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    Are You Poor Or living in Poverty? This Story Will Make You Smile & Motivate

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    This story is part of our Life-hacks series and this particular answer from Amit Banerjee on Quora caught my eyes and I couldn’t stop myself from sharing this with you. There are so many things that you can learn from this long and one of the best reply I can think of. It doesn’t matter what situation you are in, always remember you are the creator of your life.

    Also read: After 1826 days of blogging, all I can say- Blogging is incredible

    You are the creator of your life Are You Poor Or living in Poverty? This Story Will Make You Smile & Motivate

    It feels suffocating.

    I belong to a middle class family and had never seen “real” poverty during childhood. Yes, I had a Hercules bicycle. Yes I was given good education. Yes, I would go to Disney world once a year. Yes, my parents would take me to holidays. I had a TV video game and a huge collection of cartridges my mom bought for me, when I scored good marks.

    Then I entered college. My sister’s marriage was planned, dad bought an apartment and had to pay my fees for engineering. All three events happened in quick succession and we were suddenly in debt.

    Somehow, we got scammed and got ourselves chained in bank loans and poverty crept in. It was in such a rush that suddenly, I felt jumping from an airplane without any preparation and now you have to learn to fly as you fall. Or you’re dead.

    There was this time range of 2 years (2008-2010) I had to fight poverty on my own. Here is what happened

    - No money to pay college fees. Figure out a way to earn that thing yourself
    - No money to pay for daily transport. Walk.
    - No money for entertainment, movies or parties. Ask your friends for a smoke
    - No money for anything except basic food.
    - Worst, manage all the heckle of bank. They would send “bouncers” to my house to recover the EMI amount and I had to guard my mom. I was once beaten in my neighborhood in front of everyone for not being able to pay the EMI amount for couple of months. I had to sell furnitures, gold, what not.

    I told my father its not worth pursuing my education, given the crisis condition. I should take up a job and raise money for the family. My father said – “Son, you can make money whenever you want but you won’t be able to learn later. This is a difficult time, don’t worry. I myself could not study further an had to take up a job at 18, so I can feed a family of 10 people, my brothers, sister, parents. I won’t let it happen with you. We will somehow manage it, just do your thing”

    The year was 2008. My monthly expenses were 900-1500 Rs (this includes food) . My engineering fees was 7000 a month and my family is fighting debt. In Lakhs. Each month, the debt would increase because of that education fee. Imagine the condition of a 22 year old guy who has never seen poverty in his life, sitting with friends who would spend thousands on beer parties and live on their mercy.

    I was literally beaten and broken because I had no idea how to generate money, while I am still a student.

    • I gave interviews in a BPO. Rejected.
    • I gave interviews in part time jobs. Rejected.
    • Applied for a teaching job. Rejected.
    • Every door I knocked, I was rejected.
    • Every relative/friend I asked for money, slammed the door.

    There was a time in my life when I had just 10Rs in my pocket, just in case some emergency comes in and I have to make phone calls from a local telephone booth. I would walk in the streets for days because I didnt have enough money to afford a rickshaw. I would eat water when I am hungry and try to save as much as possible. I would work for hours in a data entry job and get paid Rs 1 for filling up forms, that way I earned Rs 80-100 a day. I saw my father giving up his scooter to save fuel costs. I saw my mom giving up family occasions. I saw my sister selling her jewelry. I would cry in the bathroom. Alone. For months.

    When disaster comes, it comes with a battalion from all directions, all at once.

    My girlfriend left me when I needed her the most. She said - ” You’re yourself in trouble, without a job, how will I present you infront of my family? “

    I lost her. I loved her, she was the only thing that made me smile but I lost her. For money. (I know she loves me to this day, but she was helpless too. Its not her fault. Situation was against us. I respect her decision now.)

    I have died many deaths in those two years but this was the hardest blow. Losing the love of your life because you dont have enough money. I remember our last meeting. It was raining and we were standing below an asbestos shed, enjoying an alpenliebe as that was the only thing I could buy for her.

    This shit was so painful that I almost gave up on everything. Weird thoughts started hitting my mind.

