Let us ask 10 questions with Mr. Vikas Shah in this interview to know what he has done so far and what is the future goals for his business DiningHour Australia.
Tell us about yourself?
I’m a dedicated and hardworking team player who is always striving for excellence. I’m an extrovert and get along with people really well. This is mostly because I believe that different people have a lot to teach us, and that is why I try I like to interact with different people. Apart from this, I believe that a person should always take advantage of the situation – and this is what I try to implement in my life. I try my best to optimize resources and take maximum benefit from both the situation and the resources. I’m also a calculated risk taker, that is, I weigh the pros and cons of everything before taking a step and that is why I’ve been successful with my business ventures so far, I think. My motto is simple: do or die.
What makes your organization different than your competitors?
We offer a unique service that allows our customers to reserve a table in any restaurant in Australia, without paying any extra charges; the customers do not have to pay any booking or credit card fee. We also offer instant discounts to our customers when they use our services.
How much potential market share can you achieve in the next 3 years?
I believe that with proper marketing and good customer service, we will be able to achieve 20% of the market share in the next 3 years.
What was the best book or series that you’ve ever read?
The best book I’ve ever read was How to Win and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It’s a self-help book that teaches the reader about how he can have an impact on other people, and how to win them over. I’d recommend it to everyone whos reading this.
What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?
I believe that in general, the best purchases are those that bring you lifelong happiness and value for money without putting a dent on your pocket. Many people tend to think that expensive food and accessories bring happiness, and while that is true – that kind of happiness is often shortlived. In my opinion, these are the worst purchases as they provide you temporary satisfaction only.
What takes up too much of your time?
Managing people, without a doubt. Since I’m the CEO of a relatively new business venture, I have to take care of everything myself – including dealing with employees as well as customers. This is where most of my time is spent.
What three pieces of advice would you give to college students/new startup business owners who want to become entrepreneurs?
My advice to all such people is: dream big, work towards it and never give up. A person who has ordinary dreams will never end up achieving extraordinary things. The perfect example of this is billionaires around the world – who built themselves from scratch and reached such heights only because they dreamed big. A person does not discover his full potential if he does not try to achieve things that may seem impossible at this stage. You will face a lot of difficulties in your path but you must stay focused and determined; otherwise, game over.
Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
That would be the current Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. He made his way all the way from the bottom to the top and has continued to stay there because of his achievements. He is an inspiration for everyone.
Tell us about something you are proud of – about your greatest challenge.
The greatest challenge I had to face in life was developing myself into the person I am today. It was not an easy task. You’re constantly fighting a battle between who you are, and who do you aspire to be. I think it’s safe to say that I’ve developed into the person I always wanted to be.
How people should connect with you?
People can connect with me through my company’s Instagram page