Walking on the “Road less travelled” – Entrepreneurship!

Guest Post by Garima Juneja

I guess I am addressing two categories of people through this post. One – who are still in college and confused about what they have to do in life and two – who have completed college and are still wondering what they are doing with their life!
It’s sad that our youngistaan is utterly confused and wandering here and there without any direction. If you ask them “dude! You’re a mechanical guy, why are you sitting in Infosys campus drive?” He’ll reply – “yaar, I just need a job. I want to earn money”. He’ll join that company, will be fascinated by the amazing glass building and stellar hostels of the MNC and when he’ll be asked to do Java training, things would change into a nightmare for him. The moral of the story is that there’s no point in blindly following others, you MUST identify what your passion is.
I had job offers from MNC’s. They used to call me every now and then to join them. But I didn’t. I didn’t join them because huge glass buildings don’t fascinate me. Because what I will have there is a small cubicle. What I will have is a small role in a big company! And what will they consider me as? Just another “trainee”.

The point is that I am not against MNC’s. There are people who love telecom and like the idea of a stable job with Ericsson. It’s great! Go Join. But if you love being your boss and are willing to chase your dreams with extreme passion, you’re bound to become an Entrepreneur. It is said that if you are an Entrepreneur, you’re the CEO, the HR Manager and the peon too. You’re no more the “babu” sitting on the chair all day.

What does it take to become a successful Entrepreneur?

It is passion, passion and passion! You got to have big dreams and the ability to chase them with passion.
Another quote – “Passion is the most potent fuel for your dreams”. That’s it – you ought to keep yourself fueled up all the time. I joined a regular job for like, 2 months. And, I was bored like hell! Your boss comes and assigns work, you finish it and submit. Done! Where are the challenges? Where is the growth? Where is the learning? They told me that I was too eager to climb up the ladder.
I told them, this is what Entrepreneurship is all about and signed my resignation letter.
I want to learn, each and every moment! Grow, each and every moment! That’s what makes an entrepreneur. You MUST be willing and eager to learn.

As Steve Jobs says “STAY HUNGRY, STAY FOOLISH”.

What is the first step?

Have you ever ridden a bicycle? The first move is the most difficult, isn’t it? The first step towards Entrepreneurship requires the maximum courage. First of all, be ready to be scrutinized by your parents, family and neighbors. When you announce that you don’t want to work for a company, you want to own a company! They’ll say that you’re mad! It’s alright. Everyone used to call Einstein mad. Everyone who dares to be different is called mad in the initial days.
Therefore, in the initial stage, COURAGE is on the essentials. You MUST be driven towards your goal, no matter what! You will have to face new challenges every day. And you have to face them with a smile.
Don’t stop BELIEVING! You just have to BELIEVE in yourself and the thing is done.

When I used to go for interviews, whoever used to interview me used to get surprised and impressed at the same time! Soon, I started to think that I am smarter than all the people who have interviewed me. Then I thought” hey, I don’t deserve a small cubicle in a big company”. I deserve something big and I WILL achieve it, no matter what! I took the first step, the second and I am still on the struggling stage. Still, I am happier, richer and better off than my friends who followed the crowd. And, I will NEVER stop trying, no matter what! :)

About Garima

Garima is a keen reader and avid writer. She has pursued b.tech from IP University Delhi. She had started working as a freelance content writer in college days and now has a team of writers working for her. She has worked with many big companies of India and abroad on online content writing projects and wishes to come up with a content writing start – up which will provide customized content to website owners.


About the Author

Amit Grover, founder of AHAtaxis.com, is an IIT Delhi and IIM Indore alumnus, having more than 12 years of industry experience. He started Nurture Talent Academy, and earlier worked with Infosys, Asian Paints, Onida and Mumbai Angels. He regularly blogs on www.amitgrover.co.in. AHA Taxis, his recent venture, offers one way outstation travel across India.

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