    Meanwhile, I got a Govt job which I did not like. I walked away. I was broke, beaten and pushed to the corner but I walked away. Somewhere in my heart I had hope. I knew that this is a bad phase which is not permanent. This too shall pass but I could not allow mediocrity to creep in. I had a dream and a temporary crisis is no excuse on giving up on your dreams and settle for mediocrity.

    Here is the resignation letter (some portions have been blurred for privacy)

    Resignation Are You Poor Or living in Poverty? This Story Will Make You Smile & Motivate

    They say you will get success when it is the only option you have.

    I made up a website with 700 INR. Fuck, I did not have 700Rs to buy the domain name. I bought it again on debt. Here is a bill which is very close to my heart…..(it says Rs 275 in debt)

    first domain Are You Poor Or living in Poverty? This Story Will Make You Smile & Motivate

    I didn’t succeed in the first go. I had ZERO technical knowledge on how to build a website. But that was not going to stop me because I don’t have any other option. My survival depends on this and I have to do it, come what may.

    • My first website didn’t pick up, Account cancelled.
    • I made up a second one. It didn’t work either. Account cancelled.
    • I made up a third website. Failed. Account cancelled again,

    Devastated, I gave it a fourth try. Countless hours spent in Googling, coding, writing and building it. I remember those days. I locked myself in a balcony and Googled all day long. Nights, days, weeks, toiled like a madman. I suffered from Jaundice and lost 14-20 Kgs. That was the time I realized what hard work means.

    First month, I made $1.29. Second month, I made $8. Third month I made $21.

    And then some more. And then some more. And then some more……… Learn how to motivate yourself for blogging when you are demotivated.

    Worked like a dog on that and generated $40,000 in two years ( For the curious and those who doubt my story in comments – I didn’t raise it from a single website. Also, I did a good amount of freelancing. This is to ensure I have multiple ways of generating money online, should the main site crashes. The site did suffer a major blow but by that time I had solidified my basement.)

    Here is a picture of my balcony, where I used to work on my website and other things (yes a CRT monitor and a broken laptop which college authorities had gifted me)

    My first laptop Are You Poor Or living in Poverty? This Story Will Make You Smile & Motivate

    Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records.

    Paid off the whole debt. Saved a bit.

    Today, I work at LinkedIn. Its like a dream come true for me. (No I am not an MBA. No I am not an IITan. No I did not go to US to get a degree from an Ivy league university. No I did not get it through campus placement. No I did not make it through employee referral. I am just another average graduate from just another average engineering college. I just did one thing and did it well. Put my heart and soul into what I really wanted to do.)

    But the lessons I have learned in those two years has helped me shape up my character and be a better person. Those were the longest and hardest 2 years I will never be able to forget. Also the most worthwhile time of my life so far.

    I don’t waste money now. No show off. Yearly vacations – Yes. Weekend parties – No. No costly gadgets. Dont buy shit you don’t need. Don’t buy “branded” stuff just because every other clueless idiot is doing it. No. Don’t.

    Lesson learned the hard way - Be grateful for what you have.

    These days, my parents are looking a bride for me. When the girl’s father asks for my salary, I smile and say “I hope your daughter gets a wealthy guy. Because I know money matters. Every single rupee counts.”

    When I return home in flight, a part of me cries. Not because I am spending money on travelling which can be done in train. I feel bad thinking someone in this planet needs this money to feed himself. And here I am, travelling in a jet to save time because I am short in leaves.

    Lesson: Be kind, for everyone out there is fighting a hard battle.

    Edit: Thanks for all the upvotes. Here I’m sharing the first cheque I received from my website. This was that day when I cried the most. I never encashed it. Whenever I am in trouble, I open my archive and see this cheque. This gives me all the strength I need

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    Some tips to graduates, students who are yet to enter “real world”

    1. Lead a loan free life. Need a car? Wait, don’t jump into an EMI. Save and then buy the car. Avoid banks as much as possible. No credit cards, I don’t need cashback and other things. Want to study abroad? Don’t take huge educational loan. If at all you take loans, have something to fall back on. Money is fire, you gotta be careful. Save. Every month Pay Yourself First

    2. Make mistakes. Fail, fail fast and make it public. Don’t drag it on. I wouldn’t have succeeded in this wild venture if I listened to people telling me I write shitty articles. In fact, all I wrote for the first year was pure garbage. But here is the thing. I didn’t stop. I kept pressing on because I had no time.

