Sharan Hegde gave up on his IIM dream three years ago. He failed to get admission to the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore despite achieving a CAT score of 98 percentile. He eventually dropped out of his study in the United States out of dissatisfaction to dabble in content creation, a career path that would lead to success for him.
Hegde is currently one of the nation's most well-known financial influencers, having amassed more than 2 million followers on Instagram alone. And just a few days ago, he was finally accepted into IIM-Bangalore as a guest speaker rather than a student.
Hegde shared details of his amazing journey of facing rejection from the dream college to going back there as a guest speaker in social media posts on Friday.
In an Instagram post, he wrote, “98% in CAT. No entry, better luck next time you GEM. 3.3 Mn followers. Guest speaker to 100+ women entrepreneurs at IIMB,” he wrote in an Instagram post.”
“3 years ago, I gave up on IIM, and now I am at IIM. As I stood on the stage with the mic in my sweaty palms, I had a big smile on my face. Why? Because until a year back, I thought my preparation for CAT was a waste of time,” Sharan added.
Hegde, who currently has 1.3 million YouTube subscribers and 2 million Twitter followers, spoke candidly about his "tough journey."
He claimed that he gave up on IIM three years ago. He put a lot of effort into his studies, balanced an internship, and lived on Rs 5,000 a month, but he was unable to achieve the required scores to be admitted to his top three choices, IIM-Bangalore, IIM-Ahmedabad, or IIM-Calcutta.
“I dropped out of that as well and eventually ended up giving a goddamn talk at the place where I wanted to go in the first place- IIMB. I smile because life has come full circle,” he further added.
Sharan ended his post with a motivational saying, “Whatever happens, happens for good. You just need to know how to see it from a different perspective and make the best out of it. It’s your turn now. Let your hard work shine.”
The Instagram post has received over 2.7 lakh likes and a flurry of comments from netizens since it was shared three days ago.
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