Get busy living or get busy dying

This quote is from the movie “The Shawshank Redemption.” The full quote is “Get busy living or get busy dying.”

It means that we have a choice in life – we can either actively engage with the world and live our lives to the fullest, or we can give up and let life pass us by. We can either take risks, pursue our dreams, and find joy in the present moment, or we can resign ourselves to a life of boredom and despair.

This quote encourages us to take action and make the most of the time we have. It reminds us that life is short, and we should not waste it on things that do not matter. Instead, we should focus on what is truly important to us and take steps to achieve our goals and live our best lives.


Entrepreneurial rollercoaster: Navigating relationships, emotions, failures, and demotivation on the path to success

Entrepreneurship can be a challenging and rewarding journey. While building a business, entrepreneurs face numerous challenges that can affect their relationships, emotions, and motivation. In this blog, we will explore some of the common challenges faced by entrepreneurs and how they can overcome them.

  1. Relationships:

Entrepreneurship can put a strain on relationships, whether it’s with a spouse, family, or friends. Entrepreneurs often work long hours and put all their energy into their business, leaving little time for other areas of their life. This can lead to feelings of guilt and resentment from their loved ones.

To overcome this, entrepreneurs should communicate their goals and schedule with their loved ones. Setting boundaries and being transparent about their workload can help to manage expectations and reduce stress. Additionally, making time for self-care and spending quality time with loved ones can help to maintain healthy relationships.

  1. Emotions:

Entrepreneurship can be an emotional rollercoaster. The highs of success and the lows of failure can be challenging to manage. Entrepreneurs may also face anxiety and stress due to the uncertainty of their business.

To overcome this, entrepreneurs should practice mindfulness and self-care. Taking breaks, practicing meditation, and exercising can help to reduce stress and anxiety. Seeking support from a mentor or a therapist can also help to manage emotions and maintain a positive mindset.

  1. Failures:

Failures are inevitable in entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs may experience setbacks, such as failed product launches, unsuccessful marketing campaigns, or financial challenges. These failures can be demotivating and make entrepreneurs question their abilities.

To overcome this, entrepreneurs should embrace failure as a learning opportunity. They should analyze their failures and use the lessons learned to improve their business. Additionally, seeking support from a mentor or a business coach can provide a fresh perspective and help entrepreneurs to stay motivated.

  1. Demotivation:

Entrepreneurship can be a lonely journey, and entrepreneurs may feel demotivated at times. It can be challenging to stay motivated when facing constant challenges and setbacks.

To overcome this, entrepreneurs should set realistic goals and celebrate small wins. Breaking down big goals into smaller achievable tasks can make them feel less overwhelming. Additionally, seeking support from a community of like-minded entrepreneurs can provide motivation and accountability.

In conclusion, entrepreneurship is a challenging but rewarding journey. Entrepreneurs may face challenges in their relationships, emotions, failures, and motivation. However, by practicing mindfulness, seeking support, and embracing failure, entrepreneurs can overcome these challenges and achieve success in their business

The Entrepreneurial Spirit: Once Ignited, Forever Alive

Entrepreneurship is a way of life, not just a profession. It is a mindset that enables individuals to identify and pursue opportunities, create value, and take calculated risks. While some people may choose to start their own businesses only once, for others, entrepreneurship becomes a lifelong pursuit. The phrase “Once an entrepreneur always an entrepreneur” reflects this reality, and in this blog post, we will explore why this is the case.

  1. Entrepreneurship is a mindset

Entrepreneurship is not just about starting a business; it’s about the mindset that drives individuals to pursue their goals and create value. Entrepreneurs are inherently curious and creative. They are always on the lookout for new opportunities and ways to improve existing systems. This mindset doesn’t just disappear once an entrepreneur has sold their business or retired from the startup world.

  1. Entrepreneurs thrive on challenge

Entrepreneurs are often attracted to the challenge of starting a business. They relish the opportunity to create something new and solve problems that others have overlooked. This drive doesn’t disappear once a business is up and running. Many entrepreneurs continue to seek out new challenges, whether that means starting a new business or pursuing other endeavors that require creativity and problem-solving skills.

  1. Entrepreneurs are passionate

Entrepreneurs are often driven by a deep passion for what they do. Whether they are creating a new product or service, solving a problem, or serving a specific market, entrepreneurs are committed to their vision. This passion doesn’t simply disappear once a business is sold or retired from. Many entrepreneurs continue to be passionate about the same issues that drove them to start their business in the first place, and they may pursue other avenues for expressing that passion.

  1. Entrepreneurs are resilient

Starting a business is not easy, and entrepreneurs often face setbacks, failures, and unexpected challenges along the way. However, successful entrepreneurs learn from their experiences and use them to build resilience. This resilience doesn’t disappear once a business is sold or retired from. Many entrepreneurs continue to be resilient in other areas of their lives and pursue new challenges with the same level of determination.

  1. Entrepreneurship is a community

Entrepreneurship is not just about the individual; it’s about the community of like-minded individuals who support each other and share a common vision. Once an entrepreneur has entered this community, they are unlikely to leave it entirely. Many entrepreneurs continue to be involved in the startup world, even if they are no longer running their own business. They may mentor new entrepreneurs, invest in startups, or simply attend events and stay connected with others in the community.

