Dropout At 13, Millionaire At 20 - Inspiring Vishnu Prasath Story | The Ranveer Show 207 | Transcription

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Introduction (00:00)

You have read about the stories of people who won lottery. Almost 96% of the people who win lottery will lose it in like six months to one year and will be poorer than they ever were, both physically, mentally. The reason is they are not used to handling that much money and it happened to them without the journey and effort. I was this person where when I look at my work and when I look at my screen, I'll be doing my work in an orgasmic way, by the way, in the sense, in the sense. Oh my God, this is so not going to be... I love this is so not going to be... Okay, this one's a very fun, but also very important podcast. It's a story of teenage entrepreneurship from a middle class background. No financial backing, no business background here, no real kind of boost at the start. Lots of young kids that I meet today often ask me, how do I begin my career? How do I find my passion? How do I get into entrepreneurship? And then you have stories of Vishnu Prasad. He's just a year younger than me. And trust me, back in the mid 2000s, you rarely heard of 13 year old dropouts or school dropouts who actually start successful businesses. At the age of 16, he was employing 26 year olds. At the age of 22, he found himself in Silicon Valley, adding value to a business there and eventually selling that business off. And now at the age of 28, he's launching Vegan Way. His story is incredible. When I heard his story, my first instinct was this needs to be on the podcast. This story should be shared with our audience as well. Enjoy the episode, be inspired. This is what it takes to build a successful career very early on in life. Vishnu Prasad on The Randi Show. Vishnu Prasad, Devrajan, that name sounds like a secret spy's name for some reason. How are you brother? Doing great. How are you doing Ranveer? Great to be here. Likewise. It's rare that you meet a lot of people who are like, oh, I'm going to be a business, it's rare that you meet a serial entrepreneur who's just 27 years old. And it's rare that you meet people who've kind of established their own careers at 27.

Personal Background And Professional Journey

Start of the journey (02:10)

You dropped out of school, dude. What's the deal with that? You dropped out in what, seventh standard? Eighth standard? I dropped out after 10th standard. Oh, okay. So I started freelancing when I was at my eighth grade. And for the first two years, it was largely figuring out things, failing at almost all of the things that I did. The second I got to 10th grade, got the hang of it, started earning some income. I mean, it wasn't dollars. So it was a lot of money in rupees back then. What's the story? Like, where were you? What was going on in your head? I was in Coimbatore coming from a very middle-class family. Dad worked for BSNL. We got a subsidized internet connection at home. Used to spend like an hour a day with computers. So on fine day, I went to Google and searched about iPhone. That was like the big thing happening in 2007-08. Then I got exposed to multiple blogs, reviews and whatnot. So that took me on the path of setting up my own blog and getting my own domain registered, dvishnu.com. I actually was frustrated with my email address, which was like d_vishnu_prasad123@yahoo.com. That's what I got. So I got my own domain name and I was so happy. I put all my savings into getting that domain. And I started blogging and I figured out getafreelancer.com where there were projects for content writing, digital marketing, and bid on a few projects. I learned along the way. You made your first salary through like freelancing. Basically. Wow. When I was 13. 94 born. Okay. Uh, so when you were 13, 2007, I was in ninth standard then I was just thinking of the girl I wanted to date. I was just thinking of like at the most, the most conscientious thing I was thinking of was my studies and here you are like making money from freelance gigs. In 2007, it's not every day that you hear about a kid doing it nowadays, kids do it. But of course, honestly, there must've been something off in your head to do this, bro, like in a respectful way. Actually, uh, I was looking at my cousins and my family members. Typically everybody would go to the U S to do the masters and works for a FANG, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, one of these top companies, Microsoft. Uh, and the only aim as a kid was to get into one of the top tier institutes in the country and then go to the U S to do masters. And I was looking at all of them studying for like, you know, until 25 years of age. And I was 12 or 13 by then I was like, if I do this, I would be stuck for 13 more years. I hate doing this physics, chemistry, mathematics. So I was like, what is the other way around at the end of the day, everybody are respecting those who are wealthy and who accomplished and who made something for themselves. So let's work on building our competencies, uh, in some area. Right. Did you know coding back then? No, no, no, no coding at all. This is just like sweet smarts basically. Yes. So looking at other blogs that reviews, let's say, uh, antivirus softwares, I made my own antivirus review website and I tried to rank it on the top spots of Google. So it took two, three years of figuring out nothing happened on day one. I used to be disappointed and go to my mom and tell like, you know, uh, mom, I thought this will make me a thousand dollars. Somebody told her they will give me a thousand dollars. That that time it was 39 rupees per dollar, 39,000 rupees. I lost it. And my mom was like, Vishnu, it's all okay. You're anyway studying, you will go to engineering and then you will do your masters. Then you will get a great job. You will make lakhs of rupees, be happy. And everybody used to take me for like, okay, he's playing some games. And then, you know, as long as he's, as long as he scores good marks in the school, once he gets to the 10th and 12th grade, we will properly grind them until then. Let's leave him alone. Let him do his own thing. I did all kinds of things, right? Like I was working for 16 hours, talking to all kinds of people, failing at several things and then pulling off a few things and being in India and having been located in Coimbatore also added to the advantage. We had a lot of educated talent pool coming in as freshers and the whole industry was just evolving. And then there's a 16 year old kid in Coimbatore who's cracked the system. I would tell people I'm 25 or 30, otherwise they wouldn't give me the projects. That's the question I have to do. Do your age work against you? Because when Viraj and myself were starting Manga Entertainment, just being 22 was working against us so much. Like we had to really convince people to give us opportunities. It worked against me in two ways, but it was also an added advantage for me. Right?

