When he was a kid, he didn’t know what he wanted to do when he grew up.
He had no passion. Hell NO.
Back in school days, a local leader visited his school and asked one question to students: “What do you want to become in future?”
Everyone was sharing their passion and dream.
His Turn… and he was scratching his head!
He said, “I don’t know. I never thought about it.”
Who’s that guy with no passion?
It’s ME! :)
Birth Of Side Hustler in College Days
I’ve completed my B.Tech. In 2012 when I was 20 years old (Literally!). A lot of changed in the college days, but one thing remains constant: No Passion.
I was pursuing engineering but my path was not clear. I learned many things in my college days EXCEPT engineering 🙂
I started doing part-time jobs during my college time as a tutor and online school project writing for making some extra money.
And a side hustler was born.
Confession: I never dated any girl in the college days.
No One Would Hire Me
I got rejected by 9 companies before getting my first job.
Every interview I applied for I was turned down.
I still remember the days when I felt down and defeated. I used to say to myself “No one would hire you.”
I stopped applying to jobs. I didn’t show in any interview for next 2 months.
And One day I got a call from a company and they asked me to come. And I ended up taking a job in SEO which I also knew nothing about.
I never heard the word “SEO” before. And let’s not discuss the salary. 😀
I started building my skills. Started from SEO, then content writing, then social media, then blogging, then PPC, then email marketing, and Inbound marketing.
The same companies that rejected me now approach me to do work with them. I won the long game.
I started working as a freelancer (side hustle) in the end of 2013.
How I Became a Featured Writer
I always wanted to be featured on big media publications. But I was not confident.
Every day I went to Business 2 Community publication and opened the contributor application form.
But I never hit the “Submit” button.
“What if they rejected me.” — This thought hit my mind.
And One day I read this magical quote on the Internet:
“A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.” — Bo Bennett
This quote inspired me to give it a try. And Finally I applied.
They accepted my application and I got feature on Business 2 Community.
I’ve featured in many reputed publications:
LinkedIn is Beautiful than Jennifer Lawrence (At Least for Me!)
I still remember the days when I thought LinkedIn is a waste.
Here’s a spoiler:
My LinkedIn profile has been the single biggest contributor to my success. LinkedIn helped me to become from an average full time worker to an authority in digital marketing field.
LinkedIn gave me many freelancing opportunities and I meet amazing people here.
I try to share valuable content that can help folks on consistent basis. Recently One of my LinkedIn posts got 450K views. Read the case study here.
HELL… Experts Are Shouting About Me!
“Pawan’s content and insights on digital marketing are refreshing in a crowded niche. His eye for detail and research are outstanding and he’s one of the voices to watch out for in the years to come.” — Meera Kothand
“Pawan is a great and quick achiever. Working with him you will receive a creative content, with a deep understanding of marketing topics. I had a great experience working together.” — Julia Aslamova
“Pawan Kumar consistently delivers tangible takeaways framed within the picture bigger. It’s been a pleasure publishing his stories on ART + marketing, where his contributions helped us achieve 75,000+ subscribers and hundreds of thousands of monthly reads. If you have a moment, read a story by Pawan” — David Smooke
“Pawan knows exactly how to package his marketing knowledge into a clear, concise format. To stay ahead, it’s a good idea to read this guy’s constructive material! He’s also cheery, approachable and respectful — which matters immensely in today’s fast-paced world.” — Sam Hurley
I really enjoy the journey from “Nobody to an well-known face” (And I’m still learning).
I follow the ACP fromula in my life.
Action. Choices. And Persistence.
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Originally published at prepawan.com