Startup is kind of new Smoking. Its cool to be creative, its cool to be making something. Every now and then we hear a lot about many people starting up, raising money, selling off to big brands and may be some making something that is extremely reasonable and very helpful.
Most of the startup guys or aka the Entrepreneurs, are worried about the end result, where they want to go or what they want to achieve whereas they should be focussing on the journey of building that startup. Its hard not to focus on destination but what is important is that you need to understand the importance of the journey you will be going through. & No matter how many things i tell you, the best way for me to explain this to you is by telling you a story (My Story) on how focussing on end goal made us almost bankrupt and how a shift in our focus helped us come out of it.
This was by far one of the major decisions that i took in my life. To tell you pretty honestly, i’ve been an entrepreneur before even i knew what an entrepreneur was (Fact of my life).
I was 8Years old when i was eating my lunch in school, when a friend of mine asked if he can have a paratha (Indian Bread) from my lunch box, and i said sure, it will be 2Rs & that was my first sale. When i realised that my potential is Selling something, for first time in my life i was sure that this is the only thing that i can do. Thats when i teamed up with my friend Nikunj Agrawal to build mYwindow (A Startup that allows people to sell anything).
Changing the world dilemma
After Setting out to build mYwindow, enter the movie Social Network, followed by lot of success stories of great entrepreneurs, which screwed my mind and i started thinking about Great Exits, Huge valuations and big VC money.
When you course your ship to sail on the dreams of changing the world or for putting a dent in the universe, Chances are that you will fail hard. Although Failures are good, you learn from them, but it is also something that you should suggest others to avoid.