A Serendipitous Passage to India

The beauty of the web is you can reach people wherever they are. You never know who might stumble upon your work.

But if there's one thing we've learnt since we set up The Happy Startup School, it's that the right people show up.

“Karma happens to everyone… If you do good, good will happen to you. If you do bad, bad will happen to you. Put good out to the world and you’ll attract the people and everything you need to make your vision happen”

Your mission is your magnet

12 months ago we launched our first online program – The 4Ps Home School Program (through which we've now helped 500 budding entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life).

And one of the first people to join us on the program was 40 year old 'student' Kumaran Mani.

In response to the question 'Tell us why you think you'd make a good addition to the Home School Tribe' Kumaran's application read:

"Crazy. Passionate. Hungry for creativity. Dying to solve a social problem. Have failed and made mistakes several times. Want to build a usable, valuable product using technology."

What he failed to mention was that he ran a successful IT company that employed more more than 100 people, with a turnover running into millions of dollars.

But whilst Kumaran had riches, he lacked purpose.

On joining Home School he'd found his tribe.

And we'd found a new friend.

His wife Latha made a point when we met that he'd previously taken part in lots of online courses, from Udemy to the Khan Academy. But none of them had got him hooked, until this one.

She said he used to hide away in his study late at night to tune in to the live webinars during the course. Even the time difference didn't cause a problem.

He'd got the happiness bug.

Where innovation met Utopia

Fast forward 6 months and both Kumaran and Latha joined us at Alptitude, our week-long retreat for purpose-driven founders and movement makers held in the French Alps.

Alptitude gave us a glimpse into the future of work, life and play. An opportunity to foster connections with likeminded people — those with a focus on building their dreams, finding balance in the work they do and the lives they want to live, and in some small way, making a positive dent in the world.

This was one of the most exciting weeks of our lives.

It wasn’t the sort of event that was pre-planned, with only a loose structure. Lots of time for meaningful conversations over fondue and a chance for stories to be told and heard.

If someone wanted to give a talk, you stood up and spoke. If someone wanted to run a workshop, you rounded the troops and went out to find an idyllic spot in the mountains to work together.

During that week Kumaran was brave enough to face the group and share every inch of his journey as an entrepreneur so far. It was an emotional talk with barely a dry eye in the house at the end.

We then invited Kumaran to share his inspiring story at Summercamp in September to 120 people from our community. You can watch the full talk here:

The story continues

This coming February we’ll be helping realise Kumaran’s dream of bringing The Happy Startup School to India at Ashram.