Vishu Prasath is a serial entrepreneur born in Coimbatore and has been passionate since childhood. He started freelancing in 8th grade.
While most teenagers are thinking about dating and studies, Vishu Prasath was searching for freelancing gigs.
Vishnu Prasath’s Story
“I was in Coimbatore. I come from a middle-class family. My dad was working for BSNL, and because of that, we had gotten a subside internet connection at home. I used to spend an hour in front of the computer. One day, I googled about the iPhone as it was a big thing in those days. Through that, I got exposed to blogs and reviews”.
“That is when I started my blog page. I got a domain name. I figured out about getafreelancer.com, where I did projects for content writing and digital marketing”.
“I started freelancing in my 8th grade. I failed many times, and I was still trying to figure it out. By 10th, I got the hang of it. I was earning in dollars”.
Vishnu’s Motivation To Start Early
“All my cousins went abroad for their masters and worked for top companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Netflix, etc. As a kid, I aimed to get into a top college in the country and do masters in the US. But growing up, I saw everyone studying till 25. I thought to myself if I also follow their path, I would be stuck with my studies for more 12-13 years”.
“I knew people respect the ones who are wealthy and accompanied. I had to find a way out. Building my competency was something I worked on. I wrote blogs referring to different blogs and tried to make them rank on Google. It took 3-4 years to build it”.
How Did Starting Early Help You?
“As I started early, there was no performance pressure on me. When people start their entrepreneurial journey at 22 or 23 years, there is a lot of pressure on them”.
“Before I dropped out of school, I had built a team of 15 people, and I was making a few thousand dollars every month”.
How Did He Stay Away From Distraction?
“In my school, girls and boys didn’t talk to each other. The family I came from also believed talking to girls as a teenager was inappropriate. These things kept me away from distraction. I am immersed in my work all the time”.
“My ambition and aims were deeply ingrained in me to get distracted”.
How To Reach The Top?
“If people take responsibility without being asked for it, they naturally rise to the top. Center your value and work around value creation. Work on your competency and constantly deliver results in your work rather than focusing on becoming a millionaire or billionaire”.
Being A Millionaire At 20
“I started working when I was 11 or 12 and started earning when I was 13. I was 20 or 21 when I had a million dollars in my bank account and I wasn’t able to sleep”.
“Our company was acquired by Endurance International. I was on the leadership team. I was the head of marketing and strategy in business. We executed hundreds of projects, managed large teams, and delivered significant value in improving profitability”.
Swami Vivekananda’s Influence On Vishnu’s Life
“After we sold that company, I had money, but I wasn’t in control. I had random thoughts, a high-stress level, and a lack of health. I had to fix it. After that, I started reading about Swami Vivekananda, connected to yoga, and understood the importance of breathwork”.
“I used to look up to Swami Vivekananda. His quotes inspired me. He went to the US, made his mark, and started ashrams worldwide. In the short time that he lived, his thoughts that were showcased in his speeches in those days with no resources were phenomenal”.
“I was an atheist, then I became agnostic. When I read Swami Vivekananda, I realized being spiritual means doing everything possible to the best of my capabilities. Then I read Chinmayananda, Sachidanand, and Dayananda Saraswati. Anyone who has made their mark has worked non-stop. In the US these gurus, including the new age gurus like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and Sadhguru, are highly respected”.
Learning From Swami Vivekananda
“He wanted to create a world and create a solution. May it be illiteracy, cleanliness, or spiritual education. Solving any problem requires dedication and relentless action. He did not want any school or college to be named after him. All the schools by him are under the name of his guru”.
“All the knowledge, fame, wealth, name, and legacy only matters till you are alive”.
“Everyone is interested in knowing how I became a millionaire, but no one is interested in the struggle that went into it. If you want to drop out for the joy and the imagination of how life is after dropping out, my advice would be don’t drop out”.
“I dropped out when I was already in the level 3 or 4 of my journey. I have a few team members, and I was making a few thousand dollars every month. Dropping out is not at all fancy. If I would have dropped out and failed, nobody would have talked to me. It is the time, energy, and continuous, relentless progress over 3-4 years that matters”.
This was a very insightful podcast with Vishu Prasath. I hope you gained an insight into an entrepreneur’s life.
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