Learning from successful Entrepreneurs : interview with “Mihika Bhanot”

[dropcaps type=’square’ font_size=’80’ color=’#4a4a4a’ background_color=’#ffffff’ border_color=”]I[/dropcaps] am an aspiring entrepreneur and work in my family business with my father.I joined the Enterprise India Fellowship 2 Years back in January 2020 Jan. I was working on different projects and simultaneously grew interest in reading blogs and creating too. I got a question back then that I could relate to myself completely, how do entrepreneurs achieve so much? How did they do it? We only see the good, the rosy and the successful parts of their journey. But just like me, they must have also struggled and failed to turn their ideas into reality. That’s when I decided to interview entrepreneurs and understand what’s beneath the surface, what’s under the water, what’s the hard work they did that we didn’t see.


I was continuously discussing this with one of my partners for 1 to 2 months and he connected me to four different entrepreneurs from four different continents. This enabled my curiosity to connect with them and ask questions and write a blog. But, to be honest, I heard those same cliche practices from them as well, and I wanted to confirm if those could help someone like me who was just starting his entrepreneurial journey and get to the point where they are, and I started applying some of them in my life and guess what? Well, they are genuinely metamorphic. For the things I was sceptical about a year ago, now I can bet on them; they truly work. 


The story starts with someone who loves to share wisdom in the form of a story, “Mihika Bhanot” from INDIA is an image consultant and runs her own company named ‘Mihika Bhanot Image Consultancy’. “There is a difference between interest and commitment, commitment is what makes you ready to jump back in 1000 times even if you fail whereas interest fades”, Mihika Bhanot. Though she never had a routine during college, she just worked at what she committed to. She remained determined and persistent with her commitments.


1. What’s growth for you? 

I think about the feeling of being prepared, that’s what growth is to me. I feel like, if you feel prepared you will grow. Because if “I want to grow I want to know that I can do this” and the only way I can say this to myself, is by feeling that I’ve done it before.

I’ll be able to grow when, I know that there’s something in the backend, that is telling me that I can do this. “Practice today now because growth is about the feeling of being prepared.”


2. What were the questions that drove you?

According to me, more than a solution I’m asking myself a question, “Was this my best?” Every time I did something, I asked myself at least one question: was this my best? Can anything be better than this? and if something inside me said yes, very loudly, then I’ll do it. But if there is the slightest bit of voice of, “no do better, this is not your best” then I would do it again.

As I am an image consultant I have to prepare invitation messages and send them to clients so before pressing send button, I would think again by asking the question. So it’s very important for me, at least to be sure that what I’m doing is the right thing. And the only way I can do that is by asking myself.

“Ever want expert advice? Just ask yourself, because any guy is better than you but nobody can be you. So train yourself to train your brain.”


3. How you can practice consistency or how we can acquire the skill? 

Have you heard of the story where the man rides a donkey and the donkey gets tired walking after a time? But to motivate and make the donkey walk consistently he ties the carrot in front of the donkey which eventually makes the donkey walk continuously in the thirst of the aim he had about the carrot. The same applies to us were to be consistent you should keep your aim in front of you in such a way you should not get distracted. That’s what I did for myself focused on my aim.


4. What was your routine?

Actually what I don’t remember is that I had a Sunday. Because my routine was like attending college from Monday to Friday and Saturday, Sunday I had our sessions which were starting from nine in the morning and almost ended at seven thirty in the evening. So it was a very, very long day and I used to be exhausted. It was a very shaky period because I used to feel like what was happening. I can’t get it because every weekend I go to get sloshed. The fact that I didn’t have a schedule is what made me realize that I’m someone who can be anywhere at any time and can do anything at a very young age. 


[highlight color=” background_color=’#949494′] There are so many questions that I ask myself, but asking the right one is important and talking to Mihika I found one of the questions which is really helping me, “Was this my best?”. Like Mihika I tried to do this practice of asking the right question often but couldn’t make it, but whenever I do I somewhat find the answer I am looking for. Still in the process to reach the frequency of Mahika.  I heard so many definitions of consistency but the way Mihika defines it in the form of a story makes it easier for to people understand it. I write blogs to tell stories that I resonate with and reflect with. I found it similar to Mihika way of answering in the interview.  [/highlight]


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