- Tell us more about your background & your college life?
I am a Computer Engineer, graduated from Singhania University, Rajasthan. Post that, I’ve worked with 2 giant IT companies, Wipro and Dell. I was never interested in working for a 9-5 job, but I wanted to build my own company. And that is why I worked for 2 years straight, to learn the necessary skills of people management, customer relationships and a lot more. I wrote my 1st newspaper article in the year 2015, when I was in my final year of college. To which, the media house offered me a paid internship with them. It was then, began my journey as a professional writer.
2. How did you decide to take up Content Writing and how you execute this idea?
When I wrote my 1st article, I had no clue about what Content Writing meant. I was only trying to help an acquaintance with some write-ups around the education sector. Since then, I have continuously polished my skills as a writer. Even when I was working a full-time job, I grabbed every opportunity that I came across to explore the varied segments of writing. More than planning, I believe in execution. So I wrote several news columns first, and then traversed the path of blogs, moved to writing website content and today, I am a specialized copy writer. There is no perfect formula of execution. However I follow this – Learn, Implement, Analyze, Execute and Repeat.
3. How did you rise to your position and how can a student aspiring the same, approach it?
When I look back at how it all started, one thing is for sure, I did not know how to win, but I started with a thought that even if it takes time, I shall not stop. Be it writing, or anything in life, one cannot aim to reach the zenith without building the right mindset. You can name it, Persistence, Consistency, Dedication, or any core values for that matter. But eventually everything boils down to one thing, ‘How badly do you want it?’ So if you plan to start your career as a writer, be ready to embrace your journey. And NEVER compare your story to others. Write your unique story and let the world listen to you.
4. What inspires you in life and keeps you going?
This takes me back to the day I started writing on LinkedIn. The reason or the inspiration dearest to me is My Own Identity. All my life, I’ve lived with a tag of being the privileged child, and I refuse to accept it today. I want to build my own identity, more than anything else in life. I don’t want to be any ordinary girl who lived for 50 years and was forgotten with time. People say, money is not everything, but the truth is- money is just something less than everything. I want to be a social activist like my father, and to be capable of becoming one, I need to have the bandwidth, so that I can support others. When there are times that I feel low, all I ask myself is – Are you willing to risk your identity for a temporary mood swing once again? And I have my answer. Nothing more is needed.
5. What is your idea of success or your mantra in life?
My success mantra, ahh! Had you asked me this question a few months back, I might have said, nothing. But today, after falling down several times and getting up again, I live by the idea of – Your Thoughts Become Things. You get what you ask for. So why waste your thoughts on negativity? Why not control your thoughts to seek good for yourself? I believe in the Law of Attraction. This took me years, maybe, to realize the power of my thoughts. But now that I’ve known this, this will remain my mantra of life forever.
6. How economically viable is it to be an independent content writer?
If you jump into content writing assuming that everything will be a cakewalk, that’s never going to happen. Being an independent content writer is no less than beginning your entrepreneurial journey. You are accountable for everything that happens to your business. As far as finances are concerned, you can make a few hundred bucks. But what will matter in the long run is – Are you willing to learn, share and grow simultaneously during your dark and bright days. No content writer in my knowledge started with making dollars in the 1st week or even in the 1st month. But we polished our skills day-in day-out, from scratch to the wow content, we’ve improvised everything. Just like a baby crawls in the beginning, then takes baby steps, walks, and eventually runs, your journey will be no different. But how quickly you learn, will decide your financial stability.
7. What have been some of your biggest challenges and learnings from what you do?
All I do today is – I write, endlessly.
My biggest challenge was stepping out of my comfort zone. I always had my list of excuses for not being able to make it big. And very conveniently, I used to pass on the blame to others. As far as I know, my biggest and worst challenges of time were finance management, accountability, time management and the most important, emotional stability.