    3. Do not be ashamed of your situation. I could have written it Anonymously, so that my Facebook friends never know how miser my life was. But No. I am not ashamed of the truth. Accept life as it is.

    4. Do not compare your life with anyone.

    I see a new trend, specially in Quora. People comparing their life with IITans and IIM graduates. As if, IITans don’t have any struggle in life. As if IIM graduates are the happiest people. Trust me, its a myth. They too have challenges, they too have problems in their life. Keeping the expectation of society because you’re an IITan or IIM graduate is no easy feat. The moment an interviewer sees the word IITan on a resume, he himself prepares the toughest questions. If you compare your life with someone else’s, you will not achieve peace.

    5. Be very careful when success comes to you easily. It’s treacherous path to tread down. You must see failure before success, otherwise you will not know the value. Lets say you sit in a campus interview and clear it in one shot, take up the job and keep doing it for years, chances are high that you will regret – “Why I did not explore? What for?” Also, do not expect to get lucky everytime. You will be in trouble somewhere down the road, then what are you going to do?

    6. Do something on your own. However small or big, doesn’t matter. Do something completely from scratch and learn how to sell that thing. This will teach you life lessons you will use for the rest of your life.

    This will also give you huge confidence. I don’t have any fear in my mind. Fear of what? The worst that can happen is that I will lose my day job. So what? I have worked on my own for 3-4 years without any help and have overcomed a huge financial crisis on my own, without a job. So if I am in trouble again, I know how to make my way.

    7. Do not make one disappointment the center of your life.

    When some incident shatters all the plans, hopes and aspirations, people start considering that pain and hurt to be the center of their lives and continue to live their lives around it.When people start considering one obstacle, challenge or misery to be the center of their life, and stops the very momentum of life, they cannot become successful in life. Nor can they achieve happiness and contentment.

    8. Help people as much as possible. My friend Soumen Halder was with me during that tough phase. We have had many fights. But he was there. When the storm had settled down at my end, he was going through a tough time. I paid back his favor, pulled him out and  secured his position at a startup I was working.

    When I was in college, I had a friend Tanmay Ahmed who  separated from his girlfriend after a long 8 year relationship didn’t work out. Later, I found that he had lost purpose in his life. He used to sit everyday and cry like a kid. I decided to do something that would give him hope, reason and purpose.

    I taught him how to blog and start an internet business. I gave him my web server, made him a website and showed him the way. Today, his website is doing good, he is self employed and happily married. Here is his website - A Tech Blog from Technology Geeks (he actually rose to be my competitor ;-).

    9. Do not be obsessed with “perfection”. You don’t need a perfect solution. You need a solution which is “good enough”. Big things will happen from many small things. So lets say if you have 10 small things in your pocket, one of them will be big. You don’t know which one is your trump card.

    Now this calls for a well deserved rant, take it with a grain of salt.

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    10. Failure is acceptable. Every single person fails. You know what’s not acceptable? NOT TRYING. I see most people giving up without even trying in the first place.

    So you hate your job. What are you doing to find something you love? You dedicate so much for your girlfriend, you spend hours chatting in Facebook, you go to weekend parties and then on Monday morning, you are ready with your excuses. Stop pretending. Yes You, I am telling this to you. Stop being a hypocrite to yourself. Yes, I am angry and shouting because I know you’re not giving your 100%.

    You keep feeding excuses to your brain everyday. Things like – “I don’t find time to do this. I don’t have 60%, I won’t be able to sit in some campus placement interview, I am a loser. She will leave me, my parents, he is lucky because he has an MBA, I don’t have a rich father, recession is coming, not many companies are hiring electrical engineers, everyone is shooting for IT companies. I must get some money to pursue MS from US, otherwise its impossible to succeed…..I am a girl and I cannot survive outside my home because of rising crime against women, I am this I am that….” FUCK..!