Difficulties & discomfort (06:45)

Like I see what happened to me as my blessing and privilege because you see, I got a super early start, right? And I didn't have the pressure to perform. When somebody starts in their entrepreneurial journey at 23, 24, that is so much pressure to perform. Everybody are like, if you go for a job, there is an opportunity cost that they tie and tag to your profile. If you graduate from IIT and if you choose entrepreneurship, you're always like, you would have otherwise earned 30 lakhs per annum working for X company and 50 lakhs in equity working for Y company, why is it that you are pursuing your startup? What if it fails? So that pressure was not there. I was at school. I was expected to score 90, 95% marks, which I would anyways do. Right. And before I dropped out of school itself, I built that momentum. I got that team of 15, 20 people. I've got that early traction of making few thousands of dollars every month, which was very strong validation rate. And before I chose to completely drop out of education, formal education, and choose my path of entrepreneurship and pursue what I wanted to. I already had a 40, 50 member business. We were making a few crores. So I didn't perform or get into something with too much pressure to perform. I do believe that the teenagers of today are way smarter than what we were. I'm not talking about you. I discount you from that general. I was not a street March. I wouldn't have gone to IITs at all. Listen, man, we're almost the same age. And I know what kind of mindset was in teenagers minds back then I went to one of the best schools in the country and not one single kid thought the way you were thinking back then to be able to start your own thing, to not know what entrepreneurship is while doing it. To be able to lead 25 year olds. Like, you know, you're what, 27 now? Yes. I turned 28 recently. So your first employees are probably parents at this stage. Yeah. Have any of them stuck around? Uh, I am still in touch with most of them, but because I sold the first business that I have built, most of them went to that entity, which acquired my company, but a lot of them are now at a super well off, so I've hired people from call centers and now they're making five, six lakhs a month. In a very positive, I'm saying this as a compliment. There's something very off about you. Like, like you're a psycho, man. Let me share with you the story on how I got the first sales gig done. See, I've always been this guy where I roll up my sleeves and I'm like, okay, screw it, let's do it. But then I fall in flat on my face most of the times and then realized it's okay to fall flat on your face to start with in any part of the journey. See, as a kid, as a baby, it takes one year to stand up and start walking. And if you attribute that whole one year, is it so difficult to walk. It's actually not so difficult to walk until you learn how to walk. It's so difficult. Once you have learned it, it happens with ease and comfort, right? So that's the same thing until you learn something new, you have to be out of the comfort zone. I wouldn't even call it as a comfort zone because in today's world, entrepreneurs attribute going out to the comfort zone to too much stress and too much hardships and pain and suffering. Right? So one need not suffer in their journey towards building something massive. At the end of the day, everybody are working to make a difference and make an impact in the world that they live and earn a name for themselves. So it is in the journey, no matter how far you are or anybody's in the journey, that journey is what that matters and not, there is no end goal. We've just discussed about, you know, Shakes comparing Elon Musk and Ambani looking up at Adani and Adani looking up at Ambani. So that is no stopping. And one has to realize the pleasantness, the joy and the calling in the journey that they are undertaking. And if I repeatedly say, I am kind, I am compassionate, I am blessed and my work is my worship and get started with my work. And I repeat it 30 times until it really gets into my head, my body and every cell within my body and I get to the work. Dude, but on what basis did a top founder hire you? Like, why did he? We had a digital marketing company and we were already driving almost 10% of his sales. Of his sales? Yeah. One key feature here is that Americans respect results. You can deliver results for them. Correct. They will respect you and then they'll help you grow. And I was already working for him for a year during the period when my visa was rejected, we were still working for them, but not, I was not in the leadership team or anything. We were working in an agency, a client relationship. And the moment I landed in the US, we built a very good rapport. He was an entrepreneur who moved from Austria to the US and set up the business. And he has also scaled up from the scratch and built the business that he did. And he had seen a lot of value that I could bring forth to the table. So immediately he was like, you joined me full-time onboard and I would like to take you to Las Vegas because why? Why Vishnu? He was like, if he takes me to Las Vegas, he will be able to get a better deal. I was a teetotaler. He underestimated my resistance. Right. So it's, hold on, let's, let's take a break from this story. Uh, you know, when we do these meet and greets all over the country, we get a lot of, uh, questions about, uh, how do you kind of keep yourself focused and on the grind while you're a teenager. Now, the question I'm going to pose to you might seem a little, uh, rude and explicit, but that's not the literal way in which I wish to ask it. Now, while you're building all these businesses, you didn't feel horny. Like, of course you would feel horny as a teenager and you have your urges, right?

