Motivational Speakers who went from being Rags to Riches

Motivational Speakers who went from Rags to Riches

Top Indian Speakers whose life struggle stories will inspire you to chase your dreams

There is no lack of talent and innovation in India no matter what sphere we talk about. People are always creating something exceptional and profound with their skills which is astounding to the world’s eyes. While many have made a prolific career on their own, these motivational and keynote speakers conquered the world even after going through numerous struggles.

Here are some of the remarkable speakers who fought their out of the ordinary situations and strived for something bigger.

Prafull Billore

Prafull Billore is an Indian entrepreneur, YouTuber, and the founder of MBA Chai Wala. He became a millionaire at age 24. He has been invited to various IITs and IIMs and his success story has been published in various media outlets including ScoopWhoop, NDTV, Aaj Tak, BBC, CNN and many more. With his startup, he dreams to make a difference by upskilling the youth of India and breeding the spirit of Entrepreneurship in them.

Anand Kumar

Anand Kumar has a unique tale to tell and that happens to be about his own self. He is an Indian mathematics educator best known for his extraordinary Super 30 programme, which he started in 2002 in Bihar. He has been coaching underprivileged students for JEE- Main & JEE-Advanced and the entrance examination for the IITs. He has spoken at MIT and Harvard about his programs for students and his work has also been showcased by Discovery Channel in a documentary.

PC Mustafa


PC Mustafa is the founder and the CEO of ID Fresh Food, a Rs. 100 crore ready-to-cook packaged food company in Bangalore that makes idly and dosa batter. While growing up in an illiterate farmer’s family in a remote part of Kerala, PC Mustafa did not have a lot of expectations. But one ‘Aha’ moment changed his life. Now he dreams to grow into a 1000 crore market leader in the next few years and believes in creating a social impact through his products & campaigns that revolve around trust

Arunachalam Muruganantham

Arunachalam Muruganantham is a social entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu, better known as the padman of India . He is the inventor of the low-cost sanitary pad-making machine and is credited for innovating grassroots mechanisms for generating awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India. He was a part of the movie Period. End of Sentence that won the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) in 2018. The movie, Padman starring Akshay Kumar is also based on his life. He has given speeches at many institutions including IIT Bombay, IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Madras, IIM Bangalore, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, and Harvard University. He has also given a TED talk. His life story is truly inspirational and something we can learn from.

Mansukhbhai Prajapati

Mansukhbhai Prajapati is a small-town man who is known for innovating clay-based products, which is an attempt towards connecting mankind more irrevocably with clay and soil. He is a successful entrepreneur who relished the idea of modernizing the knowledge that the craftsmen of this country carry and is the holder of the Indian patents for many products that boast high efficiency and eco-friendly nature like Mitticool, Non Stick Clay Tawa and Low cost water filters. He started from the bottom but now rules the world with his own ideas and creativity.

Ritesh Agarwal

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Ritesh Agarwal is a man who went from selling SIM cards to becoming a billionaire with his hard work and persistence. He has shown the world that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and clearly we have a lot to learn from him. At the age of 18, he founded Oyo Rooms making him one of the youngest millionaires in the country. Also the recipient of “Business World Young Entrepreneur Award” in 2017, Ritesh has a success story like no other and its worth a listen.

Patricia Narayan

Starting from 50 paisa to Rs. 2 lakh per day, Patricia has battled against all the odds to become the boss lady she is today. She became an entrepreneur after facing a lot of issues at home and to support her two children. She started by making pickles, jams and squashes and selling them on the handcart and went on to found Sandheepha, which runs a standalone restaurant and caters to the food courts for various big corporates. In 2010, she won the FICCI Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award and has been a big name in the Restaurateur business.

Boman Irani


Who doesn’t know of Boman Irani today, a film and theatre actor, who is widely known for his comedy and antagonist roles in Bollywood films such as Don, Munna Bhai MBBS, 3 Idiots, Happy New Year, PK, Dilwale and many more. From working as a waiter and room service staff to running his ancestral bakery and finally making his mark as a photographer, Boman came a long way before becoming the established actor that he is today. He has worked in more than 100 movies in his career and is one of the most respected figures in the industry today.

Uppma Virdi

Uppma Virdi is an entrepreneur who is on a mission to create paths for others. Uppma built Chai Walli from the ground up, a tea business focused on bringing the most authentic Indian and Ayurvedic teas to Australia. Changing the face of business, she became an innovator and a natural leader. She has been listed in the Forbes 30 under 30 list in Retail and E-Commerce and has won various other awards. A natural public speaker, Uppma’s stage presence will leave you feeling moved and shaken.

Chhotu Sharma

Chhotu Sharma also hailed as the Guru of Microsoft Technologies. He is a true inspiration who started his career as a peon and is now the owner of 2 companies. He has trained more than a thousand students who got selected in Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, Accenture, TCS, Infosys and so on. Recognized as the “Self Made Entrepreneur” by “Reader’s Digest” in 2013, his life experience and hard work have paved the way to what he has become today.

These inspiring speakers show us that no matter what life throws at you, you can fight it and strive to become your own version of successful.

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