Entrepreneur Name: Stuti Ashok Gupta
Business Name: Lost Tribe Hostels
Today we interview Stuti Ashok Gupta (@ibelongtothewild) founder of the The Lost Tribe Hostels, @losttribehostels. Stuti is a poet, artist and entrepreneur! She started the fantastic Lost Tribe Hostel in Manali, with the purpose of creating a community of travelers and a space for people to explore themselves, to get lost and find their way back to conviction! Set in a spectaclor location and with fantastic hostel rooms, The Lost Tribes Hostels is attracting rave reviews for it’s customers. So lets meet the founder…
Hi Stuti, welcome to #eoindia and lets jump straight in…
1) How did you get your idea for this business?
I travel a lot and during my Goa trip, this idea was introduced to me. I ruminated enough about it to start one of my own. Being a psychologist, the idea was to create a community, a tribe, where the healing comes from staying there, having a sense of belongingness and to be able to feel truly at home.
2) What was stopping you from becoming an entrepreneur?
Almost everything possible has tried stopping me from being an entrepreneur. Firstly, being a girl and on top of it having No commerce (educational) background except that my dad is a businessman so it kind of is inherited in me.
3) What was the reaction from your family when you first decided to start your business?
They were surprised because they never imagined I would come up with a business idea and tell them “I will be staying in Manali and running my own backpacker stay”. I don’t think they will ever get used to of that idea completely, although I’m grateful that they were generous enough to loan me funds I needed to start.
4) What was your biggest failure in business and what did you learn from it?
I don’t think there has been one particular business failure but sort of like stepping stones of failing and achieving. I have learnt that you need to strongly believe in your capabilities at work despite those challenges being your first chance to face them. There is nothing you cannot do and not be good at, all you need is an open heart and mind to just go ahead and do it.
5) When did you realise that your business was going to be successful?
I’m sort of an unrealistically optimistic person, so I have had it from the start. I don’t think there is a spot called “success” that you can announce of having reached there. It’s more about the journey and the learning and it is still going on and will go on.
6) What habits contribute to your success?
Make sure you hear out everyone’s idea before any rejection to it. Discussions are fruitful and when you’re dreaming, dream without any practical limitations. Things will work out if you don’t put ” if & but” in them, but just work for them anyway.
7) If you had to start your business again what would you do differently?
I have lived my life with “no regrets” and still continuing to do so. There is nothing I would have differently because things work out the way they are meant to be. The only thing that is under my control is my hard work and my zeal to learn and experiment with new things.
8) What is your favourite inspirational quote?
“the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
9) Where do you find inspiration?
I’m an artist first and then an entrepreneur. So weirdly enough, my inspiration comes from everything that exists in nature. From little details of a tiny stone to the humongous sea. I’m inspired by anything that is not man-made. There is a perfection in it that I work for, childishly.
10) What is your favourite book?
Not a favourite book, but I have a favourite author – Elizabeth Gilbert. Her words have influenced me a great deal. There’s another book called “Life Changers. Dreamers. Doers” which I keep going back to, for motivation.
11) What advice would you give to someone starting out?
I’d like to quote my business partner and a close friend, Alexander Borges, who has always advised me this and works for me
*Follow Your Heart*
Thats it. A massive thank you to Stuti for taking the time to answer those questions.
If you want to check out the books Stuti mentioned, you can purchase them on Amazon India – check the links out below.