Afstand Education | March 19, 2024

Dream Big and Learn Better: What can Higher Education do for You

Inspiration comes from the most unlikely places. This is true, but there are always exceptions. It is a natural human tendency to want what the other person has. Big mansions, luxury cars, international trips, it can be anything. However, the only common point among all the aspirations is “Money Bhai”. In India, like in all other countries, Money Bhai is the only one who rules over all. Everybody works for Money Bhai. India is a land of diversity, as we all say. In terms of money, and business, Gujaratis are seen as the masters.

“Rokda nathi toh Dhokda nathi!” – This is a Gujarati saying, which literally translates to “No money means no food!”. True that. For almost everything in life, money is the only way. Hence, earning money is very, very important. Our country, India, is growing. According to reports, India’s economy is growing by more than 8% every year. Most of the work is being done by the middle class in India, the most tireless, ambitious, and hardworking lot.

India has always been a land of hard work and innovation. Many people have built really great things, starting from scratch. Hard work always pays off. Read ahead, and get to know about the inspirational journeys of some of the biggest Brand Makers of India, in recent times.

The Visionaries in India

Shark Tank India has made entrepreneurship “cool” in India. Apart from teaching about the basics of business, such as business terms, jargon, and models, the show has connected the Indian audience with the Sharks. Before Shark Tank, most young Indians had the aspiration to secure prestigious, high-paying jobs, preferably in foreign countries, because businesses were not “cool” enough. But after the show aired, young entrepreneurs started coming onto the scene. Let’s recap the inspirational journeys of three of India’s biggest brand builders.

Peyush Bansal: The Man on a Mission for Vision

Founder, and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Lenskart, Peyush Bansal’s journey is a true testament to the power of vision (quite literally), persistence, and innovation in the world of entrepreneurship. He started his journey from a humble background. He has completed his school at Don Bosco School, Delhi. After completing his schooling, he started to prepare for IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) but could not crack it.

After the setback, he stayed strong. He went on to study engineering abroad, at McGill University in Canada. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering Honors in Electrical – IT, Control and Automation, and then, opted for an MBA from the very prestigious, and premiere institute, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore.

After all the preliminary learning, he started out on his entrepreneurial journey with in 2008. It was a startup that helped college students looking for jobs, accommodation, carpooling, and more services. After his first start-up, he founded another business, named Flyer. He was successful for a short period, but later on, due to operational challenges, it did not work out for him. Cut to 2010, the beginning of Lenskart.

An ex-Microsoft techie, with a few cents, a truckload of dreams, and aspirations, and vision for India, revolutionized the Eyewear market we all know of it. Currently, Lenskart is one of the biggest and fastest-growing eyewear companies. His vision, “India ko chashma pehenana hai”, built him into a visionary. In spite of obstacles all along the way, the man never gave up and became a role model for crores of Indians. His inspiration and achievements continue to inspire millions.

Vineeta Singh: The Woman who raised the SUGAR levels in Indians

Founder, and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of SUGAR Cosmetics, Vineeta Singh is an inspiration for girls, and women all over India. She too, had very humble beginnings. Born, and brought up in Delhi, she completed her schooling at Delhi Public School. After that, she went on to do BTech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), Madras.

After getting her, degree, she got an MBA from IIM (Indian Institute of Management), Ahmedabad, after which, she rejected an Rs. 1-crore package in her early days, and pursued her dream of becoming an entrepreneur, a self-made woman, who lives on her own terms. She and Kaushik (her husband) identified the gap in the Cosmetic Industry in India and launched their brand, SUGAR Cosmetics, known today for its high-quality products, and affordable prices. She has the dream to make a brand for women of all skin tones, and types. She bootstrapped the company and worked day and night to build a brand. She never gave up on her dreams and that’s made SUGAR Cosmetics one of the most renowned brands in the market.

From struggle on their journey to success, Vineeta, and her husband Kaushik have inspired millions of young entrepreneurs. She continues to empower budding entrepreneurs. Her story resonates with those who dare to dream, proving that passion, resilience, and unwavering belief can turn visions into reality.

Falguni Nayar: The Heroine of Her Own Life

Founder, and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Nykaa, India’s leading beauty online e-commerce platform, Falguni Nayar’s life story is straight out of a film. She did her Bachelor in Commerce (BCom) from Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, and her MBA from… again, IIM (Indian Institute of Management), Ahmedabad (IIM Ahmedabad is good at producing great entrepreneurs).

She started her career in the corporate sector. Before doing an MBA, she had spent more than two years at Kotak Mahindra Bank as a Managing Director (MD). After spending the first 50 years of her life, she pivoted to building Nykaa. From an Investment Banker to an icon in the Beauty industry, her journey has been inspirational. She started off with just six members of her team, and now, Nykaa is a market leader.

Falguni Nayar's success set an example to all young and ambitious businessmen that age does not matter, and only dreams and goals matter the most. Today, Nykaa stands as a beauty empire serving millions of customers and reformulating beauty standards. Her strategic acumen and innovative marketing have transformed Nykaa into a powerhouse and her story stills on inspiring many young entrepreneurs.

Why is an MBA degree very helpful?

Peyush Bansal, Vineeta Singh, and Falguni Nayar have built large empires, and are excellent role models for millions of people all around. All three of them turned out to be highly successful entrepreneurs. But what is that “one” common plot point in all of their stories?

Exactly! Education. Education is key. All three of them learned in-depth about their craft, "entrepreneurship", with the help of an MBA (Master in Business Administration) course. MBA degrees actually help a lot. It is not just about earning the degree but also learning new ways of thinking, and acquiring problem-solving skills.

It helps to go deep into your areas of study, gaining specialized knowledge and skill sets that will help you for the betterment of your future. By learning new skills, you will get new experiences in your thinking, and communication, and you can easily identify, and solve problems. You will get an opportunity to connect with your peers, professors, and professionals which will help you in your job opportunities, personal relationships, and future collaborations.

Take a quick look at the picture below, and you will understand how an Online or Distance MBA can help you.

Why you should opt for an Online MBA or a Distance MBA?

India is growing, and everything is online now. Most people don’t even buy their groceries from the market. They do it on an online marketplace. So, why not higher education. Online and Distance MBA programs are flexible, more affordable than traditional on-campus programs, and equivalent to traditional degree programs.

See the picture, and learn how Online MBA and Distance MBA programs are better for you.


Learn from the journeys of Peyush, Vineeta, and Falguni, and make the best decision for your life. Get in touch with us, and we, at Afstand Education, can help you with the best Online or Distance MBA program for you. We are always available at Connect, and leave the rest to us. We also provide other Undergraduate (UG), Postgraduate (PG), Executive, Upskilling, and Certification programs in various fields, including Science, Commerce, Arts, Computer Applications, and more. Find those at . Happy learning, from Afstand Education.

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