“Mind your own business” is a common English saying which asks for a respect of other people’s privacy.
It can mean that a person should stop meddling in what does not concern that person, etc.
But I have used it in this article to show how “Minding my own business” I got on track to build my career, took control of my life and how I made all the progress.
Let’s dig in.
This dates back to 2006-2007. Then I was not into Digital Marketing and doing SEO for my clients.
I was already 28 years old and without direction as in what to do in life. What industry to work in? I had no clue.
I was heavily under debt. To be precise I had approximately $10000 debt. Although the amount does not look too much.
It was huge for me because I was not highly educated to get a good job which would have helped me pay it off quickly.
At that age and time I was still figuring out what I should do in future as a living. I did not have the family pressure to settle down like my other peers.
After my first business collapsed around 2004-5, I moved to New Delhi, India in search of a new job. I did not say I would pursue a career because I did not have any.
Neither did I have some competitive education. I was just a graduate from a regular college from my hometown Biratnagar, Nepal.
It only gave me a certificate in the form of gate pass to make my entry to any offices just to appear for an interview.
My career actually started in 2008 January when I mistakenly entered into the Digital Marketing field. This is going to be an entirely separate story.
After I moved to Delhi in March 2005, I tried my luck with many things. I would try and work in anything that gave me money.
Then after a few days I would realize that this job is not right for me. This job is not going to bring me enough to sustain my life and pay off my huge debt at the same time. Only one was possible.
Then I would leave that job and would try something else. Accordingly 3 years passed. But no substantial result. I was just drifting in life without meaning and purpose.
Then in the later part of 2007 I was employed by one of my old acquaintances to do procurement of medicine and send it to Nepal.
I used to go to the different vendors in Delhi, buy & collect all the required items from the list shared. After collecting them I would assign them to the transport service which would finally deliver it to the destination.
In the process, I met one vendor who was very successful in his business venture. The business he owned was family business with his brother and father involved. He had multiple shops and godowns.
Then one day I was in his shop to make him note down the order and to pack it and dispatch it to the transport office. He offered me tea and I do not know how but we started some personal conversation.
He started with how much my education is. How much I make by helping my acquaintance with ordering medicine, etc, etc.
All of a sudden, the guy said to me “You are educated. You have good communication. This work that you are doing is not suited for you. Why don’t you try something else. This city is full of opportunities. You just have to have that eye and search for it.”
He added, “I think you should Mind Your Own Business, rather than taking care of someone else’s business. This will not add any value to your career and will lead you nowhere.”
That conversation and every word he spoke started thumping in my head. I came home that day and started thinking as if I am really wasting my life. Then I realized I was running from the things.
I did not work for that entire week. Finally, I made up my mind and I decided to quit that procurement work. I called my acquaintance to let him know that I am no longer available and he should hire somebody else for that job.
Next, I started searching and looking for a new job. But I did not have a clue what to do, which industry to try and built my career into.
Finally, I made it to Digital Marketing then it was popularly known as Internet Marketing.
Since then I have been into this field achieving new milestones. Everyday I am going strong and creating new stories for me. I have come a long way and more to go.