Have you ever considered quitting your high-paying corporate job to strike out on your own, only to be told by your inner voice-and a host of naysayers that it’s a silly dream? If yes, then this book is for you.
As senior creative director of India's largest advertising agency, Neeti Palta had everything going for her till she gave it all up to become an accomplished standup comedian. After a remarkable stint as an RJ, Malini Agarwal took the entrepreneurial plunge and is today a media maven with her brand, missmalini.com. Nothing, not a family keen to get her married nor a dreaded disease, could keep Kanika Tekriwal away from her true calling - her venture, JetSetGo, is redefining aviation.
Dare to Be chronicles the success stories of fourteen such women who have dared to turn these pipe dreams into thriving enterprises. None of them inherited businesses, nor were they born into great wealth. These are ordinary women made extraordinary by the single-minded pursuit of their passion, and the courage they showed in the face of adversity. These are their stories. They could be yours.
“The 14 women we featured in Dare To Be are from across the professional spectrum; that filled me with immense hope. There are many others who have remarkable stories. We need to be supportive of each other and help create an ecosystem that helps us all. The conversation clearly needs to change from “what we cannot do” to “what we can”. Clearly, we need to continue to Lean In.”
About the co-authors
The first 16 years of Rinku Paul’s career were spent in the corporate space, working for news channel Aaj Tak, a part of the India Today Group However, she wanted to realise her long-term dream of impacting people’s lives, and became a life coach, corporate trainer and neuro-linguistic programming practitioner. She also co-founded a writing studio, The Muse, and went back to writing, her first creative passion. Rinku has co-authored Dare To Be with Puja Singhal, the collection of life stories of women who followed their passions and redefined their careers.
Why LoA loves it….
For so many aspirant women entrepreneurs, taking that first big step to creating a business can be hugely daunting. Learning from others that have done it successfully before helps to smooth the way and give us inspiration. In this great new book by Rinku Paul and her co-author Puja Singhal, we hear from 14 women who made the leap from the world of corporate and their other lives to follow their passions, and into the world of entrepreneurship. It’s a great read for any would-be woman entrepreneur looking to find her own inner confidence to make the leap. --- Melanie Hawken, founder and editor-in-chief of Lionesses of Africa