(This post was written over a two months period so there may be continuity errors. I will keep updating on the progress and correct the errors. For now just uploaded the rough draft)
Last two month were pretty tough – both physically and mentally. Two of my family members were in and out of the hospital, a relative was injured. Professionally, we had three key people resign from our company. We also lost some big orders which we were pitching for. And if that was not enough, I ended up injuring my wrist during exercise -put me out for eight weeks. That’s more than the typical share of bad news you expect for a eight week period!
Isn’t it always the case, that when one bad thing happen, many follow in quick intervals. And this just makes the whole scenario look so bleak. And I wonder why it happens, and what can we really do about this.
Of course we have no control over what happens. But our approach to these events, make a lot of difference in how we are able to overcome such a situation. Over the last few years, I have become stronger in handling such events and therefore through this post would like to share key learnings which helps me get over such a period. And I’m sure you too may have experienced such situations.
Here are three important things you should be aware of, which can help you tide over such situations
We are all aware about the concept of Love at First Sight. And most of us would have actually experienced it as well. For me, it was love at first sight with my now wife, when I first met her outside the office building. I knew she was the one.
However, love at first sight is rare, it may happen once in a lifetime or it may not happen at all. But there is another variation which we all experience, day in and day out. And that is something very important to understand and appreciate, as it is an essential building block for relationships of any kind – be it personal or profession. I’m referring here to the concept of ‘To Judge at first Sight’. And we all do it all the time.
Being judgmental is human, this post does not mean to preach about not being judgmental because it’s simply not possible, not to do judge people. However through my experiences, I have realized that it’s definitely wrong, to judge people at first sight. I have most often, proven wrong on this.
As a teenager, one of my biggest fears was lack of confidence. I was an introvert, and the thought of interacting or being present among a group of strangers really scared the hell out of me.I had several friends who were extrovert, and could start a conversation with anyone, within no time. I longed to be like them. At that time, this was the No.1 priority for me – to get rid of this fear.
However, I did realize that certain behaviors can be learnt, but most are natural, it’s part of your DNA. I don’t think even today, I could be as spontaneous, as I would like to be, and have simply accepted that. However there are lot of other things which can be overcome.
Any entrepreneur will tell you, the first few years of setting up a business is the most difficult, and how well you manage this initial phase, can decide your eventual success.
Taking your business to the first million dollar turnover, or first 100 clients or 50 employees, or simply achieving break even; whatever be your milestone, becomes the most critical phase of any business.
As we complete 3 years in our entrepreneurial journey, (we started off with a measly $10,000 investment and a whole lot of passion + determination), to scaling up the business to a modest USD 2 mn dollars in revenue, we now embark on phase 2 of our journey.
We thought it would be nice to take a pause and reflect back on the journey and share the top 5 learning’s which helped us reach where we are, and also mistakes along the way. This blog is in the form of a letter, written to those entrepreneurs, who are about to set up their new business.
I see people all around, employed in well-paid jobs, but not really happy with how their professional life is heading. They are looking for a change.
Most common reasons – problem with their bosses, office culture being a misfit, money problem, need promotion, wanting to start own venture, stagnation.
The logical solution would be to quit and move on or do something else. However most don’t change. They CHOOSE to continue and accept the misery of what their current job has to offer. They learn to adjust themselves and over a period of time accept their fate.