Early startup Days

When your assumptions as an entrepreneur start failing, the urge is to either sound (and hopefully) stay positive or take a step back and take stock of reality.

Are you trying hard to prove your assumptions right. Stop it and stop it right now. Acceptance of failure has been the best lesson to success. You have to accept that shit has hit the roof, pull up your sleeves, clean it up and start all over again.

What I have always liked about entrepreneurship is ‘it’ challenges the real you. It asks the true character in you to come out and face the reality. Crisis humbles all your achievements so far and you are ready (hopefully) to start the journey all over again.

Personally, the journey itself has been rewarding than the goal itself.

Side Note: I’ve always seen similarities between entrepreneurship and dating your girl. You don’t walk out because you’ve been elusive of the first kiss (surely won’t after you get it).

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Sharing is Caring

img_20170224_183007I had the privilege of sharing my 12 years of marketing experience with roughly 60 students from Pearl Academy and while I’ve been in multiple speaker sessions earlier, this was definitely one of the most challenging ones. So much so that I admitted to the group that ‘I could actually count the number of butterflies in my tummy.’

Reason: My session would leave an impression on these young minds. It put an immediate onus on me to connect with the audience and help them clear the fog around their impression about digital as a career option.

At the end of the session, the management reached out to me asking if I would be interested in taking master classes for them. While that speaks volumes about the appreciation I got from the audience, it brought me immense happiness about the fact that I can continue to share my learnings of life, work and its convergence.

Side Note: If the above is not enough for you to start sharing, remember, ‘when you stop sharing, you start alienating.’

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Why vs What?

Don’t tell me ‘what’ you do. Tell me ‘why’ you do it. I might believe in what you believe then.

Your answer for ‘why’ might inspire me. ‘What’ is another pitch adding to the daily noise I am exposed to.

Most of the search engines focussed on ‘what to do,’ while Google focussed on why do it (to organize all of the data in the world and make it accessible for everyone in a useful way).

I have a similar feeling around Amazon vs Flipkart or other e-commerce giants in India.

Side Note: As a leader don’t tell me what needs to be done, tell me why it has to be done and see the magic happen (assuming I am aligned to your why).

 

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Numbers vs People

Spend 6 minutes on this video (its in an Indian language – Hindi), think about it and action it for your team, business, and life. The  crux (for people who are short on time) is from 2:04 secs to 2:48 secs.

Companies who understood this and actioned it continue to be discussed as case studies.

 

Side Note: Companies that have ignored it are also discussed as case studies (for obvious reasons).

 

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Blame: own It

blame1We have left our happiness and fulfilled life (professional and personal) to external factors that surround us. So when things go wrong, you know you are not to be blamed or even worse, blame circumstances. We do this inspite of knowing that these factors are not in our control.

We might feel it gives us some comfort in blaming things around us for our unhappiness, but we are gravely wrong. You are only breeding torture that will torment you at a higher degree soon.

When you do not own the blame, you don’t try to fix things.

You might be unhappy about a re-org, or about your team being unaligned to a goal, or your family’s indifference to your emotions and so on. The easiest thing to do is ‘blame them.’ But, I will be surprised if you tell me that puts you in peace with yourself.

Side Note: What keeps you moving, learning and growing are the imperfections and your acknowledgement of them in you and working to fix them. Blame has never helped anything or anyone to move forward unless we took it upon ourselves.

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Let’s do Unlearn

You stop doing interesting and useful things the moment you stop learning – that’s a given.

What are the repercussions if we don’t unlearn stuff that needs to be unlearned – it translates to the same. You stop:

– learning

– growing

– doing interesting and useful stuff

Side Note: Unlearning is complex and difficult but more effective than learning itself.

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