775. An Entrepreneur Since Boyhood
“I think you put yourself in that environment where you normalize success and normalize being an entrepreneur. And that makes it that much easier to say I can and will do it and here is how. I have the guidance to do it and I’m going to move forward with it.”
Sayan Sarkar is the founder of InvigorateNOW Health Sciences, an innovative health supplement brand. He is also the creator of Sark Media Direct, a marketing consultancy that specializes in the health and e-commerce industries. He has worked with Martha Stewart, Organifi, Zenith Labs, and more. Through his consulting, he has helped entrepreneurs scale from zero to six and seven figures. Also an investor, Sayan has stakes in three health supplement brands in addition to businesses he started from nothing.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
“Since I was a young boy I have had this fascination with business and the financial side of things. In the 9th grade I was accepted into a program—the Academy of Finance—and until I graduated I was roughly fifty percent involved in traditional classes and the rest of the time involved in this curriculum. I went to Penn State and received my degree in Economics. While I was not a particularly engaged student, this aspect of my education from an early age laid a solid foundation for the work that followed for my role in corporations and when I went out on my own as an entrepreneur.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
“Growing up I was painfully shy. Talking with others was definitely not my strong suit. In the third year of my corporate job working in high-level finance, I was thrust into a role where I had much more direct interaction with fellow employees and with our clients, many of whom had billion dollar portfolios. I was advising them on what to do, and what not to do, with their huge assets. I developed this whole new level of confidence and even comfort level in these pressure-packed situations. These people skills have been vital to my career success and enjoyment.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“From early in my career I paid attention to the kind of work that truly engaged me, and the tasks that didn’t. While I was quite good at various dimensions of the financial side of business, I realized I wanted more outside-the-box thinking in my work. So early on I began experimenting with various possible entrepreneurial ideas. I was disciplined in my approach to investigating these possibilities, made them a priority in my life, and at the right time I was able to make the move into my own ventures full time.”
Steps to Success from Sayan Sarkar
1. Realize you are the only one who knows what makes you satisfied and fulfilled in your career.
2. Pay close attention to the work roles and environments that keep you motivated and energized.
3. Until you are in the position or company of your choice, be relentless in exploring, researching and experimenting with other possibilities.
4. Once you have an idea that you think the marketplace needs and wants, then figure out how to test it out.
5. Be disciplined in your pursuit of the best career for you and do what it takes to make it happen. You only have one life, so make it the best it can be for you!
On His Bookshelf
Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
Psycho-Cybernetics, by Maxwell Maltz
Titan, by Ron Chernoff
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