5 Minute Interview: Srinivas Rao
Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Srinivas: My name is Srinivas Rao. I’m a guy you could basically say is taking scenic route through life. I’m an unlikely beach bum who turns surf sessions into life lessons. But it’s far from how I ever imagined my life turning out after getting a degree from Berkeley and completing an MBA. It turned out a million times better.
I run a personal development blog where I discuss my almost unhealthy obsession with the ocean and figuring out how to achieve insane levels of productivity. I also run BlogcastFM.com, a podcast for bloggers, marketer and entrepreneurs where we’ve interviewed over 100 of the most successful content creators in the last year. What I really enjoy about what I do is that I get to connect with really interesting people and pick their brains for their best ideas. I read somewhere that you become of the byproduct of what you surround yourself with. The technology we’ve created has given us one of the greatest opportunities in history to do that. I was watching a documentary on TED last night and I realized that what goes on there is revolutionary. Our technology gives us an ability to surround ourselves with brilliant creative minds like never before and do it on a daily basis.
Alvin: Pick any man in the world and tell us how he inspired you?
Srinivas: I’d say my father. A lesson my dad taught me about careers is persistence. I guess I’ve just realized that while writing. The earlier part of his career was an uphill battle. Academia is a tough field to be in and there’s a ton of competition. He spent 13 years searching for a teaching position. His career bloomed, but it happened late in life. Truth be told, this is the first time in my life I’ve felt any sense of accomplishment or fulfillment in what I do.
Alvin: What do you wish to accomplish 1 year from today?
Srinivas: A year from today I’d like be location independent, making twice as much money as I make from my day job, and on a year long surf trip around the world. The rest I’ll figure it out along the way.
Alvin: So far, what has been your greatest resource for how to be better man?
Srinivas: As cheesy as it might sound, the blogosphere as a whole. The people I’ve come across here are some of the most inspiring and amazing people I’ve connected with in my life. Right before I started to dig into this, I was looking through the other interviews on your site. I immediately thought “wow, these guys sound awesome” and I subscribed to a few of their blogs. The fact that there are people who are out there just sharing knowledge to make your life better in some way and asking for nothing in return is a pretty good resource if you ask me.
Alvin: What has been your largest step to manhood?
Srinivas: I ran out of money completely when I finished business school. I’m not exaggerating when I say I literally had zero dollars in my bank account. I was 31 years old at the time. It was a hard thing to go through considering that I come from a community of overachievers. But it taught me to be much more responsible once I did manage to get my act together. My parents were cool enough to help me out during the time, even though I had to move home.
Alvin: What has been the best advice you received about being a man?
Srinivas: I would say the confidence is an attractive quality that will get your far in life. That’s a message that really needs to be out in the world at large. I wish I had heard it more when I was younger.0