Bullshit stinks\u2026even if it is your own !!!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\tStarry eyed entrepreneurs\r\n\tLarge well funded company founders with their gyaan\r\n\tA topic or subject that brings it all together \u201comnichannel, disruption or the\u00a0likes\u201d\r\n\tLots of talk about \u2018how I did it\u2019, \u2018how you should do it\u2019 \u2018How Apple did it\u2019\r\n\tAnd finally a few ecosystem stalwarts who everyone knows, but\u00a0Nobody can really put a finger on why exactly.\r\n\r\nOh, I forgot a nice little bill and lots of sponsor goodies.\r\n\r\nLet me tell you what PNGrowth was not\u00a0about. It was not about any\u00a0of the things above and for that alone the 3 days were worth it. Here is what it was about:\r\n\r\n\tProduct founders who wanted to be category leaders\r\n\tCoaches and mentors who wanted to dive deep and dissect your core beliefs, share things that work and stay away from \u201cstrategic discourses\u201d\r\n\tAn organization of volunteers who seemed almost more interested in your growth than yourself\r\n\tA framework which gave structure to the entire 3 days of sessions\r\n\tLots of pointed conversations between founders, mentors and the team from Stanford, Duke and Harvard\r\n\tAnd most importantly - a commitment of calling out bullshit as soon as it is sighted or heard anywhere on the sprawling Infosys campus\r\n\r\nI am sure I was not the only founder who got the rudest shock when we were shook up from our roots and told that there\u2019s tonnes of bullshit and jargon floating around in our ideas and thought processes. We were told to take a \u2018panga\u2019 \u2013 with ourselves, our mind blocks, with the billion dollar companies, which we want to disrupt, with the universe that does not\u00a0conspire to help us. Where else would you have a founder tell someone else \u201cyour idea sucks, you need to relook at why you are even in business\u201d, only to find a response bereft of any defensiveness or aggression. Just plain and simple introspection.\r\n\r\nIt is always the founder who knows his business best but these three days had every single one of us relook at why\u00a0we do what we do, how\u00a0we get there and what\u00a0we build to achieve our purpose. We spoke of \u2018belief statements\u2019 instead of the archaic vision-mission statements, we spoke of category leadership instead of funding goals and we challenged our coaches instead of being lectured by them.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSo here are my takeaways; I am sure everyone had their own, but I suspect I represent a fair majority when I put this list together:\r\n\r\n\tFocus on your North Star\r\n\tQuestion your whole purpose of being \u2013 your core belief\r\n\tGet a grip on your unfair advantage\r\n\tSet measurable milestones and execute like mad\r\n\tDon\u2019t lose focus\r\n\tGet ready to take a Panga\r\n\tStay away from bullshit; its stinks even if it is your own\r\n\tA little beer with your cohort doesn\u2019t hurt J\r\n\r\nMy vote of thanks will not have names because leaving out even one\u00a0would be a travesty. iSPIRT is such an incredible movement and the people who came together to share their time, intellect and goodwill wrapped in brutal honesty have my respect \u2013 now and forever.\r\n\r\nIt is time to execute now.\r\n\r\nGo big or go home. Take a panga or put up your resume on a job portal. I think I choose former in both the cases and so do 200 other hustlers I saw in that room.\r\n\r\nMay the force be with you all!