The Heroine’s Journey of Mansi Gupta

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

The best thing about my work is the unexpected nature of creative challenges that are thrown my way. I am directed to think on new lines like never. I rediscover myself.

What is my idea of happiness?

My happiness is a result of how I can account for happiness of people around me. It is magical. From lending an ear in times of distress to being accomplice to popping chocolates with someone, I feel extremely delighted.

What is my greatest fear?

I am afraid of my insecurities. They trigger detrimental conversations in my head.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I listen to my head more that my heart. I drive myself upstream and end up complicating situations.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I stop seeing prices when I buy art supplies.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

I dislike the fact that I get limited time to think of innovative design concepts. Not that it can be avoided in anyway because let us face it, everyone is running a race!

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I was happiest in one of my internships. I have never thought that I would make it. Till date it is the best learning experience in my professional trajectory.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I would like to erase the possibility of self-doubt emanating from any source around me.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Every time I see my work get materialized; I am filled with a sense of achievement.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

I would like to play ‘here I am, this is me’ by Bryan Adams.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My heroines are mother and sister. They brim with support and happiness whenever I begin to tread upon something new.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

The Pursuit of Happyness, Hachiko and Lakshay.

What role plays art in my life and work?

Art is an oxymoron in my life. It gives me peace by exposing my senses to something new. It makes me restless by stimulating a lot of thoughts, interpretations, and perceptions.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

I am living it while I am writing it.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My closest friends, they play these roles in my life. I believe its safer to do the wrong thing with the right people.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2020?

IKEA, Pinterest, Camlin, The Better India, Tata Services and Pidilite Hobby Ideas

What project, in 2020, am I looking forward to work on?

I am ambitious to work on a project that lies at the intersection of Indian Handicrafts, communication design and economic development.

Where can you see me or my work in 2020?

LinkedIn @mansigupta893

Behance @mansidesignbee

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Passion is an unerring trait. It shows in every activity that one undertakes. From laying out the table from dinner to putting a presentation together, passion never retires.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Kanika Gupta, Apurv Mittal, Adarsh Ram, Manuel Jayabal, Saumya Kapoor, Juhi Nath, Aanchal Jain Suraj Ajay Kumar

Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, founder of The Heroine’s Journey 


Are you a creative leader or creative professional looking to develop your business skills and storytelling?

Amidst today’s uncertainty, it is more important than ever to reconnect with yourself and others, develop your creative business, and build your story. Dive deep into your unique business style and areas for growth with the coaching of Peter de Kuster.


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    You are a creative leader or creative professional  who is interested in developing yourself, your business, and your story.

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    You are aware that there are no quick fixes. Learning is a journey that works when you are fully committed to it. Coaching can bring awareness and help you navigate, but in the end it’s you who is in charge of your growth.

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    You want to learn more about how to resource yourself, learn about blind spots, and get feedback.

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    You are curious and want to engage in online learning.

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    You are motivated to work in-between sessions on yourself (e.g. working on homework assignments that will help you develop new storytelling, skills, and behaviors).


The Heroine’s Journey Coaching is all about your development. To make the most out of your sessions, we ask you to prepare topics to work on with Peter. These topics can serve as a starting point for further in-depth exploration with Peter.

These coaching topics typically resonate with the creative leaders Peter works with:

How can i tell the most powerful story possible about myself and my creative business?

How can I handle self promotion and marketing of my creative business better?

How do can I stay authentic and with focus when having difficult conversations with potential clients?

What are my creative values and how do I align these with my business values?

How can I manage my time and energy better?

How can I radiate confidence to my clients while feeling anxious inside?

How can I steer myself towards creative excellence without becoming rigid?

About Peter de Kuster

Peter de Kuster is the founder of The Heroine’s Journey & Hero’s Journey project,  a storytelling firm which helps creative professionals to create careers and lives based on whatever story is most integral to their lives and careers (values, traits, skills and experiences). Peter’s approach combines in-depth storytelling and marketing expertise, and for over 20 years clients have found it effective with a wide range of creative business issues.


Peter is writer of the series The Heroine’s Journey and Hero’s Journey books, he has an MBA in Marketing,  MBA in Financial Economics and graduated at university in Sociology and Communication Sciences.

individual coaching for leaders


The Heroine’s Journey Coaching online sessions last 50 minutes and the fee is Euro 189 excluding VAT per session. The Heroine’s Journey Coaching is suitable for people at any stage in their career.


Who can sign up for The Heroine’s Journey online coaching?

Creative leaders and creative professionals who wish to improve their business story and develop their business skills and mindset.

Should I choose 1:1 coaching?

Our The Heroine’s Journey experiences in world cities allow you to learn not only from the coach but also from your peers. For the small group coaching (1 – 4 people), we have selected important, relevant topics that we find regularly come up for creative professional: purpose, storytelling, creative confidence, self promotion, time & money and resilience.

If you would prefer to work alone or on a different topic, individual coaching is a better fit for you.

What language do we speak in the coaching sessions?


Can I buy coaching for my organization?

Yes, you can! We support many organizations around the world with their coaching needs. Please contact us for more information.

Can I bring my own topics?

Yes, for individual coaching you get to choose your own topic.

Are coaching sessions confidential?

Yes. Peter will not share anything that is discussed in the coaching sessions.

Where will the coaching sessions take place?

Sessions will take place online (as per the times we live in) via an online tool like Zoom or Skype. Peter will let you know.

How do I sign up?

Send Peter a mail to to start booking your coaching sessions.

How do I pay?

After you send the mail, you will receive an email with a link to pay.

How do I book and reschedule sessions?

Once we’ve received your payment, Peter will contact you and book your coaching sessions. He will also support you with rescheduling sessions if needed.

What is your cancellation policy?

Individual coaching sessions can be postponed up to one week before the session.

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