Sachin Chauhan speaks to The Industry Leaders about his work and what he's learned on his entrepreneurial journey.
What's Your Story?
I come from a very humble background where I saw two soldiers in my family one was in the Indian Army (my Father) and the second (my mom) was at home. My early days were full of misery. Although my father was in the army, he wasn't able to give us a luxurious life.
One thing he would emphasize more and more was our (me and my siblings) education. I was not a studious boy but very sincere. I would always try to put myself in teachers' shoes and think 'if I were there I would teach this topic this way'.
That's where a spark of teaching and training ignited, although I never knew that this would later become my full-time profession and I would love it! Now I want to utilize my waking life to help the development of the young generation.
Since then I have been devoting my life towards training and teachings not only for corporates but I conduct some voluntary sessions for under privilege people.
Editor's Note: This reminds us of Ram Charan's story - rising from a humble upbringing in India to becoming the World's Most Influential Consultant - read our interview with him.
You can travel back in time to Day 1 of your business or career - what advice would you give to younger-you, knowing what you know now?
My entrepreneurial or professional journey started when I founded my own start-up “An Extra M" in the year 2019 as a Corporate Training Company. Under the umbrella of "An Extra M" we provide the following services:
Soft Skills Training
Campus to Corporate Training
Train The Train Program
While doing these pieces of training I realized that to build successful businesses, I needed to accumulate more knowledge and build a strong team. Thus, to begin my learning expedition, I traveled across the country and met hundreds of entrepreneurs who had built some of the biggest brands in India.
This voyage compelled me to work harder in order to make my start-up more constructive.
Now I feel capable of building an entirely new industry or an organization and am satisfied to adhere to my self-made benchmark that states, "Perfect practice makes you perfect".
What one book or podcast changed your life?
Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell.
If I had to give a four-word synopsis of the book it would look something like this:
Success = Talent + timing + practice.
Outliers reinforced a deep truth about the world that I already knew: Your inner nature is important, but it’s how you nurture it that makes all the difference. This book showed me that where I came from matters, but how hard I was prepared to work to get where I wanted to go mattered more.
And that’s a watershed moment I’ll never forget.