We had the good fortune of connecting with Asutosh Pattanayak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Asutosh, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My first ever initiative which I started 5 years back was my now flagship organisation called United Youth Circuit (UYC) which is an international organisation and think tank which deals with both government and non governmental activities throughout the globe and recognised as one of the best in the world of its kind. I remember when I was in the verge of starting UYC I received lot of negative comments from both my family and the society that my idea was not sustainable and concrete but I never have the habit of quitting anything in my life and I love challenges so I took this as a challenge and now after 5 years since my first initiative I run over 5 successful organisations operating in over 100 different countries.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
So the Asutosh Pattanayak currently the world know is nothing more than a common man who is trying to become a change agent, but with regards to my work I currently work as a Goodwill Youth Ambassador to the IIMSAM (United Nations IGO) and Ambassador and Advisor to the Prime Minister of African Diaspora apart from this I am an internationally recognised international speaker and with regards to my diplomatic career I have so far carried out more than 10 diplomatic bilateral meetings with head of states and organisations furthermore I own 3 major firms which is United Youth Circuit (an international organisation), a production house (where we are working on two BBC and Netflix shows) and SureMentor LLC ( Education Company) Now coming to the journey so far, one thing I can clearly state that it was anything but not easy whatsoever, I remember when I started working on my first initiative I was in my late teen years and like other of my friends use to enjoy their teen life I use to attend seminars and have sleepless stressful nights thinking and working on my next steps. On top of that the casual negative criticism was really discouraging but as we say that you need to sacrifice something in order to achieve something great and I am very glad that I did that in order to see myself where I am today, I always say that you should always dream so big that it will scare you and when you see that dream get up next morning and start working on it till it becomes the reality.. One thing I have so far learned that you should never quit something and never be scared of taking risk because every beautiful thing in life lies behind the doors of risk and challenges, and I want the world to believe me in this because there is nothing someone can’t do because in my early 20s I am considered to have a very good diplomatic career, I have so far enlightened millions of youths in all over the world with my story and my achievements which for me as a kid back then was more than a dream.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am a person who loves mountains or a place which has a history or heritage so whenever I get time I like to go out to places where I can find these places and explore it with my friends. Frankly speaking I am known to be a very disorganised person when it comes to making excursion plans because I intent to just go to a place and let the life decide the itinerary for you. But more than this my best hobby is traveling and whenever I get time I take a flight to any random country and explore their culture and heritage and as I have a very close friend circle and gladly everyone of them like traveling so it makes my life lot easier to have fun.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I always say that what I am today and what I have achieved today is all because of the millions of youth followers I have from all over the world who have supported me so far blindly in my dream to make a safe and sustainable society and economy, but as a person if I have grown up so far to be this person who people see is just because of my parents and especially my father and grandfather whom I have looked upto so far and follow their paths to be a change agent like them.