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Originally from Mumbai, India, Raseshkumar Shah relocated to London in the United Kingdom at the age of 17 to study and make a better living. However, his plans went awry when, through a series of unfortunate occurrences, he could no longer finance his education. As a consequence, Raseshkumar Shah had to drop out of school. As a teenager in a foreign land and a self-described “broke, lonely, insecure, Asian university drop-out from a bankrupt family,” he wrote in his diary that he wanted to be a millionaire by the age of 30. In the meantime, he set to work supporting himself with a series of unskilled labour jobs, including working for restaurants and cleaning companies. 

However, Raseshkumar never lost sight of that dream he inscribed so explicitly into his diary. By the time he had reached the age of 30, Raseshkumar Shah was, in fact, a millionaire, having created a a very successful consulting business. Ironically, in achieving everything he’d resolved to as a teenager, Raseshkumar learned that he was wrong about almost everything he thought he knew about business, as well as life in general. Although he made a great deal of mistakes on his way to achieving success, he credits those missteps with teaching him how the world actually works. Now, as a wealthy, well-rounded, and productive member of society, Raseshkumar Shah finally feels that he knows how to attain fulfilment, love, and success, as well as learning exactly why those things matter and what those words actually mean. 

What do you do at your company?

I’m a business consultant, working at the forefront of social innovation to put brands at the heart of new trends and conversations. My job runs the gamut from digital marketing to to social media consultation to core process analysis. I’m known as an expert in many facets of the corporate world.

What was the inspiration behind your business?

I am guided in my work by embracing the modern world of technology. By gleaning knowledge from the various popular social media platforms, I can see where the future of business is headed, and that has informed the way I run my consulting business. As you can well imagine, I don’t want to give away too, too much about that, or else my competitors may learn the secret to my successful practices. 

What defines your way of doing business?

If I had to pick one phrase, it would be ‘results-oriented.’ I also make sure to conduct myself with the utmost integrity when dealing with clients and colleagues.

Can you share some keys to being productive?

For me, the biggest key to productivity is finding a way to keep my mind clear. I achieve this by cultivating the important relationships in my life and staying focused on my short-term and long-term goals.

What is one long-term goal you have for your career?

Although this is something of a vague answer, I would like to improve life for as many people as possible around the world.

How do you measure success?

Success can’t be measured. It’s a relative term. It means different things to different people. While some—if not the vast majority—might measure it by their bank account, I am not one of those. I suppose if I have to give an answer, it would be by the satisfaction of my clients, the health of my company, and my own happiness, as well as that of my family and friends.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned throughout the course of your career?

Taking risks and making mistakes is the only real way to learn anything valuable.

Share some of your favorite things to do outside of work.

I love hiking. I love taking adventurous trips around the world to locations I have never been to before. In my spare time, I try to help the community as best I can.

How would your colleagues describe you?

I think my colleagues would describe me as a positive and fun-loving guy!

How do you maintain a solid work life balance? 

Before taking on a new client or a new project, I make a plan and stick to it no matter what. I also work very hard to manage expectations from all angles. Additionally, I make sure to get at least seven hours of sleep each night in order to be well-rested and effective.

What is one piece of technology that helps you the most in your daily routine?

I’m sure this is a popular answer, but it has to be my smartphone. It’s how I communicate with everyone. I also conduct a gigantic amount of business through it. Frankly, I would be lost without it.

What has been the hardest obstacle you’ve overcome? 

At one point, I had lost everything because of one wrong decision I made in my youth. But with support from my family and friends, as well as hard work and dedication, I have long since recovered from that and regained my footing. Overcoming obstacles is not easy, but it can be done by staying positive, working hard, and trusting in God.

What is one piece of advice that you have never forgotten?

When I was young, my parents always told me to focus on one thing at a time! “Do one thing, do it very well, and then move on to the next item of business,” they would say. I’ve never forgotten that advice.

What is one piece of advice you would like to leave our readers with?

You got only get one chance at life. Live it to the fullest. Trust your instincts. Make sure that you keep the people who are important to you close by for love and support.

Brandon Foster is a multimedia reporter. He covers a variety of topics.

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