Adgully’s special feature section – ‘Offbeat’ – seeks to give a peek into the lesser known facets of our very well-known industry leaders. We present, in the industry leaders’ own words, an interesting read on areas that are not usually highlighted in regular media coverage – be it about their childhood days, secret skills that they possess, how they unwind from their hectic schedules, and much more.
Moulik Jain, Co-Founder, 3 Minds Digital, is serial a entrepreneur based in Mumbai. With an engineering degree in computer science, Jain has over 7 years of experience in digital marketing. He is a true tech-evangelist, constantly learning and visualising how new technologies can be leveraged to maximise impact for their clients. He is also the in-house TED speaker, constantly motivating and inspiring the team and also to maximise impact for their clients.
A precious childhood trait that you still possess?
I was always a happy child. I used to roam around carefree without any fear. I think that is one quality I still possess, to keep smiling even in adverse situations, but inside I like to stay calm and composed, searching for solutions.
Ever wished you had superhero powers?
Superheroes are the first thing that comes to mind when you talk about superpower and that for me is my dad. I am a big fan of his ability to efficiently handle work, family, and everything around him. I wish I could be half as good as him when it comes to this superb quality he possesses.
What is your biggest fear and how do you face it?
I am afraid of the fact that if I ever stopped learning, what would happen? What if I stopped growing? I think I’ve reached the stage in life where I can’t afford to take a break as that would distract me from my mission and the people who are with me in this mission. We all carry a common vision and taking a step back or taking a pause will affect the lives of everyone around me. So, each day I try to learn something new, get to know about something and motivate each and every individual to do so.
A secret that you have which no one knows about?
If I tell you it won’t be a secret anymore. Some things are better left untouched!
What would one find in your playlist?
You will find a huge collection of soothing and relaxing music in my playlist. After all the hustle-bustle of the day, I would usually find a corner, put on my headphones and go into this whole different world where I can just close my eyes and relax with my favourite tunes.
Your go-to activity to relax?
Meditation, hands down. Nothing gets me more pumped up for the day than this. I usually take out around 30 minutes from my morning schedule and meditate. This is something that I have recently adapted and it has worked wonders for me. I am more focused, calm and it helps me stay organised.
What is the greatest lesson that you have learnt from life so far?
The greatest lesson for me in life is to never stop learning. Always be a student of life, take the positive out of your experiences in life and smile at them, for they make you strong. Keep working hard, hustle for the muscle and never settle.
A social cause that you are most passionate about?
I come from Udaipur, Rajasthan, also known as the City of Lakes. It is a small city with a lot of natural wonders. I have always been close to nature, so I would like to contribute something to the environment. I would like to plant trees and contribute to a greener planet for all of us.
What’s the one thing you would like to change about yourself?
I talk a lot, sometimes I just keep on saying things without giving a thought about them. This is certainly a work in progress for me. Recently I came across a quote from the great Dalai Lama. He said, “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” I really wish I can abide by this.
If you weren’t the co-founder of a design agency what would you have been?
If I was not a co-founder, then I would definitely be an intern, the reason being the energy and enthusiasm that an intern has. They are always eager to learn new things, always trying hard to give their best, they get to experiment with a lot of new ideas and the best part is that every day they get introduced to a new aspect of the industry, which makes them a better professional than yesterday.
What are three apps on your mobile you couldn’t live without?
Headspace – it helps me with my meditation activities.
Inshorts – I don’t usually get time to flip the newspaper or to switch channels on the television as I am mostly on the go and my phone is the one thing which I carry around with me, so this app helps me stay updated.
Spotify – My favourite one. I love music and this app helps me big time.
Any content/film or book you saw or read recently and why?
I am a big fan of ‘Game of Thrones’, and as you might know, the 8th and final season has certainly made it quite exciting. I really like the concept of the show, the story, the plots, everything is very well executed. They sure know how to keep the audience hooked to the show.
Which two organisations outside your own do you know the most people at and why?
First and foremost, woodenstreet.com, mainly because this was a stepping stone to my career. I started off as an SEO executive at Wooden Street. It is a furniture e-commerce website competing with giants like Pepperfry and Urban Ladder. It was at Wooden Street that I learnt the basics of Digital Marketing. I have made strong relations there, colleagues who have turned into amazing friends and great mentors who have shaped me into a better professional.
Second organisation that I connect with very well is Noddapp.com. Nodd is an app-based networking platform for professional, creative and academic achievers across the globe to connect and grow together. I am personally connected with Mr Arpit Bajpai, the Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Nodd App. It is amazing how you meet and share ideas and interests with people from different corners of the industry.
Two things about this industry you don’t like or don’t understand?
First things first, the industry is flooded with start-ups. I mean this is becoming a rat race in a literal sense. Hundreds of new start-ups begin every day and in just a span of a few months or a year, they vanish. The basic thing which most of them lack is a vision. You can never run a business without a proper vision. Just the idea of a start-up isn’t enough to help it transition into the next big thing in the industry. Planning for it is important.
Second thing is passion and dedication. We need individuals who have a mix of both these characteristics to be able to sustain the competition.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Ah! You got me here. This might sound strange to you considering my professional background. But, for a person who is surrounded by all the hustle and bustle of technology, marketing and much more of sorts, I would personally like to get digitally detached and have a peaceful life in the mountains amidst mother nature. I don’t have a particular destination in mind, just a place where I can be at peace and connect with my inner self.