The young entrepreneur and a golden name in the business world, Sandeep Maheshwari is indeed a personality that people can look up to. His perseverance and hope for the future has helped him fight and win all the battles that came in his way.
From being a B.Com dropout, today he is one of the most successful business man, motivational speaker and a writer in India. Throughout his life he had to face a lot of failures and difficulties. But he did not falter a bit from his unwillingness to settle for anything less than the best. He continued to get out of his comfort zone despite the failure that he faced continuously.
The Young Planner
Sandeep Maheshwari was born in a middle-class family on 28 September 1980. He had a knack with doing business from a very young age. It can be understood from an incident that he has shared from his life where he started renting his scooter to his friend for Rs 50 per hour at a very young age.
He was always a person who planned ahead and organised his thoughts. This quality of his significantly helped the business family that he was born into. He tried various ways to support his family business throughout his young age.
The Beginning of Bitterness
His family had an aluminum business which was shut down soon after he joined to help. Without waiting for another sign, he started thinking of various ways in which he could improve their financial situation and revive the business.
He started a marketing agency that marketed various kinds of domestic products. All these sudden changes cost so much to young Maheshwari and he had to drop out from his B.Com programme in his third year. This was the beginning of learning first hand life experiences as far as he was concerned. His new marketing agency did not fare well in the market.
He soon started to try his luck in modelling when he was 19 years old. However, the industry welcomed him with humiliation, harassment and disregard for the work that he loved to do. He soon had to give up but was not ready to put an end to his dream.
As he looked for newer avenues to develop he continued to help aspiring models in getting a better place in the industry. He was adamant that even though he had to face many difficulties he wanted to do his part to make the industry that treated him bad, better for the others at least.
He became a freelance photographer who clicked the pictures of the aspiring models. After he had a good portfolio to his name he started a new company named Mash Audio Visuals Pvt. Ltd.
Around 2002, Sandeep Maheshwari along with his friends set up another company which had to close down in six months. Now when we look back, it is the confidence that he had in himself and the sheer willpower to not give up that made him what he is today. He could have easily accepted his failure after a series of disappointments in his career but he didn't stop and his hard work paid off.
To Better Beginnings
With a lot of fire and hope left in him he set out to make the best out of the circumstances. As a freelance photographer he already had a camera and a good experience of working with models. With his dreams burning, he pulled out a Guinness world record of clicking 10,000 pictures of 122 models in just 10 hours and 45 minutes.
This was a stepping stone for Sandeep Maheshwari. But instead of getting lured and distracted by the glamour of the modelling industry, he continued in the path of self improvement and business development. He had a vision for revamping the modelling industry for the better.
The launch of ImagesBazar
When he was 26 years old it was the turning point of his life. Just like any other common person who had to face a lot of failures in the field of business, he started low by taking up the roles of photographer, marketer, tele counselor and what not.
From a one Man Army today ImagesBazaar is the world's largest platform for Indian images that services in 45 countries with more than 7000 clients. It won't be too much to say that he bought this sea change single-handedly. He had been successful in ruling out harassment and exploitation in the lives of many aspiring models. There is no doubt that a countless number of models who were launched through Sandeep Maheshwari will be thankful to him for that.
The success of ImagesBazaar made him one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the field. Apart from his business strategies, his insights on life and a positive attitude at the face of uncertainties also became popular.
He became a mentor, a writer, a motivational speaker over the time. He also earned massive respect from millions of people around the globe for the empathy that he has towards the people and for his constant effort to make the world a better place to live.
Despite all the challenges he faced, he refused to succumb to the idea that life is tough. He believed that if you believe in yourself then there is nothing that will make things tough for you. You will be successful if you start giving your hundred percent in everything that you do.
Achievements of Sandeep Maheshwari
- Creative Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 by Entrepreneur India Summit
- Star Youth Achiever Award instituted by the Global Youth Marketing Forum
- One of India's Most Promising Entrepreneurs by "Business World" magazine Pioneer of Tomorrow Award by the "ET Now" television channel
- Young Creative Entrepreneur Award by the British Council, a division of the British High Commission
Quotes by Sandeep Maheshwari
- “If you have more than you need, simply share it with those who need it the most.”
- “Your Desire To Change Must Be Greater Than Your Desire to Be Same”
- “Any work you put in 100%, then you’ll be successful.”
- “Action Without thinking and thinking without action will give you a 100% failure”
- “No hill is tough to climb, see you at the top.”
- “Learn From Everyone, Follow No One.”
What is the qualification of Sandeep Maheshwari?
Sandeep Maheshwari studied in Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, he dropped out from the B.com programme in his third year.
What is the net worth of Sandeep Maheshwari?
The net worth of Sandeep Maheshwari is approximately $4 Million.
Who is Sandeep Maheshwari?
Sandeep Maheshwari is a photographer, entrepreneur, and public speaker. He is the founder and CEO of ImagesBazaar.