Are you bored from your day-to-day job? Have you lost interest in the traditional academics which you will rarely use in your professional life? Do you want Freedom, Independence and be a Founder of a $Mn company ($Bn is becoming a norm nowadays)?
Your answer will be “Yes, of course”.
The answer in most cases is “No”.
This has to change. Being part of the Rat-race is contagious and epidemic. We need to avoid this trap in our pursuit of so-called happyness. The social context of India has inculcated a low risk appetite in individuals and people are not willing to pursue their passion with a fear of failure and social stigma.
There a few myths about the Silicon Valley based startups that restrict us to go for it –
- You need to create a High Tech Invention
- You need to be an Expert in something to start-up
- You need a Strategic vision and a well-researched B-Plan
These myths and inhibitions are just excuses, all you need are –
Attitude – Are you interested in solving real-life problems and create value for others?
Belief – Are you passionate about your idea and ready to go out of your way to achieve it?
Courage – Are you ready to accept the numerous challenges without fear of failure?
All you need to start-up are the A B C and you can always hire people with D. And as Richard Branson says it – “Screw It, Let’s Do It”.
Movies to bring out the entrepreneur in you –
Hollywood – The Social Network, The Godfather (An offer you can’t refuse), Wall Street (Greed is Good), Pirates of Silicon Valley, Pursuit of Happyness
Bollywood – Band baaja baraat, Rocket singh,Guru, 3 idiots, Zindagi milegi na dobara