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From Losing All My Money To Earning 78 Lakhs in One Year: How I did it

Sutanu Personal Narrative

It is important to know how to flex with the punches in life. Life is never easy and we don’t always get to live our life the way we want to, but it is how we respond to the curve thrown at us that makes us who we are.

I am an ordinary woman born in a lower-middle-class family. My dad used to run a small bookbinding shop and my mom was a homemaker. My childhood was as normal as other girls and I went to a vernacular medium government school. The financial crisis was always there at my house but my father always tried to hide it from others.

Everything changed when my mother got diagnosed with kidney disease in 2006. For the next three years, we lived the darkest period in our lives. We struggled with basic things like food and shelter. My mother left us on January 1, 2010. I was shattered and I decided to not give my fourth-semester exam but it was my teacher, Dipta Sen, who convinced me otherwise. Everyone in my family was advising against it and I had done no preparation at all. Yet I decided to give it a shot. One of my uncles was so disappointed in me for giving the exam that he called me shameless and said that I had no feelings for my mother. I did not explain and went ahead with what I had decided.

I kept remembering what my mother had told me when I was 17-years-old. She had said, “Work hard until you do not need to introduce yourself to anyone.”Back then, I didn’t know what that meant. After many days of mental and physical roller coaster, I understood what she meant. I gave all I had to complete my engineering degree. To cover my expenses, I gave tuition classes. It seemed like my hard work paid off when I secure a job during campus placements. I felt real joy.

And the new challenge started.

 I did not realise life has many more leftovers for me, struggle, pain, and experience. I moved from my hometown, Kolkata to Chennai for the job just to realised that I had been duped. I could not move back to my toxic family that held me responsible for my mother’s death. Like so many adults my age, I continued working low-paying jobs without any satisfaction. I slowly went into depression and felt hopeless. That is why I decided to get married so early in life.

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The New Beginning

When my husband lost his job, I got to know that he was knee-deep in debt. With no support from family and no food to put on the table, I decided to start giving tuition classes again. Within a month, more than 20 students from various schools were coming to my place to take classes. But I started to lose my students during the COVID-19 induced lockdown in 2020.

One fine day in May last year while scrolling my Facebook timeline, I came across a digital marketing course that changed my life. I learned about a systematic approach to business and started my own online initiative to teach students. What started as a woman army soon became a team. I now have 10 people who work with me.

In the last year, I was able to make over rupees 78 lakh revenue sitting at my home in the digital coaching business. I was also awarded South India Women Achievers award in 2020 and have been featured on many platforms.

I invested in myself and upgraded my skills. It took a lot of hard work to overcome the obstacles in my way but I believed in myself.

Not as a wife or daughter work for your identity. Success has three steps. First, you will face rejection, second people will make fun of you, then they will try to stop you finally, they will admire you. 

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