By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog
Hey all! For the first Nepali Woman of the Now for 2018, we have Shristi Gajurel. She is the talented host of the podcast, Limitless Grit. Her podcast focuses on interviews with people she finds inspiring, something very similar to this series! They range from thought leaders, to entrepreneurs, to business CEOs, to health gurus. I stumbled upon her podcast when she interviewed the Nepali model, Varsha Thapa. I’ve been a fan ever since! Recently, she quit her stable job to travel the world. It takes a lot of courage to make that decision. What inspires me about Shristi is that she is a young 20 something who knows what she wants and she goes for it. In my early 20s, I had no clue what I wanted to do and I still don’t.
1. How did the podcast come into being?
As a banker in NYC, I felt like I was not growing on a personal level. As a result, I started vigorously listening to podcast, audiobooks and ted talks to learn more and grow as a person. I then made a list of 100 people that truly influenced me and reached out to them to be part of my podcast series.
2. What’s the story behind the podcast name, Limitless Grit?
Honestly, I was with two of my best friends at a restaurant in Manhattan. We were playing with words and came up with the name Limitless Grit. I wish I had a more meaningful story haha
3. What does choosing courage of fear mean to you?
Choosing courage over fear means doing things that are right for your soul even when you are scared. Like quitting my banking job and traveling for six months was extremely scary but I knew that was something I truly wanted to do in my life so I chose courage over fear and made that decision.
4. What is your full-time job? How do you manage the two?
I was a banker at Citi bank and also a podcaster on weekends but I quit my banking job in November and have been traveling ever since. Managing both was pretty hectic but I love being productive and learning new things so it wasn’t necessarily hard but I had no social life haha.
5. How do you choose your guests? You have a wide variety of people on your podcast, all with different backgrounds and jobs. What is the common trait do you look for?
I read a lot, I listen to all different kind of podcasts and ted talks and whenever I come across someone who is inspirational, I email them and ask them to be a guest. Currently, I am in Bali and I have met 4 travelers who have incredible stories and I will be having them on my podcast as well. A few weeks ago I was in India and I interviewed Nepali Billionaire Binod Chaudhary so I don’t necessarily have a “type” of a guest. I just choose people who have a courageous story and who have a story to make my listener’s life better.
6. What has been the most satisfying thing about creating a podcast that is well received?
Learning that it’s OK to Fail. All my guests have so many stories of failure and it’s incredible to know that one can fail yet achieve greatness in life. The secret is to never ever give up.
7. What has been the most challenging thing about it?
The most challenging thing is the time you have to spend researching, preparing and editing. I do it all by myself and it was extremely difficult when I had a full-time job. I honestly had no social life but it was so worth it.
8. Where do you see the podcast going in the future?
I see it being published on YouTube as well and reaching a wide variety of audience. I will be posting my podcast on youtube starting series three and hopefully, It will be able to inspire more people.
9. What social issues do you feel most passionate about and why?
I am extremely passionate about social entrepreneurship. I think entrepreneurship is about solving problems and helping create more individuals who aspire to solve society’s biggest problems and giving them the resources is something I want to spend my life working.
10. Who are your role models?
Omg so many…. My Mother who has shown me the power of persistence and what it means to be resilient and every single person on my podcast.
11. What advice would you give to women who want to start their own podcast?
GO FOR IT! I know it is nerve wrecking at first but if you are thinking about it then there is a chance you want to create it. Honestly, you have nothing to lose and if anything you will learn a new skill that will be an asset for rest of your life.
12. Name one thing about yourself that most people don’t know.
I have done Everest Base camp from both Nepal side and Tibetan side and I recently did a marathon.
13. Best piece of advice you have received.
Do the thing and you will have the power.
Check her out!
Limitless Grit Podcast