A chat with TheNeroEff3ct

Hello, 😃my lovely readers. TheNeroEff3ct is our guest for this month and I hope that you will learn something from this interview.

WHO IS TheNeroEff3ct?

The question makes me feel like a superhero who is being asked to expose his identity. Ha! TheNeroEff3ct is Paul Takunda Bako. I’m 29 years old and I live in Harare, Zimbabwe. Currently, I am a fitness and philosophy tutor who specializes in callisthenics. Callisthenics is bodyweight training that makes one stronger physically and mentally. I am also an award-winning athlete who has won in local and regional competitions.
I love bikes and I own a bicycle (Hermès) and a motorcycle (Ares). I’m quite daring but what is life if it is not lived?
I have a deep love for reading and knowledge. I am also a writer and speaker. I am hosted by Dj Mox on Star Fm every Tuesday for a segment called “Choose Wellness Tuesday” where we discuss matters about wellness and living happy fulfilling lives.
I graduated with a business management degree from Solusi University in 2016 and worked for the National Social Security Authority(NSSA) for a year and a half before I resigned and focused on fitness full time.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TAKE A SUDDEN SHIFT IN YOUR CAREER? The story is somewhat miraculous. When I started working in the formal sector my job at NSSA was at the front office. That meant I was constantly serving people, accepting and processing pension claims. I liked that because I consider myself a social scientist. I was helping people face to face. I loved and appreciated that about my job but, I was then moved to the back office were all the work was paperwork. My life took a turn there. I was no longer happy with my job and since I spent most my time there it started affecting the quality of my life experience. I had 2 choices. Stay and become more miserable or, leave and explore the great unknown. I chose the latter. My family, nuclear and extended, all felt I was making a big mistake. The story is still being written but it is safe to say I changed their minds with results.

Graduation day – 2016 at Solusi University

WHAT DOES THE 3 IN TheNeroEff3ct MEAN ? The 3 represents the trinity of life. In the Bible it’s known as the Father, the Son and, the Holy Spirit. In Hinduism it’s Brahma, Vishnu and, Shiva. With me it’s mind, body, and spirit or, creation, preservation and destruction.
Anything that exists has been created, preserved, destroyed and had the process repeated again. Be it muscle, a skill, a plant, animals and even humans. Anything that aligns with life experiences the 3.
The 3 elements make up the life cycle and I wanted to be reminded of that at all times so I put it in my chosen name.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR ONE TO STAY FIT ? To be alive is the spirit’s capacity to experience the world through the body. That is what is meant when they say the body is the Lord’s temple. Your spirit came from God or, the primary principle to live in a body on earth. Your body represents that spirit. Through fitness the awareness of the world around us is raised. Through fitness we train our senses to be sharper so that they can show the spirit a realistic representation of reality. Without training our bodies lose awareness. That loss of awareness makes us doubt ourselves. Insecurity stems from a lack of confidence in the self. The self being doubted is only the untrained body but the mind gets tricked into thinking it is helpless by the body and yet, the body is a servant of the mind. It is important to stay fit because it reigns in the body and keeps it under the control of the mind which belongs to the spirit. When you are fit you can do more, be more, say more, taste more and hear more. Being fit is like living life in high definition.

BEING AS FIT AS YOU ARE DO YOU GET A LOT OF ATTENTION FROM WOMEN? I get a lot of attention in general. I have been complimented, hit on, praised and, respected all because of my fitness level and physique. I am always deeply humbled. When I started training I did it for me but now I realize I inspire more people than I know and that in itself is a great responsibility.
So it’s not just ladies, it’s also guys. I’m grateful for the love because it tells me I’m doing something right.

WHAY ARE SOME OF THE LESSONS THAT YOU HAVE LEARNT FROM BEING A FITNESS TRAINER? I have learned that nothing worth having will ever come on a gold platter. Your input determines your output. The more you give, the more you shall receive.
I’ve also learned that manifesting has 2 sides. Intention and action. If you have one without the other, you’ll never have what you want.
Progress is a process but stopping won’t speed it up.
Awareness is the key to life. If you raise your awareness, you elevate your whole life. Training is just physical awareness but there are other types out there.
Finally, everything is love. If you approach all situations and instances from a place of love all will be well.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE LESSONS THAT YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC? I learned that we must be willing to adapt quickly. The pandemic changed lives and the world very quickly and failure to respond promptly cost people their peace of mind, their wealth and, even their lives.
I noted that people with healthy lifestyles (athletes for example) contracted covid-19 and recovered. Living a healthy life can save us from disease which is really dis-ease if you notice.
Loving the people in our lives deeply is important. You do not know how long you have them around for. My heart was pained when Zororo Makamba passed away. I did not know him personally but I watched his show ‘State of the Nation’ in awe of him. His eloquence and self-expression was remarkable and it hurts to have lost such a real one. May we cherish each other while we still enjoy the gift of life.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO MAKE A BIG DECISION? Yes. A big decision is ultimately a personal decision. Let the love that resides within determine the choice to be made at all times and it will never be the wrong choice.
You know yourself best. If you do not, get to know yourself enough to make a personal decision. Do that and all will be well.

YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR AND NOVEL? My favorite novel is actually a trilogy of 3 books. The trilogy is called “The Kingkiller Chronicle” written by Patrick Rothfuss. It is a superb read.
My favorite author is Robert Greene. He writes about power, seduction and human nature. His writing style is so precise it feels like no word is out of place and I like that.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR TheNeroEff3ct? I know for certain that I will be training for the rest of my life.
I shall open a school to teach fitness, martial arts and philosophy with the intention of imparting life-giving skills to students. Some of the people I currently train have already agreed to be part time teachers there teaching fitness and their respective disciplines which include law, music, tourism, entrepreneurship, art and quite a few more.
I also intend to enter the media sector. I have a passion for media and I have a grand idea of how to revamp media in Zimbabwe. You’ll have to wait and see what that is.
I’m going to write books distilling what I have learned. Some of them will be course books at my school but others will be more esoteric in their nature.
The future looks bright indeed.

HOW CAN PEOPLE GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU AND ANY PARTING WORDS? People can find me on Instagram and Twitter. The handle is @theneroeff3ct.They can also email me theneroeff3ct@gmail.com In parting, just remember that we all have a light of love inside of us. If we let it shine we can change our lives and in the process, the world too. Let’s let our lights shine and banish the darkness.

Published by tcndangana

The girl with an overactive imagination

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