From My Diary – Choices I made ~ #5

In this series, I am sharing the choices I made as far as my professional life goes.

Why I took up my 1st job at the age of 17 is answered in my earlier post  “From My Diary – Choices I made ~ #1” and then why I moved on to my 2nd one and why I left that can be read here >>. “From My Diary – Choices I made ~ #2” 

My journey onto becoming Self-employed could be read here “From My Diary – The Choices I made ~ #3” and From My Diary- Choices I made ~ #4

2009 was the times of turbulence and because of the troubles at my personal front, I was finding it hard to concentrate on my work. As a financial advisor especially as a planner concentration and focus is very imperative. And this is where I was having difficulties.

No amount of talking or discussing was heping me and eventually after trying hard overcoming it, I decided to take a sabbatical from financial planning.

I went to all my then clients and expressed my incapability of managing their portfolio at least till the time I recover from what I was going through.

Many of my clients told me that this is my biggest mistake and that it will be too late if I do not change my decision. I had an idea what I was about to lose, yet I found it to give in to something for which my heart did not allow.

Very few understood me and pledged their support and stood with me. I told them that I may not be able to advise them on any new investments but I will service whatever I have done till now. They said okay and remained with me.

Now that I was no more advising and had lost a good chunk of my client’s income needed to be compensated.

In my working with clients in financial planning, I had helped a few with buying and investing in real estate. Because of my people’s skill I had also managed to stay in touch with few brokers. After some thinking, I ventured into real estate. My work helped me see most of Thane so I had a good idea about localities and the price range for most of them.

The most important factor being there was no long term commitment. Once a deal is done very little was left to do. Slowly and steadily I learned the finer details of this new business and was doing okay. Because of good work I started getting referrals and there was no looking back 🙂

Even today I do real estate business but now it is very exclusive. I only take an assignment if it comes with a recommendation. I have helped my clients buy properties in as far areas as Bangalore, Pune, and Hyderabad.

The most cherished client of mine is Mr. Amitava Banerjee. He was referred to me by his colleague when he first time-shifted to Mumbai. I helped him find exactly what he was looking for. He liked me and my work so much that when he was transferred to Pune he insisted that I find property for him in Pune. I did not disappoint him even this time. Now he is again in Mumbai and his new property is again something which I helped him with 🙂

He has already told me that he wishes to buy a house here within the next two years and I have to help him with that too 🙂

With such good clients and referrals coming my way I am the most happiest person 🙂

My sabbatical from financial planning lasted for about 4 years. Now I am back into financial planning and all my clients who stood with me in my turbulent times are still with me and most them say we knew you would come back 🙂

I remember most of them telling me when I came back that Financial planning is your forte and you are good at it, you should have never left it.

All I can say is each phase comes with its blessings. The lessons I learned passing through that phase taught me one of the most important lessons.

What was that lesson and what price I paid to learn that is something which I will share soon. Stay tuned for one more (my last) post on this series “From My Diary – Choices I made”

In my soon to come post “From My Diary – Choices I made #6” I will share about various other short term jobs I did between 2011 and 2013 and what each of it taught me.

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my story. If you have something similar experience and wish to share your story with me do write to me at “” I will be happy to read and respond to them.

Happy Day 🙂

With this post, I am taking my blog to the next level with #MyFriendAlexa Season 4 as #nilesharmaawrites for #BlogChatter

89 thoughts on “From My Diary – Choices I made ~ #5

    • Yes, 3 Idiots is one of the most inspiring movies and so full of lessons. All we need to do is apply and practice everyday. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thought, it means a lot to me. Come again 🙂


    • Yes two most important things I always lived by is Self belief and confidence. And we should keep ourselves open for change. Change is the only constant 🙂 Thank you so much for reading my post and sharing your thoughts, it really means a lot to me. Best Always 🙂

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  1. What a beautiful and inspiring journey. I hold two post graduation degrees, in Chemistry and Management. I worked as a Bank Branch Head for 8 yrs. 2yrs bk I quit my Banking job to become a writer and today I am on my way to pursue my third masters degree in creative writing. I think we are defined by the choices we make and thus it is important to choose an option that we are passionate about. Glad to connect with you through My Friend Alexa.

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    • Yessss 🙂 I am just trying to share my experience and my learning’s through my posts. I hope it helps those who find themselves in the same situations as mine. Thank you so much Matheikal Ji for reading my post and sharing your thoughts, it means a lot to me.


