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5 reasons why you should hire an ex-entrepreneur without a thought

Posted by in StartUp

Investopedia offers an interesting definition of the word Entrepreneur. According to them, an Entrepreneur is “an individual who, rather than working as an employee, runs a small business and assumes all the risk and reward of a given business venture, idea, or good or service offered for sale. The entrepreneur is commonly seen as a business leader and innovator of new ideas and business processes”

That said, not all entrepreneurial journeys end successfully. The failure rates are very high. But that said, according to me, there is no such thing as a “Failed Entrepreneur”. The person who takes the journey, is a winner already because it takes a lot of guts to do something like that.

Should companies be open to taking up these ex-Entrepreneurs?

According to me, a big YES.

Without blinking an eye.

And here are the reasons why. Ex-entrepreneurs are –

  • Big Dreamers & Risk Takers – Ex-entrepreneurs are people who were dreamers- and who had the guts (or in a moment of madness- another characterstic you should admire) waged their entire savings to follow their dreams. These are the people you want in your team- who will see the value of the offering, and find ways of taking a position that could pay you back handsomely quicker than later. They see things differently- and do things differently. They are the Mavericks… that could change your world.
  • Have rare levels of Passion – Ex-entrepreneurs wear passion on their sleeves. Here are people, who did their best to follow their passion! They lived their dreams. The worked on their passion. These are the people, who can take your company and the offerings to new levels, if you can get them to see and own your vision. These are low maintenance people, who will chip away at the problem till it gets solved and keep moving forward, because that is the way to be.
  • Have tremendous levels of Self-Motivation – Ex-entrepreneurs have something that they have developed to a high level of perfection- Self motivation. They can find reasons to stay motivated at all instances, and do not need you to motivate them. They will find a sliver of hope and light up the entire room. Put the toughest problem to them- they will find a way to look at the positives- and then start chipping away at the problem.
  • Ready for Hard work & have oodles of Dedication- They realize that there is no substitute for hard work.These are the people who will not wait for someone else to do the job – they will go out and do it themselves. Because they have been doing it the only way they know… dedication.
  • Ability to see & hear before others do – Ex-entrepreneurs will see changes in the business environment that most of your other employees won’t be able to – because they have lived in the jungle- and survival requires them to be on their toes. Employees, because of their comfort zone, will not see the problem coming and will end up fighting for survival. Ex-entrepreneurs will see it before it becomes a problem, and find ways to move the company in ways to overcome the challenges.

Ex-entrepreneurs are trained warriors who you don’t need to closely monitor or maintain. These are low maintenance professionals, who will constantly be on their toes. Because that is how they lived when they were entrepreneurs.

So there!

The next time when you see an ex-entrepreneur sitting opposite to you looking for a job, don’t think. Find a fit. Give him the goal. Show him the direction- and let him run. The job will get done!

They could be your best asset in the years to come!


So you want to be an Entrepreneur….

Posted by in Startup Tips


It has been an year exactly since we got into our Entrepreneurship journey.   It has been one exhilarating ride till now.  And while we sit on the other side of 365 days, here are some comments that come to mind from friends and well wishers…

It is not going to be easy to do something like this.  Stay focused.

You guys have guts to do something like this! 

I want to do this either, but I have commitments.  Will you be open to sleeping partners… 

Most of what they said, makes complete sense. 

When you start your business, you run on your enthusiasm for the first 90 days.   Then you realize that the money you planned to use, is drying up- much faster than you had anticipated.

And you start wondering what to do next.

Here is a compilation of thoughts that we have gone through and learnt post 365 days of flying, running, walking, crawling…   in that order.  And then the flying starts again.

Here is the first tip! 


Irrespective of what you plan, what you think, what your friends tell you…. the time it takes to turn around a business is anywhere between 12-18 months!  Plan to stick around that- and ensure your family is fully supportive.  Without a supportive family, it will be a struggle. With a supportive family, it will be a blessing! You will want to do more! 

Don’t go on the basis of people who “Make it” in 3-6 months.  For every company that makes that happen, there will be a 1000 more, that will not be able to get to that timeline. 

It is better to err on the side of safety! 

Go live your dream!  


The One Book You Need To Read on Dec 31

Posted by in Books, Motivation, Personal Branding, Personal Effectiveness


As we end 2014, it is time to reflect and plan for the next year.  Whilst, most of us, will be planning on new goals, here is my suggestion!


Plan NOT to make any new year resolutions!

At least not yet.


Instead, think of what we should be doing – to ensure we can sustain beyond 48 hours! Without feeling defeated by not being able to adhere to our own resolutions! 


And the reason is simple why we fail.  It is because resolutions are “DIFFICULT TO KEEP”.  They are designed to fail- and we just CANNOT make them successful.


At least the majority of us. 


Instead, what is required is “MINI HABITS” – that will set you up for success.  In a way, where you trick your brain to think it is actually possible- and to make it happen.


May I suggest, you start with buying this book – and in keeping with the times, download it through Amazon and give it a read. It is easy- and you can finish it in a couple of hours.  


This book is especially very useful if you find making your commitments stick.   This is an easy read- and you will enjoy this.



This may be the best book to start your new year with! 


Try the book out.  And if you do decide to try out some of the ideas in it- I guarantee this to you- you will have a glorious time ahead.


So there.  All the best.


Have a grand 2015- and my wishes for the greatest year of your life.


Overcoming Writers Block…

Posted by in Blogging

For someone who has had a serious case of Writers Block, and even more serious, a condition of Serial Procrastination, I recommend this book – Chicken Soup for the Soul – Inspiration for Writers.   This book has 101 stories all written by people who have been afflicted by the same syndrome – and who overcame it.  


Coming as it does, in the end of 2014, and the beginning of 2015, this is a good thing.   


Happy New Year to all of you- and I wish you a great journey of discovery and writing- as I.

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