People have told me – I’m different. I don’t think like the ‘normal’ people. I wasted my time in Engineering college and therefore couldn’t get a job right away when I was in third/final year of engineering. I’d spend my time with computer installing Linux and understanding how to change the Windows startup screen than making friendship with girls and going out to movies/shopping with them. I spent my evenings going to the Guitar class and getting the major, minor and 7ths right than going to pubs/discos and trying out a peg/puff. When my friends dreamed about working for Google, Microsoft and Adobe; I thought of running a company and giving these companies a tough competition.
I prepared for GRE/CAT and then realized that I wasn’t meant to get MBA or MS because they aren’t needed to become and entrepreneur. When I got into job, I couldn’t comply with decisions taken by my managers and politics by my colleagues. I never looked at my salary (even my first ever salary!) and I never thought of promotions. I never wanted to be a rockstar performer in the company because I never cared for which ‘platform’ I worked on. To me, it looked like donkey work.
I couldn’t handle company appraisals and being told “You need to improve your communication skills” and then being rated average in almost all the categories – when I really had worked hard (and smart). I never understood the fun in going ‘onsite’ and then living cheaply there to save money only to buy a flat in Pune.
I started my venture part time instead of going home tired after work hours. Rather I’d go home and then spend 4-5 hours without really experiencing the hardwork I was putting in. I enjoyed every moment of it than killing time watching TV and debating why Indian IT Industry sucks.
I also have had hard time adjusting in the city of Pune and don’t get the “Pune is full of life” thing.
…and here I am sitting in this grade III city, working hard towards making new things here and probably missing out on ‘life’ and in turn the ‘little little joys’ in everyday life.
Someone please change me. Make me like you.
–The Big K–