One of the greatest problems that most of the youngsters these days face is finding who they want to be. Dreams do not come true unless you have them.
If you find the problem you are trying to scale is not large enough, chances are pretty slim that you will scale. - Vishwas Mahajan
Sahil Sachdeva, yet another ordinary youngster who went with the flow for a long time before he finally came to know what he wanted to do. And when he realized what his dream was, he never stopped working for it!
The humble start
Born to a middle-class business family in Ambala City, Sahil’s parents had regular jobs. His father is a businessman and his mother owns a handloom store. Sahil completed his secondary education from St. Paul's High School, and owing to his stellar performance in class 10th, he got admission into Army Public School comfortably, for higher-level studies.
Since childhood, he is a brilliant student, and whatever challenge he accepted, he always came out with flying colors. This made one thing clear, the young boy will never settle easy and definitely not for anything less than his caliber.
Quest To Dream
He took the path of mechanical engineering, after school with the hope of finding something that could hold his interest. Sahil took every opportunity to find himself once he started college. He was studying and side by side he was participating in just about any event organized. He coordinated events, and decided to do something absolutely different than his stream of studies as well.
It was during this time that Sahil got an opportunity to act in a couple of music videos. For the first time, Sahil worked with two Punjabi music professionals and worked as an actor. To his surprise, the music videos were a hit and both of them clocked over a million views. Deciding not to limit himself, Sahil even starred in a short movie, which he enjoyed a lot. But he was still looking for something more.
Taking what may come
The first step to getting what you want is to have the courage to get rid of what you don’t. - Zig Ziglar
During his time at college, Sahil enjoyed organizing events such as TEDx talks, B-Starters, Parivartan and many more. He has made a satellite with his team called the ‘Incassable CGCians’ for one NASA sponsored competition, and placed third in Asia and 12th on a global level.
He was elected as the leader of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest chemical society, and the Society of Automotive Engineers, which helped him sense his leadership skills. For his excellent performance and hard work, he was invited to Dallas and honored with an award. He was one of the 14 students all across the globe to receive this recognition.
Realizing the dream
Since Sahil had been an amazing student and had a good record, he received many job offers after his graduation. Getting offers would make anybody happy, after all the hard work in college pays off that way, but to him, it was just another thing. Happy he was, but his heart was not in it.
Still, not knowing what his dream was, he decided to do something productive with his time. He took on an internship at the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited after his graduation. And, this internship was the key to his realization of his love for singing.
If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. - Jim Rohn
As it is with anyone who realizes his dream, Sahil was torn between doing what he had been doing and following his dream. At one hand, he could take the obvious path leading him to a job at a great company, and on the other hand, he could follow his passion of singing and living the dream.
This decision was tough for him since nobody in his family belongs to the musical background. But, instead of going with the flow, he took the harder of the two paths and decided to pursue his career in music. After all, that was what made him happy.
Getting prepared for success
You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. - Zig Ziglar
The moment he realized his inclination towards music, he started looking for a guru who would lead him to his goal. After some struggles, he found his guru in Sh. Suresh Sharma Shahkoti. Mr. Sharma is a well-known musician, appreciated for his skills with the harmonium, and was the National Awardee. What had motivated Sahil the most about his guru was that Mr. Sharma had not been gifted with a voice, but he had struggled and made a name for himself in the industry. And that was the real inspiration to the budding musician.
As soon as Sahil apprehended what he wanted to do, he took one more big step towards his dream. He created one of his musical band right after finishing his college with the hope to achieve something big.
Knowing that simply having a dream and working hard would not do the trick for him, Sahil also completed a Hindustani Classical Singing course under the tutelage of Chandrani Sarma, an international guest singer at SaReGaMaPa 2016.
The hardships that followed
"You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it." - Oprah Winfrey
Once he had started training, Sahil began to take on shows to get his and his band’s name out there. Knowing that the journey would be hard, he did not waver even once. Starting with performing at various venues, he knew he had to offer something to the venue owners in return as well. Since his band was not well known and people were not ready to pay, he decided to perform for free at the venues, in return for basic expenses and promotion. Determined to do whatever it takes to make his dream come true, he pays the other members of his band from his own pocket, hoping that these gigs would give them some branding and help their journey further on.
Talent at another level
Apart from being a musician, he happens to be a man with many hidden talents.
Once, Sahil came up with an idea of renting books. For this, he opened up a startup, Takenz, in Chandigarh, where they lend books to people on very minimal rent. This initiation proved to be a treat to all the bookaholics.
Not only being a CEO, but Sahil has also been a finalist for Mr. India. Happening to be an owner of so many talents, he has also received appreciation Award at Pratibha ki Khoj event held at MDSD college, Ambala City.
Sahil knows that life is not a bed of roses, and decides to work hard every day!
Stopping is not an option
He also recently bagged the best performer award at the Singing Star (season 2) organized by Citi Entertainment Network World, Singapore. And, has appeared on the ‘Subcontinent Icon 2019,’ which was telecast on Channel E24.
Sahil knows that to be a successful musician in today’s time, there is more than just being talented as a singer, and this boy is determined to fulfill his dreams and, apart from being successful, he wishes to travel the world to perform with his band.
“Life is uncertain when things don’t go well, just go with it”
Deciding to make his own way, Sahil does not flutter at the sight of hardships. He takes every challenge on and goes ahead. Even when he did not know what he wanted to do or what his dream was, he never wasted time. Doing something constructive with the knowledge he had, Sahil was patient with himself. And one day, his patience and hard work paid off.
He now knows what to do and how to do it! With his eyes on the prize, this young musician is on his way to success.