And today I am a successful person (at 31)
Like you, I always wanted to be successful in my life. Now I achieved success before my 31st birthday.
My parents wanted me to be rich and well known person “bada aadmi” so I studied hard to get a decent job. Like many others I also thought that job in MNC IT company is key to heaven. I will get money, position, respect and one day I will retire as rich CEO.
It looks scary when I think of myself few years back. What the F*ck I was doing at my job !!
- Getting ready in morning before the meeting time
- Wasting time in useless meetings
- Accepting work that I did not like
- Preparing reports that no body cares about (except my manager)
- Filling up fake time-sheets (so that my salary get processed)
- Doing work in late hours because my company offers flexible timings (Company laptop for Work-From-Home was curse)
- Missing get-togethers and parties with friends because late evening meeting was scheduled with my american client
- I was weekend worker because I have to be a responsible employee (promotion aspirant in coming year)
- Always waiting for salary to be appeared in account
- Thinking of starting bigger company than my current employer
As you might have guessed by now, I hated my job. I could never be successful in that work environment. I never wanted to become like my manager or his boss or super boss. There was no inspiration or motivation for doing great work.
I started working on ideas with my friend. We were in hurry to start a company (not a startup but a biggg company). I wanted to do something for education field. We hired one person to develop online platform for schools. We got initial traction, I left my job in Feb, 2014 to build my first startup in education domain.
We did a lot of mistakes, we wasted a lot of money, we lost the direction. My startup failed in six months. It was mainly because of co-founder conflicts but there were more reasons of our failure.
“Most important learnings are collection of failed experiences”
My co-founder joined a lavish job but I was determined to stay in startup. Whole experience of failure was eye opener for me. My dream was broken.
“But a dream must be broken to wake you up from sleep”
I was looking to work with other startup as employee or partner. I still had capacity to take risk (minimum salary + equity). It was more important to find founders with similar mind-set rather than high profiled.
I met with founder of The Morpheus accelerator who connected me with his portfolio companies in delhi. I ended up joining another startup in education. I found exactly what I was looking for, a visionary founder.
We worked hard, we did a lot of experiments, we changed our marketing and product. Some things went well some fell apart. We were progressing towards our goals but without earning any income. We had to pivot for making money but we could not figure out way where our mission matches with VC expectations. Soon we had to put our work on hold.
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill
This is period of struggle which most of startup founders go through. I am no exception. In this journey I discovered myself, the real me. I am so glad that I said NO to my well paying job.
It’s freedom from gold handcuffs.
Now I work at my home, enjoying my successful life
I woke up in morning whenever I like. I don’t remember when I last used alarm clock. Some days I work till 2:00 AM but some time I don’t feel like working beyond 9:00 PM.
It’s freedom of working.
I go for shopping on weekdays when there is no crowd. I don’t have to get frustrated in traffic jams, I don’t have to line up in billing queue. It saves my time and energy which I use for creative purpose.
I don’t have to live by rules defined by someone (often known as Manager or Boss).
It’s my life, I decide what is good for me, I decide whether I should refine my skills in technology or testing or excel sheets.
I do things that I am not Qualified for..
..I used to get ‘C’ grade in english language (and I am still bad at using english) but I love writing articles these days. I don’t have marketing degree but I am doing digital marketing.
I always loved studying financial material but never got courage to explore it as profession. I am taking that risk now. I am determined to make my profession around financial products like investments, payments, tax savings, banking and credit cards.
As Steve Jobs said beautifully…
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
I was average in my studies and I always avoided reading books. I never read story books when I was in school or fiction novels when I was in college. But now I love reading books, see what I am reading.
It’s like my re-birth. I am living my life more sensibly. I do take care of my physical and spiritual health.
I am doing work that is meaningful.
My work is to touch human lives in positive way. My first startup was to help education institutes (teachers, parents, students) while my next startup was to help students in learning science.
I love building products, I love coding, I love learning new coding language. So, I am doing what I love. I am learning Ruby on Rails for building world class web applications.
I spend four to five hours daily with my son. I play with him, cry with him,
fight with him and occasionally teach him something. There is more to learn from children than to stuff their mind with knowledge (garbage).
I always dreamed of this life. I wanted to stay close to my family and now I am living my dream.
Earlier I was working for Aricent, now I work for my family.
Ohh, I forgot to tell that I am not rich yet.
Rather I am poorer than I was last year. But money does not explain success to me, it is must to have for buying survival and luxury. Survival supports life system and luxury gives us happiness.
I have both, life and happiness. I know I will be rich one day but I am successful today.