Varun Agarwal – A Storyteller and an Established entrepreneur at just 25

Are you studying to be an engineer and hating it? Always wanted to do something unconventional? If yes, then INK Fellow Varun Agarwal is one person you should know. welcomes Varun Agarwal.He is just 25-years-old, is the co-founder of Alma Mater which is India’s biggest college apparel/memorabilia company. He owns 2 more startups, and is the author of the bestselling “How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-founded a million dollar company.” In this interview, courtesy of INKtalks, Varun shares with Twenty19 readers his mantra for success.

Tell us about how you’ve come this far, right from your school days? Tell us the challenges that you faced in life and how you overcame them?

Varun: I did my schooling from Bishop Cottons and completed my engineering in telecommunications in Bangalore. I always fancied creating something. So I was drawn to 2 core things in my life

1. Filmmaking

2. Entrepreneurship.

Both involved creation from start and that really motivated me. Whenever you want to do something different you are bound to face a lot of problems. I really wish I could put down my problems in 3-4 lines. In fact they are so big I ended up writing a book about it.

Websites like Twenty19 promote the concept of taking initiatives during college and DOing more. In your opinion, how can students can make use of their time in college / youth better?

Varun:  I think if they spend more time doing something productive they can gain a lot. A lot of youngsters are increasingly spending more time checking out photos and games on Facebook. What they should realize is that even FB is a powerful tool for creativity and entrepreneurship.

In your experience, how important do you think are Internships? Tell us about the internships you have done, if any and how these internships helped you. What are your views on Internships?

Varun: Though I did not do any internship I do think Internships are extremely important. For one, through multiple internships you can find what you really like and pursue that.

At Twenty19, we have students who are chasing their dreams. Many fears come up when students don’t follow their hearts and end up unhappy in their professions. Your experience clearly paints a more optimistic future. What suggestions would you give to these students?

Varun: I would say go out and live your dreams. Life is too short to think twice and you don’t want to be 60 years old, regretting everything you did in your life. It’s very important to live life on your terms and not someone else’s. Take the leap and then think. Not the other way round.

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