Quick Bytes with Mukesh Bansal

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My greatest fear is not living up to my full potential - Mukesh Bansal

 

Mukesh Bansal is known for startups that have made history. This 42-year-old entrepreneur was the brain behind Myntra, which began as a gifting platform and went on to become the biggest online fashion shopping platform in the country. Post its acquisition by Flipkart, Mukesh left Myntra to start up again - this time in the health and fitness industry. He co-founded Curefit, which has already established itself in the sector since its launch in 2016. 

YourStory caught up with him with questions that were anything but business.

 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Doing what I enjoy - when it does not feel like I am working at all and especially when it adds up to something meaningful over time

What is your greatest fear?

Not living up to my full potential

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Talking negatively about people who are not in the room

Which living person do you most admire?

Jeff Bezos

What is your greatest extravagance?

Working out for 3-4 hours

What is your current state of mind? 

Calm

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? 

Being rich

On what occasion do you lie? 

When it is convenient

What do you most dislike about your appearance? 

My posture

In the ultra competitive startup world, there is no option but to remain fighting fit

Which living person do you despise most? 

Can’t answer

What is the quality you most like in a man? 

Humility and honesty

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Humility

Which words or phrases do you overuse? 

Absolutely

What or who is the greatest love of your life? 

My kids

When and where were you happiest? 

Right now, as I am ever

Which talent would you most like to have?

Painting. I have tried it, but I am not very good at it

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 

I would start up at 20 (I waited till I was 32)

What do you consider your greatest achievement? 

Being able to be true to myself over the last 10 years. I do what I like to do. I speak my mind freely

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? 

Myself. I have enjoyed my life and I have been very lucky. I don’t mind living the same life again

Where would you most like to live? 

Bay Area, California

What is your most treasured possession? 

My collection of books

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? 

Trying to live someone else’s life

What is your favourite occupation? 

Being an entrepreneur 

What is your most marked characteristic? 

What I think is on my face

What do you most value in your friends? 

Honesty and transparency

Who is your favourite writer? 

Jared Diamond

Who is your fictional hero? 

Keeps changing

Which historical figure do you most identify with? 

I take inspiration from Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, and Leonardo Da Vinci. But I don’t identify with anyone

Who are your heroes in real life? 

Noone in specific, but anyone who dares to chase their dreams and have good values

What are your favourite names? 

My children’s names – Avni, which means earth, and Arnav, which means ocean

What is it that you dislike the most? 

Disconnect between what you want to do and actions which are counter productive

What is your greatest regret?

Nothing, really

How would you like to die? 

I don’t want to die

What is your motto?

Be noble, for you are made of stars. Be humble, for you are made of earth. It brings perspective

 

 

 

 

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