That was exactly the reason for bootlickers and chumchas to target me. When days gone by, somehow I coudnt digest the fact that mere talent wasn’t enough to grow up in the corporate ladder.
Concentrated politics made me to resign the job backed up by the belief that top 20 business school image would fetch me a decent job in better environment.
But alas, the reality was quite contrary as I resigned my job exactly at the time of Sep 11 attack and job market was very poor and kept me jobless for a period of four months.
I decided to go to Mumbai in hunt for a job. (That was the time I experienced transgender behaviors and it was one of the popular posts here). I could hardly manage any jobs other than door to door selling which I didn’t like because I hate irritating people at wrong time.
So I decided to go back to higher studies in UK which gave me ample opportunities to mingle with multicultural people and learn the modern steps of business.
When I finished my studies there, I was 26 and I don’t want to go back to job world as I would be far behind my peers.
With the help of our university’s entrepreneurship center, I started my company ‘F’ with high hopes.
And that’s how I became an entrepreneur.
Though I was aspiring to be an entrepreneur right from my schoolhood, had I been consitantly in the job market, I doubt to have achieved that dream if not situation compelled me like this.
The initial days were very disappointing as I started this business without any basics. I did all the possible errors and I was in such a pity state that I wasn’t even able to judge why my potential customers turned their face against me.
After four years of struggling, now the business seems to be back in track. I could smell some profits. Yeeahhh.
More than profit, it’s the recognition of talent is more intoxicating. I thoroughly enjoy it.
Coming to the main part of the post, I would like to present here, couple of valuable lessons I learnt as I can see lots of MBA’s and aspiring entrepreneurs in this blogosphere.
I would definitely don’t want to term it as an advice as I hate advices. I believe advice never give freedom and make people dumb. I would like to use an alternate word ‘suggestion’. I like this word as it gives freedom to think. And also I can never assert whatever I said here is correct as I keep changing my stances often.
OK lets start the lessons.
Lesson number 1:
A mother of a successful business man went to her husband and said “Our son is now 10 years and growing older day by day. I want you to start teaching business lessons right from now so that he would be a seasoned business man in future”
Dad said “alright. Call him”
Son came with a little hesitation because of his dad’s unusual assertiveness.
Dad carried him and placed him on the top of a cupboard.
“Common son, jump from there”
“Dad, its too high and I may get myself injured if I jump from here”
“Don’t worry son, I am here to catch you. Common, jump”
Son jumped. Dad didn’t catch him. He fell flat in the floor. It was painful.
Dad said “ first lesson in business. Do not trust anyone, even if it’s your dad”
I learned this lesson in a way giving lump sum as price. Everyone in business world is after money. No one will help you if they have to make a loss. Unless the terms of business is mutually beneficial, we are certain to make loss at one point of time. Secondly, unless we have a clear system to track down the results of an individual, he will cheat us even if he is a Buddha.
Lesson number two starts here.
Unless we learn to say 'NO' to our clients, we would end up making wrong terms which would eventually push you in deep shit.
All right, anyone of you please send this piece of experience to Harvard business school. If they invite me for a guest lecture, I will throw you all a lavish party.
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