How I Succeeded: Carl's Jr. Australia's Gaurav Bansal

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How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Gaurav Bansal, owner of The Bansal Group and the man bringing Carl's Jr. restaurants to Queensland.


Current gig: Gaurav Bansal, Owner at The Bansal Group

Location: Brisbane, Australia

Current mobile device: Samsung Galaxy S8, which I found more business friendly

Current computer: Microsoft Surface

One word that best describes how you work: Passionately

What apps/software/tools can't you live without?

Gmail, WhatsApp, Nearmap.

What social network do you find the most useful?

LinkedIn and Facebook for marketing.

What were the most important lessons you learned while growing your business?

Get around the right people and invest in great companies. It's okay to dream bigger than what you think you can achieve. Make your own forecast and don't make investing difficult. Lastly, do what you love and spend time on personal development.

What has been the most surprising part of your business journey?

Numbers in real life never match numbers on paper. In the business world, the rear-view mirror is always clearer than the windshield.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

Saying 'no' to things that don't serve me or the company. Simplicity is key.

What's your sleep routine like?

Business life doesn't work in routine or pattern. Every day is different, but I try to stick with one simple rule and get a minimum of 6 hours each night.


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