Video: Believe

I am what I am.
I believe that I can become better every day in every way.
But first I have to accept myself as I am now and believe.
~ Vishant

The goal of this video is to encourage people to go the extra mile and to keep giving their best, even if things don’t go as planned.
I’ve been competing since 2013 and I’ve had ups and downs since then. I accepted both as and I used both as fuel to bring me further.
What is winning and what is losing? Depends on how you look at life. I hope that people broaden their view on life and accept to develop their mindset.
We are capable to achieve anything. But first, we have to BELIEVE. Your special and your life matters.

I hope that this message gives you hope. Still if you need hope, you can get hope here.

Thanks to Tony Choy for making this video happen. My brother!

A few simple reminders that life has so much more in store for us

“We all have certain gifts to be excellence. This gift differs from person to person. It may be so that your gift of excellence comes later in life than that of another. Just keep the following in mind: as long as you give your best, sooner or later your gifts will be exposed.” ~ Vishant Poeran

This article is based on my speech, on August 8th 2017, at the student Student Excellence Awards which was attended by students who graduated as the best of their school in Suriname. The speech I gave there is serving as a base for this article and is for everyone facing new challenges.

A miracle: How my heart connects me to people

“I know my presence can be felt by others, even if I don’t speak. Their hearts speak to mine and I listen.” ~ Vishant Poeran

I regularly get messages from different people dealing with life’s hardships. Some have read my posts, my blogs and others have heard me speaking.
I want to share my experience of one week with you and exemplify how I connect with people.

Video: Your life matters

You are someone
You are special
You are needed
And your life matters
~ Vishant

Since I’ve started writing I got a lot of messages from people who were tired of life. Although they had enough, they still fought and asked for help.
With time I kept getting messages from people who needed some hope. It struck me that there are a lot of people who lost all hope but did not speak up. This video was planned a while back. Back than I did not have the resources to bring my message in such a way. I wrote some posts, but I knew that a video would be easier to understand and it would be more personal.

I hope that this message gives you hope. Still if you need hope, you can get hope here.

Suicide may seem to stop every pain, but it’s not the answer.

Thanks to Tony Choy for making this video happen. You’re truly a gift!

Outro song: Until It Breaks – Datsik Remix (Linkin Park, from the album Recharged)

15 things to keep in mind when going through a break-up

Heartbreak is something that everyone will go through at some point in their life. It will feel like all the light within you is lost and you feel empty and lonely. ~ Vishant

Over the past few years I’ve been contacted by and spoken with a lot of people who were going through a break-up. After hearing their stories, I was somewhat able to provide some advice. I know that there must be a great number of people going through heartbreak silently, without ever uttering a word to anyone. Which is why I’m writing this article.

One of the infinite stories about heartbreak
At the beginning of last year one of my best friends was going through a break up. His relationship had ended after almost 10 years. Break up was not something new for him, because he had been through one five years before, with the same person. But having been in that situation before did not make it easier. This time it was even more difficult.

An open letter to those who had a difficult year

This is your life, these are your dreams and your choices. Don’t allow bad moments to label you and make you give up. With time, effort and belief in yourself, you will make it. ~ Vishant

I am dedicating this article primarily to students who were less successful in their academic endeavors this year. This article is also applicable to anyone going through a difficult period.

Before I start off with my letter, I want to share a quick story with you. A story of a good friend of mine, named Giovanni. I got acquainted with Giovanni 10 years ago at the Student Excellence Awards event. He graduated as the best student from Havo Ⅱ and I was from Natin. Since then, Gio and I have been good friends.
Gio was an excellent student, which he had been for the greater part of his life. But he also went through a lot of downs in life. Right after he graduated to high school (Lyceum II), he got acquainted with freedom that comes along in this stage of life. His focus shifted and he could not handle the freedom very well. He spent a lot of time with his friends and was hanging in the streets most of the time. Because of this, his school results took a turn for the worse. After three years Gio got expelled from high school. In addition to this, he got his girlfriend pregnant. So he became a father at the age of 19, with no academic credentials nor job.
Shortly after the birth of his son, he enrolled at Havo II and resumed school again. It was not an easy task, but he was determined to take responsibility for his child and was willing to give it his all. After Havo II Gio studied ICT, which he knew little about. But he had a strong drive and was willing to learn. It’s been 10 years now and I can say that Gio is a father who leads by example, a good friend and, from my point of view, one of the best software engineers in Suriname.


Video: Rise, The Motivational Message

When life hits us, we can either run from it or take it as it is, learn from it and let it make us grow stronger and better than before. ~ Vishant

This motivational message is my story and is based on true events. The video is made by Sander Coumou and directed by Rafael Chan.
My intention with this video is to share my setbacks, suffering and comeback. We all go through downs in life, but not all of us are willing to share their pain and experiences. I did and want to tell you that with time, patience and effort you can overcome all that holds us back. This is a gift from me to you and from heart to heart.


The comeback of Vishant “Superman” Poeran

I’m thankful for all that I’ve lost and gained. I appreciate everything as it is. I will crawl and move forward. For death is the only thing that can stop me. ~ Vishant

A Dutch version of this article was recently published on the website of SME Sport; some adjustments have been made in this version by my friend Sasha.

After missing out on the National Powerlift Championships in 2016 due to an injury and personal circumstances, Vishant “Superman” Poeran made his comeback at the National Powerlift Championships on July 22nd 2017 with a boom.

Discovering the powers of my Mind: How I went from Scrawny to Superman

If today would be my last day I would gladly accept it, because I live each day to provide myself and this world with the best version of myself ~ Vishant

How often do we want to start a new journey but something or someone keeps holding us back? Self-doubt, worrying what others might think and fear of failure just gets the better of us. In this article I write about a mentality I developed in order to transform myself physically and mentally, which at first seemed impossible. I was being pushed around and judged, felt lost, blamed others for things I couldn’t do, had very negative thoughts about my physical appearance which in my head was a constant barrier to not participate in anything sports-related. Until one day, it dawned upon me what I was doing to myself. I realized that I am the sculptor of my own future and goals and that dreaming only would not get me anywhere. I bring to you: Discovering the powers of my Mind: How I went from Scrawny to Superman.

Why the fear of failure should not hold you back when reaching for success

Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. Believe in yourself. Do what you love. And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don’t like them. ~ Stacy London

An article worth delaying
I should have finished this article a month ago, but I had other priorities. A few people I know were either ill or being operated on, so I spent most of the time checking on them and trying to be present if possible. One person was in a pretty bad condition due to a disease, cancer. As I’m writing this article, I’m sad and also happy that person who battled cancer is no more. Sometimes death is the only way out when dealing with such diseases. This shows us again how short and precious life is and how it can turn around and end. So why not live a life that matters and live fearlessly. I dedicate this article to this person who lost his life battling cancer. The way you enjoyed life and the way you dealt with this disease gave me a lot of strength and courage to finish this article. This one is for you Raoul, always in the heart.