Let an entrepreneur be

This post is dedicated to entrepreneurs – all of em.

It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.
– Steve Jobs

And this post is meant for everyone around entrepreneurs – friends, family and everyone in their social circles.

Image credit: Entrepreneurshipforum.org

Image credit: Entrepreneurshipforum.org

8 years ago, when I chose to join my first startup by accepting a massive salary cut, my friends and family thought I have lost it. An year later, when the startup didn’t show any signs of success, I moved on to join another. My close ones thought, I have nothing left inside me now. 4 years later when this company got acquired and I didn’t make any money out of it, they got assured that I need to be put in a rehab. But wait, there was some consolation prize here – the merged entity offered me a job. A very nicely paid job. Relief!

Now everyone thought I am doing good in life and finally all my education and wisdom is being put to great use. However, an year later, on a morning, I broke the news that I am fed up working in that environment and want to quit. Friends got worried. Massively worried. “Quit and do what”?

I said “my own startup”. Some laughed. Some pitied. Some called/emailed me to express their concerns on why that’s a bad idea. I loved all these people. But listened to none. Two years have gone by since then. I tried with one idea. Failed. Tried with another. Saw early signs of success. I pushed the pedal with a great co-founder and team. For a change, things seem to be working now. You will hear the WebEngage story on TV today.

Did I just try to tell you a startup-underdog-who-comes-out-with-flying-colors story? NO. Absolutely not. Apologies if it came out that way. I am miles away from where I want to be. The problem is that I can’t tell you where I want to be. Because, very humbly put, you won’t understand it. Entrepreneurs are wired to be different. They can see things beyond the obvious. You are not helping by telling them obvious things.

Contrary to the popular belief, an entrepreneur is NOT a businessman. The former has a much larger goal than ONLY making money. But again, I won’t be able to explain because … I have a humble request – if you are close to an entrepreneur, be a part of his/her vision. Don’t be cynical. Please be the force of good. The guy will most likely fail. However, if (s)he succeeds, and you were a part of the journey, you’ll understand what the heck was this guy thinking. The problem is, when you get there along with the entrepreneur, you won’t be able to explain it to someone else either.

– Avlesh

Latest Comments

  1. prashant k v (@prashantkv) says:

    I’d like to thank you. Like you, I started my career in a startup and went through the exact things. My family thought (probably still thinks) I am crazy. We’re just wired differently. Wired with a vocab which does not have the word NO.

  2. justamaverick says:

    Good one Avlesh. Inspiring thoughts.

  3. Shoonya says:

    Remember someone had this on his CV
    “to acquire Infosys” 🙂

  4. Virendra Rajput says:

    Awesome post!! Really inspiring!!!
    A must read for every #entrepreneur

  5. Rabi Gupta says:

    This is so inspiring… and true for all the entrepreneurs I guess 🙂 Glad to see Webengage reaching new heights. And yes, thanks for linking back to iDubba \m/

  6. whereisthelove says:

    Congratulation Avlesh, your story so far is very inspiring for the rest of the entrepreneur community.

    Keep Shining 🙂

  7. Farzam (@pharzam) says:

    Hi Avlesh, So So thank you for sharing your about entrepreneurship
    Since 2008 I’ve started my start up with my friends.
    We had large number of problems whatever we also go on and try to put us in the right way. We had some success and some fail experiences.

  8. Ravi Sannidhi says:

    Good one Avlesh
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. 4thaugust1932 says:

    “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” –George Bernard Shaw

  10. Sachin Palewar says:

    Whoa. Great post. Exactly my thoughts, but I couldn’t have put them in words like you did. Best of luck to WebEngage team.

  11. Anil says:

    Entrepreneur is not a businessmen man !! Well said Avlesh..

  12. Ashwin says:

    True Words… “””””The problem is that I can’t tell you where I want to be. Because, very humbly put, you won’t understand it. Entrepreneurs are wired to be different.””””

    Al d best.

  13. Sapan says:

    Good One Avlesh!

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