Being an entrepreneur, from an ideation to execution phase, is like a ticking clock. You never know when to stop!
If you truly and passionately care about your idea and dream, you live with it all time- you eat with it, you sleep with it, and you even shit with it! The idea becomes you; the idea becomes synonymous and malleable with you that you become inseparable from your idea, unconsciously.
Once you have set in the entrepreneurial journey, it’s a bitter-sweet true revelation of the self. It exposes your weaknesses and shortcomings, and challenges your true potential and strengths in mind, speech, and body. It either makes or breaks you.
It’s quite daunting and scary when I look back. You become so protective of your idea that you go any length and means to protect it, that’s, you become an extremist in your pursuit!
Now, my understanding of an entrepreneur is not limited to setting up a commercial enterprise. It’s all about going beyond one’s comfort zone and pursuing to achieve a desirable goal, dream, idea, or whatever you may want to call it. An entrepreneur can be any one in any profession. One can be a government employee, a corporate or a private employee. Or can be a freelancer. In all sorts of profession- be it a teacher, a medicine practitioner, a policy maker, a researcher, a regulator, or a volunteer- who dares to dream and achieve more than a normally accepted one but all towards a value creation.
Trying to do so requires an enormous effort both mentally and physically which demands self-discipline, commitment, pro-activeness, endurance, perseverance, and esprit de corps- all pointing towards a personal leadership and management acumen skills.
But when I began my dairy farming enterprise in my village in 2010, none of the above entrepreneurial must-have prerequisite skills I knew and I had. So, I literally failed in my venture though I endured for more almost two years so much in despair, confusion, and hopelessness.
As it’s very much obvious, I learnt and experienced ‘being an entrepreneur’ is like a baby trying to learning to walk with hardly any support. For that, I’m thankful and grateful to the Loden Foundation for supporting an inexperienced youth like me back then.
Yet there is no denying the experience you gain in the process is overwhelming and priceless.