An engineer by education and an entrepreneur at heart, our woman of the week Vaibhavi Sapa has multiple feathers on her cap. If you are still waiting for the right moment to start your venture or procrastination has gotten you down then you need to read her story right now for a hefty dose of inspiration.
How was your childhood?
I’m really thankful to the almighty for all the blessings I have had. When I look back today, I see that My childhood was really great, Had the best of schooling in a small town like Ahmednagar. I studied from a convent, which is actually the secret of my hard work and dedication, as it was inculcated in me by the nuns and my teachers. Next and foremost is my family. I come from a joint family and feel very lucky to have my grandparents by my side to fulfill all my wishes and to offer moral support too. Life has never been a bed of roses for anyone, so yes I have had my share of many ups and downs in my life. Right from family disputes to the financial crisis, I have seen it all. But, that has only made me strong and made me what I am today.
What did you aspire to be when you were little?
In school, my aspirations kept changing from one career to another. Sometimes I was attracted to the teacher’s profession, sometimes I wanted to wear a white coat with a stethoscope in the hands. That’s not all. I was also tempted by the black coat in the courtroom saying ‘order order’. But today, what I am doing is something entirely different, and my chosen career suits my temperament and keeps me happy. At this stage, I would like to mention that my parents have been the biggest supporters in all my decisions and have made me achieve the heights I have, hats off to them.
Could you take us through your work, please give us a brief about it?
Today, I am working for an organization as a Product owner. Along with that, I am into freelancing for the last 2 years. But now my freelancing has taken a shape, leading me to start my own company. With my work, I do take care of my father’s textile business. Yes, although I am required to wear multiple hats, I am happy doing it.
My parents and teachers have always reminded me time and again that society is my responsibility and whenever I get an opportunity, I want to get into social work as it motivates me a lot.
What made you choose this line of work? Was there an incident that inspired it?
I remember my dad denying to buy me a smartphone. It is something I wanted. And had this aggression in me. So, I decided to work and buy a phone for myself. I started taking tuitions when I was in 2nd year of engineering and with my earning, I took my 1st smartphone. His denial taught me the most important lesson, first deserve, then desire and then work hard for it.
Though I had my father’s prospering business, still there was a drive in me that kept me nudging. I wanted to make my parents proud of me. I wanted to do it independently not to prove to anyone but to prove it to myself. But seeing the family conflicts and the financial crisis, I decided to do something different to generate extra income source for my family.
That is when I picked up a job in marketing, which was not my forte, however, I had to start from somewhere Eventually I moved into IT and was very lucky to meet Vivek Jain, my mentor, my inspiration. He saw the sparkling in my eye and I shared my dream with him. He not only recognized but also supported me.
What does your daily routine look like?
Get up in the morning, thank the almighty for the peaceful night and lovely morning, get ready and start with my work. Sometimes meetings are done through my shop. Taking care of my dad’s business, working for my company and late-night meetings, fast deliverables which keeps me up till late night at 2 a.m.
What do you think are your biggest achievements?
My biggest achievement is making my parents proud and taking a bold step in starting my own small company.
Was it difficult in the beginning to follow your dreams?
Oh yes.! It was really difficult to follow my dreams. I didn’t know what to do how to do but it was clear that have to do something of my own. I am still struggling to achieve my dreams. Well, even Rome wasn’t built in a day. There were times when I had to compromise on my meals.
What was your hustle journey like?
Have gone through many ups and downs in this male-dominant world. Had to face many challenges in the corporate. Had to take care of my dad’s finances at some point in time in my life. I actually had to live the life, which I didn’t want for myself. And, staying away from my family and not a single person there called a “friend,” well, to sum it up it was tough. Extremely so.
What are some of the challenges you deal with even today? And, how do you overcome them?
Challenge is I take it with a” pinch of salt”. I take it like now I have got this work and should do it with full of zeal and enthusiasm and the outcome just leave it. The challenge for me is time. I feel time is too short for me. So many new ideas popping up and want to implement but have to take care of the existing ones.
With success also comes failure. So, tell us, how do you deal with failures? What keeps you going?
For me, failure is a lesson. I believe, whatever happens, happens for good! I fall and then my parents and my mentor pull me up to motivate and keep things going. No doubt there were times of despair, helplessness, and depression. But “try until you succeed” is the only mantra I follow during failure and success doesn’t go anywhere if you try.
Do you have a mantra or motto for life?
Especially with gender inequality still prevalent and evident, it becomes extremely prominent for each one of us ‘women’ to become equivalent, competitive, and perhaps set a tempo and unite together and balance this gender inequality. So, that’s my motto, “women should help other women.”
Has the pandemic hindered your future plans? How are you dealing with it?
Pandemic gave me an opportunity. Pandemic brought my parents close to me and got an opportunity to know them in and out. Work-wise, no it didn’t impact instead I have officially registered my company in this pandemic and given birth to a new product (soon will be in the market). Pandemic taught me that life is uncertain. And, it enables me to be there to take care of my mom and dad during a medical emergency.
What do you have in store for the future?
I really want to enhance my company and solve the day to day life of people by providing some products to make their life easy and moreover I want to do something for the female section of our country mostly based in the rural areas.
Do you have any advice for our readers?
My advice will be, dream big, there are people to pull you down, dominate you, but just be strong, be like a horse with blinkers just look forward and treat your failures as an experience or opportunity and try till you get success and always believe in Almighty.
If someone wishes to choose your line of work, what is the advice for them? How do they go about it?
Just get associated with like-minded people, talk to people more, share your thoughts and ideas and there will be something new coming up if u have the passion in you
Let’s take a leaf off Vaibhavi’s book and embrace her spirit. It is time to dream big and keep trying until you succeed.
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