Get a music degree.
Realise it’s not exactly in demand.
Teach yourself coding.
Get an internship in designing websites.
Mention a website idea to a coworker.
Get back into school to study politics.
Get a call from your former boss. He likes your website idea.
A week later, get a million dollars to build your website.
Spend months perfecting every detail. Launch it.
Watch it fail to take off.
Pivot in desperation.
See your other idea grow exponentially.
Hire 1,000 people in the next year.
Raise over $1 billion in the next four years.
Pay yourself $200 million. …
Neither Sachin nor Binny Bansals put a lot of effort into school.
Sachin has a long history with video games and would isolate himself for weeks in his room.
He passed IIT Delhi entrance exams with flying colors but found himself possessed by video games Quake and Age of Empires. His grades suffered. As a result, he would have to stay an additional year at the school just to score enough credits.
Binny was less into the extremes — but he was, by all measures, as average as it gets. His grades were OK — though not outstanding. …
$400,000. That’s how much money Shanmuga Priya made selling sarees — a common outfit among women in India — via WhatsApp, in 2018.
Priya became a full-time housewife after her mother-in-law passed away in 2014. With no one to look after her three-month-old son, she couldn’t retain her job and had to look for other ways to support herself.
Following the footsteps of her mother-in-law, Priya decided to start reselling sarees to nearby villages.
“It gave me the idea to buy twenty sarees and sell them on WhatsApp,” Priya said. “I was part of so many friends and family groups, so first I started selling to them. …