Anu Vaidyanathan talks about being optimistic as there are always second chances to work upon, despite several obstacles. She stresses that we get a lot of opportunities to fulfil our destiny, but along that way we need to be prepared for the negatives.
Anu Vaidyanathan is the first Asian, male or female, to finish Ultraman Canada(10K swim, 430K bike, 84.4K run) event, placed 6th and was the youngest finisher. She backed this up with Ironman Canada becoming the only athlete to do so in the history of the race. Adding to it, she did all this while completing her PhD in Electrical Engineering, in a record setting time of 26 months. Anu is also the first Indian to qualify for the Half-Ironman World Championships. Over the years, she has undertaken several pursuits including being the CEO of an Intellectual Property Consulting firm(PatNMarks) and being guest faculty at IIM, Ahmedabad and IIT, Ropar. A sought-after speaker and an upcoming author, she has been endowed with TiE ASPIRE Young Achiever Award(2011) and Bajaj Allianz Most Inspirational Working Woman award(pan-India contest).
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