Mahesh Murthy, my favorite entrepreneur/writer, when asked â€œ95% of the businesses fail, then why should anyone start a business?â€ replied â€œ100% of the Humans Die, why live?â€
Donâ€™t you think thatâ€™s an amazing answer?
My friend, Vaibhav, couldnâ€™t score well in HSC (FYI, he had flunked SSC once). Obviously, he couldnâ€™t become an Engineer or Doctor. He chose â€˜Commerceâ€™ as his field of study and continued with it. In India, if you cannot score well in exams, you may not get admission in kick-ass college which in turn destroys your chances of getting a kick-ass job. So, those who cannot get a kick-ass job (for 90% of our crowd, kick-ass job is a job in kick-ass IT company), take up entrepreneurship as career.
Vaibhav, an entrepreneur that he is, asked his uncle to introduce him to the Candico (biscuits & bread) distributor. Vaibhav is soft spoken & can readily build a rapport with anyone. Vaibhav got started immediately and turned the screws, got his first order, then second, then third & started distributing the Candico boxes to shopkeepers. Of course, money wasnâ€™t good in the beginning. Vaibhav started making money though commissions & then hired a van to deliver the Candico boxes. He then hired a guy whoâ€™d help him distribute the boxes across the shops in the city. Vaibhav worked hard and I felt good for him. At least someone around me had chosen to break the Birth-Education-Job-Retirement-Death cycle.
I had heard that his little startup made him enough money and he had clients all over the city.
Then last week, I saw him with a bag in hand. It was evening and he looked tired. He proudly announced that he had now found a steady & stable job as a mobile salesman. He stands up in a big mall & sells the mobiles to customers. Yet another entrepreneur died.
On asking the reason why they quit their ventures, he said â€œThe new job allows me to work less but yet earn more. Moreover, we get steady paycheck & there are growth opportunitiesâ€.
I truly believe that Vaibhav should have held on for few more months. He should have though big & one day heâ€™d have opened his big office. But he chose to quit.
Iâ€™m a big fan of Donald Trump. He says â€œNever Give UP!â€ – â€œOnly Losers Quit!â€. My favorite one liner from Donald is this – (Iâ€™ll put it on a new line so that it makes an impression on your mind) :
â€œBe stubborn enough – Donâ€™t quit until you winâ€ 😀 Amazing! Isnâ€™t it?
–The Big K–