February 10th, 2017
“When you dream of something, the universe conspires to make it happen. And I truly believe this.
Most often, college students feel confined by their major and their line of study. ‘You’re an engineer, so you have to work for a reputed IT company.’ This idea is deeply embedded in all of us. When we have spent four years studying engineering, we have to work in a big company and earn a lot of money right? There is a notion that post our graduation, we are limited to a career path defined by our academic background. I used to think this way too.
But, I wanted to prove that it is possible to take our passion and turn it into a career, regardless of what we studied. And that is exactly what I did.
During my time at a reputed IT firm in India, I spent most of my free time at the gym, doing my strength training. And I had fallen in love with lifting weights. What started as a way to cope with a difficult time and stress, turned into a desire to change my life and that of others too.
Flash forward a few months, and I am now a trainer at a reputed gym in Bangalore. It is one of the finest places in the city to do cross-training, providing various options like strength and conditioning, boxing, MMA, yoga, and Zumba. The place and people inspired me so much. I knew that this is where I belong. With plenty of heart, hard work and dedication, I turned my passion into a successful career.
This passion arose from a difficult time in my life. Though I have been into gymming and fitness for a very long time, almost 7+ years, the urge to make this my profession came during my time working in the IT industry. It helped me become physically and mentally stronger. And I wanted to make others feel the same too.
The journey was not easy. Convincing my parents was the first hurdle. But I succeeded partially. Because I believe that nothing is impossible. We just have to realise that struggles are necessary and if we begin to appreciate them and consider them to be lessons rather than downfalls, we will always succeed.
Probably the hardest part about my job (and anyone who follows their passion) is to constantly remind why I started, and remember always to take “me-time”. I always take breaks either by going on long drives or meeting people who are dearest to me.
I’m very disciplined and often make sacrifices to get something done. I’m also secure in my decisions and don’t waste time worrying about what others think. At the end of the day, we have to stay true to our instincts and our ideas.
The best part about my job is that every day is completely different. Every day is a new challenge to be better and better. My day usually starts at 6 am. Training and coaching clients and goes on till 11 am. Around 11.30 am I train which usually is a mix of all the workouts as I really do believe in cross training. After a break, I am back at 5 pm to train people till 8 pm. I go home, eat and sleep by 10 pm and get ready for the next day.
Realising that I’ve inspired and changed someone’s life is an amazing feeling. Social media is a great tool for connecting the world, and I’m fortunate to be able to connect with hundreds of people. It’s always really special when someone comes to class or sends me a message and lets me know that I have helped them in some way or another. After all, that’s really what this is all about.
In the end, all I wants to say is – Enjoy the journey. It’s never easy when following your dreams. But, if you always complain and do not enjoy the struggle, you will never get through it. Enjoy the struggle! It is necessary, and often you learn your best lessons from this period.”
Submitted By – Pragati Chinnayya
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