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5 Ways to Validate a Business Idea, Right Now

Don't let your day job or lack of capital stop you from finding and testing a business idea. Here's how.
Last year, I embarked upon a personal challenge to validate a business idea in 30 days. To make it even more difficult, it was a random idea chosen by my readers. They asked me to do it without using my existing website, traffic and business connections and without spending more than 20 hours per week on the project. On top of that, I limited myself to spending no more than $500 validating this idea. The experiment was a success.In just two weeks, I built an email list of 565 subscribers without having an actual website. Then, I reached out to a handful of those subscribers and pre-sold 12 copies of a book that didn't even exist yet, all in less than 30 days. I wrote about the experiment in real-time with in-depth weekly updates, successes, failures and lessons learned along the way, right here in my validation challenge. Today, I want to share with you the five most effect…

Deepa Malik wins silver, creates history at Paralympics

A spinal tumour brought Deepa Malik’s life to a standstill, making it impossible for her to walk 17 years ago. Fast-forward to Monday, September 12, 2016, and she created history by becoming the first Indian female athlete to win a medal at the Paralympics. Her throw of 4.61m in the shotput F-53 event at the 2016 Rio Paralympics saw her bag the silver medal, taking India’s medal tally to three.  

We take a look at her several other achievements and what makes her a truly gifted person. 

1. Deepa Malik was detected with a tumour in her spinal cord at the age of six. Her recovery took three years.

2. An Army brat, she once spotted a young officer with a state-of-the-art Japanese bike. When he asked Deepa what she knew about bikes, she promptly replied, “Hand me the keys, and I’ll show you how it’s done.” That officer is now her husband and the father of her two daughters.

3. While her husband was in Kargil in 1999, her tumor relapsed and following her surgery, she was in coma for 25 days. 

4. Before her third surgery, she was told that she would be wheelchair bound for the rest of her life and was given seven days to celebrate walking.

5. She is the first person ever to receive a license for invalid (modified) rally vehicle, a case she consistently pursued for 19 months in Maharashtra. 

6. She is the first physically challenged person in India to receive an official rally license from Federation Motor Sports Club of India (FMSCI) and become a navigator and driver in the toughest car rallies of the country.

7. She holds four LIMCA World Records, including one for swimming against the current in river Yamuna for one kilometre in 2008.

8. She donned the hat of an entrepreneur when she started a take-out catering service in the army quarters that eventually turned into a popular garden restaurant, feeding over 250 people everyday.

9. She was the oldest ever recipient of precedence Arjuna award in 2012 , at the age of 42 years.

10. She has almost 200 stitches between her shoulder blades and experiences no sensation below her chest. However, that hasn't stopped her from competing in numerous car and bike rallies.