So, I often get an advice, “Leave this ‘entrepreneur’ thing and go, get a steady job and have a happy life”. For lot of my well wishers, I live a ‘Very Hard’ life which is devoid of fun and involves sitting in front of computer for long hours. Every time I get this advice (…and no matter how much I resist) there’s a rebel in me that pops out wants to shut all those mouths. I’ve observed that almost everyone spends life being like everyone else. When you do something irrational (like Entrepreneurship), people look at you as if you’re an idiot. What they don’t realize is that they end up working for such idiots eventually.
I’m not against typical, regular IT job. Its just that I realized that I wasn’t made for it. When I look at it with clear, logical mind; I see more negatives than positives. But that’s me and I express my opinion here; right or wrong. I believe in my views and I don’t care whether anyone else believes in it or not. When I was a software engineer, working for reputed firm; I found myself misfit in a gang of zombies. Well, don’t get hurt if you are relating that zombie with yourself. I don’t want to hurt you. But I was surrounded by people who complained about poor grades in appraisals, low quality of work, insane manager, unhealthy atmosphere, poor job timings, lower salary than their batch-mates, no on-site and what not. To add to that they couldn’t give time for their family and always had lesser money. Plus everyone eventually purchased a flat in Pune so that they’d spend the rest of their lives paying the EMIs to the banks. Those EMIs where tripled by stuffing their newly bought flats with new LCD/PLASMA TV, a CAR, Furniture, A/C …you know the rest of the list.
I began thinking whether I really wanted to live such a life; that totally nulled my dreams of creating something bigger, being happy about work and having a slight chance of buying a Ferrari. I knew for sure that if had to drive a Ferrari; business is the way to go.
I repeat; that’s entirely my view and it could be right or wrong. But my well wishers want me back to the job – and spend my entire life cribbing over the things I couldn’t change. Or maybe, give up my backbone and compromise on everything:
-> No promotion: Ok, I’ll try better next time.
-> No salary increment: Ok ..what can I do? The company didn’t perform well.
-> No leave, when its needed: …Its ok… at least I get paid to be there at office.
Nope. I couldn’t handle that.
…and I’m totally happy about what I’m doing right now. I enjoy my work and I make money. Hopefully I’ll retire by the age of 35; so that I won’t have to go to work and my income and net worth will still keep on increasing. But that’s still a dream now, which is being worked on. Sure, its hard work; but it doesn’t tire me. Sure, it has its own ‘downs’; but its WAY better than being at boss’s mercy for leave on Monday and hopelessly watching manager rate you ‘average’ on communication skills during appraisals.
The path I’m on has given me more than I’d have earned as an employee and I’m totally happy about it. From being invited as Personality Contest Judge, to chairing Press Conference, to being invited to deliver talks, to being asked my opinion about books, to get interviewed on TV, Newspapers & Magazines, to talking to CEOs and being recognized by big guns in the Industry ….I feel like its just beginning and the positives are many. On the negatives; I still have to hear taunts from people that I should get a job – mostly from the people who don’t understand what I do or how important what I do is.
Above all, I am happy about the sense of fulfillment I get out of doing what I do. Something that I missed big time as an employee.
Money was always #2.