My Working Day – Simran Kanwar – Founder of nutriburst
As the leader of a company, you are there to set an example, to lead and inspire a team of individuals to achieve a series of business goals. But how do these business leaders go about their daily routine? Business Leader spoke to Simran Kanwar – Founder of nutriburst, about her working day.
What time do you wake up?
6 am every day without fail. I like to wake up early to have time for myself before the house is fully awake. I sometimes meditate or read a few pages of my current book.
What do you have for breakfast?
For me, it’s important to start the day with fresh fruits and, of course, my favourite nutriburst gummies! Eating healthily is very central to my lifestyle as I truly believe that a healthy body equals a healthy mind.
What is your mantra for your working day?
Striving for the best is my core mantra. I do not do things halfway and like to give a 100% to everything I do.
As a business leader, is it hard to separate your business and personal life?
Family is very important to me and spending quality time with my son, Jai and daughter, Syra along with my husband, Neeraj reinvigorates me to challenge myself as a business leader. But as an entrepreneur, you never really switch off, whether that’s seeing a new opportunity that arises or an idea over dinner. I am always looking at ways to innovate.
What advice would you give to aspiring female entrepreneurs?
Never doubt yourself, be true to your values and visualise your dreams. You are only a few steps away from them. I am a strong believer in destiny and if it is meant to be, things will happen. Make sure you put all the chances on your side to reach your goal.
Who is your business idol? Why?
Without a doubt, Warren Buffett. He is such an inspiring character and I am especially touched by his humility and extreme intelligence. It says a lot when a man pledges to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes and still lives a frugal life despite being one of the richest men in the world. He is a great example of someone that kept his values and beliefs despite becoming an extremely successful entrepreneur.
What motivates you?
Ensuring people have the best health and wellness opportunities, whether that is in the form of our hospital facilities in India or great sugar-free vegan gummies. Outside of healthcare and wellness, I have a passion for design.
How do you persevere through challenging times?
The key is to never give up and be focused on your goals. Regardless of what is going on around you, ensure you are ready to take the opportunities when they arise.
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a female entrepreneur?
Luckily, times have changed and gone are the days where women were not taken seriously in the business world. I guess this was probably the biggest challenge I had to face at the beginning of my career. But this also meant that I had to work on my confidence and be credible when it came to my business(es). I had to make sure that my knowledge on the subject close to my heart was strong. It definitely gave me strength and made me become who I am today.
However, we are still a minority and the business world is still a man’s world, hence why I am always happy to read or see women become very successful in big companies and be recognised for their hard work.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
“Let’s not wait for circumstances to be perfect, let’s create our own opportunities!” – Onkar S Kanwar.
When I had the idea to create nutriburst, I had a very interesting conversation with my father-in-law. I was looking at the product’s costs and it became very clear that I would need to invest heavily in the production side. His advice at the time was do not compromise on quality. You want the best tasting and looking product, you need to invest! And I have never looked back since.
A good product will always find a buyer. People nowadays are very aware of what they buy and what is good for them.
Are you hopeful about the future of female entrepreneurship in the UK? Why?
Women are now making a huge difference to the UK and Indian economies like never before, and there are more and more role models who can inspire a new generation of younger girls to think about alternative business sectors. This is a huge untapped potential and we have only scratched the surface. The opportunities are endless for the future.