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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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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Nunca te Rindas

nunca-nunca-te-rindasI’m a marathoner and love running. Couple of months back, I had some serious injuries and my physiotherapist asked me to hang my boots and look at alternatives like yoga or swimming. Nothing against the alternatives but they don’t come close to giving me the high that running does.

I must have been visibly affected by this as my daughter came up to me and said ‘nunca te rindas!’ Hearing these words for the first time, I asked her what she meant. She sweetly replied, “I kept saying this to myself when I was competing with higher belts at the Junior Karate Competition, Papa. It means ‘never give up’ in Spanish.”

Riya and I tried learning Spanish an year ago and gave up (at least I did). Apparently, my little one has been at it with the DuoLingo app. For being a Dad of a 3rd grade student who is competing at school and state level in Wado Kai Karate, Skating and Swimming, continues to get trained in Western Vocals and Keyboard and finds time for her interest of learning a new language, I had do better than hanging my boots.

‘Nunca, nunca, nunca te rindas.’

Side Note: I have started with a 3 km walk everyday and it hurts. But with a little help from my physio and a lot of help from my little one’s words, I am looking forward to my next marathon this year.

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Let’s talk H2H

That’s the new buzz word and its just old wine in a new bottle. But its more important than ever before that businesses stop talking B2B and B2C and start thinking Human 2 Human (H2H).

Take a step back on all the decisions that you are about to take. Put the excels aside and put on a human lens. Will the outcome of your decision paste a smile on the face of the person who is going to be most impacted by it?

Don’t think long term all the time. Human’s don’t. If they did, our planet would have been better today.

Side Note: The time has come when we start talking acting H2H.

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Educate, agitate, Organise

When I was reflecting on Dr. Ambedkar’s last words – “Educate, agitate and organise,” I found its uncanny resemblance to leadership skills.

Your ability to stand out as a leader depends on how you empower your teams by educating them, agitating them (in a positive manner and read enabling disruption in the way they function) and then organising or aligning such tremendous energy to achieve a common goal.

Honestly, with the current generation, I found the first (educate) to be easy to achieve. The ‘now’ generation is willing to learn things (and in most cases, at a rapid pace). However, a test to your character comes when you are trying to disrupt and then organise post the chaos that agitation usually brings in.

 

True leaders are continuously inspiring their teams to live up.

Exhibit – 1

There is a no secret formula to achieving this, but one thing that I have experienced – it becomes a tad easier when you have the right team.

Side Note: Yes, there will be resistance, fear and anxiety but beyond that you will have success, freedom and sweet notes (exhibit – 1).

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