Jul 31, 2012

Why most Entrepreneurs Fail?

Being an Entrepreneur and having walked that path (and still walking), I have come to realize why most Entpreneurs fail. Or in other words what is the life cycle of an Entrepreneurs? And when do most drop-off happen.
First Phase
You start with a complete ignorance towards your surrounding. The only think you have is an IDEA which you love more than your life. This ignorance slowly starts to come between you and the opportunity.

As a result: This experience will either tarnish entrepreneur's faith and hope, or he/she will rise above it and be enlightened.
Second Phase
If you find yourself in the second phase than it means that you have surpassed the First Phase. Now you are more open to other ideas and open to more opportunities. In a way, you feel that you have identified the truth behind running successful business. But as you move confidently, you come across another aspect of entrepreneurship, self-doubt. While moving confidently, you tend to realize that there is something which you have left out in a race to grab opportunities, to increase your revenue and valuation. This will make you disheartened. You feel you have failed yourself.

As a result: This experience will either tarnish entrepreneur's faith and hope, or he/she will rise above it and be enlightened.
(Most interesting fact of entrepreneurship is that in every phase, you come across an opportunity to be enlightened and gain strength.)

Third Phase
You see, an entrepreneurs always has to fight between his doubts because there is no other way he can guide himself along the way to success. It is this balance and struggle between the self-doubt and realization that entrepreneurs learns to trust and make decisions.

At this stage there are two things going inside an entrepreneurs' mind. Is this the right way? Am I on the right track? I don't see any signs?? But then with all the energy and hope, you wait and then you finally see the light at the tunnel of the darkness. "Yes, I knew it was the right path", you will console your heart half satisfied and half stressed out. Mind you that, at this point our entrepreneur is fully exhausted, if he is not than he has been ignoring everything that has been happening around. Learning is a method which stresses our brain to come to a conclusion. The state from confusion to conclusion is a pretty frustrating process because your mind cannot make head or tail of the situation.

You realize the dilemma of chasing an opportunity versus chasing your vision. You understand, it needs to be balanced and balanced in a right way. You take control of the situation and turn it around.

So what is the next phase now?? Well when you are on your foot and you have gone through the experience of life time. You certainly tend to gain your ignorance back. So you do gain your ignorance back and walk confidently again. The cycle repeats.

I find that entrepreneurs move in this cycle where he/she is continuously confronted with complicated situation personally and professionally. It is the overcoming of these hurdles which would teach an entrepreneurs to succeed.

Failure is more of giving up than not being able to attain anything. So in which stage do I think I am in ? Well, there are micro stages of this cycle which have repeated more than 2/3 times. So I would say I am still in the cycle holding myself. Is there an end to it? I don't think so. The speed of the cycle may slow down, but I think the motion will not cease. It will continue in one or the other form. 

Jul 19, 2012

Sustainable community and the reality show Format

So here is the idea which I have been pondering among, " how to build a sustainable community?" An important question, I suppose for all the developing and under developing nations. But this is a question not only among the nation builders but also among brands. Today, brands are competing head on to build a community around its services and products. So what is the right way?

I suppose there are different methods to it. For example, lets take an analogy:

Lets say, I build a house, equip it with furniture and all the necessary resources like food and energy. Then I invite people to come to the house and stay over. I think it will be wrong to assume that the people will finally evolve into a community because this is not how a community is built. This particular format is more like a Reality TV show format, and we all know that this format is not designed to be sustainable but to collapse with time. Because in Reality TV show format, rather than building a community, it disintegrates into one single member - who will be the winner. 

Community is mostly build out of necessity. It starts with few people, there is a reason and context behind their meet, then they communicate, collaborate and create. As a result, they build their surrounding to suit their needs and hence we have a community. This community is more sustainable. 

So what is my point? My point is that instead of investing in infrastructure and resources, the first thing that any community or nation builders must invest is on PEOPLE. Cause investing in people will empower people who will then there by communicate, collaborate and create.

Its like game of life. Currently, there are millions of small communities competing to exist and sustain the changes. Few will raise and fall, few will remain unheard but some will leave a legacy. Community doesn't have to die, but they surely change with time. 

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