Who am I?
I am an Entrepreneur. I want to build things that solve problems, make people happy and in return make money. I became an entrepreneur by choice, though I didn’t know what it was like. Someone told me that it is the path to riches. Another one told me that it is very very tough to be an entrepreneur. I didn’t know what it is then but just knew that if I do not become an Entrepreneur, I will miss being one ! So I jumped into this world three years back.
By now, I have tried justifying to myself in multiple ways why I want to be entrepreneur. Here are few that resonate well:
- I like to be my own boss (even if I am not a good boss of myself!)
- It brings out the true talent and gifts inside me
- There is a deep desire to create big success and use that success to enable success and happiness for millions
- Being an entrepreneur gives me freedom to choose the problems I want to solve
- The best one is that Entrepreneurship frees me to Choose myself (Thanks James!), discover my Ikigai and hence find the balance between happiness and success
By now, I have failed enough number of times to realise that this is indeed very very tough. However, I also know even more surely that this is the way of my life. I have created success for myself in the past again and again, after failures. So this does not deter me. What is important to know is that this is about me. It is not about money, fame or proving to others. It is only about me and my Life’s Task.
The world discourages me to Be Me
The biggest hurdle in finding my Life’s Task is the environment. I want to travel the world, but there are duties to fulfil before I take that. Even if they delay my learning! I wanted to leave a high paying job which brought success, but how could I unsettle myself? I want to build something really useful. That requires me to fail, get up and try again. Failure! How could I fail multiple times? Some of these are manifestation of my own fears while some have been built by the environment I am in. As a child I failed in many things (and succeeded in few too). As a young guy, I travelled a lot. I took risks as well. However, the world around me wants me to settle down. This has been the design I grew up in. School, College, Job, Marriage, Children – the process of settling down. I had to choose between success and happiness. I didn’t know for a long time that they are different. When I knew the difference, I refused to believe that I had to choose one. I wanted both. I tried being happy when successful. Difficult. So I chose happiness. Now I am in process of creating success while being happy.
I want to build this not only for myself but also for numerous others like me who want to choose happiness along with success. In this life only !
I know that there are many like me (actually millions) with gifts and talents that are not fully utilised. And many before me who took this path. I am joining this transformation with a belief that the movement would become bigger and bigger.