Aim for the Sky, Sky has no Limits, Even if you fall you will fall below the top the Tree. This was what we had been taught in our School.
Since childhood, I always dreamed of joining Indian Air Force with entry into NDA at Khadwasla. But in my first attempt I was not able to clear the written examination. It was a great shock for me. Somehow, I cleared my second attempt but couldn’t join due to low merit. It created lot of pain and agony in me. I was not able to withstand the pressure of my parents, my society and my friends who looked success in me. By this time I decided to join engineering degree with a hope of making a good career. During this period I received joining letter from Maricco Shipping and as a supervisor in HPCL. I was desperately in need of consultation, but could not approach any one due to my own reservations. However, I decided to ask my father whether to join any of these options and discontinue pursuing Electronics Engineering. I also asked whether I should join Arts College and prepare for Civil Services.
With calm my Father gave me a fine example and asked me to look at the local Iswaar Pan Shop who earns in lakhs but doesn’t command respect. He said by completing your graduation you will get better exposure and a class of good friends which will become pillar of your success in future. Now you only decide.
Call it motivation or pressure from my Sainik School friends; I decided to complete my Engineering degree. Joining defence was always my priority which peeped from time to time again and again in my mind. This time I cleared SSB under University Entry Scheme for Indian Army but couldn’t join due to backlog in Seventh Semester of final year engineering degree. I felt I was the only person who has visited most of the SSB centres for interviews in India. I kept trying various government exams but couldn’t join either due to low merit or failure.
This was the time when due to frustration I decided to apply for fireman post in Mumbai Municipal Corporation. But there also couldn’t join for the reason not having Sanskrit subject in matriculation.
There was no end to disasters when I got rejected in Physical Endurance Test due to jaundice for post of Inspector (Signals) in Shastra Seema Bal a paramilitary force of India. To give my fate another chance I even applied for group D post in Indian Railway but there also couldn’t clear the written test. Somehow I did my Engineering knowing very well in advance that I cannot become a good engineer. Seeing all roads blocked I decided to work as a clock hour lecturer in one of the Local College.
Tremendous pressure mounted on me as I thought myself to be the last person to get settled from my batch of 56 cadets with whom I shared my childhood schooling. I realised, how others success is more difficult to digest than our own success.
Meanwhile my Father had planned post retirement business at village Dahiwali, at the foothills of Karla Caves and Ekveera Devi Temple with the purchase of land way back in 1981. Land came under dispute from ex high level politician and added worries from caretaker of the property to us.
Things started moving when we decided to construct rooms and converted it into a commercial property. Further, I implemented few business ideas, which beard fruits in terms of monetary benefits. I did not mind in starting a coin box for selling food stuff by roadside during holidays.
Friend in need is friend indeed. Few of my childhood friends told to better study MBA for further progress. With high motivation and vision of success, I started interacting with friends who had already became Class One Officers, doctors etc. knowing very well that I am the last person from our batch to settle down in life.
With appetite for success, I fully concentrated on MBA studies and implemented practical and theory knowledge in my actual Business.
Things were not easy with financial crunch, threats, local monopoly but overcome all the hurdles without any mistakes. I took few bold decisions like removing encroachment from my area, implementation of modern business plans in remote village proved to be boon for my further business endeavours. Everyone laughed at me except my close friends. Now everyone is appreciating my decisions which were actually undervalued 15 years back. I personally feel Hard work, Honesty, Determination, Perseverance and good friends will always bring laurels and success in ones life. Currently, I have a huge business premise which consists of 22 rooms, 9 shops and a Restaurant.
All the failures in life became my experience through which I was able to sail my life successfully. Every failure I witnessed, taught me many lessons which I would have never obtained from any book or ordered framework which are their in the market. No one will ever be able to teach us better than our own life. So never be afraid of early failures.
The author is a successful businessman.
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