    WTF dude? WTF are you thinking? You need a massive thrashing from life. Someone must tie you with a rope and beat you up like shit, then you will do it. You dumbass, stop telling yourself those imaginary lies. Stop cribbing over your misery. Stop crying over your weaknesses. JUST DO IT. You’re not a kid who cries over a fucking lollypop. Get off your ass…!!!!!

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    11. Life is hard. Remember that dialogue from Rang de Basanti,

    “Gate ke is taraf hum life ko nachate hain, to dujji taraf life humko nachati hai”

    I don’t care who you are and how much money you have, life will beat you down to your knees and keep you there if you let it. Be prepared. Value relationships, you will need them someday.

    What has poverty taught me?

    I got a few questions in my inbox – “If you succeeded in your website, why did you choose a job?

    Here is the thing I have learned from poverty, being broke, establishing a small business from scratch. Money is not everything in life. Neither is your job title. Nor is your MBA degree. Life is much more greater than these petty things. Life is all about the experiences you make. I could have sit at home and pursued my website, earn more money but I would miss out experiences which are far more valuable. 25-35 is that time of your life when you can explore and do whatever you want. If you give up your freedom for money, one day you may have to regret it. You’re going to die anyway, so the amount of money in your bank is useless. Make experiences, not wealth. Money is important and it matters but far more valuable is gaining experiences, inviting challenges, accepting how life unfolds. Live in different cities, work on small jobs, you will see the true color of life. You will never be able to realize this if you sit in your comfort zone. Get out of your comfort zone and do stuff you’re afraid to do, do things you want to do.

    P.S: I still cry for her.

    Some People you can take inspiration from

    When you have empty pockets, you will need inspiration. Let me tell you, I am not the only guy out there. I am just average, there are people who have exceptional stories of their own. I know some of them personally, have met a few and have connected online since 4-5 years.

    Here is a small list of entrepreneurs and technology bloggers I know whom you can refer for inspiration (in no particular order)

    This list is endless and I can go on and on. More awesome people here: The Best Indian Bloggers

    Editors Note: It doesn’t matter what stage you are in your life, stand up and think about how you can make it better. What ever is happening today is because of your actions in the past, and what will happen in the future is how you will act today.

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    Vivek Parmar

    Do not know personally Amit Banerjee..but he is a nice guy..truly inspirational for all..specially for those who want to live others life

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    Radoslaw

    Wonderful and inspiring story…Thanks for that Harsh ;)

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    shanker Bakshi

    Interesting read to finish the day off. Inspirational, must say that. Life is all about taking risk and making decisions. You are the creator of your own destiny. Thanks for sharing.

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    Abhi Reddy Musku

    Thanks for Sharing bro….:D..can u share his website address plzz….through which he got first check from google

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    Afzal Zaheer

    Hi,
    I have read the whole story and even words can’t do full justice to the kind of trauma which the person underwent. It is indeed quite an inspiring story for those who want to make a pleasant difference in the lives. Really heart touching story. Thanks Harsh for raising your bar further with this :)

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    Robinsh

    I was not aware about the Techie Buzz or Amit but now I know that he is a great inspiration feed to follow if updates his thoughts anywhere over the Internet.

    I’m also very thankful to you Harsh that you found and bothered to share such an inspirational story with us.

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    Shamsudeen

    Thanks Harsh for putting up such motivational post, is not quite easy to make life the way you want it.
    Nature has it’s own way of teaching us lessons we need to learn before reaching the top of the ladder. There is lots to life than we had expected.

    Thanks for sharing your story, Amit.

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    coralcrue

    This is so inspiring. i have falled couple of times and this is so inspiring to help pick up the pieces. thanks!

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    vikas yadav

    Really a great post to inspire every person in their life. It again proves that success doesn’t get easily and you have to work hard to achieve it.Thanks a lot@Harsh for sharing this wonderful post.

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    Taposh Kapuria

    obiviously this story is inspirational. We all knew that,necessity creates the situation. We all need to face bad situation with great brave and hard working.Never lie down your head. Try and Try from your heart. You will be succeed.

