Fashion

7 firebrand entrepreneurs on the career lessons they never teach you in school

"Keep raising the glass ceiling for yourself"

They came they saw, and they did it their way. Dressed in the classic white shirt — but reinterpreted for 2018 — seven firebrand entrepreneurs let us in on their best career advice.

When 35-year-old Vanika Choudhary decided to quit her successful career to open the hip Sequel Bistro & Juice Bar, her friends and family were naturally perplexed. "When I was starting it, a lot of people supported me, but many also called me crazy for wanting to quit a cushy corporate job to start it," she recalls. A loyal clientele and much publicity later, she insists, "Don’t ever let anybody decide or speak for you, for that matter." Superblogger and founder of Miss Malini, Malini Agarwal, found herself on a similar journey. "It started off as a personal hobby, a blog that was just me navigating through my life, and it has taught me that authenticity is key—being real makes all the difference. If you listen to your inner voice and speak to it as you would to your best friend, it will make a connection that will last well beyond your blog or social media post."

Explore the life lessons no college can teach you with some of our favourite entrepreneurs

Photographs: Sushant Chhabria

Styling: Rahul Vijay

Inputs: Divya Gursahani

Hair: Michel Baltazar/Jean Claude Biguine

Make up: Smita Sharma

Assisted by: Divya Gursahani and Ishani Desai