What’s it like being at the top?
Entrepreneurship has its glitz and glamour. The reiterated admiration of people who see you in light of glory that highlights your ability to take risks and go all in. For me, It never felt like a big deal, because it seemed to be the only logical route. A few people from my inner circle kept mentioning that it’s a lonely road to go on. It could be the comfort I had of having partners in my older firm to rely on, but recently the same fact has started making a lot of sense. It evolved from a terrifying thought to a serene one. So serene, that it became about my in-transit people (former, current, and future employees).
I’ve faced numerous partners and employees leave my older firm. The thought being alone never struck me. In the new blossoming firm, one of the first people onboard, Vatsal, is now leaving to pursue higher education. (A stellar lad btw). Post our conversation, the it struck me hard. Hard, not because of how tragic it sounds, but hard because it gave immediate clarity on what it means to build an amazing team. Entrepreneurship is not just about building and scaling your own dreams. It is to give a platform to your people to align with your dreams. And they’re all travellers with you in your journey. They will leave.
Entrepreneurship is not just about building and scaling your own dreams. It is to give a platform to your people to align with your dreams.
As soon as I accepted that the only one in my game is me, the dynamic of building a team that I can retain completely changed to me understanding that the whole purpose of me building a team became about taking care of people around. Always add value, scale people, and give them your all. Because the clearer they see your vision, the clearer they can see their future. And your job is take care of their future while working towards yours.
It’s a lonely path because it’s your path. It becomes so evident because it’s out in the open, unlike under the protection of a secure job.
The amount of clarity I’ve gotten in the past two weeks has pushed me to be clear about my vision with my team. And it’s been amazing. But I’m lucky to have transitioned into the positive mindset of this change and how little it matters in the macro. So, keep at it. And always give. More. More. More.
If you’re in a spot with your team, do let me know. If you have your own story on the same thing, I’d love to hear your take on the issue!❤