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What are my dreams and passions ?

23 Mar

Was not sleepy yesterday night. Say around 12.20 am . I was thinking the question which i never expected I would ask myself.

What are my interests? What are my passions?

And more importantly, I asked the question, how can i make my parents proud? And even more important question, how can I be proud of myself?

What are my interests? I am still thinking about it. Haven’t found the answer yet.

What are my passions? Books. Then how can I convert my passion for books in something myself and my family can be proud of? Should I write a book? No, I don’t have that sort of creativity. I love reading books, collecting books and reflecting a lot on what is written in them. But don’t think I can write.

What else do i like? Economics – Now here is something I can do something about. I can prepare and appear for the Delhi School of Economics, Masters in Economics prog. But, I am not really good with numbers and I don’t have an envious academic track record. I would like to be part of RBI or public sector companies. I may not earn a lot but I can research and write papers which will be of use to nation building.

I love fitness and helping people reach their fitness goals. So should I stop working and do a fitness course and open a gym?

But if that was the case, then I should open a library because I love spending time with books.

Does that mean Fitness and books are interests and passion?

What else? … What else? … I draw a blank!

Is that it? Is that all? I am 25 now and is that all I can think of as my passion?

I talk a lot about branding, marketing and social media.

Are they interests or passion?

Why is that people dont follow passion and follow interest.

For example. Why is it that people end up doing MBA in marketing and finance when they love economics?  Why do people give up on their dreams to learn archaeology and instead study for engineering from their minds when the heart roams in the subject of archaeology? Why study for doctor when they want to work in agricultural related field?

Is it because it has been ingrained in our mind that following our passions will not give us monetary benefits to settle down in life?

My dad loves Chemistry and medicine. I always wonder why didn’t he pursue masters in chemistry and become a bio chemist. He says – Vikas, during those days my dad dint have enough money to send me to a college that’s why .

Do you know what he is today ? He is a Sales guy with 25 years of experience.  You can still see him talk passionately about chemical bonds, aroma compounds and molecular structure. He still buys CIMS latest book and keeps himself updated on medicine and drugs available in the market. He probably knows the combination of almost any drug in a pharmacy.

Today he sells flasks.

Had he pursued his passion he could have done what he really wanted to do in his life – Chemistry, research and teaching. He would still tell me (if I ask him) – Vikas, should you decide to get into research field then don’t worry . I will take care of you and your food and your stay …etc.

I am 25.. I work… Should I be hearing this from him?

Or should I be saying – Dad, why don’t you retire… I will take it from here.

Big Question: What are your dreams and passions? What are your likes and interests? What is the difference between them ..

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the accidental Brand Manager

21 Mar

This part of my life was never planned . This part of life of becoming the Brand Manager for BODYFUELZ was as serendipitous as it can come. Becoming a Brand Manager was always part of the plan. Just then I became one a bit too early.

So here I am , Brand Manager of BODYFUELZ. What we do , you ask ? We help some of India’s top sports players, endurance athletes , serious bodybuilders and fitness freaks to reach their fitness goals via performance nutrition.

So we have someone like Sushil Kumar using our highly advanced , bio engineered Aminonutriton products to build lean muscle mass, strength and stamina to reach his peak performance for his game.

We have the Indian Hockey Team use our products like FASTCHARGE and PWRSPORTS to  in their game to build endurance and stamina and prevent fatigue while playing.

We have been helping people develop lean , ripped muscles using our product called MUSCLEMAX .

We enable people in the weight loss program in the most safest , effective manner possible.

And those who connect and buy from us directly either through mail (pmt@bodyfuelz.com), call ( 044-42014141/9884592632) or via facebook community , we give free diet/fitness and nutritional guidance.

Our in-house nutritionist will guide them all round the year.

My Role :

As the Brand Manager I connect with users to help them understand concept of next generation sports nutrition both Online and Offline.

