Should I start-up?
Over the last few months, a number of people have asked me this question in different flavours.
My answer — I don’t know, because I have never started up. But if you still care about my opinion — Just the fact that you are asking the question, may be you should not — at least not just yet.
Starting up requires a great deal of conviction, self-belief, confidence, courage, determination, drive ... you get the drift — to make things happen. In the startup journey you will be faced with hundreds of tough situations & decisions. There will be tons & tons of low-times when things will not be going the way you want them to — In all those, you will need to draw on your conviction & still make things happen. A lot of startups fail because they don’t try hard enough, so if you aren’t convinced yourself — its probably not the right time.
When you startup, you will need to convince 3 key stakeholders: customers, employees & investors — about your vision. This is super hard and to be able to do it, your own conviction will need to be deep & authentic.
Does that mean, you shouldn’t talk to anyone or seek inputs - Well, thats an option. My suggestion would be to talk to people you respect, to hear their views — Look for ideas/concerns they bring up, that you think are important to the problem and you haven’t thought about yet. DO NOT go blindly by what they have to say — regardless of who the advisor is.
As an entrepreneur — what you bring to the world, is your conviction in importance of the problem AND your way of solving it. Ensure the fire is strong in you, before you think of spreading the flame.