No big deal, there are people who have better stories to inspire. Mine is no where closer to them. My 365 days were all mine and no one advised or inspired me to do so. Yes I had a complete support of my wife, co-founder, angel investor and my biggest critique 24*7 – Vinaya Naidu. But then for the first time in my life I had taken a decision on my own. For the first time I was not following anyone and like always I was listening to my heart. So here I am a year older and today I can spell the word correctly. Though I still have inhibitions to call myself CEO of Lighthouse Insights, so I prefer to call myself that I take care of the site and I am proud to be known as a blogger.
So how was it? No I can’t define it and nor can I share any golden rules for you to follow on them. Entrepreneurship is a journey that you have to walk on your own and have to go through it to know the good and bad of it, the ups and downs of it. You will have to do it on your own to know the fun in celebrating small joys when your account gets credited and learn to keep your cool when 9 out of 10 times things won’t go your way. The journey is not any industry specific they all are same. You work hard, you perform and you see the results upfront. There would be lazy days and there would be days where you would want to have more than 24 hours.
In last 365 days I have been wrong so many times, I had my ego, I had my anger, I had my tears and I had my smile. But in all this I have learnt that “Entrepreneurship is nothing but having the balls to survive.” It is a continuous constant war where you are tested always. Sometimes you are tested that you let go your objective, sometimes you are tested by your competitors, sometimes you are tested by unrealistic demands. At the end entrepreneurs who can sustain, go up the ladder and grow ahead.
There are no winners in the journey there are only survivors. So if you are ready to stretch yourself and think that you have a pair then go for it. Everyone will not be a Mark Zuckerberg but then everyone doesn’t have a pair either. So this is all Entrepreneurship about. I have it and I am ready for the next year. Not sure what 2013 holds for me but I will be tested severely. Nevertheless, I have got stronger ones now.
So good luck to all my fellow entrepreneurs. Love what you do. Finally make your own call, since it is your own path and you would have to walk all alone.