I Heard You Want To Be Rich by Nitish Garg introduces us to the importance of financial education and basics of the same. Through this book, the author attempts to tell us how one can stay rich emphasizing investing. Alongside, he also stresses upon living a fulfilling life by helping others and learning new things with an open mind and heart.
In a conversation with Bookish Fame, Nitish Garg talked about his book, his writing journey, and what to expect next. Read on!
1. Please introduce yourself to our readers.
I am Nitish Garg, an Engineer by qualification, a musician and writer by hobby, and a businessman by virtue. I have been active in my business of manufacturing auto parts for five years now and have had the opportunity to see various phases of success and failure early in my career.
2. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
As I gained some success in my business, I developed confidence in my individuality and thinking. I started to question the ways of society and the ideology behind a business. I thought to myself that some of my insights were really useful, and I wondered that I would write a book about my theories when I became a truly successful person, which I thought I would be by the age of 40. Then it occurred to me one day that I should write a book today, at 28, I can write another one at 40. I can write more than one book in my life. That is how I started.
3. What inspires you to write books? What are the things which catch your attention?
Ideas. The ideas behind living a great life, trying to fulfill your purpose, finding your identity are some things that attract me. The knowledge about the working of processes in nature and the world, from small things to big, is what gets me thinking.
4. Tell something in brief about your latest book?
My latest book, I HEARD YOU WANT TO BE RICH, is about leading a truly successful life and winning the world’s most popular battle, Man vs. Money. There are more elements to a successful life other than money but we focus mostly on that and so does this book. It gives a detailed plan from the beginning of one’s career to the future. It explains the concepts from a Macro to Micro view to guide a young mind to success.
5. How do you organize yourself, as a writer, to keep track of the world you’re writing about?
I try to stay real and relevant. One thing I know is that people somehow always find if someone is lying or not. That is the difference between a soul touching song and a good song. So is with a book. All my experiences have been devoured from my business and from the community. I frequently read Biographies, Business books, popular recommendations, and try to learn for myself.
6. When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or a full-time profession?
It was like a dream to me, like imagining to drive a car when you were 12. I never thought I would get that opportunity or skill.
7. How did you approach the writing process this time around? Do you have a set routine, or does it vary? And how do you manage it with your full-time work?
I started off by writing in a diary. The feeling of putting pen to paper made it more real for me. I started by writing articles about topics that really made me want to share with people. I started making a structure, and as the articles increased, a book started taking shape.
Later on, I moved on to a laptop and tried to write during a fixed time of the day. I managed to take out a fixed time from my work because I had only thoughts about the book roaming in my mind all day long. Every hour or so, some pointers would pop into my head, and I immediately wrote them down in a line so that I would not spill the gold. It took me around 200 hours to write the book but years to gather the knowledge.
8. How would you describe the contemporary scenario of writing and reading around the world?
To be honest, I am not aware of the scene, and even if I were, I would not consider myself worthy of being a critic on the topic.
9. How crucial are marketing and promotions when it comes to selling a book?
That has become the bitter truth for every field. Actors have to work as hard on promotions as on acting. Music is commercialized because a good marketeer beats a good musician. The same is with a book. But this is what we are dealt with. To me, a genuine reader understanding and appreciating my book is better than sales numbers. A book is for 25 years, I feel, which is long enough for good content to surface. Commercializing art is like disrespecting, both art and business. An artist must stay pure.
10. Do you read much, and if so, who are your favorite authors?
Yes, I do frequently read biographies, business books, and inspiring stories. Some authors/people who inspire me are Mr.Robert Kiyosaki (Rich dad poor dad), Mr.Tony Robbins ( Money: win the game), Mr. Peter Lynch( One up on Wall Street), Mr. Elon Musk, Mr. Rattan Tata, Mr. Narendra Modi.
11.Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers.
Writing what should be written or what is popular is today’s profit. It is short term and will fade away soon. It will not enrich one with experience. Writing what one feel’s like from the bottom of the heart will not fruit today but will prevail in the future. There will be real profit in the form of money, admiration, and experience.
12. Are we going to hear more from you in the future?
I have promised to write another book only when I achieve what I have written in my first book. However, sooner or later, that might be. Only when I achieve what I preach.
*We wish Author Nitish Garg all the best for his future endeavors.*
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