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Juily Wagle, Founder of Transform MetaboliX; Bravery requires ownership of consequences, good and bad

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Juily Wagle is a Mumbai born and bred fitness trainer, movement addict, yogi and a mother of two. She made her way from a corporate job to fitness entrepreneur where she derives great satisfaction in knowing her clients live a more fulfilled, holistic lifestyle that supports their wellness. Juile is a true Alpha Woman, embracing her power and living her best life with intention.

AW: Tell us about your professional journey and how did you end up in the position you are in now?

I am an engineer and an MBA finance by education. After about 13 years in the banking industry, I finally had the courage to pursue my real passion, which is fitness, nutrition and healthy living. I was always inclined to this field but I never thought that this could actually be a career option growing up in a maharashtruan service oriented middle class family. But when you are so passionate about something, it is just logical that you build a career around it. So here I am enjoying and looking forward to every single day as an innovative fitness entrepreneur and motivator.

AW: Being a woman leader can often require a lot of bravery. What in your personal life enabled you to be such a brave woman? Do you believe you are brave and if so, do you purposefully cultivate your bravery? How do you do this?

I believe I was always brave. But also inhibited as are most women around us. We never really introspect and ask ourselves what we really want from life. For many it is a mechanical automated process of going from one stage of life to the other. For most it does not ruffle any feathers and life goes on peacefully for a long time. But for some, there is always an internal quest for excellence, legacy-making or for making a difference no matter how small. This requires a thorough knowledge of ones self and a strong conviction that one is right.

Before I had this transformation from a meekish person to a brave woman, I was always second guessing myself. Asking others for their opinions etc. When things went well I gave them credit but when those decisions didn’t go well and I knew I was right, I blamed others. This cannot happen when one is brave. Bravery requires ownership of consequences. Good and bad. So now I take almost all of my decisions albeit after hearing family members out. But the end decision is mine so there is no one else to blame and no one else to be my saviour as well.

Bravery comes with conviction and action in line with that conviction. Bravery isn’t a genetic trait. It can be cultivated by knowing yourself, what you stand for, what you believe in and then being vocal about those beliefs whether or not they are popular. The other guiding factor based on my experience is that whenever I needed to be brave in the past and I have not been, I have always regretted that stand. And we all know how bitter the fruit of regret is. Bravery is also not always helpful. It can break ties and relationships and it can hamper progress too at times. We always have to choose what we will be more at peace with in the end. And that should help us take better decisions.

AW: Women in the c-suite are underrepresented in all industries and government. Realistically, what do you think we can we do to change this, what levers can we pull?

A friend recently was summoned to a business meeting in a topmost IT company at 6 pm on a weekday. The agenda was how to tackle gender bias in the corporate world. Senior leaders were present in the room and it was mandatory to attend by all employees. My friend who is a mum to two kids under the age of 7 kicked off the meeting by saying that the first thing we can do to help women in the corporate world is not schedule meetings at 6pm on weekdays!

I believe that there is intention to improve gender disparity in the corporate world today. But there is not enough action because there is not enough investment and budget backing those intentions. Somehow there is a unilateral burden on the woman of the house to ensure that the kids are ok. Not that men don’t help. They do. But if something is amiss, usually it is the woman who fixes it. The corporate world is “dog eat dog”. On top of it when there are additional domestic responsibilities on women, she enters the corporate world on a backfoot. Now she needs to manage more and produce the same results as her other counterparts.

This can get stressful especially if she isnt given additional support which isn’t given in most cases because there is always someone else ready to do more for lesser rewards. So then by the law of natural selection, such situations ensure that these women voluntarily opt out or are weeded out for one reason or another. But childcare, house care, everything should be a joint responsibility and ultimately a collectively societal responsibility. As long as we don’t understand this basic concept and act on it, women will opt out of board rooms and the corporate world and ultimately we as a society will suffer.

AW: Do you or have you had any mentors during your professional journey and did they make a difference in your career trajectory? Are you mentoring others, or do you have any plans to mentor – women or men?

Unfortunately for better or for worse, I did not have any mentors. I do respond to young women who reach out for help though I have not officially mentored anyone.  If anyone requires any help, I would gladly assist and share my experience. After all there are new mistakes to be made.. And better new than the same mistakes as mine.

AW: Tell us about your greatest challenge and your greatest achievement.

My greatest challenge was when I had depression in 2012 due to certain outcomes over which I felt zero control. I had great family support and that is what helped me survive. But I just merely survived. I wasn’t happy, content or at peace with myself. Life went on and then I started rediscovering myself when I realised what I can offer to the world, my strengths and my passion, which is health and wellness. It is an art and a science and I was immersed in getting it right and teaching others what good health entails. Now I look forward to each day, working towards my goals and enjoying each day in the process.

AW: What do you do to keep yourself mentally and physically fit?

I work out 7 days a week. I read 7 days a week. I am grateful 7 days a week and I work hard 7 days a week. Basically I decide what I do in my life when it comes to work, family, fitness and priorities. If this can’t keep a person mentally and physically fit, I don’t know what can!

AW: What excites you most about the next 5 years of your career?

I planned so many years in my life. And ultimately I chose to forgo all that and start completely fresh in a new, unknown field. So planning and detailing everything to a ‘t’ does not help in my opinion. Now I take it as it comes, and I make the most of opportunities that come my way by being prepared for them in advance. This field happens to be my strength and passion so it comes naturally to me.

The next five years will entail tremendous execution of my thoughts and ideas and will consist of a period of significant growth and consolidation for me personally and my company Transform MetaboliX. I hope to spread my message on fitness far and wide and hopefully motivate and equip people to change their health and fitness fate by making conscious and deliberate good choices health-wise.

 

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