Hi. I’m Mani, people also know me as Manish. I’m a Mechanical Engineering Graduate who in pursuit of financial independence, has converted into a full time blogger.
After working in the corporate world for almost 16+ years, I bid it adieu. It was a tough move, but I did it for my love for blogging and for following my passion.
I wrote my first blog in year 2008. For next 8-9 years I wrote blogs as ‘my way’ of destressing, and today I am here – a full time blogger. In 2017 I decided to start doing blogs full time. Full time blogging has its own challenges but I am loving all of it.
Previously, I have worked in the role of a Project Manager with Tata’s & others (16+ years). Management of my project was also something which used to give me my highs.
My last 10 years stint in MNC’s, had been most rewarding. The whole process of planning, designing, and executing a portion of Steel Plant was almost like a dream come true.
Had blogging not became my first preference, I would have loved to continue managing “My Projects”.
Project Management was my liking, but blogging is my passion. Now, every day I do what I “love-doing”. Blogging.
The idea with which I started learning about money management still stands true. I want to achieve ‘Financial Independence’. These are not just any two letter word for me. Like people recite Slokas, I preach the goal of ‘financial independence’.
It works like a searchlight for me. It has given a more definite direction and purpose to my life. I’m now chasing my dream to achieve financial independence and my route is simple:
Running a half-marathon one day is a goal which fuels me with energy. Though I’m already 40+, and still starting as a beginner.
Watching movies in cinema halls is again something which excites me. I am not much of a TV watcher, but I like to follow sports on TV. These days Netflix/Amazon Prime has made entertainment more accessible. They also gives access to nice documentaries.
I try to keep my books handy. Though these days I spend more time reading on my kindle & phone.
Attracting attention towards myself is something which I try to avoid. I am a very private person by nature. It helps me to work with more focus. I love working with details rather than hovering around things superficially.
What I do not like about me? Having less control on my eating habits.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King Jr.
How a person acts, reacts, and behaves in face of “challenges” is the best description of his/her character. “When going gets tough, the tough gets going”.
The real challenge of life is to be tough and humble at the same time, when conditions are not in our favour.
Why I believe in this theory? Because people who faced their demons bravely and with grace, are the ones who are really successful.
I love writing for my readers. I do not seem to get tired when I am blogging.
I developed my second liking (for finance) when I was already a professional (in job). My passion for investment & personal finance grew when I started living away from my parents. The need for effective money management was felt more strongly when I went the family way.
One day I got hold of a book which my father gifted me in year 2003. It was stacked below my college books. It was a small book with its cover named ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’.
This book changed the way I used to look at “income”. It was an eye opener for me. My liking for personal finance and investment only grew from there.
But what energises me more is, “blogging on subjects which I am reading and learning“.
After 10 years of “dreaming and working”, today my blog gives me the needful financial support. But this has not diluted my objective of blogging.
I blog, only to learn and share my understandings with my readers.
In the process of doing this, I also seem to make some money. But it is equally essential for me to write my blogs with a personal touch & a sense of simplicity which my readers can feel while reading.