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Rashmi Bansal and her book that broke records


Rashmi Bansal is a writer, entrepreneur and a youth expert. She was previously employed at the channel Bloomberg UTV as an editor. Rashmi Bansal is a consultant for international youth research agencies, such as The Futures Company (a division of WPP, London), and Flamingo Research (Singapore). She mentors students and young entrepreneurs, and also conducts very popular motivational talks and youth insight seminars for corporates and institutes of national and international repute like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, ISB Hyderabad, Kellogg School of Management, and S P Jain.

She has written some of the most popular books like Connect the Dots, I Have a Dream, Poor Little Rich Slum and Follow Every Rainbow. Her bestselling book on entrepreneurship. ‘Stay Hungry Stay Foolish’ has broken many a records. It features the stories of 25 MBAs from IIM Ahmedabad who left lucrative jobs to follow the rough and tough road of entrepreneurship. The book created a new record in Indian publishing by selling over 300,000 copies and has been translated into 8 languages.

This book is must read for all dreamers and budding entrepreneurs. This book is for someone who abhors the rat-race and who wants to be at the mercy of none but herself. It may not tell you about your future but it will definitely encourage you to keep going. The book is a beautiful documentation of successful tales of 25 people who believed in their ability, their idea and manoeuvred their ship with grit through the rough weather. Some of the key insights that the book uncovers are

  • Passion for the company/idea
  • Humble/no ego /ready to learn
  • Most important- patience and perseverance to wait for the good time
  • Self-belief
  • Competence over loyalty
  • Empower the talented employees in terms of equity/bond
  • Don’t be attached/ emotional with the company so that it can be sold when it needs to be.

The book also came for some criticism from purists on the level of language used but the book managed to connect with the people who have the courage to dream.

This book is a must read for the people who dare to dream big enough to stand out from the crowd. Though a book can’t carve your success but it can definitely show the way you should or should not!

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