I started working on some freelance jobs when I was in college. Did some jobs ranging from $5 to $500 but had a ball because I got to learn a lot while interacting with foreign clients and building websites for them. It essentially started as a hobby, but grew to a sizeable pocket money in a couple of years.
No matter what anyone says, we all have a lot of free time during college (if you skip the daily partying and skip a few mindless friend meetings)
Anyways, in a couple of years when I graduated from college, I naturally applied (and got interview calls) to some top MBA colleges in India. (Because that's the natural choice of most engineering students)
However after giving the entrance examinations, I quickly realized one very important fact of life:
I can't let a 3 hour exam determine my entire life:
- Who I'll marry
- Where I'll work
- What my salary will be
- What car I'll drive
... you get the point.
Hence, I decided to take my new found interest and knowledge in the internet sphere and begin my startup.
My father was against it, but I told him one thing that made him realize I was actually serious in throwing away my engineering degree (let's be honest, its useless anyway) and MBA interviews:
"I want to start my own company. That's MY CHOICE. I may fail. I may succeed. But whatever happens, it is MY CHOICE. If I fail, I'll blame myself. If I succeed, I'll congratulate myself. But if I don't try, then I'll never know and I'll blame everyone for the rest of my life."
Hence, started my entrepreneurial journey.
I've always believed in "learning through execution".
Yes, I've made a lot of mistakes, but with every mistake, I learn.
I've learnt so much in the last three years after opening my company, that most people don't get to learn in decades.
Millions of dollars, a 5600 sq ft office, 5 product launches, and 28,000 customers later - I'll still say the same things.
No - I did not follow the norms.
No - I did not do my post graduation even though it was within my grasp.
No - I did not follow my parents dreams.
No - I did not do any job.
No - I did not do everything the right way.
YES - I followed my dream. I still am. I'm happy.