An Australian immigrant shares how he became a self-made millionaire with Nepalese ancestry secrets
by Jennifer Xue
A Nepalese Nirmal Gyanwali came to Australia in 2012 to study. Within three months, he was offered a job, applied for permanent residency, but needed to quit it to be with his dying mom. He returned to Sydney and started a business with his wife and became a self-made millionaire. He credited his ancestral Nepalese wisdom for the success.
Graduated with a degree in medicine from Institute of Medicine in Nepal in 2008, this millennial went off straight away to study for Master of Information Technology in Sikkim Manipal University. The IT world has always been his interest, but he pursued the degree in medicine in respect of his mother.
After completion of MIT, his hunger to gain more knowledge in web industry increased. And he went to Macquarie University for web development specialization degree.
After only three months at school, Gyanwali (31) was offered a job, which was quite a miracle due to his student visa. He also had a degree in Web development at that time, but apparently, skills speak louder than degrees. Considering Australia’s booming tech scene, good timing also played a role.
The employer did not ask for any academic qualification, only his skills, experience, and portfolio. Since he already had seven years of experience working in Web development while in Nepal, the employer applied for permanent residency on his behalf. The minimum requirement was three years.
Being a polymath, he wrote a book in Nepalese while accompanying his mom’s final days in his home country. The book of short stories “Freedom to Die” became a best-seller in his native country.
Upon returning to Sydney with his wife, he started a Web development agency with zero capital rather he had $18,000 credit card loan which he spent on mom’s treatment. With business startups in the city moving fast, Gyanwali focused on local businesses. How he founded a startup without any money is nothing sort of a miracle in itself.
First and foremost, he and his wife ensured that they were on the same page. “She is the biggest asset in the company,” Gyanwali said with a smile. Both Nepalese, the ingrained the unique “good business is good karma” philosophy. With only two computers set up in their apartment bedroom, they started helping people online through their blog.
With humility and trustworthy presence, Gyanwali earned the trust and respect from prospective local clients. He first met them face-to-face to earn their confidence by being genuinely helpful and sincere. With client’s upfront payment, he was able to fund the first project, rented an office, and eventually expanded the business.
In Nepalese philosophy, you help those closest to you first, before growing outward to those farther, whenever you are ready. Being helpful is like having prepayment for good karma.
This philosophy proves to be working. In the first six months alone, they already worked on a half-million dollar’s worth of the project. Gyanwali added, “If you want to make a million dollar a year, the best way is to have a mindset of helping a million people per year. Moreover, the only way I see to make more millions down the line is to make a business system, which is scalable to help more people. The more you help, the more you get.”
Good business equals good karma. Moreover, a million little good deeds would eventually bring a million dollars.
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