Interests as a teenager (13:00)

I would split the teenage into three parts between my, uh, 13 to 15, 16 until when I was still at school. So the school I went to girls and boys wouldn't talk to each other. So, uh, no matter how horny you are, you are kept aside and apart. Right. And secondly, the family I was born and brought up is okay. If you are talking to a girl at this age, we abandon you. Abandoned. So they, nobody would respect you and you're going to get, get it big time back at home once they come to know. So there is always this fear factor that restricts you, uh, to go out and talk to a girl and then make friends and then, you know, uh, get it forward, take it forward. Right. So now things have changed. Kids do have smartphones and they can do things without the knowledge of parents. Back then it used to be like landline and my dad worked for BSN and he could listen to all the calls that I make to anybody, any which face. So it was difficult. But how did you not get distracted by it? Like you're building a business, speaking to 25 year olds, and I am sure you also hot property amongst girls at that age, most people didn't know, right. What I was doing. Okay. Okay. Okay. So they wouldn't know. And at that time they were like, see, if I didn't know what entrepreneurship was, obviously they didn't know. And, uh, uh, it's not in any degradatory sense or anything like that. They were doing their own thing and for them scoring the top marks and then getting to an institute was, was everything academically and, uh, otherwise listening to the parents, it was like a average school where most middle-class children came. Right. It was not a high-fi school where rich kids were sent to. Uh, so that kept me a little bit off the distractions. And secondly, I should admit and say my computer and my laptop was in the living room in the house that I was born and brought up and you could see my computer and my laptop and also the TV from the street, people will be walking outside my house in the street, they could see my computer, my laptop and my television screen that's running, you couldn't do anything, but not at 3 AM, I'm kidding. At 3 AM, my mom is sleeping in the living room. So it was not as comfortable as kids do have the smartphones where you have unlimited internet connection. So we had 400 MB of data for a whole month. Okay. And I had to use it wisely. And, uh, I was this person where when I look at my work and when I look at my screen, uh, uh, I'll, I'll be doing my work in an orgasmic way, by the way, in the sense, in the sense, so immersed and involved, even if my mom shouts, Vishnu have your dinner, I wouldn't hear anything. So you have these teenagers playing PlayStation games where they wouldn't hear a word or a thing that happens outside. My, my dad would be watching something in the television. My sister would be reading something out loud. That's how she's used to learning. And my mom would be cooking some food in the street. Some action will be happening, vehicles honking. I will not hear anything. I'll be like completely noise canceled, image canceled, only focus on the screen. So I built that kind of attentiveness. And when you're super attentive and immersed, you naturally enjoy something. When we were having a conversation, we were like, we had, you had dogs and that would make you super lively and now plans are a replacement for you. Right? So being super immersed in the present moment in what you do at that point in time and being always in the present means you're always blissful. If I am talking to you, I'm in this present moment and not thinking about the past or the future or what audience were listening to this podcast will be thinking or what my mom and dad will be thinking when I answer this. Then it will be a screwed being inside. Maybe I could provide all of these answers, but within I'm nervous, within I'm angry, within I'm anxious and I'm always computing and comparing. So generally I don't. Right. And why is it that dogs, you know, people love dogs so much. You're in the present moment when dogs are around and you are free from the past and the future. If you're free from the past and the future where there is worry, where there is fear. I was super immersed at the work, so I enjoyed it quite a bit and no access to opportunity to get distracted, no royalty or you know, going around, having secret spots, having a large enough house where I had my own bedroom. So I would sleep in the floor along with my mom in the same living room. And we had two bedrooms where in one, my grandparents were hanging around and in another, my mom and dad or my sister would be, so I would sleep in the living room working until one, two AM and then just fall asleep there. Girls never crossed your head. Of course they crossed my head, but then they just come here and go like this. Oh, hot girl. Okay. Back to her. But as a teenager, it used to be, Oh, hot girl. I love you. I want to see you. At least for me, it was like that. Like I remember I used to have a crush on Rachel from Friends. You've seen Friends? The series. Yeah. So she was my first like woman. I think that I felt something for, if you know what I mean. And, uh, if you know what I mean, God, dude, then there's some episodes where she looked so hot, basically that, uh, I remember just like, almost like just being lost in that thought. Like I was thinking about her so much, lying on my bed and just like screaming because I hadn't discovered certain joys of life back then. I didn't know what to do with that. This is like when I was 12 years old. And there you are, Mr. Vishnu thinking of how to multiply revenues at the same time period. It happened to be at a point where I couldn't afford to get distracted. So when I, when I was at the US, US is the place I was truly independent. No mom, no dad, no relatives, no restriction, good smartphone, Western life. Which is why I have to ask you about Las Vegas. We stopped it right in Vegas. Exactly. What happened in Vegas? We saw everything that people see in Las Vegas. Okay.