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    Ben Troy

    inspiring story, I had the same background like yours 2 years ago and online business has changed everything.

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    sangeetha menon

    I am a person who cannot go by the values and principles anyone who has put on his book, but could buck me up if a person tells me from his own experience . This post of Amit makes me feel like printing it out and sticking to my wall and see it everytime when I am down. Awesome and inspirational. Thanks Harsh for sharing this.

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    Gaurav

    Awesome inspiration article by amit bro…Thanks for sharing this article harsh bro..

    It doesn’t matter what stage you are in your life, stand u0p and think about how you can make it better. What ever is happening today is because of your actions in the past, but what will happen in future is how you act today

    This 3 lines give me a lot of the best of my own situation.

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    Rajiv

    Sometimes life helps you to learn everything. Inspirational story. Thanks for sharing..:)

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    Mukul Bansal

    Amit had the courage to take risks even when there were so many other problems in his life.. We ought to learn from this story. Only when we are ready to take risks and accept challenges we can explore new possibilities

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    Varun

    Just came back from School and the first article I read is this!
    thousands of tonnes of inspiration within a single post.
    Amit Banerjee, bro you just made my day.
    awesome inspirational story of you. :)
    Best of luck buddy for your future and keep rocking. :)
    and thanks Harsh for posting such awesome stuff.

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    Gaurav H

    what a story…..really inspirational.

    i thought what I’m doing is the real hard but this story completely open my eyes. I’m not doing the 40% of the above real hard work….

    thanks for sharing

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    dilip yadav

    Really really motivating story(REAL one). I think these words deserves a better place, what i mean is a book. Don’t you think guys? ha! big brother harsh(sir)?

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    Khushal Rao

    Sir, A grand salute goes to you… it’s never been easy to rise from the situation where your were. Stay Blessed

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    Sonam Sharma

    Wow what a story i salute to amit .We all know that every success full man behind a women but amit proved it wrong .hats off for him.

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    Jitendra Vaswani

    Very inspirational story, Amit had made me cry. His story ha spain & anguish he had face in those years. I wish if I could met him one day. He can inspire me too. I respect him very much.

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    Naveen

    This real experience of Amit Banerjee impressed me a lot that most of the situations are similar to what I face on my earlier days.

    I remember these 2 quotes here that I liked a lot is ‘Try and try until the goal is reached’ and ‘If there is NO pain, NO gain’.

    This is one of my favorite post on SML that strengthen me alot. Thanking you :)

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    Nazimul Hossain

    Truly Inspirational, I read whole article it motivated me lot and we should learn from our failure , Thanks for sharing with us.

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    Sekhar

    Nice inspirational life story, its good he is still young. He will surely make it large, best of luck Amit. Thanks Harsh for sharing.

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    Nitendra Shukla

    First of all thanks harsh for sharing such a wonderful peace of inspirational story. His Resignation letter really inspires me, I don’t know why but it does.
    Life is all about taking risks and helping others. I also want to share one thought that I always follow in life.
    “Happening of anything, nothing and everything depends on you and you only”

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    Aditya Nath Jha

    RESPECT!
    This guy, bro you inspired me today. Feeling so light after reading all the shit you tackled and now are so well off! Awesome article on SML after many days. Worth reading. Worth commenting.
    Those aren’t just words what Amit Banerjee wrote, they are the story and passion of a lifetime!

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    Deepak Bhandari

    Really an inspirational story (Experience for Amit Banerjee).. Read it word by word Some lines are just heart touching. Awesome… No Words For This…… :) :) :) :) :)

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    Harvilas Meena

    Very good article and so inspiring article. So interesting. New bloggers will learn more from this post.

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    Abhay

    One line that touched me – You will get success when you will have no other choice….

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    Vijay Kudal

    But what I see is blogging got decreased,even marathi bloggers reduced to 1% of what was in 2010
    Can u share some insights why it would have happened?

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    Amit

    I am touched and inspired by him..Thanks for sharing your experience , it has taught me many lessons and I will follow your path to achieve my dreams.

