I’m quite sure that the startup junta will relate with this post better than the non-startup. Building a company from ground up ain’t a joke and that’s why not many people are into it. After getting labeled as ‘unsocial’ by my relatives (no one said it on my face; but hey, I know what they talk and think behind my back) I’ve realised that my social life is totally screwed!
First, I’m being compared with the TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) folks – who go to the job at 9 am thinking about going back home at 7 pm and in between thinking about Friday. They enjoy excellent social life; have all the time to visit every relative’s neighbour’s maid’s grandson’s best friend’s birthday party and doze of till 11 AM in the morning on weekends. In comparison; I’m working on the next big thing on a pleasant Sunday afternoon which makes me super excited about Monday. Attending every birthday party and marriage reception of a distant relative, hundreds of kilometres away isn’t something I’d prefer over testing my latest software build.
I’m boring for them. I don’t gossip with them for hours over glass(es) of alcohol. I don’t like Cricket and for me Sachin Tendulkar is just another man who played cricket for money. Oh well, I can successfully hold meaningful and fun-filled discussions; but my time is extremely limited. But no one appreciates it. If successful, I’ll be able to create hundreds and thousands of jobs for the TGIF people so that they can laugh at the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Should I work on building my image?
I’ve an option: Either continue building my business and do something meaningful OR work on building my ‘social life’ with people and change their perception about me.
I’m preferring the first one. I hope they will understand.
PS: Even if they don’t, it doesn’t matter.