Bengaluru, 28th June 2014: The hall was packed with people finding space on the aisles of the Sathya Sai auditorium – a hall that can seat close to 600! One could have mistaken it for the premier of a new Rajnikant flick; but it was the attendance for the book launch of Million Dollar Solopreneur, a path-breaking book born out of a life-changing idea by Serial Solopreneur, Sandeep Gupta.
This has turned out to be my fastest book project ever!
26th April 2014, when I stepped out of Sandeep’s Delhi office, I never really thought to myself that two months from then, we will be sharing a stage opportunity to launch his first book, and that too in the city of Bengaluru! The story of how it took shape is in the book.
For all those itching to write, it’s been super inspiring to see Sandeep work round-the-clock, churning out the book in less than two weeks! Yes, that’s right 80,000 words (brought down to 50,000) in less than a fortnight! For most of us, it would take even longer to decide on a job, a course, an idea, anything! Well, given his clarity of thought and single-minded determination to launch on the 28th of June, his birthday and also the day he wanted to unravel the secret to becoming a Million Dollar Solopreneur – simply meant that I had to work extra-hard to edit, make the book publishing ready & create book proposals to find a suitable publishing partner (who would be willing to publish and ship the books to Bangalore within the time frame)!
Well, where there’s a will, the way just shows up!
Fifteen days to the launch, and we found a committed, go-getter partner in Rajan Arya of Pentagon Press, who ensured that close to a thousand hard-bound, premium quality books were at the venue two days prior to launch!
The book was launched by Abhijit Bhaduri (Author, TEDx speaker, Training & Development Chief – Wipro Global), amidst a cosmopolitan gathering of professionals, executives, media personnel and many more. Let’s say, everyone interested in ‘attaining financial freedom for life’ – the tallest claim of the author, who confidently expresses that “if you implement the lessons taught in this book, you could be earning a million dollars in twelve months!”
As a professional speaker on both Indian and global stages, “Sandeep loves to propagate absolutely novel ideas with passion, rebellion, and wit,” shared Abhijit Bhaduri. Apart from his, Top-One-Percent GMAT Training that has helped thousands of students join Ivy-League Business Schools across the world. Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Booth, Kellogg, MIT, LBS, and INSEAD, Sandeep is also the resident Ace Mentor at The Professional Speakers Academy London.
Over the years, I have worked on many books, but every once in a while a big idea comes along and we only hope and pray that it positively impacts more and more people around us. Million Dollar Solopreneur is a big idea. As an editor, it has been a reflective project not just deep-diving into the WHY and WHAT of the concept, but more importantly, the HOW of Solopreneurship.
My best moment from the launch was when Sandeep quipped, “Million Dollar Solopreneur is essentially for the professional who wants to fire his boss; someone who wants to have time for himself; someone who wants to make more money and impact people! Does that mean, you?” Everyone nodded. Bosses beware.