Online –  You can find us here in facebook community –  BODYFUELZ Facebook Community

I believe in the future of social media marrying PR and Viral Marketing .  That is also one of the reasons why i exited from an advertising in industry.

Future  connect :

Starting from now my blog will mirror all that we do in the social media sphere . It would include very precise and practical ideas on building a brand using websites, blogs, rss, social networking, widgets and how to connect that with online PR.

Social Media Chennai Chapter :

I also aim to start a social media group based out of Chennai. A bar-camp – unconference style where i would like to invite brand manager, marketing managers, web designers , chief marketing officers, advertising and public relation executives and the likes.

The agenda would be simple . We will meet to connect and share ideas, best practises, discuss case studies, new trends in the social media sphere and how we can help our clients improve  their reach to their customers.

The only criteria would be that you should be passionate and believer of digital/social media marketing.

Drop in a mail – spartanvikas1983@gmail.com,

call me   – 9884592632

or drop in your comments here and spread the good word.

Look forward to some dynamic response from you guys ..

Corporate Napping :-)

2 Feb

Alright ! this is kinda cheeky and ” oh-my-god I I cant allow that” idea , but may i suggest to all managers and boss and CMO’s  and CFo’s and the CEO’s to allow employees to take a nap post lunch for at least 10-15 min?

It is not like taking a small nap everyday is going to bring down business and nosedive the profits , is it ?

You know the info but let me remind you in anyway – When adults napped between 2 and 4 p.m., one recent study showed, they performed better which led to improved productivity and low stress levels. Low stress means happy employees .Happy employees means low attrition. Low attrition means … – take your pick answer Mr Hr !

People who took naps also had no problems falling asleep at night. Maybe the CEO himself needs one , no ?

So what is behind the beauty of napping ?

“It may protect brain circuits from overuse until those neurons can consolidate what’s been learned about a procedure,” says Robert Stickgold, Ph.D., coauthor of the Harvard study.

Here is the thing. Too much of napping leads to sleep and you wont be able to sleep in the night. The trick is to make it short and early .

By early –  means daylight hours, at least five to 7  hours before you plan on going to sleep that night (between 2 and 4 p.m. is prime). Any later and your circadian rhythms will kick in, and you will rob yourself of a fitful nighht sleep.

As for short, keep your naps to less than an hour; 20 to 30 minutes is enough for most people to get the benefits.

So, how to do it ?

To help stick to this nap-  find a quiet couch/sofa or carpeted floor where you can lie down. Shut your eyes in your office chair for 20 minutes to  relax and refresh . You need to make sure you are not disturbed by phone calls and other avoidable distractions .

Home , work or just before a game I guarantee that you’ll find that—after a nice restorative nap, you’ll play much better with others.

Happy Napping , guys ! Ahem .. get the permission from the boss first.

The Top 10 health websites

1 Feb

Don’t be awestruck by how Amir Khan went about getting the 8 pack killer body when you can get it for yourself. All you need is dollops of inspiration, good knowledge,tremendous will power and a good job ( no need for any wallet sucking fancy gym at all ! )

Here is a super cool list for the fitness enthusiast in you :

1.  For complete fitness info    –                ExRx

2.  On Free weights                      –               Strong Lifts

3.  For Nutrition                          –                Nutrition Data

4. For Strength building          –                 Muscle Talk

5.  For information                   –                  Sports Coach

6. For Diet                                     –                 Food Focus

7.  Equipmet you need             –                EliteFTS

8.  Information                           –                John Beradi

9.  Workouts                                –               Baye

10. The coolest one                 –               Mens Health

From : Mh

Ten Ways to Reinvent Yourself

1 Feb

1. Take responsibility for where you are now .

2. Think : What do I want to be ?

3. Work out what’s stopping you .

4. Enjoy the process

5. De clutter – your life and mind

6. Do something you always said you woudnt

7. Chat to people you normal ignore

8. Learn to trust your judjement

9. Take life less seriously …..

10. …… put more into it

Thoughts from : MT

Amir Khan gymn workout pics for Ghajini

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