Vicky Vaswani starts global movements. He believes in the power of people to make an impact.
What’s your story?
“Success is going to sleep every single night, with your heart, mind, body and soul all at peace with each other.” That is my definition of success.
I’m Vicky Vaswani and I’m currently keeping myself busy with 3 things.
Firstly, I’ve been a financial consultant since 2010 with Great Eastern Financial Advisers and have easily had coffee with over 1000 Singaporeans to share with them the best concepts and methods to protect, save and invest their money.
Secondly, I’m the co-founder of the global movement Better Than Normal, where our mission is to inspire 50 Million people by 2050 to become Better Than Normal! We have currently inspired about 1 Million people both online and offline since our launch in 2014 and the numbers are always growing.
Last but not least, I’ve recently ventured into the internet marketing industry where I help upcoming speakers/coaches/experts on how to build a global tribe and monetise from their expertise. I really believe in the power of tribe building.
What excites you most about your industry?
“If you help enough people get what they want, you will eventually get what you want.” I really believe in this quote. I am excited about helping people define and achieve success on their own terms. All my business ventures have the common element of adding value to the lives of others. I have a dream that one day I will be running 5 different types of businesses in 5 different areas. Health + Wealth (currently running) + Relationship + Personal Development (currently running) + Spirituality.
What’s your connection to Asia?
My mother is from Singapore and my father is from India. When I was in my mother’s tummy, my parents were debating whether I should be born in India or Singapore. They eventually decided on Singapore, but as soon as I was born, we moved to India where I was raised as a child until the age of 5. That is when my father got cheated in business in India and we had to come to Singapore to start from scratch. My parents worked long hours as I was growing up. My mother worked a 12 hour shift in the night in a factory and my father worked a 12 hour shift in the day as a security guard.
Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
All the cities in India. I believe that India is going to be the biggest economy in the world by 2030, even bigger than China. This is because India is a country that is full of problems. The Indian market is currently under-served in terms of solutions, but the millennials in the country are hungry for knowledge and are always looking for creative, out of the box solutions for problems that are affecting the “average Joe” on the street. That is one of the reasons why our Better Than Normal Movement is currently most active in India and we have been going viral there. We have had a bigger impact in 3 months in India, compared to 3 years in Singapore.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
This is a tough one because I have had many coaches and mentors who have given me priceless pieces of advice. But I would say the best piece of advice I EVER received is that you are the average of the 5 people that you spend the most time with. This has really shaped how I spend my time and more importantly with whom.
Also on a side note, I would like to add the WORST piece of advice I ever received is, “Just be yourself.” This is such bad advice! It should instead be changed to, “Be the best version of yourself!”
Who inspires you?
My cousin-brother, Hitesh Ramchandani, born with cerebral palsy which is a motor neuron condition that affects his walking and talking. Despite his disadvantages in life, he has managed to turn his biggest weakness into his biggest weapon! Working with him together on the Better Than Normal Movement on a daily basis inspires me to be the best version of myself so that I can be a good role model.
What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Recently, I read a quote which made me think for some time. “How you make your money is more important than how much money you make!”
If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would have dropped out of school, travelled the world, whilst learning how to make money (more specifically passive income streams) on the internet.
How do you unwind?
Go for a massage and smoke some seesha/hookah with friends. Play soccer/football. Watch Netflix and chill. Sleep. Read a book on marketing/business/personal development.
Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Boracay, Philippines. I love the beach and Boracay has amazing beaches. Anywhere on a cruise around Asia. I love cruises.
Everyone in business should read this book:
“Start With Why.” EVERYONE should read this book.
Shameless plug for your business:
Like the Better Than Normal Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HiteshGRamchandani/
Subscribe to the Better Than Normal YouTube Channel : https://www.youtube.com/c/BetterThanNormal
How can people connect with you?
Add me of Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/vicky.vaswani89
Whatsapp me at : +65 8139 6881
This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews
Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started,
built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.