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What do you know about life as an entrepreneur? Here are some truths about entrepreneurship that every aspiring entrepreneur should know!
I am on a high; the high that comes not just from doing something well, but from knowing that something you did impacted others’ lives in a meaningful way.
Just a couple of days ago, we held our very first event this year in Bangalore, #BreakingBarriers To Growth, where women entrepreneurs in sectors as diverse as manufacturing, retail, luxury, education, publishing, design, apparel, technology, home and children’s products came together to share their learnings and challenges, and support each other over the entrepreneurial journey.
The idea was to get together to push ourselves harder, and move faster towards our goals, and the enthusiasm of the entrepreneurs who met was infectious.
#BreakingBarriers is coming to Mumbai this Saturday, 21st March, and I am looking forward to another such experience. (Mumbai folks, get your passes here!)
The warmth and camaraderie between participants, even meeting for the first time, was palpable, and I believe the “charge” we all received from the sessions as well as the interactions will stay with us for a while.
As an entrepreneur myself, the #BreakingBarriers event reinforced these truths for me.
Especially for small businesses with 1-2 founders, and a small team, it can be a lonely path. Connecting with other entrepreneurs helps us learn and look beyond our own ‘wells’, but it also provides that electric spark we all need from time to time – to renew ourselves and feel energized again to take on new challenges.
Personally, I am resolving to get out more often to connect with other entrepreneurs.
A participant presents the group’s work as part of an interactive session on business models
One of the reason businesses with potential to grow don’t fulfill it is because we get comfortable. Our products are doing well or our existing customers are happy with us or we know this market really well. Things look good – until our products stop doing well because they’ve become irrelevant in a dynamic market, or we get complacent and make mistakes precisely because we know the market.
It is important for us to consciously evaluate if we are getting into a comfort zone, and push ourselves to explore new avenues for growth – before we get into a zone of discomfort!
Apurva Purohit, CEO, Radiocity and Author of Lady, You’re Not A Man, exhorts women to go out and work for what they want!
We hide our fears as entrepreneurs – we may be afraid of failure with a new product and stick to our known repertoire, afraid to seek funding, afraid to let go of a business we know is wrong for us; one of the learnings from the #BreakingBarriers workshop was how normal it is to be afraid! In the feedback we received after the workshop, one entrepreneur after another spoke about how it resonated with her to hear that others too faced such challenges. The fear of the new is normal, and acknowledging that is the first step to moving forward.
As one entrepreneur put it, “My demons are not to be ignored but can be used as a springboard.”
Bhavna Toor, Leadership Coach and Founder, Shenomics takes workshop participants through confronting their fears and moving ahead
I believe that all of us need to drink deep from such a well of refreshment from time to time, and sharpen our minds as well as renew our spirits.
Come and join the Women’s Web community in Mumbai – #BreakingBarriers is meant to help us all network, learn, grow!
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Mostly Normal is a book of innocence, longing, filial love, angst and acceptance, encapsulating a gamut of human emotions within its lightweight edifice. The book touches the human heart and will stay with you.
Some books enthral you till the last page, and then there are those that you stop reading after turning a few pages. Some books are a one-time read, while you carry some books with you long after you have read them. Then, once in a while, a book hits you so close to home that you find it difficult to slot into any category.
I will put Priyadeep Kaur’s Mostly Normal (BookSoul Reads, 2022) in this last bracket.
At a little less than hundred pages, Mostly Normal is a testimony of the power of words to inspire, irrespective of their length.
Most women do not get to live their lives the way they want, on their own terms. So why should they be tied down in their old age?
Every morning, while dropping the kids at the bus stop, I find a grandfather waiting with his granddaughter. I see him again when I fetch the kids. This has been the pattern for the last few years.
He is seen actively participating in his granddaughter’s activities, from morning and evening walks to attending her parent-teachers meeting, sending her for extracurricular activities to even planning her birthday party. He is admired by all. He is appreciated for making himself useful in his old age. People rave that the doting grandfather is doing his duty towards his children and grandchildren. The much-admired grandfather is also a widower, having lost his wife years ago to chronic disease. It’s also to be noted that both his son and daughter-in-law are working parents.
Every day, the onlookers appreciate his sense of duty and dedication. They say that this is how the elderly should keep themselves occupied. They should bring up their grandchildren while their children go off to work.
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