About Me

My name is Paresh Mishra. It's pronounced purresh (esh as in fresh) mishraw. I work as an Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership at Indiana University Purdue University - Fort Wayne. I have a Ph.D. in Business from Indiana University - Bloomington. I conduct research in the areas of emotions, organizational justice, leadership, goal-setting, workplace spirituality, and corporate social responsibility. Outside work, I love to read, run, bike, blog, sing, swim, travel, and transcend the limits of my body and mind.

Why Barefoot Professor?

No, I don't literally go to work barefoot, but I do love running barefoot. That is one of the reasons why I used the word barefoot in my blog's title. More importantly, the word is symbolic of certain qualities such as simplicity and humility that I value immensely. Last but not the least, the word barefoot reminds me that it is okay to be a little vulnerable. When you go out barefoot you are more vulnerable than when you go in your shoes. The logical thing then may be to always protect ourselves, but no shoes can protect our life. We can never experience life fully when we are trying to protect ourselves every step of the way. Life then needs to be lived with a certain amount of abandon, and that's what being barefoot is about. As a professor, I sure earn my livelihood using the powers of my head, but I prefer living my life from the madness of my heart.

As a professor, I sure earn my livelihood using the powers of my head, but I prefer living my life from the madness of my heart.

About this blog

I started this blog in 2007 when I was a first year doctoral student at Indiana University. Initially I blogged to get practice in the art of writing. But over time it has become a platform where I could freely express my thoughts on any topic that excites and intrigues me. On this blog, you will also find some of my music, poetry, sketches, and photographs. They are not meant to showcase my "talent" in multiple creative fields. Rather they are just a reflection of how I approach living my life. i.e., with a spirit of play. My creative outputs may be no better than trinkets created by little children during their play with clay. But that's alright, because the fun is in the play, not the outcome. If the Vedas and the Upanishads are right, the entire universe is an outcome of God's play (or leela), not work. Yet, most of us adults get so caught up with achieving success in life that we lose our natural propensity to play. So this blog is one of my ways of recommitting myself to embracing life with the spirit of a child's play...one baby step at a time.

Thank you for visiting this blog!

~ Paresh Mishra