Forum: Entrepreneurship Forum
Speaker: Ms Rashmi Bansal
Acclaimed writer, motivator and entrepreneur Rashmi Bansal was speaking at the session organized by Entrepreneurship Forum of Vidarbha Industries Association on ‘The X factor needed to succeed as an entrepreneur.’
She said the success of any plan lies in the untiring efforts and time which one has put in developing it. You must have the desperation and hunger to materialize your plans efficiently. She is an entrepreneur and a youth expert. She added that you must listen to your inner voice to open your potential and discover yourself, work hard to execute the thoughts in your head and this will bring you immense peace of mind.
It is never too late for women with ideas to start up a business. For Indian ladies, it can be quite a exhausting task to manage both family and career, but it is not impossible. You have to start a new life and experience the pleasure. The latest trend adopted by many women entrepreneurs is involving their family to scale up their business. Sharing of ideas, contacts and collaborative efforts are proving to be a boost for start-ups.
Bansal added that it took 30 months for her to complete her book – ‘God’s Own Kitchen’ – in which she had portrayed the ‘Akshaya Patra. It is a good example for the entrepreneurs. Akshaya Patra not only delivers quantity but quality also. Any enterprise which is built on the foundation of dedication, with technology can be successful. Akshaya Patra was initially started by serving only 1,500 students. Giving several examples like the Chappathi-making machine and other such innovations, she said that these were the best examples of ‘Make in India’ which could change the scenario of the country.
She said I choose the topic which appeals to me and never think whether the book will be appreciated by the people or not,” She said while giving example of her fourth book – ‘Poor Little Rich Slum — which captured the spirit of enterprise in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum, which was released in 2012. The book was nominated for the Crossword Popular Book Award 2013. Though a slum, Dharavi with an annual turnover of Rs 5,500 crore inspired me,” she said. Her other books are — ‘Connect The Dots’, ‘I Have A Dream’, ‘Follow Every Rainbow’, ‘Take Me Home’ and ‘Arise Awake’. She also advised that the society must accept failures and encourage entrepreneurship.
She urged participants to invest time in something they love without expecting any results. She also said Malcolm Gladwell insists that 10,000 hours is the magic number of greatness. You must utilize 10,000 hours of your life following your passion with strong persistent desire. It might not give you fruits immediately, but undoubtedly you will have them one day. All established personalities be it Bill Gates or Sachin Tendulkar, have their back stories too.
She advised not to settle for mediocrity. You must hold high regards for yourself and never judge yourself based on others negative opinions. If you enjoy your activity then the journey itself will be a bliss and you will keep away from disappointment.
Earlier, Akash Agrawal, Chairman, VIA Entrepreneurship Forum made an opening remark. Atul Pande, President – VIA also gave his welcome address and welcomed her with floral bouquet. Coordinator of the Forum Anita Rao conducted the proceedings. Vice President Suresh Rathi gave memento to Rashmi Bansal, Prof Ashit Sinha, former Vice President – VIA summed up the session and proposed a vote of thanks and Hon. Secretary – VIA Suhas Buddhe also shared dias.
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