“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
- Winston Churchill
In a world where everyone is running after success, only a few take the advantage and grab the opportunity that life gives them, to achieve it. The ones who are ready for every kind of challenge, are the ones who achieve success. Capitalizing that opportunity is where the key lies!
At OpenSense Labs, we have someone who believes that when opportunity knocks, grab it, and success will find its way. Deepak Sagar, known as Sagar, who is currently a Drupal developer with us, has a very interesting story. He went on from being a DJ in his initial college days to a developer later on. His story will definitely inspire you to have a keen eye for every opportunity that knocks your door.
"Partying is like work for me"
Tuba: So, the first thing that I'd like to know is, how was your life as a DJ and why did you choose DJ-ing?
Sagar: My Life as a DJ is not over, I'm still a DJ. There is a story behind why I chose to become a DJ. During my graduation, a DJ came to my college to play in the college fest. And I went up to him and asked him general questions about his DJ-ing equipment and his response triggered me to learn about the equipment. He said, ‘you won’t understand, let it be.’ It’s a short story, but I felt really bad at that moment and started learning DJ-ing from my cousin who is also a DJ. There were a lot of ups and downs as a DJ in the beginning. I got some work for 2 months and then there was a long gap until I got another job. Now, partying is like work for me.
Tuba: You are still a DJ, how do you manage both your office life and DJ life?
Sagar: I leave for the office in the morning and after I'm done with the office, I go to the club I work for. I leave for office at around 9:30 AM in the morning and leave the office around 7:00 PM and directly go to the club and leave the club around 1:30 AM and sleep around 3:00 AM and then again the same routine from the next day.
Tuba: Now the big question, why the transition from a DJ to a developer? What triggered your interests towards Drupal?
Sagar: I had nothing to do during the day. I worked as a part-time DJ at a club at night. Vid (CEO at OpenSense Labs) and Devanshu used to visit that club very often. One day, I was just having a casual conversation with them where I told them that I had nothing to do during the day and was looking for something. They asked me to come to their office the next day. I went there, and since that day I tried my best to learn everything about Drupal. I started with them in September as an intern and joined full time as a Frontend Developer in January. I was completely new to Drupal and I had no idea about it or CSS or HTML before. It took time to understand but slowly things came inflow.
Tuba: And what would you say about your post-Drupal experience?
Sagar: Drupal is a life-changing experience for me. A new opportunity that came in my life and I gained an interest in it. There is something about Drupal that I can't explain. It's the same as your first love, it's almost the same feeling. I guess this is the right example. [Laughter]
Tuba: So what are your plans for the future now? I mean, is it always going to be both the things together?
Sagar: Although both things are going in the flow right now, there is going to be a time where I'll have to choose between the two. So when it comes to choosing, it's going to be hard. But I guess I'm going to choose to be a DJ because it is my first love. [Laughter] Also, there is no scope of a DJ in India. People here think of a DJ as someone who would play music at weddings and nothing more. Not a lot of people value this profession here. So if someday, I get an opportunity from a different country where people value it, I’ll go for it. And about development, that can be done remotely also. But for DJing, I'll have to be present in that place to play.
Tuba: Great! So let's talk about the two moments - one was when you decided that ok, let's learn Drupal and the second when you became a professional developer.
Sagar: As a DJ, it's all about working at night mostly. So I decided that let's do something in the day time, and this opportunity knocked my door and that's when I thought of giving it a try. I have not lived my life in a planned way ever. It has always been sudden decisions that have led me to where I am. I had no plans of being a DJ. It was a sudden decision and it was the same with development also. I had no plan and no idea about it. But it was a great opportunity and I did my best to learn and I'm happy being a developer now. My life-changing moment was when Vid and Devanshu and also Vinit offered me to come to the office. They welcomed me to the office very nicely. Vid used to discuss and solve all my problems for me.
Tuba: Thank you so much for your time, Sagar. I was really excited to know the story behind your journey. And I believe, that after reading your story, many would be inspired to do more to reach their life goals.
Think, Believe, Dare, and Dream! Say yes to all the opportunities that come your way and figure out the required plans later. You need to be visionary enough to recognize the opportunity that comes your way. This is the message that Sagar's story has conveyed and we hope that it proves to be the turning point in the lives of our readers!
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