Life in Las Vegas (19:42)

But I had that self-restraint not to get distracted and deviated because I had already built up on something and my aspirations were too deeply ingrained in me that, uh, my ambitions, my aim and what I had to and wanted to accomplish always came at first. And you were 16? 18. I mean, I was too young man. And then, uh, the guy who happened to meet me also was very kind and he understood me and, and then we started going to Starbucks to have conversations. And, uh, always we would, uh, think, okay, let's get a sheet of paper or our laptop to go have the conversation, but we would forget it and we'd get that. Uh, I vividly remember the conversations I've had with Fatih. He was the founder of the company. We'd go to Starbucks, we'd get the brown issue paper and then, uh, ask a pen from the guy who was serving in the counter and then start writing. And we'll get 15 tissue papers, write all the ideas. And, uh, we've done that probably 20 or 30 times back and forth, which led to many projects that we have executed. And then I moved to the U S I spent two years. We, uh, moved from Columbus, Ohio to San Francisco. I convinced him that we have to be in the Bay area to be fancy. And then we moved to the Bay area. We both really loved it. Wait, what happened to your digital marketing firm in India? He, Akuby hired the team. Most of the people started working for his company.

About digital marketing company (21:05)

And he paid you money as the founder. He paid me money as a, he actually, uh, we've made an arrangement where I would have some percentage of his company and, uh, I would be paid a salary on top of that to lead things and I had milestone based rewards, so I've always been this person where, uh, I have never enjoyed getting paid just like that in the sense that if somebody would call me and say, they'll pay me a couple of million dollars, I'd be like, why, why are you paying me a couple of millions of dollars? Like I want to work for it. I want to earn it man. At the time, uh, this guy made total sense when he said like, He made all of these things and I said, like, I want this much money, like you have to, uh, show this much impact, you have to make $10 million to earn $2 million for yourself. I was like, okay, let's do it. Now I'll make a plan through it. So your distractions, I like that. And then I was like, okay, I will stand upside down and make it happen so that I'm a millionaire and being a millionaire was a big thing being an 18 year old. Right. I think the, the, the lesson here to make the conversation a little more serious is that when you give a horse, a pole to run towards the horse runs faster. Absolutely. And always, uh, when you expect something without working for it, even if it happens, it will not stay for long. You have read about the stories of people who won lottery, almost 96% of the people who win lottery, actually in some countries, 99% of them will lose it in like six months to one year and will be poorer than they ever were both physically, mentally, the reason is they are not used to handling that much money. And it happened to them without the journey and effort. Yeah. You know, that the whole thing about, if you rise up really fast in life, it's likely that you can fall down. We see it with athletes. We see it with actors.

