“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust… in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life” - Steve Jobs (y'know, the Apple guy).
If I didn't know any better, I'd think that Rashmi Bansal is a huge fan of Steve Jobs. Rashmi Bansal, who? - you ask. She is the author of the best selling book 'Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish '. The title is based on another quote from one of Steve Jobs' speech.
So, what's the connection with this speech? Rashmi Bansal has come out with a sequel to her earlier book. This one's called Connect the Dots. Get the connection?
Like her earlier book, Connect.. contains stories about 20 succesfull Indian entrepreneurs - without any formal education in business management. (Stay hungry.. had stories about 25 succesfull business entrepreneurs who are alumni of IIM-A).
This book is non-fictional and not exactly a page-turner. So if you are in the mood for some Jeffery Archer-ish book then I suggest you give this one a skip. But, damn! This book is inspiring.
It's divided into three parts : Jugaad, Junoon and Zubaan.
Jugaad has stories about people who are running succesfull businesses without any formal education in business. They learnt by observation, experience, experimentation and of course, by using their brains properly. Sounds filmy? It kinda is.
This section has nine stories including Rajiv Ramchandani of Tantra t-shirts (hilarious tees!), Ganesh Ram of VETA (English training, anyone?) and Prem Ganpathy of Dosa Plaza. These are only three. I said there are nine. 9-3=6. Yes, there are 6 more. Yes, I am quite the mathalete.
Then, there is Junoon. The name of the section itself makes it pretty obvious what this is about. Junoon has seven stories about entrepreneurs who were driven by passion or a specifc idea. They were so consumed and fired up by their idea/passion that they did not rest till they were well on their path of living their dream!
Junoon includes stories about : R Sriram of Crossword (my fave book store!) and Chetan Miani - the guy behind the Reva electric car. I won't mention the math this time. You do it. Homework.
Lastly, Zubaan has stories about creative people who needed a platform. In the process of creating this platform, they became entrepreneurs (well, kinda). This section has stories about Krishna Reddy from Prince Dance Group (yes, India's Got Talent) and Abhijit Bansod, founder of Studio ABD, a product design company. I know, not a creative name for a company.
Connect the Dots is as inpsiring as the author's last book. A must read for all wannabe entrepreneurs out there. Or for people who just need some motivation in their lives.
Author: Rashmi Bansal
Publisher: Eklavya Foundation
Price: Rs. 150