Ashwin Khatri is someone who changed his life by his efforts, hardship and rose from the bottom. He is just 22 years old and is an Entrepreneur, Network Engineer. He hails from Ujjain.
Here his life-changing story for you all:
1. When did you become a business mentor?
I registered a domain in 2017 which I acquired for my Brand Name of my Digital Marketing Agency. But unfortunately, I ended up receiving 1000$ for selling that domain to a Brazilian Hotel in less than 6 months. I faced a lot of problems when I was having Google Search Engine Optimisation of that domain. As that Hotel was too renowned I couldn’t able to exist on the first page of Google Search. Almost after 1-2 months, I decided to become a business mentor and startup consultant. I use to read blogs, listen to podcasts from GaryVee, Millionaire Mindcast, EntreLeadership, etc. And even youtube videos helped me a lot in self-learning.
2. When did you think that quitting CA was the best option possible at that time?
I used to remember when I was waiting for my second attempt result of CA – CPT, I decided to quit. It doesn’t matter my result will be positive or negative. The gap between my exam and the result was almost 2 months and that waiting time changed my whole life. I decided to do what I love to do. And that was the turning point of my life. Don’t listen to anybody else, think about yourself what interests you most, doing what will make you happy and just go for it. After I ended up with my second attempt of CA examination, many people advised me on a daily basis about what will be right for me, that I should go for MBA, Engineering, Doctors, Interior Designing. I listened, I smiled, I agreed and I continued doing what I loved to do.
3. If you were interested in digital marketing and startup mentorship, why you didn’t take that up as your career earlier?
It was a school hype that CA field is the most highest paying field in the commerce industry. It does have a good scope ( literally hard works matters a lot). Even I was too excited just because of the market pay to the chartered accountant was too high. But yes, at last, it doesn’t even matters how much you get paid for your work. What matters is which thing/activity/ work will give you pleasure/happiness doing it. I used to do the website development and digital marketing stuffs in my 9th and 10th of school. While my other friends were busy playing video games on consoles. I made my first app at the age of 17. But that was just for the sake of my happiness. I didn’t take that skill on the career level. ( I wish I would have that time haha ).
4. You might have been to a dark place while you were not able to clear the exam of chartered accountancy. How did you overcome that?
Trust me that was horrible. Even my girlfriend left me after a few months of my failure. People started laughing at me, bullying me, that literally made my situation worse than anything. I decided to fight back against my downwards direction my career was heading to. However, the failure didn’t hold me back from exploring new opportunities. What truly matters is how you react to and learn from that failure. A wise man Mahatma Gandhi once said – “ First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you Win.” Some failure might seem like the end of the road, but always remember there are countless successful men and women in the world today who are only enjoying success because they decided to push past the unavoidable bleakness of failure.
5. What was driving force to become a CA?
The school hype (rate race) which forced me to become a Chartered Accountant. I went with the flow. I didn’t have much exposure to any alternate careers and hence, decided to become a CA guy. I believed a lot in my problem-solving abilities and logical thinking. This thinking changed my perception and I ended up dropping CA. From my school days, I hated Mathematics ( I was really weak in that, I rarely understand anything). But I loved Business Science, Marketing, Commerce sort of subjects. I believe we don’t choose our paths, it’s destiny we end up at the place we’re meant to be. Since then, I stopped looking back. I now believe, just give your 200% per cent for whatever you do. Because the effectiveness of 200% is only 100. When you’re done for 100% you ended up with 50%. Don’t worry about what the results will be, your destiny will find you.
6. What other interests do you have?
Along with Mentoring and Consultancy. I’m taking web development and digital marketing projects all over the world. I’m working onto my own Android Game named with “Save My Dot” which will get launched in coming months. My last game named “Circulo” loved with overall 5 Star Rating on Play Store. I didn’t earn that much from my game but it was worth launching.
I’m a Business Mindset person and hate 9-5 jobs. I agree that one must need good experience, skills and leadership to work onto his/her business. Meanwhile, I’m also working into my own Digital Marketing Agency which will get live in the coming months. I was working on that since 2017. Even planning to launch a book based on Digital Marketing Techniques next year. (sssshhhh my friends and family don’t know what I’m going to do next, you must be quiet okay 😉
7. Who has impacted you most in business mentorship and how?
Mentally – Dr. Vikrant Singh Tomar, Founding Member of Project Self Inc, USA and Project Self, India. Author of “Rule the World as Krishna Did”. Served over 45000+ people till date. He used to take weekly offline sessions on Bhagavad Gita which mainly focuses on living a worthy life. Not only in the business mentorship, that even sounds to be a good change in my personal life too. They keep me mentally active and boost up with their sessions.
Business Perspective- GaryVee – World’s most renowned Motivational Speaker. As Entrepreneurs having access to people who can help us grow and expand is a nice asset. But let’s keep it real, a good mentor is hard to find. What do a motivator and mentor do? They motivate you, they know stuff you don’t, they push you. GaryVee has that quality. I use to listen to their podcast on a daily basis. I love the productive talks they have with other business owners and Entrepreneurs.
8. How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
I am learning a lot from my mistakes, reflect and accept the failure. But, revisiting my passion and keep pursuing my goals no matter what the situation is. I’m healing my wounds and showing others how to do the same. I use to keep myself being positive all the time. That matters a lot that makes me think about what should I do next for my coming years. If you just can’t do it right now, you’re not living a worthy life. Doesn’t matters what will be my financial situation in the next or coming years, but what matters is, what did I learned, experienced, memories saved, skills growth and mental positivity. I always try to make myself productive with my daily to-do list. So I can check back I’m working alright. This makes me stay focused. I do take action rather than speaking seriously. Waiting doesn’t get anything done. Taking action gives you immediate results to learn from.
9. What was the most challenging moment in your mentorship journey so far?
My English fluency. Quite funny but, yes. It matters a lot when you’re mentoring someone whose native language is English. I’m randomly getting a lot of messages from budding Entrepreneurs, almost 50% are found to be from other countries. It was hard for me for a few months but I overcome this problem by attending Networking Events all over India regarding business strategies, marketing, software, etc. Reading English newspapers, novels, Hollywood movies, etc. Talking to Entrepreneurs and Business owners helped me a lot in my journey that eventually made my English language quite fluently now. ( I wasn’t a convent school student haha).
10. Where would you like to be in five years from now?
Well, this question excites me and scares me at the same time. Five years – it’s a too long time for me or anyone. You can achieve almost any goals. Enough time to smash it in 5 years. Well talking about the next 5 years is quite unpredictable, because the future has never been truly set.
I can’t promise to be something in the next five years, because maybe I’ll fail, maybe my plans don’t work out for me, maybe I’ll feel broke again? But I can promise one thing I’ll never give up and will try best to do it. I want to be my next five years from now is to be more skilled, more focused and more diversified. And even physically more strong too. Will try to increase my productivity by start utilising my spare time too. As I wasn’t doing earlier.
Thank you BolteRaho, for giving me such opportunity to share my struggle story to the audience. I wish a great success to the BolteRaho team. I hope one fine day BolteRaho will be the world’s best storytelling platform.
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