Concept of success (23:08)

We see it even with social media creators. Now, if you're very fast rise, there are chances that you can have a very fast fall as well. Absolutely. And, uh, for me value creation was the central theme back then I was born and brought up, uh, with this ideology that I should add the maximum value to everyone I work with professionally. And, uh, if I keep adding the maximum value, anything else does not matter. Whether I speak good English, whether I can make great spreadsheets, whether, uh, I am super good at organization or team building or strategy, whatever. Like if I work with you, if I make you $10 million, I know if I come to you and ask $2 million, you are going to have to give it to me, correct? If you are a sensible person, you will definitely make the choice of giving it back to me because you would then make a plan to make a hundred million dollars with me. So that's what I saw in this entrepreneur that I went and worked with. What was his name? Fatih. Fatih. Fatih Said. Okay. He was a Muslim born and brought up in Austria, moved to the U S uh, I worked with multiple clients before that, but he was the first one I worked really closely with. In fact, a couple of weeks back, I was at his house in the U S uh, back from the U S only a week ago, last week I was at his house actually. So, you know, I want to highlight something that I've kind of just figured at age 28, but it don't 29 in a week. So this is my last 28 year old learning, which is a very important business and career lesson. If you want to rise really fast in your career, basically in conversations, especially where you are expected to add value from the other parties, you really try gauging the problem statement, give an opinion on what you think the result should be with actionables also, exactly in terms of define the problem.

Solution-oriented mindset (24:40)

Then in your words, next define what you think should be the solution. And it doesn't stop there. The solution actually ends when you have given actionables to either the person or yourself. And you want to get one level deeper execute on those actionables yourself. Correct. Taking ownership and the responsibility. See, I have been this guy and I think if people become this guy, where they take responsibility without being asked for, they naturally rise to the top. That's what you see with the accomplished people. Even with the stalwarts, like Sundar Pichai or Satya Nadella, people took responsibility without being asked for, and then naturally rise to the top. It's the fastest way to get promotions in life. It's the fastest way to rise as an entrepreneur. Absolutely. And center your activity and work around value creation and split down that ultimate value on how we will create that value into actionable steps and how it makes a difference in the lives of people that you serve and instead of wanting to become a millionaire billionaire and a deca-con, if I do work on my competency and constantly keep delivering results, results, results, and results to every stakeholder, whether it's a customer or a client or a partner or an employee or a shareholder or an investor or an influencer that I work with, naturally I will rise to the top. So if I keep delivering value to every stakeholder and constantly center my activity around delivering value, eventually in due course of time, anyone would rise to the top. I've already breached the million dollar mark at my age of 20 in terms of how much money I've made, which was a lot, right? $1 million for a 20 year old kid. My whole family wealth was not that much. Right. So, and in the US being in San Francisco was always like, everybody are huge and everybody are super smart. You have to run, run, run, and run.

Competition in the US (26:50)

Like there's always someone smarter and someone richer than you in every room. And it was like 95% of the case when I was in Coimbatore, at least I was like in the top 5%, right? Among those who I spoke to. So you have this sense of, okay, I am good. I am scoring here. If you go there, you're not scoring anywhere. You're like probably the last 5% or the last 10% as an entrepreneur living in Silicon Valley with a million dollars, no respect, right? So you push yourself too hard. And I broke down then itself because I started working when I was 11, 12, when 13 is when I started making the money. And it was already like 2021 having a million dollars in the bank account, not being able to go to sleep, got me to the striking realization I need to fix it. Then that was also the time when our company got acquired by Endurance International. When I got that, yeah, Fathis company got acquired by Endurance International. I was in the leadership team, was instrumental in positioning the business for acquisition. I'd worked with the whole leadership team in speaking to potential buyers. I was the head of marketing and strategy in the business. I executed like tens of hundreds of projects, managed a large team and delivered significant value in improving their profitability. So once we sold it, I had the money in the bank account, but I was not in control.

