Our Woman of the Week is Samruddha Patil, who found her passion while she was going about her Master’s degree in Biotechnology. From science, it was a sudden shift to content and writing, which she has accomplished and how! If you are someone who is struggling to do what you love then you must take a look at her story as it will nudge you towards the right path. Read her complete interview here.
How was your childhood?
It was filled with playing outdoors, being a nerd and taking part in every occasion possible. It was the best phase of my life and I am so grateful that I was born in the 90s which were definitely the simpler times!
What did you aspire to be when you were little?
A teacher. As a child, I admired my teachers and the mere thought of inspiring someone would make me do better in every aspect or any field I chose.
Could you take us through your work, please give us a brief about it?
My work has various facets tied by the thread of content creation. As a blogger, I create content with pictures and relatable textual content. As a content writer, I write blogs and articles for companies with different niches. Every day is based on brainstorming and curtains content appropriate for every platform.
What made you choose this line of work? Was there an incident that inspired it?
Actually, it was during my post-graduation that I had started writing reviews on Zomato which sharpened my skills as well as increased my network as I started going out for review writing. So it wasn’t really an incident but a period of time that inclined me towards this field of work.
What does your daily routine look like?
I have a really hectic routine which starts with working out in the morning, then attending all meetings to see what’s needed throughout the day. Then its hours on the laptop with mini food breaks and evening are filled with relaxation and planning for the next day.
What do you think are your biggest achievements?
Inspiring people. I think in today’s age, people don’t want to see your degree but the type of work you actually do. When your work is driven by passion through which you keep learning new skills, that’s the great flow. Also, when you inspire people along the way, I think that the perfect way to show your gratitude!
Was it difficult in the beginning to follow your dreams?
Yes definitely. Looking back, I see there were times when I left home at 7:30 am in the morning and came home at 11:30 pm. I used to be dead tired but so full of energy to keep grinding the next day as well. My day was filled with creating something out of the box to rise above the competition around me and how I could be different in my field. There was a backlash from the existing blogger’s community as well as self-doubt that kept me pushing behind. But through the years, I have learnt to live with the negatives and still move ahead in the direction you actually want to.
What was your hustle journey like?
I think the hustle is never going to stop. Hustling has taught me more than my entire education could ever teach me. Right from understanding the essence of any business to not attaching your self worth to the amount of money you make – it has been a crazy yet an enriching journey!
What are some of the challenges you deal with even today? And, how do you overcome them?
I am a very spontaneous person and I think that is one thing that always keeps me anxious as well. Challenges that deal with even today, will be being disciplined. I do plan and execute things but I am still struggling to keep a discipline to these habits.
With success also comes failure. So, tell us, how do you deal with failures? What keeps you going?
I think failures are necessary, they keep you grounded and make you realize that you cannot control everything around you. When I face failure, my ego takes a backseat and my learning attitude takes the steering wheel. It helps me where I am going wrong or which another way can I deal with the problem and slowly but surely I get back on track.
Do you have a mantra or motto for life?
‘Always be a student’ – To every person I speak to or any piece of content I see, I always try to grasp the good from them and that really makes you wiser every day.
Has the pandemic hindered your future plans? How are you dealing with it?
Yes, the pandemic has definitely caused chaos for our company as we deal with the marketing of food ventures but this time has also given us time to pause and reboot. I am learning a lot about self-awareness, meditation and understanding life beyond money and career.
What do you have in store for the future?
More engaging and interesting content I guess! It has been my driving force from day one because of which I am starting my Podcast called ‘Brewing Baatein’ real soon which is also my passion project.
Can you tell me more about your Instagram journey? What made your start your page?
The fact that all my friends asked my recommendations before going anywhere to eat and times when I always utilized the time apart fro my college to taste the food at the newest restaurant led me to find my drive towards food blogging! My Instagram journey has been a hell of a rollercoaster, I actually started with no clue as to what monetary benefits I am going to get from it but just the fact that I loved what I did. So much of all that I practice today is all self-taught or learned from Youtube – so yes it has been a life-changing experience!
And, what was the journey behind achieving the number of followers you have today?
The journey has been full of ups and downs. Right from starting with numbers of followers that would grow at a very slow rate to the time one of my posts went viral! I think the journey has been totally unexpected and my only focus all this while was just to create content and gained followers as a by-product.
Do you have any advice for our readers?
Times have changed and it’s no longer what your degree says you know. The world outside of schools & colleges is keener in knowing what you as an individual have something unique to offer and instead of finding the right job & partner, finding your passion should be your aim – Everything else just follows
If someone wishes to choose your line of work, what is the advice for them? How do they go about it?
My line of work requires a lot of patience. You don’t see results easily but when you do they just increase multi-folds. My advice would learn from your own mistakes, research on topics which you have zero knowledge about and execute it simultaneously!
You can follow Samruddha Patil on Instagram here.
So, was it an enjoyable read for you? From now on, we are definitely going to embrace Samruddha’s motto, which is to never stop learning!
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