Everything is possible in this world- only your mind makes it impossible

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LAJA: Tell us about your journey thus far.

S: I come from a family of bankers. Being a South Indian, there was a lot of emphasis on academics. Math was my weakness but I was lucky to have a very patient teacher in my father.

LAJA: What are the challenges you faced in your entrepreneurial journey?

S: Initially, it was like a silent protest, because I was the first woman in my family to start a business. Everyone thought it was a crazy decision – my mother- in-law was my biggest support.

LAJA: What are the most satisfying moments in your career?

S: Stepping into my own institute really gives me a sense of achievement.

LAJA: What are some of your failures and mistakes and your learnings from them?

S: Not taking up a corporate job was one mistake I think I made. Another was not completing my post- graduation.

As far as failures are concerned, nothing as such, but having to give up my institute to my student to run, because of my ill health was kind of a failure I guess.

LAJA: How would you define success?

S: Success is when you are recognised by your people and within your industry for quality contribution.

LAJA: What advice would you like to give your fellow woman entrepreneurs?

S: Firstly, Don’t let your ideas remain in your head – take action. Even if you go wrong, its fine – it will be a learning experience.

Secondly, Don’t start a business with monetary goals only. Aspire to make a quality contribution to yourself and the industry.

Last but not least, remember – you are already a winner because you have the courage to start something new.

LAJA: Do you feel formal education play a role in being successful?

S: Not necessarily. I have seen people with minimal education do fantastically.

LAJA: How do you generate new ideas to keep your family happy and grow your business?

S: This is very important and I catch up on this exercise during my ‘ME’ time.

Fact File: Shailaja

Greatest Inspiration in Life My grandfather
Book/s that inspired you the most The Success Principles by Jack Cornfield.
What you love about yourself? I am a fighter, I am kind and have a great sense of humour.
What you dislike about yourself? Not aggressive where required, not very confident in professional life.
What motivates you? Teaching. Helping women in their start up journey.
Favourite Quote you live by Everything is possible in this world. Only your mind makes it impossible.


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