S P O T L I G H T
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.|