I am on a gap year in 2021 to explore how I want to spend my 40s and craft my Life 2.0.

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I started my gap year on 4th Jan 2021, Monday. In my Life 1.0, I worked in corporate life for 17 years (More on ‘why gap year @40’ given at the end of the article).

Typically, first week back at work after new year meant craziness. Instead, now I had an empty inbox and calendar! The day lay ahead like a blank slate. Beautiful!

I felt time affluent, i.e., the sense that you have sufficient time to pursue…


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I am taking a Gap year in 2021 to explore how I want to spend my 40s and craft my Life 2.0.

Have you ever wondered about taking a sabbatical? A mid life Gap year? If so, I have shared your hopes and fears as I worked through the decision to take a Gap year at 40. Here, I reflect on my ~17 year journey in the corporate world, why I made this choice, why now and what is next.

Life 1.0 was a fascinating ride in a Fortune 50 company (P&G) doing things that I loved — business turnarounds, creating high performing organizations & helping people develop to their fullest potential in P&L, CMO and digital transformation roles across Asia. Beyond…


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I am on a gap year in 2021 to explore how I want to spend my 40s and craft my Life 2.0.

In Life 1.0, I worked in the corporate world for ~17 years before starting my gap year from Jan 2021. In my last update, I shared my learnings from doing nothing for the first two weeks of the gap year, my realisation to have presence (versus productivity) as the foundation for life 2.0 and three experiments I kicked off to gain presence.

https://medium.com/curious/gap-year-40-what-i-learnt-by-doing-nothing-for-first-2-weeks-d48549b0cf88

​This update is about my learnings from 21 days of the phone deprivation experiment.

​What…

Sameer srivastav

Gap year @ 40 in 2021. Life Experiments to craft Life 2.0. ex CMO/ Board Director/ Pro bono founder

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