and inspires them, not based on what they’re told to do.

 forge your way forward

More than ever, we have the ability to create infinite options.

To do this, we have to give ourselves the permission

To dream.

To create.

To discover.


We deserve better.

Our kids deserve better.

Just because we did things a certain way doesn’t mean we have to continue to do so. Let’s empower ourselves and help our kids empower themselves to think bigger and bolder in forge our way forward.

    Sudiksha Joshi, PhD

    Learning advocate |  Researcher | Connector

    Sudiksha Joshi, Ph.D. is a learning advocate, blogger, life coach, and founder of WeArealwaysLearning.com. With a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Economics, she loves to discover why people make the decisions that they make in their lives. She has worked in the not-for-profit, academic and corporate sectors, and is now on a journey to chart her life on her own terms and help others do the same.

    Sudiksha is a self-proclaimed “resource junkie”. She taps into her natural curiosity and ability to identify strengths to help students and those in transition find their path from feeling lost in the traditional ways of achieving success to charting their own path. She is on a mission to empower individuals, including her own curious daughter, to become informed and active learners, and to own their unique journey to successful lives and careers. Her work has been published in Huffington PostThrive GlobalMedium and LinkedIn.

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    Emily Zalasky

    Data Engineer

    I am blessed to call Dr. Sudiksha Joshi a friend, mentor and life coach. We were working together at Climate Corp. when I hit a particularly rough patch in my relationship. I was overwhelmed and sick with stress. People were noticing and I couldn’t focus…

    Dr Amanda Kemp

    Author

    Dr. Sudiksha Joshi saw my book before I did. She read my blogs and identified common themes and showed me how they could come together as a book. With her support and practical advice…

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    Here’s what I hope this site does for you: 

    • Inspire you to share your own thoughts, feelings, and learnings
    • Find more of who YOU REALLY ARE!
    • Learn new ways of providing value to others
    • Build self-confidence
    • Ask the right questions to help you learn and find the support you need (you may not even realize how finding the right support is going to change your life for the better!)

    Even tough this site was started out as a personal space for finding more of myself without even realizing it, it has become a space for sharing what inspired me with the home that these resources would also inspire and helo you on your own personalized path of learning and living your life.

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