This is a unique story of success. To attain this level of success,Vishal Agrawal had to go much beyond than just struggle. He has fought his way to success through his grit and courage. He is an inspiring role model for the people who hold grudges against GOD for pushing them hard on the pedestal path. When Life pushes you to the edge of difficulty, God catches you when you fall or you learn how to fly. Vishal Agrawal has many ‘Firsts’ to his name, which has made him an exceptional talent.
A ‘South Bombay-ite’, born with ‘perfect vision’. Life rolled smoothly for vishal till the age of 17 untill he was diagnosed from a rare genetic condition that damages the retina, that would gradually make anyone blind. However, Vishal was determined to fight against all odds as life pushed him harder at the edge of difficulty.
A student of HR college, then founded a long/short India focussed equity fund generating 450% return for the investors. Vishal went on to do his MBA from one of India’s most prestigious institute, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in the year 2013 by standing first in the MBA enterance exam in DA.
Vishal expected life to reward him for his accomplishments. But reality hit him hard and all his expectation were doused by the nauseating attitude of the corporate employers who rated his disability higher than his merits. Vishal was asked to apply only for the government jobs as private sectors had not much consideration for such people.
Vishal had a burning desire to go for the higher elevation in life and this propelled him more for the success. Vishal decided to fight his odds and decided to create a platform for himself, where not many had ventured .
However, his indomitable spirit brought him success and based on his merits he was hired by Standard Chartered as Trader in Global markets where he manages millions of dollars of the bank’s exposure to fixed income and currency etc.
Vishal Agrawal has the credit of being the ‘first’ blind trader with financial giant Standard chartered and the only blind trader in Asia and second in the world.
Vishal works in Standard Chartered’s Global Markets Office in Mumbai. Watching him in the middle of the trading floor as he switches back and forth from computer screens,his Impairment is not apparent at all. But to check his e-mail, read research reports and look at presentations,Vishal uses a screen-reading software whose speed is so high that it sounds like gibberish to the untrained ear. When he needs to read graphs, which the software cannot do,Vishal goes through the data and tries to imagine the graph in his head.
On his desk, multiple computer screens show the usual flashing of Bloomberg messages and spreadsheets of constantly changing numbers, emails and news, alongwith the keyboard are linked to headsets through which the information and figures are read out to him at rapid speeds.The same technology reads out everything he receives on his iPhone.
Having achieved success the hard way, Vishal Agrawal plans to inspire many people who are at odds against the appalling outlook of the society. Vishal through his sustained efforts, now wants to create awareness for the people battling with such disabilities and make society acknowledge their efforts and talents.He mentors many such people and has raised huge funds for food for the cancer child patients and various other causes.
Vishal continues to be an active investor in Equities, which he truly loves so much so that his friends and various market participants vouch for his passion.
In his free time, Vishal loves reading books,listening to music and socialising with his friends.
Vishal represents a unique personality and diversity in his truly never giving up spirit.
Here are few links :
indiatimes.com/markets/forex/ meet-vishal-agrawal-a-blind- currency-trader-who-makes- money-by- listening/articleshow/ 53146514.cms
news/articles/2016-07-10/ blindness-is-no-obstacle-for- this-currency-trader-in-mumbai