Know the story of Pramod Soni, the founder of Inspiring Indian and the bestselling author of 'How to retire at 30.'
This is the story of a person who started his journey from scratch and now is the Founder-Inspiringindian.com, a transformation Coach and Author of International Bestselling- How to Retire at 30, this inspiring story of Pramod Soni will definitely inspire you to follow your passion.
Pramod Soni comes from a poor family and was a school dropout in 2003, due to financial constraints he couldn’t continue his studies. The circumstances made him step ahead as a worker to support his family, at the tender age of 13, he commenced working.
He tried his hands in different fields, learnt and tried jewellery designing till 2008 then he resumed his studies in 2008 (after 5 years of gap) while working. He spent his early days inheriting experience at call centres, BPOs, and real estate etc. and helped many people by providing financial assistance and free tuition to underprivileged students.
The adolescent period of Promod’s life was a difficult period of time where he transformed from a carefree child to a responsible and mature one taking the responsibilities as an adult. That is the rip sweet result he obtained, after all, his teenage phase helped him to grow into a mature, productive, responsible member of society. There was no one to guide or support him, he felt that he was not the only one experiencing these challenges, there were many souls like him going through the same trauma. He decided to help people like him as per his capacity.
Being A helping hand
In 2012 he commenced his own business, after investing so many years of his life in working. Simultaneously he continued his studies
Pramod was always inclined towards helping people. Although it wasn’t easy for him to provide financial assistance, he used to pay the fees of students studying in schools or colleges, lodging expenses of people coming from other states who can’t afford the living cost in Mumbai. Gradually, he realised that he couldn’t take this further on a large scale. But he wanted to be a helping hand for many and upscale this idea at a bigger level.
In order to get the required skills and exposure he left his business and worked with Startups and MNCs like HDFC Bank OYO. Simultaneously he volunteered with 10+ NGOs like Smile Foundation, Rashtriya Life Saving Society, Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development, Navjyoti India Foundation (an NGO started by Dr. Kiran Bedi ) etc… and as per his years of research and experience he discovered that in order to improve and transform the lives of underprivileged we have to work on their mindset first.
Then he developed an idea that he is currently part of and working wholeheartedly in the coaching and mentoring sector. He is teaching soft skills and mindset related programs with which he has acquainted with National and international professionals experts.
When the pandemic hit all of us and lockdown was imposed across the nation. Pramod was working with OYO, and many people were approaching him for help. During the lockdown, he executed many programs and sessions on mental health and well being. It is well known that pandemic has posed a threat to mental health, many people belonging to different age groups have gone through this. In simple psychological terms, anxiety, depression, feeling of fear are found more now as compared to the pre-Covid period. He was in touch with national and international clients, with the full capacity he was taking it forward. But managing a full-time job with his passion was not easy, as he was alone working for his, he couldn’t manage every aspect of it and another was a time boundations. After his job hours and late nights, he used to dedicate his time to this.
In December he resigned from his job and was determined to devote all his means and hard work for the success of this initiative. In January 2021, Insipiringindians.com was kickstarted. He started working for this as a full-time career. Since then he has helped thousands of people across India in terms of mental health and food distribution initiatives.
As a part of his future endeavours, he is on a mission to transform 10 million lives in the upcoming 10 years by helping people, especially youth to live a successful and meaningful life through his coaching and mentoring programs.
Challenges and hiccups
Initially, when Pramod started, he was not aware of the sector he was willing to step into. He never in his life was familiar with the virtual world, taking sessions on zoom, video making all these were hardships he faced. Also, as he started alone he had to manage everything without any team yet he tried his best and organised in the best possible manner he could. Recently, he hired a highly enthusiastic team working together to transform many lives every day.
The startup is bootstrapped completely right now. The startup is doing really amazing and is positively running cash flows. As budding startup funds are necessary, Pramod is planning to raise the seed funding in the next year. Everything is going nicely, they are able to make money out of it and then re-invest it for its expansion. Pramod doesn’t charge money from everyone, knowing and being able to be a part of a community where people can’t pay the money, there are exceptions who can avail the services of Inspiringindian.com without any expense.
The business model is categorised into two categories, the first one is for students ranging from the age of 14 years till graduation or till they complete their studies. Here they help students to excel in their life through counselling, coaching and mentoring programs. If the student is having any issues or peer pressure, he couldn’t focus on his academics, sports or extracurricular, Inspiringindian.com is there to help them. The other category is for working professionals after their graduation a person will either look for a corporate job or will be a part of business, the startup mainly focuses on the youth segment. Businessmen have goals emphasising increasing the revenue, productivity and mental well being, Inspiringindian.com help them to achieve their milestones.
The startup caters to all its programs and services in the virtual model and currently operating in the virtual ecosystem. Pramod has planned for physical programs and collaboration in the post-covid period when schools, colleges, coaching institutes and corporates will be back in the offline mode.
Right now Pramod is not using any paid marketing strategies, it is working on a reference and organic reach basis, once a person enrolls and pays for the program, further details are shared with him. Through phone calls and live zoom sessions every time Pramod tries to bring a solution to the problem he/she is facing. Apart from live sessions, they also provide blueprints and worksheets that will help them in their daily life. Pramod believes that every person has different problems and needs a different amount of time to get out of them. Therefore, according to the person, they customise the solutions.Post completing the program if a person is facing any issue they can join the support sessions for free which happens every week.
Challenges and hiccups
Initially, when Pramod started, he was not aware of the sector he was willing to step into. He never in his life was familiar with the virtual world, zoom calls, video making all these were hardships he faced. Also, as he started alone he had to manage everything without any team yet he tried his best and organised in the best possible manner he could. Recently, he hired a highly enthusiastic team working together to transform many lives every day.
Pramod Soni has been awarded Doctor of Humanity (Honoris causa) for his immense contribution for over a decade towards mankind and welfare activities
Pramod Soni is the author of the International Bestselling Book- How to Retire at 30, which has been ranked proudly ranked #1 in 4 categories.
Pramod’s family was not in the condition to bear his education expenses, although he completed his MBA, he worked really hard to pool money for his education fees. Apart from financial support he had no one to guide him correctly. He realised that he was lacking behind in many fields, there are many people like him who have no one to guide them, he realised the importance of a mentor in everyone’s life. The motivation comes from his inner self to work really hard to bring a positive change in the lives of many and be a helping hand for them.
Advice for the lovely readers
Pramod gives the advice to the readers, “Follow your passion and work really hard” and you’ll succeed for sure.
There will be many challenges but nothing is permanent in this world. As he also faced many obstacles but if you are dedicated you will come out of it even more strong and determined.