Reinventing oneself (28:22)

Random thoughts, fear, high levels of stress, lack of health, right? I had to fix it. And after two months of reading Swami Vivekananda and connecting back to yoga and reaching out to my gurus and understanding the power of breath work meditation, I went on a trip to Bali. Hold on, brother. Why did you mention Swami Vivekananda? Swami Vivekananda for me was always somebody I looked up to from the quotes that I read like, Arre is awake and stop not until you make it happen. Right. So, uh, he has gone to the US, made his mark, started Ashrams institutions, uh, worldwide. I'm getting goosebumps as you. Yeah. Within a short period of time that he lived that also before 120 years and the level of intellect and the intelligence that was showcased in his speeches, the thought and what he manifested in those days without any resources was phenomenal and magnificent, sort of a Nawal Ravi Ganth figure of that time in a more spiritual way. Yeah. And definitely see until then my thought process about spirituality, I was an atheist. Okay. And then I became agnostic. I was like, see, you cannot disprove the existence of God, more Warren buffet style. Right. And then when I read Vivekananda, I was like, Oh man, being spiritual does not mean doing nothing. Being spiritual means doing every single thing possible. Right. Best of your capabilities. Yes. To the best of your capabilities, nonstop. You take any number of people. Then I started reading about Chinmayananda, Satchidananda, Dyananda Saraswati. And the, any number of gurus who went from here to the West and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. And in the new age, you could take Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Sadhguru. Any number of people who have made their mark have worked nonstop. In the US, they are heavily recognized. And in the sixties, seventies, eighties, they would go to jails. Even now they continue to do so in running their programs of yoga for the inmates. And governments, cities, and these prisons have seen 60 to 90% reduction in crime after they would go through this program. Can you believe that? And every state has granted him citizenship, all kinds of honorary awards, this and that and whatnot. Which is why in the US, all of these gurus are greatly respected now. I read a lot of them. Then I went on a trip to Bali for self-exploration and I wanted to take a couple of weeks of break from everything I was doing and look within, understand what was going wrong. And that's when I also quit eating meat. I physically observed in one of the meditation sessions of the day when I had chicken and fish, that my body and my stomach was taking more time to process it. And it was adding up to the lethargy and the lack of awareness and focus that I always wanted to remain in. And that state of ease and pleasantness that I wanted to manifest. And I was able to manifest the peace and pleasantness much more easier when I had vegetables and fruits instead of meat. Sattvic food. Sattvic food. And that's when I decided, let's quit eating meat. And I'm a firm person when I make a choice. So I made the choice that day. Since then, it was in 2015. I also wrote a big Gora article, summing up my thoughts and what occurred to me and why I have changed that way. It still is there, read by more than 50,000 people, 100,000 people or whatnot. I do not know. So then I quit eating meat. I told myself money is not everything. And that realization had already stuck. Is this the Swami Vivekananda effect? Yes. Also to a large extent, money need not be the driving factor of the action that I perform. I keep moving forward and onward and do my best and accept what happens. So like one, one second, let's dial back a little bit. I'll tell you why, because everything you're saying comes from spiritual places. Like so many of the books are spiritual and they say the same things that you're saying right now. Very few books that I have read speak about Swami Vivekananda in detail, which is why I'm constantly nudging you to talk about that. I want to learn. Yes, absolutely.

About Swami Vivekananda (33:10)