    • Yes and it’s just begun, there are many more posts coming up on reflection and the choices I made stay connected. Spaces and distances is very important be it in professional life or in personal. Thank you so much Varsh for reading ths post and sharing your thoughts.


  2. Nice to hear your experiences. Learning from the experiences of others is what makes you smarter and helps to make the right decisions in life. Amazing series. Keep it up, Nilesh!

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    • Never knew it would when I started my blogging journey but yes now I can see how this platform has made me connect with so many amazing people and kindered souls. Thank you Pooja for reading this post and sharing your thoughts 🙂

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    • Yes life is all about taking calculated risks and collective learnings. I am so glad you to know this, encouraging words like these motivates us to write more. I am sure you will enjoy my upcoming posts as well on this sereies. See you again soon 🙂


    • Yes this is something I learned very late in life, but then say na it’s never too late 😉 Am full throttle on exploring and trying new things NOW 🙂 Thank you Ginia for reading this post and sharing your thoughts 🙂


  3. Great to learn about your experiences. I think it is very important to take a break sometimes. This constant race to prove yourself doesn’t really come to me. And it is also okay to keep moving and to keep making new choices for change is the law of nature!

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    • Thank you Sonia for reading this post and sharing your thoughts 🙂
      Yes rat race was something I could never get along with. Life is all about spaces and distances be it in professional life or in personal. For me it works better this way.

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  4. Your story is all about hard work and also passes a message that one should be ready for the many ups and downs in life. Surely success will come running behind. Way to go and all the best to you! #MyFriendAlexa #ShubhraReads

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    • Wow I am so glad to learn that you are enjoying this series, it really means a lot to me, you made my day more joyful today 🙂 All I can say is that I am a blessed soul to have such wonderful clients who believed in me and sticked with me in my most trying times.


    • Yes it looks like that now , but back then I know all said I have gone crazy, but then I was crazy then and will remain one all my life 😉 Thank you for bieng so kiund and encouraging, it means a lot to me.


  5. That is a real personal post, written from the heart. in India, if u fail once u r labelled a failure and especially if ur career is not an engineer or doctor. The mantra is to stay focussed and move on and I think obstacles teach us a lot. All the best Nilesh #wordsmithkaurreads #BlogChatter #MyFriendAlexa

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    • Yes every moment has a magic in it all we need to do is be aware and open. Yes I am so blessed to have such amazing clients and new found members of this blogging community 🙂 Thank you Pr@Gun for reading this post and sharing your thoughts 🙂 Hope to see you again 🙂


    • I just wanted to share my journey and experience form my life so far, will continue doing same in my upcoming posts as well. Kind and encouraging words from all you amazing people of this bloggiing community has kept me going. Thank you Ninu for reading this post and sharing your thoughts 🙂


    • So very glad you felt that way. Yes we can learn so much from others life experience and apply them to our own circumstances to emerge out faster better and stronger version of us 🙂 Thank you Trapti for reading this post and sharing your thoughts 🙂


    • I am just trying to share my life learnings and experience with the understanding if even one person gets benefiited from my learnings my job as passing on is done. Thank you so very for reading this post and sharing your thoughts, such kind words motivates me to keep writing and sharing more 🙂 Humbled


  6. Hard work and patience always pays. You had the courage to take a break which was not only well deserved but also much needed, and that is what gave you the enthusiasm and confidence to come back with a bang!!! Inspiring post!!

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    • Yessss. One of the most important lessons learned while doing this is “Spaces and Distance is very important in both professional as well as Personal life, to live a more fulfilled and cherished life. Thank you so very much Arushi for reading this post and sharing your thoughts, such kind words encourages and motivates me to shrare more 🙂


    • It is always good to close the outside thoughts and focus on ourselves. How else can we give the best if we are not making BEST of us? Thank you Jayanthi for reading this post and sharing your thoughts 🙂


    • Back then everybody was saying I am crazy 🙂 Yes change is the only constant and we should keep ourselves open to life and learnings. Thank you so much Narinder for reading this post and sharing your thoughts 🙂


    • Yes, and it is so well expressed in the movie 3 idiots. Reach out for excellence, success will follow you. The only true wealth I have is :’Self-belief & Confidence’ and this is enough. Yes I am blessed to have such wonderful clients and many more amazing people in my life. Thank you Shweta for reading this post and sharing your thoughts 🙂


    • I am so humbled for these kind words coming from all of you. Yes I intend to come out with more of me in all my upcoming posts. Thank you so very much Archana for reading this post and sharing your thoughts 🙂


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