Have you ever seen a human who has never tasted success or rather the one who has never tasted failure? I guess, there exists no one. Because success and failure are like the two sides of the same coin and they go hand-in-hand. And why not? Would anyone feel good if they’ll get just success in their lives or just failure, nothing more or less?
In India, there are people who became as big as their dreams and made their luck themselves. They came from nowhere, crossed all odds through hard work and self-belief and created an unimaginable benchmark for themselves and for others. Their stories have been an inspiration for many to chase their dreams and realize it. Their journey might not be like most of the ‘richest’ people in the world, but they are fascinating ‘rags-to-riches’ stories.
So, let’s look at some of these stories.
1. Dilip Sanghavi
Earlier Drug distributor, now a self-made billionaire and the founder of Sun Pharmaceuticals, a leading drugmaker in India. When he started his pharma company in 1983 with 5 products and 5 people, hardly anyone could guess the success he has achieved now. In 1987 when the company began selling on a national scale, it was ranked 108th. Now it ranks 6th, which is nothing short than amazing.
2. Narayan Murthy
Earlier relying on his wife’s savings, now the Father of Indian IT Sector. Not many know, but the founder of Infosys had to depend on Sudha Murthy’s savings of Rs 10,000 in 1981 to give wings to his vision. He was Narayan Murthy.
3. Patricia Narayan
Earlier sold homemade pickles, jams, and squashes and now? This woman owns a chain of restaurants in Chennai. Suffering abuse at the hands of her drug addict husband, Patricia at the age of 18 was left to fend for herself and her two children. She started out by selling pickles, jams, and squashes. From then on, there was no looking back. Ms. Patricia’s road to becoming a restaurateur was no overnight miracle but a journey spanning 30 years.
4. Dhirubhai Ambani
Earlier he used to sell bhajia, and now? You know better, the founder of Reliance Industries. The son of a school teacher in a remote village in rural Gujarat started Reliance Industries with just $1000 and now it is among the world’s 100 companies. No one could have imagined then that former student of Junagadh’s Bahadur Kanji High School who during the sixties lived in a single room with his wife and children would build his own out-of-the-world dream.
5. Shahrukh Khan
Stepped in Mumbai with Rs 1500 and now known as King Khan. From nobody to biggest man in Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan’s success story is like no one else’s. There is the only king in Bollywood after Mr. Amitabh Bacchan!
6. Indra Nooyi
Indra Nooyi is one determined woman. After pursuing MBA from IIM Calcutta, she left India with barely any money to pursue a management degree abroad. She worked as a receptionist from midnight to sunrise to earn money and struggled to put together $50 to buy herself a western suit for her first job interview. She joined PepsiCo in 1994 and is the current Chairperson and CEO there.