At BrilliantRead Media, our aim is to bring to our community some of the finest stories from the startup ecosystem. As part of this endeavour, we invited a passionate entrepreneur – Kapil Mittal for an exclusive interview with us. He is a Seasoned Entrepreneur, Leader, Startup Consultant, Advisor, Strategist and Mentor. Kapil is the Chief Strategy Officer at Power Gummies. Let’s learn more about his exciting journey, his background and his advice for our growing community.
Excerpts from our exclusive interview with Kapil:
Talk us through your background and your journey, please;
My professional journey so far has helped me cross-pollinate ideas across in a wide variety of industry sectors, including Edtech, Ad-tech, Consumer Research and Lifestyle brands.
After my Edx-MBA, I founded justdakhila.com and took an exit in 2019.
I have been consulting startups and D2C businesses for business strategy, fundraising and fund utilization for crafting growth.”
In the initial days of my career have worked with Intel & Jafco funded originations at Mid-Senior levels, later worked with Dalmia Group Funded startup Eduwizards.
Currently, I am leading the global marketing for the quantitative research business vertical of Power Gummies. These opportunities helped me span a wide variety of marketing domains from strategy to operations.
How did you discover your passion?
Through iterative planning intertwined with continuous shifts in execution.
Over the last 15 years, I have taken up numerous projects in my areas of interest. Among those, I would simply give up on the activities I didn’t feel like pursuing the long-term.”
In due course of time, these initiatives helped me identify the areas of my core passion – marketing. It was essentially about arriving at a just to explore what really resonated with my personality and life choices.
How do you manage to keep going despite the challenges? What drives you?
Empowering and challenging the myths, and stereotypes about the wellness journey to have self-awareness and courage to do their own therapy to live a life of respect, and dignity and treat others with the same ethical principles is my drive to work in this field.
I believe in sharing Joy and that’s the first principle of the Sadhguru Foundation. I believe all people are capable of change.
It is important to understand, people are shaped by their experiences and circumstances.
Who do you believe has been the biggest source of motivation in your daily life?
I have been a big observer of Nature, Physics and Philosophy.
I have been following Physics and its fundamentals to the core of it, which inspires me and develops a curiosity in me.
A big credit goes to my wife Varchasa and the Power Gummies founding team, Varchasa has taught me how to unlearn to acquire wisdom.”
What are some of the strategies that you believe has helped you grow as a person?
There are a few:
(1) Unlearn (make it a habit)
(2) Always being resourceful
(3) Taking extreme ownership and responsibility for my actions Courage
(4) Ability to take risks & venture into uncharted territories.
You are always positive and motivated, what keeps you going?
My motivation comes from physics because I enjoy it.
The motivation to work hard and practice and stay disciplined comes from the desire to master my skill to keep learning something new, and my genuine enjoyment for my purpose.
I try to set boundaries which takes practice so that I don’t get bogged down by my business problems.
I schedule a daily appointment for self-care, even if it’s just alone time. For example, I schedule my time to meditate, bike ride, exercise, soak in the hot tub and have breaks when I go silent and off my gadgets.”
I keep a gratitude journal and write five things I am grateful for. I also read works by people I admire with uplifting material that reminds me of the power we all have within us.
In your opinion what are the keys to success?
I will say it straight that there are many factors but if you really must have the key elements then to me these are the ones:
> Planning, if you not planning you certainly planning to fail
> Accepting & Loving myself.
> Responsibility for my actions
> Standing up for myself
> Positive Attitude
What advice would you give students and young professionals who want to have a successful career?
Look at strategy not just as a job function, but as a collective domain comprising several job roles. You should be able to identify the key skills and personality traits required to succeed in brand, media, digital, influencer, product, or any other area of strategy.
Most early starters get lost among strategy verticals within the first 5-7 years and find it hard to switch roles after that. Career decisions require a long view of what comes after and a good understanding of personal skills and ambitions. Make informed choices and build a professional life that empowers your lifestyle.
There is so much to be shared, but this conversation limits how much I can communicate on this platform. Students and young professionals regularly reach out to me on LinkedIn with their specific queries.