Having successfully completed my masters from University of Manchester & with a wonderful work experience in UK, I decided to return to my homeland-India and do things on my own terms.
The move was great as now I was close to family friends and my girlfriend (who is now my wife).
I started with a small loan from my father which was quickly paid off in the first few orders and soon I had independently started, established and grown my distribution business in India.
I was honest, I was against the rule of the land and I was an idealist trying to grow my business on my terms and through the ways I was comfortable with.
Everything I did was learnt from scratch whether it was building my own website or learning to use financial tools or going out there with my technical knowledge to sell the products to people. The journey was wonderful and I had good success and a comfortable life.
But then 2015 came and with it came failures. I lost money investing in stocks and currencies, a customer refused to pay after getting the goods and a manufacturer supplied us with unusable materials resulting in huge losses and mounting loans. 2015 to 2017 saw the downslide along with multiple health issues within the family and in-laws. Between this I started another venture for my passion of sports which soon took up a lot of my time and having launched it in 2016, we saw a lot of potential. However lightening struck twice and the sports app I had launched was hacked.
To summarize my first business was in losses, I had no money to do any sort of marketing and hence orders had dried, bank accounts were almost drained and my second business was hacked and halted and no investors had the patience to even listen to the wonderful vision I and my partner had.
So from success upto 2015 to the ultimate failure by 2017, life taught me that never take things for granted and never equate hardworking with success or for that matter failure. Sometimes you will fail and you would have to dig deep and be patient for your time to come.
However my biggest life lesson was from the success I finally got in my love life. I and my wife had been together for almost 8 years and my now in laws were completely against the marriage. However I & my girlfriend remained patient, did not take any dramatic steps and did not lose hope, we kept loving everyone around us treating them exactly the same way as we did before and slowly steadily the tide changed and so did their minds. We finally got married in 2015. Since the marriage I have been super super successful in ensuring my relationship with my in laws improve and I can safely say they are now proud of me and love me just like they do their daughter.
So lessons learnt in this period of failure yet success are love your family, be a people’s person, you maybe failing professionally but with a strong net of your loved ones you will never fall. Just keep doing, keep living and keep learning.
Things do change.