You know me and now as a person, we've worked together as well. So I think we know each other to a certain degree, at least. Of course. What do you think I can gain from reading about and the works of Swami Vivekananda? See, if you read the letters of Swami Vivekananda, you will understand the tone, the context and the theme of the conversation he is trying to have with his disciples and people who followed him. So he always wanted to create a world and be the solution to the problems that were existing, whether it was illiteracy, whether it was cleanliness or whether it was spiritual education and advancement of people, which is why he has established so many institutions. I think the Ramakrishna Vidyalaya, which runs across the country with Ramakrishna Mission, hundreds of colleges, universities where almost all of my family members in the previous generation got educated. Right. So he saw illiteracy as a major thing that is dooming the Indian population and keeping them under this large blanket where they are covered by taboos and all these imaginary beliefs and poverty and whatnot. So he went on, called the new India to become torch bearers and solve for it. And solving for any problem requires utmost dedication and at the same time relentless action. Keep acting, keep motivating, draw hundreds and thousands of people in your mission to solve and being untouched by all of that was the one thing that inspired me. Even when they were about to keep his own name for one of the institutes, he said, "No, keep my Guruji's name, Ramakrishna Mission. I am not the reason for all that I do and nor I do want to have any money in my own bank account. So I don't want to handle and own any of the finances. So if you take it from a deeper reality and realization, none of us are going to take anything when we leave the earth. So even if I have a billion dollars in my bank account, it is only valid until I am alive. And even if you have the biggest legacy as a tech entrepreneur. Correct. So all the knowledge, this beauty, fame, name, wealth, legacy and all that you create is only valid until you are here. So whether money is in my bank account or somebody else's bank account, if I am able to perform my duties and do my work in an untouched way and keep moving forward, I could make the maximum impact. Everybody is interested in the part on how I became a millionaire and nobody is interested in the part on what went through in the 7, 8, 9 years in the journey of becoming a millionaire.

What made him a millionaire (36:06)

Everybody is like, okay, can I also drop out of college? Would I become a millionaire? Would you guide me? What do you have to say to people like that who want to drop out? That's such a key question in this podcast. See, if anybody wants to drop out for the joy and their imagination of how life will be after they drop out, I would clearly advise them not to. And I dropped out of school when I already was at level 3 or level 4 in my journey. I already had a team of 20 people. I was making few thousand dollars a month in the first entrepreneurial venture that I have set up. So I don't think anybody needs to drop out. People start spending the time they spend in unnecessary activities that instantly gratifies them into pursuing a passion or anything of economic value and they prove, get to a certain level and they can think of dropping out. And dropping out is not fancy. If I dropped out and failed, nobody would even talk to me. I've dropped out, come somewhere, somewhat ahead, like from level 3, I've come to level 6. Still there are maybe a thousand levels that I have to walk forward. I am trying to quantify this to make a sense among the people who are comprehending, okay, if they drop out of their schools or colleges that they are going to, life will be so great. They can be a successful entrepreneur. It's not the dropping out that makes any difference. It's the time, energy and continuous relentless progress and value creation that they do over a very long period of time, 2, 3, 4, 5 years that takes them to where they are. Um, that have a certain trajectory with where life is going, man. Uh, we actually had hired a dropout, I think a couple of years ago, very promising at the start. The way he had submitted his resume was he actually built out an Instagram page about the podcast and fantastic graphics, fantastic work, fantastic dedication, which you would see through the edits, subtitled and all that.

Opinion on dropping out (38:00)

