As the release date of a new book by Rashmi Bansal approaches, I am truly inspired, not just because her new book (Follow Every Rainbow) is about stories of 25 female entrepreneurs, but also because I finally see a direction to my dream.


Rashmi Bansal is a writer, entrepreneur and a youth expert. She is the author of four bestselling books on entrepreneurship – Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, Connect the Dots, I Have a Dream, and Poor Little Rich Slum.

After more than 140 posts on both my blogs and heaps of inspiration from fellow bloggers and friends, what gave me courage was stories of ordinary people taking risks to do what they genuinely love.

Enter inspiration number 2 – Amish Tripathi. Economic Times tells his story –

When Amish Tripathi finished writing The Immortals of Meluha three years back, he took it to virtually every publisher in the country. All of them rejected his work, the first of the Shiva trilogy, for reasons as varied as a book on gods would have no readership and that it would have no connect with youth. That’s when the alumnus of IIM Calcutta decided to do the next best thing: go back to his marketing textbooks and chart out a plan to publish and sell the book himself. Tripathi printed the first chapter and distributed it at all bookstores in a unique sampling initiative; alongside he got a movie trailer made for the book and uploaded it on YouTube. A year later, Tripathi published the second in the series, The Secret of the Nagas. Together, the two novels have sold over a million copies. And earlier this month, filmmaker Karan Johar bagged the rights to adapt The Immortals… for the big screen.

Read more here.

amish tripathi

I quote Rashmi Bansal,

The qualities that I believe make for success are:
1) being pigheaded (believing in your story and way of writing when no one else will)
2) being ahead of your time (what you’ve written has not been seen before or done before)
3) being I-don’t-give-a-damn (I started doing this for fun, not to make serious money or a big career).


So, now I have a dream (publishing a book), I am a pighead (I believe I can do it), I am not sure if I am ahead of my time (everyone has an opinion now-a-days, will my opinion count?) and I don’t give a damn (I really enjoy writing, not for money but to make my thoughts reach the crowd)


P.S : I really like the idea of creating YouTube videos and distributing pamphlets for publicity – and mostly I’ll employ these.

P.P.S : Plz help me being one step closer to this dream – cast your vote!

30 thoughts on “Inspired.

  1. I saw a very encouraging figure the other day: 23% of all CEO positions in India are held by women. It’s only 6% in the US. Excellent stuff…. Go India, and may that number climb!

  2. That’s the idea. If you do something because you love it, no matter the outcome it’ll be a positive and beneficial thing. Good luck!

  3. loved the post. inspiring.
    well for me true inspiration comes by focussing on whats working and what might work in future than thinking about what myt not work..
    but atleast be brave to take first step towards ur dreams.. rastaa nazar aa hi jayega..
    cheers and good luck. filled the survey too

  4. Youtube videos are a great way to reach a different audience than the blogging community and potentially make $ off of advertising revenue. good luck!

  5. Hello thanks so much for stopping by on my blog Parisdreamtime. I’m a female entrepreneur too, I decided that this year is the year to go for it, so thanks so much for this article, which is so encourageing! love from Paris, Andrea

  6. Hi Sakshi – so lovely to have you stop by my blog. You must have one of the nicest photos online – so natural and positive – I think you will make whatever you want happen, happen! As you are creative and love to write then of course that is the most wonderful thing to pursue with passion.

  7. I wish you all the luck in the world! This internet can make dreams come true. Stories are interesting and people making it in this world makes us all happy!

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