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Advertising Legend Sonal Dabral’s ‘5 Lessons Learned From Life’

Earlier this year, Dabral left advertising after three decades to explore the content space, including writing, directing and even serving as a talk show host. He most recently served as Ogilvy CCO for Southeast and South Asia, Vice Chairman, India.

The One Club for Creativity’s “A Creative Perspective” series of original video content this week featured Sonal Dabral, one of the ad industry’s most respected creative leaders, talking about “5 Lessons I Learned From Life”.

Drawn largely from his experiences involving writing, music, cooking and blackjack, the five lessons covered in the 12-minute video are: “We Are Our Own Best Stories”, “Doing is Better Than Dreaming”, “It’s Not About the Cards You Are Dealt, It’s How You Play The Hand”, “Focus on the Craft” and “There Will Be Blackjack Coming Soon”.

Earlier this year, Dabral left advertising after three decades to explore the content space, including writing, directing and even serving as a talk show host. He most recently served as Ogilvy CCO for Southeast and South Asia, Vice Chairman, India.

“A Creative Perspective” is a streaming series from The One Club featuring brief sessions from top creative thinkers from around the world. The series launched as a daily segment of the club’s Creative Month 2020 online programming, May 4-29.

Sessions to date include talks from industry leaders such as Wieden+Kennedy London’s Tony Davidson, Burger King’s Fernando Machado, TGH Collective’s Tay Guan Hin, Prettybird’s Kerstin Emhoff, Design Army’s Pum Lefebure, Del Campo Global’s Pablo Del Campo, Australian ad legend David Nobay and others. An archive of all “A Creative Perspective” sessions premiered during Creative Month is here.

The One Club said the series will continue with monthly sessions premiering on The One Club YouTube channel on the first Tuesday of every month at 2:00 pm/14:00 EDT and viewable later in the archive.

The “A Creative Perspective” series was developed by Bob Isherwood, who recently joined The One Club as director, Professional Development. He was previously global creative leader at Saatchi & Saatchi, and Tony Gulisano, the organization’s global chief growth officer.

“Our goal with ‘A Creative Perspective’ is to offer the industry an exclusive look into the amazing minds of the world’s top creative leaders,” said Kevin Swanepoel, CEO, The One Club. “The open-ended nature of the brief gives these creatives an unusual opportunity to step outside of their day-to-day and reveal fascinating insights into their thinking, inspirations and passions.”