    Thanks Again
    Amit Kumar

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    Namit kapoor

    Your story has really Motivated me… Thank you for sharing your experience with us… Money matters… all comes after that except family and Humanity… Thanks again…

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    Ayush

    It was Really an awesome article. Got a Good Message & Really Inspirational article.
    Loved it.!!!

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    Priyanka Verma

    One of the best and motivating article ever read with a true message.Thanxx a tonn for sharing this great article.

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    Deep

    Really a very nice article and very inspirational. Its like if you shine like a sun then you should burn like a sun.

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    lakshman

    This article is a must read article for everyone on the globe. I can’t even express my feelings right now just a salute to the guy :)

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    Ceba

    Aww overwhelming story, I wanna cry, inspirational stuff I have ever read.

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    Devagya Uikey

    These are the real-life stories which not even inspires but also gives you a boost not to let down ever, best example of will power and what is life meant to be.

    Thanks for sharing the story.

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    kaviyarasu

    Great and a must read article.Feeling more happy for finding and reading this article.
    Wish you all to have a happy life.
    Thankyou.

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    Sachin Bille

    Thanks Harsh, for sharing this such a epic piece of information. Heck….we cant call it just information; it is LESSON OF LIFE.

    At one point; while reading my eyes become watery. I know how it feels to not have penny in pocket and still you have to survive. I have gone through such situation for ONE day in my life but that day taught me the lesson and exactly a year later I was earning 4 figure (in USD) per month.

    This story gives us something more than what we think when we start reading it. It teaches many SUBTLE lessons about life that we neglect everyday.

    It touches the heart.

    At the end …..SPEECHLESS.

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    Nizam Khan

    Honestly speaking didn’t know about Him, but hats off to this guy. Really amazing, inspirational and heart touching story. Especially, I loved reading the section with the title “What has poverty taught me?”, which is so amazing and interesting. Thanks harsh for sharing this amazing story, it’s really a great example for not to give up easily.

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    Mtubuzz

    Frankly speaking! I was bit low before reading this story, made me realized my problems are nothing as compared to this guy, learnt a lesson to fight hard to achieve your dreams.Thanks for sharing this!

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    Nikhil

    Very good article and so inspiring article. So interesting. New bloggers will learn more from this post. Awesome Man..

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    karamjeet

    Its really makes me emotional. Your story inspires me and hope i will also get success in blogging career.

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    Yatin

    Well really i was not aware about Mr. Amit but now I know that he is a great inspiration feed to follow if updates his thoughts anywhere over the Internet.
    Thanks Harsh Aggrwal for the Awesome article.
    Every Newbie should read it and share it. It’s Really and inspiration Story.

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    ved prakash joshi

    Yes Tanmay Ahmed is Great Learner and Tech as well
    Best OF luck Tanmay

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    Tanmay

    Thanks, Ved Prakash. Actually, if Amit is Dronacharya then I would like to get motivated by thinking myself as Aryun.

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    Frank Joseph

    You sir, are a SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Inspiring Story and I know anyone who is thinking of giving up in life will read this and find new reasons to keep living and never give up!

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    SUNIL KUMAR

    Inspiring …really keep us going even the road is rough. I feel inspired and motivated to continue and conquer! Thanks for sharing!

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    in life story

    Here’s an idea for you..
    Create a website where anyone can write their life story and share it to the world. Have a voting system on it, etc.
    The writers will need proof like you have shown, copies of their checks, bills, losses, hospital bills, and other things to show their story is credible.

    I too had it tough, I’m sure many people have, or still do… some how with a bit of luck, determination, extremely hard work we get through it and find a comfortable life we settle for.

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    Ashish

    Truly Heart touching and inspiring. .As many blogger quit because they want money in fast way without any effort..Thank you so much sir for sharing with us..

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    Rahul

    Really @harsh this is a wonderful story. I have done good job in your life keep it bro god bless you :)

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    Kumar Gauraw

    Wow! Truly awesome and very inspirational!
    You never lose until you choose to be a loser! You never fail until you choose to be a failure! A great testimonial of consistency, perseverance and dedication! Thank you for sharing Harsh! This story will give hope to many in the struggle phase of their career.

