Our previous LogicTalk sessions had varied topics of discussion. The common thread, in conjunction with the latest one has been ‘individual growth’. When Vineet, Director, IndiBlogger, walked in for an interaction, he spoke about his work-life with acute honesty. His introspection paved a new way of looking at entrepreneurship, wherein one can be called as a starter instead of an entrepreneur.
When you think about it, the word seems very simple, yet it is one of the most productive words you can associate yourself with. Being a Steve Jobs fan, he shared about how he connected the dots; I will share about that later.
Albeit, the discussion had a few viewpoints which were debatable, the essence of the interaction was the insights he shared related to his passion. The way biking and travel engineered his growth as a person, has a few cues for us. These are five takeaways for you.
Travelling taught him to respect people. He earnestly stated that, “You cannot command respect, you can only earn it.” An e.g. to support this statement came from one of his travel trips to Ladakh. Vineet and his friend went for a trip a few years ago. On their way back they met a man on an old LML scooter. The man asked them, “So, how was Ladakh?” This question came as a bolt from the blue. They realised that the feat they accomplished with their bikes was done by another with just a scooter. There is so much other people have seen and known in their life, that they shouldn’t be taken for granted. Every person might have seen some part of life which you may not have seen.
Another incident during the same Ladakh trek made Vineet realise the importance of patience. His co-traveller and friend’s bike broke down and refused to start at the Chang La pass. He had to push his friend’s bike through the pass and they did it. If by nature Vineet wasn’t a patient person, the lack of oxygen and the difficulty of the situation would have made him leave the trip half way and go home. Hence, every individual should pick up a hobby or passion that will teach them patience.
Another incident at a bike trip to Ganpatipule made him realise the importance of trust in one’s life. A traveller did not have headlights on the narrow road while riding. He went by Vineet’s judgement and they covered a total of 40 kms in pitch darkness. If Vineet wavered a little they would have gone below the Ghats. He learnt that trust is hard to earn, but you need to give people a chance to trust you and vice versa.
One has to learn to take risks in life. If Vineet hadn’t taken the risk of quitting his job to start his own enterprise, IndiBlogger would have still been a dream. He further states, being in your safe zone isn’t of any use, be a little courageous.
Never start anything to quit. Start everything to stay in it. He shares, “till the time you don’t make a commitment, there are only promises.”
The session was an interesting one with laughter, humorous examples and inspiring view points. As it got over, the following words from a book echo themselves into my ear, “Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it.” – Scott Peck (The Road Less Travelled)
So I guess it is time you transcend your current realities by being a “starter”.