I was never really into the whole 9 to 5 job scene since I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life selling my soul to the devil and becoming a corporate zombie and following the vision of someone whose ideology didn’t match mine. I remember when I told my parents that after completing engineering, I will not get a job and would instead focus on building my business, they looked at me as if I was speaking a language that they didn’t understand. I knew that convincing them wouldn’t be easy but I decided to follow my dream, no matter what obstacles may come my way since I didn’t want to be one of those people who didn’t have the courage to follow their dreams.
I practiced the art of self-gratification
Before building my startup, I tried to get rid of most of my bad habits and embrace the good ones because I knew they would help me in the long run. I gave up being a night owl and instead became an early riser; I jogged every morning since a healthy and fit body would be immensely beneficial to a healthy mind. I started reading regularly since you never know when and how you can utilize the knowledge that you have imbibed from books.
I practiced the art of self-gratification; I tested myself whenever I could. There were times when I thought that perhaps I didn’t possess enough talent or skills to achieve what I want to but then I reminded myself of entrepreneurs that I look up to and whose career graph makes me believe that one can fight all odds and strive for success when their heart and mind are in the right place.
“Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”- said Steve Jobs; a brilliant visionary and a creative genius who changed the way we view computers. I have often read and reread his biography and on days when I thought that I cannot handle the pressure anymore, this man’s words helped me to survive and not give up.
Quitting is for losers and I am not one of them
Quitting is for losers and I am not one of them. On days when people around me seemed to doubt my abilities and often gave importance to the myth of overnight success, I took the help of my indomitable spirit (which I seemed to have acquired after months of watching TED talks on YouTube), I often thought about the legend of the phoenix. A phoenix always rises up from the ashes, and so did I when my first business failed miserably. I realized that I had taken my skills and knowledge for granted because there were days when I was too overconfident and refused to take advice from friends and well-wishers.
When I started my second venture along with two of my best friends, this time, I understood the importance of teamwork and brainstorming. Luckily I have managed to get some of the best minds and together we have resolved to do our bit to change the misconception that entrepreneurship is not for the middle-class man.