    Regards,
    Kumar

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    naveen kumar rajput

    Very inspirational story and its proove that hard workers never dies ,and a positive hope shows us a way to success.That’s why all youth should start there website to become an entrepreneur or make their parent’s happy and smiling every time.I love this story alot.

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    Rakesh Akuthota

    Truly speaking, I have cried for the first time after reading this article. It carried on and stopped in the same article. Literally, one of the best articles I have ever read.

    Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records

    Love the above line. Thank you Harsh for bringing back the glory of “Shouters Who Inspire”. Bookmarked it. Converted to a PDF. Primarily not because of motivation or some others, but game me the right solution of what to do and what not to do in my life and career ahead the best time I needed it. Got solutions to problems and answers to questions that I have created for myself. Thankyou so much for writing this,

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    saijad

    Its really makes me emotional.and this story inspires me lot..

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    Haroon

    Word like “Make experiences, not wealth” worth a lot. if anyone understand this words ,He/she will have less chances to have trouble in life.

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    Chetan

    Wonderful Story, some points are emotional.
    Inspired a lot!
    Remembering one of the best quote ‘Try try but don’t cry ‘.

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    Ghulam Mustafa

    Fabulous bro. Read it complete and become a lover of this post. You tell every thing according to my present situation. Your article impressed me a lot. Thanks for sharing this awesome lesson among us.

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    Navjeet Dhankhar

    RESPECT!
    Wow what an inspirational piece of writing. Just love it and as one goes down the lines he’s inspired as well as taught the Lesson of Life. Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us and motivating. This writing will enlihten many people who despair.
    But one thing I did not understand is EVERY MONTH PAY YOURSELF. .
    Please help me what is this.
    Thanks a lot and Respect.

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    Siddhesh

    A real life adaptation of “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” ! Amit Banerjee – your story will certainly be a life saver for a lot of people :)

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    Krishna Moorthy.D

    That was really really Touching and Motivative. I was so interestingly reading this ,I havn’t read my Chemsitry Text with this much Interest :P . Anyway Thank God for Giving me the Awesome life :)

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    shiwangi shrivastava

    Great story, I am overwhelmed from head to toe. Even hitler can cry with this tale. I inhaled every words which make me wordless. Hats off to Amit’s unmatched spirit and sportsmanship.

    Thanks a ton Harsh for sharing such powerful story.

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    Bipin Paul Rajiah

    Very good Inspiration , one can really fit in to this story and life experience. I made quick money online and after reading this iam bit cautious about the money that i generate. Not to fly too high when money is coming in just like that.
    Thanks Harsh for giving Amit sharing his experience.

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    Amit

    I read each and every comment and appreciate all the kind words. Thank you everyone. I am sorry I cannot reply personally but yes, I have read all of them. Thanks again.

    Would like to add my two cents here:

    If you are struggling in something, that is a good sign. It means, you have stood up for something in your life. Also, do not be too bothered with low income, low traffic and other things. Yes some algorithmic update comes up and the jar is shuffled. So what? Do not let criticism stop you from doing your thing. When you write blog posts, do not think of whether it will bring results or not. Just write. Discipline is important. When you do something everyday, you will automatically master it. Speed is a natural thing. Driving a car at 120 Kmph is not a skill. The skill is driving the car at 5Kmph in a busy road, braking, shifting gears, making your way through the busy traffic. That is skill. That requires patience. If you are given an empty highway and told to drive at 100KMPH, that is easy.

    There are bloggers with 6 figure incomes. Yes there are. But they also started from ZERO, didn’t they? They were once where you are today. They pressed on and kept doing their thing for years. I know the amount of hard work it requires to make a website popular. It took this blog 4-5 years to reach where it is, so don’t expect results early. And if at all you get results very quickly, chances are high that they won’t last.

    So here is the thing. Your first 2-3 years will be the hardest one. The first step is always the hardest. Put the first step in faith, you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take that first step. Also, don’t think that worked for me will also work for you. It doesn’t work that way. Don’t copy someone else’s methods. Find your own. That needs time.

