Entrepreneurship or jobs?

The Shark Tank season is back!

This morning I came across a wonderful video posted by Aman Gupta, on how Stage went on to become a 300Cr company after going through some really tough times.

To be honest, the video was emotionally touching.

And a story of how resilience and persistence combined together create miracles beyond comprehension!

However, when we watch shows like Shark Tank, it sadly makes us believe that we do great things only when we go out and pick entrepreneurship and makes most normal people like us pursuing jobs believe we aren’t doing much.

The reality is far from this.

People in jobs:

1. Are constantly putting themselves out there for something that might not eventually belong to them, the day they move on

2. Show up and treat someone else’s work like their own

3. Take up additional assignments that may/may not work out, sometimes at the cost of abandoning their own dreams.

I am not saying entrepreneurship is bad.
Nor am I saying jobs are bad.

Both are epic.
Both come with their pros and cons.

However, none is better than the other.

There are ambitious people working at their jobs better than their own business. Just because they care.
There are not-so-ambitious people becoming entrepreneurs, and still doing great at it.

There are multiple facets of life that none of us know about.

Looking at someone else is easier.
Looking at your own wins is powerful.

Have an agreement

I lost 7L INR because I did not get into a writing agreement with a client, and trusted they would pay.
Yes, even my eyes rolled and mouth opened just like yours 🙂

Don’t do that to yourself, my friend.
Have an agreement. Even with those you trust they will pay.

Better yet? Charge in advance.

At night

When the lights are off
and the glimmer of external world has vanished
so has the laughter riot of reels and cheap dopamine
and you are all by yourself

Comes to you a realisation most crucial
that was hidden beneath the layers that didn’t matter anyway.
The sadness of being too loyal
The guilt of being a narcissist (that comes in way of “I did nothing wrong”)
The peace of living by your passion
The joy of loving your parents
The satisfaction of doing the right thing
the dissatisfaction of playing over someone else
The richness of honesty, humility, and courage
the poverty of fake, fear and frail

And in that moment at night
when the lights are off
what speaks to you so loudly
is what is the true light.

It whispers, but is the loudest.
You listen to it and you honour yourself
You don’t listen to it and you may sleep well, but rarely do you ever be quiet.

Life cycle in full

  1. Feel good
  2. Feel bad
  3. Ignore feeling bad
  4. Feel worse
  5. Rinse and repeat
  6. Feel even worse
  7. Feel tiny bit of good
  8. Forget your bad
  9. But then that bad comes back
  10. And you feel bad again
  11. The loop of feeling bad never goes away
  12. Until one day you realise, it will not go away unless you change things
  13. So you finally take action one day
  14. And start taking control in your life
  15. Does not mean the bad vanishes suddenly
  16. But day by day, moment by moment, part by part, it starts losing its control over you
  17. And that is when you realise how powerful you are
  18. Feeling good isn’t a phase
  19. Feeling good is your right
  20. Even in the bad. And that is the good thing about bad.