And if I have to tell you what the best learning is so far, it is the power that comes along with writing. You develop the skills of communication. You learn how to express yourself, convey your emotions, sound relatable yet compelling. Human mind is a complex machine, and writing helps you ease this complexity. You nurture positivity, you radiate energy, and you foster the power to touch lives through your words. If you think it’s nothing, think again.
8. What did you do in current role that makes you feel really proud of yourself?
Since I am closely working with coaches, i.e, the transformation coaches, spiritual coaches, who tap into other people’s unexplored potentials and help them identify their purpose of life. So I observe very minute details around how one can groom their personality, what they can do, how they should do it, the current state of mind, the desired state of mind, everything along the lines of creating abundance. Many of the newbie writers who have spoken to me once or more, have literally messaged me that they think I am the reason they have started doing a particular task in a particular way. It can be as small as posting content on LinkedIn to as sufficient as believing in themselves, the process and the ultimate power. So every time when I get this feedback, that I am the reason someone wants to become better, this is no less than an achievement to me. And I hope I am able to continue to do some good to humanity in any possible way.
9. What were the key challenges you faced during your LinkedIn journey and how you overcame those?
The challenges that I faced were no different than any other beginner. I used to compare myself with people much more experienced than me, the likes and comments on other posts were huge in numbers compared to my negligible reach, not everyone used to entertain my messages. So I started finding my answers in their posts. It took me not much time to realize that my expectations were not justified at that moment. So I spent hours engaging on other people’s posts, not only for the sake of engaging but I genuinely took out time to read every post and make sure that I drop a logical comment, so that people start acknowledging my presence. I used to initiate conversations with people in DMs; I started posting value driven content daily. I made sure people know who I am. And slowly and steadily, I spoke to more than 100 people on call in the last 3 months. Some are very senior to me, whom I look up to. Some have just begun and want guidance from me. I make sure that I leave an unforgettable remark in their mind. The more you interact, the more you learn, and the more you grow.
10. What skills do you think are most important for any students and how they should learn it?
Students who want to write should start writing. At times, we want to pursue career in a particular industry, but we refrain because of the fear of making mistakes. If you want to become a writer, start writing. PERIOD. Write endlessly and edit mercilessly, until your draft makes sense to you.
The super most important skill is reading, as much as you can, there is no limit to the knowledge you feed into your brain. This is followed by taking initiatives, meeting deadlines, focus on what you want, open to learn, should be adaptable, and the most important; communication. Be willing to communicate and express yourself. Don’t hide behind the shades of being introvert. You will remain one, only until you decide to change yourself.
11. What’s your message to encourage students to do internships and live projects?
I see that a lot of beginners post about not wasting time in internships and projects, but I feel that is the wrong approach. Internships definitely don’t pay you a lot but the exposure that you get from here is valuable. This experience cannot be replaced. Don’t rush to earn money, at least hone your skills first, and groom yourself to step into the world of professionals. There is no harm in going the extra mile and restructuring your writing style. If you are good at something, aim to become better.
12. What are your future plans?
My immediate plan is to create a website for myself. Yeah! I don’t have one. So this is the first thing I want to do effective today. I will spare some time for myself and work it out. And ever since I was working in the corporate, I wanted to become the CEO of the company. Nothing less! Maybe 5 years down the line, I will start my own company. I will make my dream come true. Until then, I will collaborate with the right set of people, because I still have a lot to learn. Will bring together the best writers, marketers, and analysts under one roof and eventually become a giant in the content marketing industry.
13. What are the top 3 tips or advice you would give to any other student to reach their dreams?
- No matter what happens, always believe in yourself. No one can hold you back, except yourself. You are the author of your life story, make it worth reading.
- If you are passionate enough to take up a task, go for it. If it doesn’t fall in place, accept it, embrace it, learn from it, be accountable for it, and start over again. Believe me, you will not make that mistake again.
- Be consistent, have patience and do not fall prey to other people’s opinions about you. They are not living your life. Be true to yourself and follow your gut. You will never go wrong.
You can follow and connect with Dhruvisha Jain here = https://www.linkedin.com/in/dhruvijain/