    Create your MVP. MVP -minimum viable product. Something which is “good enough” for the time being. You can beautify it overtime. Do not spend much time on designing, coding, developing, adding widgets this that. Yes, those are important things too but realize that they are never ending. Content is what people want to read. Content is the product. Design is not your product. So focus on the product. Spend 90% of your time creating content. The first thing I did every morning was open up my feed reader and quickly scan the whole thing. Wait, don’t start reading, you can’t read everything. You have to quickly decide what to read and what to skip. Push your first blog post quickly, this will give you energy and confidence. Next, use your afternoon for long blog posts, if you find something interesting, b log it right there. Don’t save it for later, that “i will do it later” will never come. Yes, people will say that your blog post is bad, it doesn’t make sense, this is wrong, this is crap. Don’t listen to them. They are not going to help you or your situation. Learn to maintain a thick skin – can’t please everyone.

    Also, it is very important to find a good mentor. Join a site, freelance a bit. I will tell you, I started my freelance career with $2 (No, I won’t name that site). Then $5. Then $7. Then $20. Then $40. Then $80. There was a site which paid me $100 for a post for ghost writing. I did a good amount of ghost writing for credible bloggers (no, I won’t name names.)

    When you freelance, you will learn from the experience of another Blogger. You can’t learn everything on your own. Your time is limited. Also don’t expect to learn in one night like you do for your engineering exam (come on man, I know how you pass semester exams). This is serious business, and you need discipline to succeed. Without discipline, you can’t elevate or scale your site to a level where it can generate revenue.

    Now talking of failures, you will fail everyday, so get used to it. I fail everyday. At work, I have no time to breathe. There are days when I see circles in my dreams. This is nothing but getting into that zone. It’s all part of the game. You will eventually master it. You don’t have to go fast. You just have to go.

    @Harsh: I have added some more content to that post. You may want to update.

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    Sadek

    Inspirational story, I see my own reflection in this story.
    Only difference: I have never joined any job, and he resigned from his job.

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    Syed Usman

    The best and effective part of the article, I found is the below one.

    “I don’t waste money now. No show off. Yearly vacations – Yes. Weekend parties – No. No costly gadgets. Dont buy shit you don’t need. Don’t buy “branded” stuff just because every other clueless idiot is doing it. No. Don’t.”

    Thousands of thanks for sharing this with all of us.

    Regards,
    Syed Usman

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    Rahul

    How the earth you made your $40,000. it is internet marketing or lead generation etc. I can give you ways to make money which works well. But writing that you made $40k is not just enough.

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    Abhi Khatri

    Feels like my current situation is described by someone else, this story motivated.
    Maybe I’ll also success someday.

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    Sourya Kharb

    Really Inspirational story… I am also from a middle class family. Working hard for something great in my life..

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    PrIyAnGsHu BG

    Great story, the most inspirational blogging story I’ve ever read. This guy is simply incredible, who experienced the worst situations of life and decided to make his way out of his misery. Don’t know him personally, but really hats off to him.

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    Hari Prasad Chaudhary

    Wow ! Its nice really heart touching, inspirational Article. I am also a new blogger. Learned many things from your blog. I hope one day I will be in you like position. Thanks for posting it Bro.

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    Vishesh Shahani

    Thank you so much harsh and amit for such an inspirational story have learnt all these things in my journey of life. But i think that it is important to keep reading all this all over again each and every time, because human tendency is that we forget these things most of the time.
    Thanks once again :)

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    Manish

    As i am also the victim of financial crisis due to loans and credit cards, i wanna suggest everyone that never take loan if you can’t manage to pay it back. if you reverse the loan word lo na in hindi this word itself say na Lo . well this story was truly inspirational. i have not earned so much from internet in the terms of money but i earned the knowledge and confidence. thanks to the inventor of internet and thanks to everyone who write inspirational stories.
    Thank you

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    Ryan Biddulph

    Amit, great share! I’ve been traveling the world for 3 years running; successful now, but I have been there, as 4 years ago I had 4 cents in my wallet and was $60,000 in debt. Keep on keeping on dude!

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