Since birth, I have faced severe difficulty in communicating due to cerebral palsy.
To help me improve my communication, my father Bhupendra Thakker took me to a prominent speech therapist. The therapy helped me communicate better with people.
There are not many opportunities for differently able people like us. However, I have always wanted to be independent and do something on my own. In order to do that, I first joined a computer-learning program at Spastic Society of India. Later, I got an opportunity to work as a management trainee with Spastic Society where I was given the task of mobilizing advertisements for the in-house magazine. Among all the management trainees, I generated the highest advertisement revenue for the magazine. Impressed by my selling skills, my manager encouraged me to become an LIC agent. That was the start of my career in the financial world. To widen my product offerings, I took up mutual fund distribution, starting with UTI.
I completed my graduation after I became an advisor. I also took up various certification courses in taxation, estate planning and personal finance to cater to the needs of my clients. Now, I have AUA of Rs.60 crore.
The financial advisory is the only profession that a differently able person could do and earn respect.