In conclusion, the phrase “Once an entrepreneur always an entrepreneur” reflects the reality that entrepreneurship is a way of life, not just a profession. The mindset, drive, passion, resilience, and community that define entrepreneurship are unlikely to disappear once a business is sold or retired from. For many entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship becomes a lifelong pursuit, and they continue to seek out new challenges and opportunities to create value long after they have left the startup world

A book I can read again and again without getting bored…..

It is after reading this book my life got transformed… It was during 2004 I got this book and finished reading it at one go… 

My Situation: My company was in near disaster when 35 out of 40 of my staff resigned in less than 2 weeks..

That was the first time I came across an attrition and I was almost collapsed… I got convinced that my four year entrepreneur journey has come to an end..

It was after reading this book that I got the confidence to fight back… The book taught me how to approach failure… My entire perception about failure changed and I stared looking for opportunity and lessons from every failure…

The book talks about ways of turning setbacks to success and it is conveyed with 27 real life cases..

I keep reading this book when ever I feel demotivated… Till now I would have read this book more than 50 times and I keep gifting this book to entrepreneur friends…

A small snippet about Failure from the book;
Old Definition:A negative, fatal, and final result indicating: 

  • An inability to perform and a lack of success 
  • A falling short because of ineptness, deficiency, or negligence 
  • A bad, bad thing that should be avoided, mourned, and punished. 

New Definition: A short-term unexpected result that reflects a challenge in progress and that provides: 

  • A stepping-stone to success 
  • An opportunity for learning and development 
  • An opportunity for creative change and innovation.

Finally I’ve to thank the author Charles Manz for giving us such a wonderful book.. Your book had huge impact on me SIR!!!

Thank You Once Again SIR!!!

The Junk in my life & how overcome them!!

I’ve been a very proactive kid in sports, business & extra curricular activities… But I’ve been a underperforming student… My whole capacity was measured based on my academic performance… My own parents crushed my dreams, and pushed me to put that extra effort to excel in what I was not good at(Studies)…

The stigma of being a poor performer in academics made me;

  • Low in self esteem.
  • Low in self confidence.
  • A comedy stock.
  • Live being bullied by above average kids.
  • Live a life of frustration.

Things I was forced to QUIT!!

Sports: I was a naturally gifted athlete & sports person which came from my maternal grandfather, maternal uncle and my mother. Sports Day is the only day I felt like a hero. I had dreams of building a career as a footballer or an athlete. But I was forced to quit because of academic performance.

Fish Breeding: At the age of 12 I started breeding fish at home and was selling to local kids. Made around ₹2000 a month during 1992. My parents forced me to quit, as they believed earning money would bring down my interest in academics.

HDK Dealership: Those were the days of audio cassettes. People use to buy empty cassattes to record their favorate songs. A 90 minute empty cassette costs ₹40 and I use to buy those cassettes to record songs. HDK(or HDC? Could collect the name) was the market leader for its quality!!

One day thought of taking dealership for HDK as local shops were selling low quality cassettes.Immediately wrote a letter to HDK asking dealership. I got a response from them telling they didn’t have a dealership option. But they offered to give a cassette for ₹20 if I could place an order for 100 units. The total investment was ₹2000 and my parents had the money I earned through fish breeding. Again they didn’t give that money and discouraged me to continue..

Movies: My interest on studies was drastically coming down as I couldn’t cope up. Got an opportunity to become a troop dancer in movies. Again I was not allowed to continue as movies are not considered as a career option for person coming from a reputed family..

Finally I took a stand that I wanted to become an entrepreneur when I was 20 and perceived with great difficulties. But I had to come across a lot of junks like;

  • Emotional Blackmail from closed ones!!
  • Discouragement from closed ones & friends!!
  • Pessimism from incompetent stake holders!!
  • Crooks who try to cheat or exploit!!

It is impossible to totally eradicate such people. But I do following things to remove those junk take over me;

  • Associate and Hang-around with Movivated and Like-Minded people!!
  • Watch motivational movies!!
  • Listen to motivational songs!!
  • Read success biographies!!

This is what I do to “Clean House of Junk”…

It was a mediocre day!!!

Went to office today to catch up on some pending line items… A lot were planned to catch up for the lost time..

But it was not moving as I expected.. Things were moving very slowly and we made little progress..

Being a leader I couldn’t let my motivation down and I tried my level best to pumped up…

Went out for a walk, came back to office and watched some movivational clippings from YouTube…

After competing the day I found out where was the snag and took up those snags to Swami immediately…

Though this day has not given the desired result I’m sure this will make way for the great things we are going to do this year..

Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before. – by Jacob Riis

Been through these Phases

I’ve personally experienced these phases and saw fit for want to be entrepreneurs to frame it in their drawing room!!

 This is why you must not give up;

  • You haven’t tried everything!!
  • You are closer to success than you think!!
  • If you don’t finish, then someone would!!
  • Right before success there is a dark phase!!
  • You will never regret trying until the end!!
  • It’s better to die trying than giving up!!
  • Past failure does not predict the future!!
  • As long as you are alive, anything is still possible!!!