18 Jul

Have a heart. That is what your startup needs.

We have been adopting the western ways very easily, especially the younger generation. We can see that with the adoption of theme restaurants, bars, gaming centers, and what not; we cannot avoid noticing the change. Then there are some people, pockets of them, being different; but then the larger waves always eat up the smaller ones, don't they? The reality is that this very core attitude of not-changing and the traditional approach of thinking like machines which has been there for years in us is now slowly spilling into Entrepreneurship as well. As a student, we are trained by our teachers and parents, never to ask questions, never to have your own opinion, never to do or speak anything that your heart wants, but follow. Several entrepreneurs are slowly bringing in this same culture in their startups as well. There are surely some who work and think differently but then the huge numbers supporting the no-change policy, just swallow the lesser numbers with ease. We don't question. We don't question the system, the structure, the idea, the approach, the output or the outcome, including ourselves or our mentors; and when we stop questioning, is when we stop taking ownership of anything, we follow. There is no ownership or love for something which you are creating by just following. That is where the problem lies. We the entrepreneurs must and I repeat, MUST, learn to question ourselves, our ideas, our minds, our team, our approach, our results and take ownership of the outcomes. Love your style of working, love the failures which you have faced with pride and move on to make greater things because you now have experience on your side and when you do this repeatedly, you start to fall in love with yourself, in love with your approach, your idea and most certainly with your startup. Once you have your heart into your startup, you cannot be stopped or slowed down; you cannot be forced to change course and you definitely cannot be stopped from succeeding because, it's not the mind that is building something, it's the heart. What I write here it does not mean you must stop taking advice, take as much advice as you want, but do what your heart asks you to. For a startup, the one most important thing it requires is that one Braveheart who will stand by it, no matter what, no matter if the whole team leaves, no matter if the whole industry comes crashing down, no matter if no investor wants to fund it, just does not matter if things look terrible. If that startup of yours has this one heart which keeps backing it up, putting trust in it, you will see one day that the heart will have company, your co-founder, then the two or more hearts will have a team and then without you even noticing it, you will have a village with you. Industries will get created, civilizations will be formed and all this will be only because, that idea had a heart backing it, now you can take a call if that heart is yours or not. Don't have a co-founder? Don't have the money? Don't have a team? Don't have the resources? Don't worry. Just have a heart backing your idea, you will see the dream, find the courage and the drive to find everything and moreā€¦ Let your startup idea first get a heart. Life is a testimony to the fact that everything which survives, survives because it has a beating heart in it. If you agree or disagree, feel free to comment below and we could catch up for a cup of coffee to take your views.