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Mirat Dave is a perpetual tinkerer. He has always been curious about how things work and how to make them better — whether it’s a car, business process, dishwasher, or service. He loves to figure out what’s wrong, take them apart, and put them back together better than before.
Beyond following his curiosity, Mirat enjoys racing in a sports car to an outdoor adventure, with his family. These days, he’s able to do this with his three kids as he acts as their chauffeur. Fortunately, many of his interests like swimming, skiing, music, hiking, biking, reading, and watching movies, overlap with those of his family!
Mirat and his family live in Warren, NJ but he loves exploring the unbounded natural beauty and its humbling scale, e.g., Places like canyons in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, glaciers in Iceland, Denali in Alaska, the transforming lands of Darwin Australia, reefs in Hawaii and Thailand. Connect with Mirat on LinkedIn.
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IN WHICH GENERATION DO YOU BELONG?
Gen X: 1965 – 1980
DO YOU WORK? IF SO, WHAT DO YOU DO?
I’m a doctor for companies. That’s the simplest answer, which came from answering the same question for a 5th grade Junior Achievement class. Specifically, I help companies analyze and solve ESG challenges so that they can get more from ESG investments.
After a long career in consulting at PwC and then EY, I started Pruthve, an ESG-focused services and consulting firm. Pruthve provides ESG solutions, valuation, and risk management services. Starting Pruthve has brought multiple passions and experiences together — environment, social equity, analysis, innovation, collaboration, and risk management.
It is exciting and scary. Funny how those things often go together.
WHAT WOULD THE 25-YEAR-OLD VERSION OF YOU THINK OF YOU TODAY?
He would probably be surprised by how little I’ve changed, excluding looking older. The biggest change is probably being more planned and responsible. With greater responsibilities, personally and professionally, I have to be less impulsive.
The other change is that I know my strengths better today and I know where to supplement them with the strengths of others.
WHAT HAS NOT CHANGED ABOUT YOU?
Creativity and tinkering. I’ve always enjoyed solving problems and designing, building, creating, and improving or fixing things. I love to see how something can be made better with each iteration or with a fresh perspective.
GOOD OR BAD, WHAT ABOUT MIDLIFE HAS SURPRISED YOU SO FAR?
I feel so many people around me have matured and found a single profession that they are OK with. For me, every 3-5 years, I’m thinking about what else can I do.
I believe that having many experiences has helped drive my success, including in areas where I did not have prior work experience. What’s surprising is that for areas that can benefit from a fresh perspective, many people don’t look beyond related experience and how things are done elsewhere.
WHAT ONE HABIT ARE YOU ACTIVELY WORKING ON THESE DAYS?
Scheduling too much. I really like to work with others and to help. Saying ‘yes’ to too many things often results in more time at work than is necessarily healthy.
WHAT BRINGS YOU THE MOST JOY THESE DAYS AND WHY?
Adventures and time in general with family and friends. The reason is probably best summed up by the saying, “Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breaths away.”
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT THESE DAYS?
Seeing my kids find their passion and pursuing them and the opportunities for me to learn from them about the way they think about problems, priorities, and solutions. Professionally, my new business venture is exciting and scary.
IF YOU COULD GIVE A 20-YEAR-OLD PERSON SOME WORDS OF WISDOM OR PIECE OF ADVICE, WHAT MIGHT IT BE?
Travel, experiment, and collect experiences.
Build something you can sell. This does not mean you need to run or join a start-up. As an employee, set aside funds you can use to fund a business with a few others. You can play an active role or be somewhat passive.
Save and invest. Solid finances give you peace of mind and options.
AND THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION: WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE SINGER/BAND GROWING UP?
Queen, though I may have under-appreciated them at the time.
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