Living the dream

Who's Who of Melbourne's Indian Community 2017
Hari & Sarika Yellina

Hari Yellina—Entrepreneur

Hari Yellina always believed success was a measure of wealth. “In that sense, I was interested in being wealthy,” says Yellina.

A job as a software developer gave him the ideal start as it was a lucrative and rewarding career. But the entrepreneur in him surfaced, and he started a series of businesses—software development firm, car workshop, second-hand car sales company, service stations, and restaurants. It didn’t take long for him to realise the highly competitive markets left him with no time for himself.

Thus began phase three. “I abandoned all my other ventures and focused on a farm contracting and exporting business. I also run a not for profit organisation,” says Yellina. In 2007, Yellina and his wife Sari decided to try their hand in real estate development with the strategy—Build to Rent.

Farming and exports, he says, gave him the opportunity to really discover Australia—every corner of it—as well as travel around the world. And to him that’s living the dream.

A different side

I believe: What one man can do, another can do

What I love about Australia: Security for wealth or assets, perfect climate, true democratic, inclusive government

What I love about India: Telugu music

Favourite Melbourne hang-out: Melbourne Aquatic and Sports Centre

A must-read: Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

My advice to entrepreneurs: Success is a 30-year game—the first 10 are for mistakes, the next 10 are to accumulate wealth and grow, and the last 10 are when you truly begin to enjoy the tremendous growth. If you are not in it for the long haul, don’t start on the journey. Investing is boring and slow. If you want excitement, go to a casino. If you want to avoid mistakes, find a successful mentor and avoid ten years of mistakes.

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