“If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door- or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.” - Rabindranath Tagore
Dreams are the reason for the existence of each one of us, and without it, existence has no meaning. We work hard to achieve them, but the results are not always according to our desire. Circumstance plays a crucial role in our life, and like it is said, everything happens for good. We can try to regain or replace our broken wishes with another target that can help us grow. Several wealthy individuals around us opted for different ambitions after the decline of their wishes, and Prafull Billore is among them. He wanted to attain an MBA degree but ended up being an entrepreneur in the tea shop industry.
An old dream
“If you FAIL, never give up because F.A.I.L. means ‘First Attempt In Learning’. END is not the end; in fact E.N.D. means ‘Effort Never Dies’. If you get NO as an answer, remember N.O. means ‘Next Opportunity’”.- Abdul Kalam
Prafull Billore is an adolescent mind who desired to learn in a top MBA college and grab business opportunities, and similar to every other aspirant, he studied for 8 to 10 hours daily for several months to appear in CAT (Common Admission Test). Unfortunately, the applicant was not capable of making it, but this did not dishearten him, and the high-spirited fellow pulled up his socks again to give his best shot with the encouragement of his family. Even after trying for two more times, the lad was not satisfied with his score as it would not allow him to be part of the university where he craved to take admission. Consequently, the pupil lost hope in himself and couldn’t see his parents worrying about his subsequent.
Exploring new ideas
“It is important to understand that if you do fall, it's important for you to get right back up again.” -Sachin Tendulkar
The failure discouraged Prafull Billore, and so locked himself in a room for a week. During this period, he tried to be calm and rethink his dream, but the disappointment of not achieving a seat in a prestigious college indeed after various attempts made the youngster clueless. At last, the unambitious lad came out of the self-isolation and informed his parents that he is never going to try cat examination and wants some time before making any forthcoming plans. Guardians were worried about their depressed son and permitted him.
Prafull Billore packed his bags and travelled to Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Mumbai, but even this was not helping him. Then, the youth began reading stories of successful entrepreneurs and ultimately found a common fact that most of the millionaires had once worked at McDonald’s, so he also started working there for Rs. 37/hr. Here, the employee interacted with several people and learned their needs.
But afterwards, the juvenile realised having no identity, and as a result, quit his job to start the employment of vending something small. Thus began brainstorming diverse ideas like selling burgers yet could not find anything impressive. Succeeding the research, the boy remembered his old friend, who was a great companion while attempting for CAT, and this was none other than Chai (Tea). Finally, he planned to own a modest food cart in the beautiful city of Ahmedabad.
Obstruction in the way
“You will never reach your destination if you stop & throw stones at every dog that barks...Better keep biscuits & Move on.” - Dhirubhai Ambani
Now to set up any organisation, the vital requirement is an investment, but in the case of this struggler, there was no money investor to support the idea. He had no other option except asking his father to lend some cash. It was not easy as it felt because no parent would relate to looking at their educated child being a street vendor and trading tea, so with guilt, the descendant lied and convinced his papa that he required 10,000 dollars for pursuing MBA in a college in Ahmedabad. Like any other Indian guardian who is always ready to spend for education, even his daddy provided the currency for the beloved kid’s prosperous future.
Prafull Billore was delighted with the financial support received and then brought a small tea stall, utensils, and other essential things. The first day of work was dull as nobody turned up to the shop, and this made the newbie recognize the problem, which was marketing. Since that period, the owner himself went down the street and asked every individual to try out his special tea. Everybody in the town was amused to see a tea seller fluently speaking in English and serving tea in a tray with toast and tissues, and he was able to sell 5cups of tea worth Rs. 30 the second day. The curiosity attracted customers from the very next day, and business happened to grow, but the real problems were further to arise.
Two months passed very quickly and progressively, but one day his father called to enquire about his studies, and he demanded 50,000 for taking admission to a lesser-known college. Again the caring dad handed out money to fulfil the son’s ambition, but this time Prafull Billore began attending MBA classes as he did not want to lie. Following six-seven days, the student felt bored and left the institution forever and turned full concentration to his job and gained fame very fast. However, the notability did not please the eye of neighbouring shop owners, and they came together to throw him out of the area and successfully executed their plan.
Success at his feet
“To be successful in life what you need is education, not literacy and degrees.” - Munshi Premchand
The enthusiastic explorer was frustrated by the reactions he received for running the venture successfully and was not able to understand what to do next. Subsequently, many of the previous consumers began contacting him through Facebook and asked about his stand address. It motivated the dreamer, and so, Prafull Billore went to the nearest hospital and enquired about renting stores to the doctors. He got an ideal place for his shop, and this time the guy had many innovative ideas.
First of all, the mature owner set a whiteboard at the entrance and wrote about the latest job vacancies in several firms as informed by his fellow clients. Yet a confusion was remaining to solve, which was considering the name of the stall and, after thinking a lot, later decided to call it Mr Billore Ahmedabad expansion for MBA. The title brought criticism to his doors as the MBA word was not pleasing the society. Nevertheless, the braveheart did not change the label and became famous as MBA Chaiwala. Additionally, he began taking orders for functions and organizing ceremonies at his cafe.
Within two years of hard work and dedication, the tycoon began earning in crores and also utilized his valuable time travelling across the world to organise events for charity. The man who once couldn’t attend a reputable university was afterwards invited to IIM and Harvard Business School to give a speech concerning pursuing a dream and achieving it.
“What defines you as a person is not the life you were born into, but what you made of it.” - Shahid Kapoor
Prafull Billore’s life offers an essential lesson to all of us that even if our dreams seem useless or small, we should not stop pursuing them, and our efforts will surely pay off. Failure won’t change anything, but it just provides pace to improve oneself and make an accurate decision for our next step. Prafull Billore attempted thrice, and when lost hope took a break and then moved towards his devotion. Nothing but sheer perseverance brought him success.