Today is more exciting time than ever to be a young entrepreneur and a dreamer in India. There are tremendous opportunities for growth. If you are willing and daring to take calculative risks for a better tomorrow, you can reap the rewards that this herculean economy has to offer.
India is one of the few countries with a very young population that has insatiable needs. You simply need to tap the market and fulfill the demands.
I truly believe in the phrase that “You are only limited by your mind.” I changed my thinking process after reading the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. A definite must-read for anyone who wants to make a dent in the world and to do big in life. Today, I believe there is nothing you cannot achieve if you have dreamt it before. Infact, if you look around, everything that you see is actually crafted by humans. It was conceived and developed by someone like you, whether an idea, organization, or a country. Therefore, the first path to live your dream is to actually believe in your dream.
The path may not be as clear as it looks in the beginning, but what is easy isn’t worth it. Right?
The most frustrating aspect about dreaming is that only you can see the dream. Other than working on your dream, you will have to work on convincing others to believe in your dreams. You will have to make people see the same dream as you have seen, and then the dream will become reality one day, with the joint efforts of the dreamer i.e, you and the people you made to dream.
Khaitan Public School was also built on a dream. A dream seen by my Grandmother, Mrs. Draupadi Khaitan.
She dreamt of a school with thousands of children studying in it and getting quality education. Because of her determination and the vision of altruism, she alone stood up to walk on the path of living her dream 50 years ago in Kolkata. She started of with one single building with one child. For the first few years it was as tough for her as for any visionary and dreamer. Everyone was discouraging and skeptical of her idea. But she believed in her dream and because of that belief, today more than 20,000 kids are studying in good quality schools across India.
My young friends, today you are entering the most exciting phase of our country’s growth. There is so much opportunity and you are in the thick of it. Dream big, stay true to your dream, because you yourself don’t know what you can achieve, your true potential.
There will be times, when nobody will be standing beside you, but those are the times when you will actually be close to your goal.
At this point, I remember a story my father once told me.
There was a very successful entrepreneur by the name of Rohit in India who used to own a shoe company. His sales were doing very well in India, so he decided to expand his business to other countries. He had heard about this tiny little country called Zambia in Africa and so, he researched on the market capabilities in the country. Later, he sent one of his head territory managers, Rahul, to Zambia to investigate the market in the country, and find out more about the possibilities of success in the zone.
Upon reaching Zambia, Rahul called his boss and told him, “Sir there is absolutely no market here! Nobody is wearing shoes.” At this point his boss, Rohit called him back to India.
Rohit decided to go to Zambia himself, and he got very excited looking at the conditions in the country. He called up his manufacturing unit in India and told them, “Start producing on a large scale, there is a huge market here, nobody is wearing shoes.”
My students, remember it’s all about how you see the world. Always remember to look at it through your own eyes, your own experience, with a belief in yourself . If you want to be successful, be creative in your thinking, take calculative risks, and I can assure you, the world will be at your feet.
– Anirudh Khaitan