And there's no tool for subtitling. So you to type it out. Just heavy amounts of work. We got in touch with him, interned with us for a while, performed well while interning. Um, I called him and he said, yeah, I'll come. And I told him that, listen, man, even if you're dropping out, you have to work immensely here. He actually left his house against the will of his family, came to Bombay, spent time, uh, lived in the office, worked well for two months, and then the performance slumped. Like badly slumped. You gave feedback. You're very gentle for very, very long for six months, maybe you're gentle. Come on, dude. Work. Come on, let's get better. I'm around the shoulder treatment. I know you've left your house. I know you've dropped out. Let's kind of do something with your career. Prove it to me. I'll give you bigger opportunities to keep proving yourself. I don't know, man, something happened in Bombay to this dude and he was a good guy. I think he had good intent. He was capable. And that's what kind of pissed me off that if he wasn't capable and he wasn't able to perform, I would have given a shit. He was a capable, intelligent kid, just stopped caring because he has used that. Now that I've dropped out, I've taken a risk. I've proven myself. I proved myself with my internship and the work assignment that I'd done back then just stopped working hard. And that's what people, especially kids of today failed on the signable dropping out. And once you've dropped out, every day is going to be mentally, exactly how you feel in the middle of your exams. When you're already burnt out from studying and you have two, three more exams to give in front of you and you're not prepared. Every day is going to be like that. Correct. That's the cost of not completing a college degree and not having the vision. Absolutely. Cost of dropping out means you have to anyways be successful. Otherwise you're doomed. Yeah. So, and see in this country, the day and age we live in today, I would agree. Education is the sole reason that it has lifted millions and millions of people out of poverty and middle class to an affordable way of life. Okay. So my respect to all the institutions and those people who define frameworks that has educated the country, right? So one, everybody need not drop out. Everybody can go through their formal education and start a business when they are ready. And whether they are a dropout or not a dropout, the sense of accomplishment in their head is equal into, I already know everything. I know my shit. Exactly. If you have this thing that I already know everything, it's like a bottle filled with water. Can you feel anything more on top of it? The process of feeling like an empty bottle, a big ball of nothing will keep you moving ahead and forward and you will continuously learn and you will evolve and you will work on your journey. But the moment you think you've made it, you're gone. I'll tell you what an advantage teenagers of today have over us. They have access to information and access to podcasts like this. Um, throughout my college life, I was told that I want to be able to make it in the big, bad world. And, you know, I'll have to go for a higher education and nothing against higher education. But, uh, the good thing I did was that I took actions. I executed just like yourself. Uh, the best thing that I did in my entire career was getting mentored and asking the right questions to older experienced people, which is a big reason we started the podcast so that younger people in the position that you and me were in. Now have access to pathways. Correct. Uh, this podcast is too important for young Indians, at least because they currently living in the same society that we lived in, but with access to podcasts like this. Of course. So maybe as the ending note, I'd like for you to just talk to young professionals and teenagers who are kind of lost right now, but are inspired at the end of this episode. See for all the young professionals, teenagers, and people who would want to make the mark and do something, just get started and be consistent with the efforts and continue to progress forward by the day.

Guidance For Youth

Advice to the young (42:28)

Learning something or either you win or learn and you keep moving forward, continue to perform your action as an offering and see the results as is grace. One day you will make it happen. And even if you don't make it happen at the end of the day, you would have given your best for which you will feel happy and joyful about that. You know, um, man, with this episode, I know I'm ending it abruptly, but I'm a strong believer in the fact that let your work speak and let the results speak. Absolutely. Whatever we are working on together with vegan whey, with the protein that we're launching, let the product speak. Of course.

Concluding Remarks

Last thoughts (43:16)

Let the product speak and let the ventures and the work that I do speak. And, uh, now that I'm working on building this house of brands at supercluster. So audience can check out the products and the work that I do and give the feedback. Really look forward to learning from you and everyone who are listening to this podcast and improve myself by the day and do the best that I can. Yeah. Drop you, drop your comments guys. We're also going to be linking Vishnu's handles down below. We're going to be linking links to the actual products. So go check it out. Uh, entrepreneur is always open to feedback, especially from you folks. So I want to know what you thought of this podcast as well, this partnership, but this energy that you guys felt during this podcast, I promise you that anything that Vishnu and myself do together, it'll have a form of this energy in it. Of course. Thank you so much. It's my privilege to be on this podcast Ranveer and thank you for hosting me. Look forward to, uh, doing more things together and building for the greater good of the society and the community. Keep inspiring every young Indian and be the torchbearer and the playmaker for many more entrepreneurs like me. And you are in a way a big playmaker for the people who are listening to these podcasts as well. I hope so, brother. Um, rooting for you, man. Like just it's, I don't even want to call it a privilege, but it's an honor to have you on the same team. Thank you. Crazy. Thank you. So that was the episode with Vishnu Prasad in the age of gen Z, the probably the most intelligent generation. Till today, you often don't hear of stories where the power focus has been at the forefront. I think that gen Z is the most high potential generation that this planet has seen, but there needs to be reference points of stories like this. Millennial stories that contain the power focus as the central theme. That's what I gained from Vishnu Prasad story. He enjoys business. He does it with his full force. And that's why he's a successful entrepreneur today. Extremely proud that BNY CFS is also tying up with Vishnu's company to bring you something very special that you guys will see very soon. Please keep following Vishnu's handles, our handles on social media. Lots of huge updates coming your way as well. That was the episode for today. I often get told to bring more founders on the show, and that's what we're going to do from now on. That entrepreneurship wave has hit India finally, and lots more business stories, lots more inspiration coming your way on the runway show very soon.

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