“If it’s still in your mind it is worth taking the risk”- Paulo Coelho.
Truly enough, risk-taking and hard work had worked in the favor of the famous barber who made it to the business of most luxurious cars. The one to possess Rolls Royce, Ramesh Babu stands as an epitome and inspiration for many. Starting from a fatherless child, with the daily budget of five rupees, today he owns cars worth 16 lakh and more.
A life worth the struggle, seeing the worst days to the best, the story of Ramesh Babu is inspiring, soul rendering and touching.
Ramesh Babu’s father, who was a barber, died when he was seven years old- leaving a saloon business on Brigade road. As a result, they had to rely on his brother who gave them five rupees regularly. To survive and meet the needs of his sister and reduce the workload, little Ramesh took up to selling milk bottles, delivering newspapers and so on. His mother worked as a maid to continue his education.
After joining PUC, he ran the saloon in the morning, went to college in the evening, came back and worked in the saloon till 1 in the morning. Since then, he is being called as a barber.
It is the idea that matters not the investment!
The first idea of buying a car was out of mere pride, he bought a used Maruti van in 1993.
The lady, for whom his mother worked, introduced him to the idea of renting cars. She suggested him to rent the car instead of keeping it without any use.
It was from 1994 that he started to take the business seriously.
The car rental business soon rose. His first client was Intel. In 1997, he owned a Maruti Omni and rented it to people for their personal use. By 2004, he had five to six cars. However, the business never reached its peak unless he bought luxury cars and rented them. His business prospered when he could rent luxurious cars.
Ramesh Babu spent forty lakhs to buy a car in 2004, which actually paid off. Thus, his risk was worth it. He bought Rolls Royce in 2011, even though he had been apprehensive of investing four crore rupees on one car. However, fortunately, this paid off well too. His business reached great heights.
“There is no substitute for success than hard work itself”. This is a very true proverb. This is an ideal example of hard work paying off. The most interesting aspect is the growth of a little boy from a poor background to a successful businessman.
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