Almost the end of the year!
This year has been a phenomenal year for me.
I know I should write more frequently. I really do not have any excuses but here are some thoughts on a blog.
From a personal life perspective, life has been amazing. I feel as I get older, I am getting closer to my family which is a great thing. My brother is almost done his executive MBA from University of Toronto. I am excited for him to finish but am extremely proud of it. He was able to balance both his MBA and business. It’s an amazing feature. He is also so much more confident and a good public speaker.
I got married this year to a pretty amazing woman. It was a dream wedding. People had flown in from all over the world to bless us. It was good to catch up with everything and share this amazing movement with those who came. The wedding was like 5 different things – engagement, sangeeta, grah santi, wedding and reception. It was truly an amazing wedding and I got to ride on a horse. The reception was wonderful and magical. I truly have to thank my family – my dad, mother and brother for making it an amazing experience. I’ll see if I can post a picture of my cake but it was incredible (You can probably stalk my instagram and get it) We haven’t had a chance to go to our honeymoon yet but we will in the near future.
I also had my bachelor party in Ibiza for 10 days and that was just insane. Asides for renting a private villa and partying like a rock star in the clubs of Ibiza, we also did alot of tourist things. Saw the old cities, gypies, went suba diving, water sports. It was not only relaxing but alot of fun to spend time with the people I was close to. I can’t thank my brother and all the groomsmen for making my bach 10 days epic.
Bombay is growing up very fast and he is honestly one of the best things that has ever happened to me. He always keeps me in good mood and is there when I need someone. He makes an awesome playmate. He is spoiled, loved and adored by everyone
To be honest, I feel my life is going in the right direction and everything is smooth sailing. I also visited Bermuda for my brother’s friend wedding and it is an amazing country with lots of pretty down to earth, friendly and ‘chilled’ people. I went to Philippines as well where we established a call center. It was fun seeing the world and getting a new perspective. I am so blessed for everything I have in life and I wish the blessing continues to come. Not planning any kids anytime soon plus Bombay is alot of work. I don’t have much to complain from a personal life perspective expect the fact that you have to sacrifice social life for work but its worth in. I also connected with alot of people this year both old and new friends.
Only thing I would say is I need to work out more and stay in shape. I feel like I am getting out of shape. I also should probably sleep more but I am not a big fan of sleeping! Another thing was when one of my close family- cousin try to replicate one of our brands. Ofcourse we found out about it but imagine how divested we were when we found out what he did. Not only did we take care of him when he was here. I made sure he was okay and would have done anything to help him. He didn’t have to stab me in the back. Either-way, it was a lesson learn. Keep your eyes open the whole time and watch out for snakes.
Business is going well as expect J We double of revenue from last year and hoping to continue to momentum in next year. We have also diversified into several other businesses including call centers, BPO, marketing. Am actively looking into stock and real estated. Launched over 50 new brands and continue to dominate the online market. We are officially one of the largest Facebook, Snapchat and Google advertiser. We are also DHL eCommerce biggest customer. Truly, lucky to have reached such a relatively good spot and am hoping to continue growing. We got a lot of surprised and plans for next year ;)
There hasn’t been many issues from a business perfect expect two of our offshore employees were let go because we decide to have a centralized office. They decide to take revenge by refunding customers. Although majority of it was recovered we still lost alot of revenue. It crazy because not only did we hire these two couple for over 3 years. We paid them fairly well – they made as much as a doctor or CEO in Philippines . It crazy how evil and vengeful some people can be. Another issue is a law firm suing us for a jewelry that was created and recommended by a jewelry manufacturer based out of China. It’s pretty stupid because 1) we did not manufacture the jewelry 2) the supplier told us it was his own design 3) the design is not the same, its similar. It’s pretty crazy how the US works. I mean how do you sue a convenience store if a wholesaler or a manufacture comes and sells them an item. What’s even more odd is that we are being used personally. Which makes no sense because 1) we give our suppliers the ability to upload products 2) our total staff is over 150 and we are not involved in the marketing/manufacturing of goods 3) the reason for being incorporated is so you are not liable personally. On top of it all we didn’t even sell much of it! CRAZY! I guess everyone has to make a living. Some do it with hard work while some... haha okay i should stop here. That’s all for my rant. Aside from these two issues, it been an amazing year for us.
What’s the plan in the new year! 1) GYM GYM GYM (I NEED TO GET IN SHAPE) 2) Try to hit the B mark 3) Try to be more expressive with my opinion.
I will post some pictures shortly.
I know alot of people read this post and tell me they are inspired by it. For those: Keep going strong. You know you are successful when people are aiming at you. Keep your head up high and continue the fight. It’s harder when you are a minority or an immigrant but I guarantee you with hard honest work, constant changes and a positive attitude. You can achieve anything you want in life.
Here is to another great year! Hoping for more to come. I will try to post one more before the new year.
To Be Continue.
Amar Gandhi, 28