Naina Mansukhani dared to follow her dreams at the cost of a well-paying job. We take a look at how she took the plunge and managed her finances while also achieving her goals.
A few years ago, if you wanted to be successful in life, you were told you had to become a doctor, a lawyer, or an engineer. Today, however, millennials are breaking the mould, and are ready to chase their dreams no matter what it takes. One such dream-chaser is Nike's Da Da Ding girl, Naina Mansukhani .
As a young child, Naina never shied away from dreaming big. She wanted to be a rock star, a doctor, a painter, an astronaut, and a majestic princess. At boarding school, she enjoyed the compulsory sports programme, and she went on to represent her city and the state in athletics. Eventually, she decided to settle into a more conventional job, and after studying economics and then law, she took up a job with a reputed law firm.
But, her passion for running was something she simply couldn't ignore, and she decided to give up her job as a lawyer to quite literally chase her dreams. She turned to modelling, and recently she even started her own company, The Bride Boot Camp. With its general emphasis on helping a bride-to-be get in shape for her wedding, the camp is the first fitness company that offers access to luxury workout plans with the best fitness gear, customised training and detox diets. While talking about the career change, Naina says, "I felt that because I had the education as I was the youngest lawyer, I could experiment and fortunately, had the choice to live my life not wondering what if?
Her mantra in life is fortune favours the bold, and she believes that a solid plan is all you need to make your seemingly impossible dreams to come true. Little wonder that she came up with a business plan that allowed her to invest money only after she made it. Instead of going to advertisers for marketing her brand, she turned to digital media. Naina shares, "This meant that the business model did not require huge funds to be pumped in." She took on collaborations to build the content, and for a while, her business worked on a barter system of sorts. At the end of the day, Naina went the whole hog to make her dream come true, without it feeling like she was working too hard. As she herself points out, "Pick a dream that you are passionate about and it will never feel like work."
We can all learn a little something from Naina's smart planning. Despite the fact that she enjoyed complete financial security as a lawyer, she was ready to make a bold move and do something she enjoyed, but only after she had come up with a sound financial plan.
Planning your finances is actually much easier than it looks. When it comes to managing finances, there are several avenues open to us today, including investment-cum-insurance plans, and all we need to do is take some time to sit down and figure out what our financial goals are. If you know how much money you need to put away to buy your dream car, or how much you will need for a comfortable retirement, you will be able to formulate a financial plan that'll help you attain all your goals. However this planning should not be delayed and best time to start acting is now!
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