What is keeping you waiting? Is it the fear or the feeling that you haven’t done enough research on how your idea would pan out or is it a mere procrastination? On proximate observation you would be dazed to discover that every reason you have ever given in support of your not starting sooner would go down to nothing but your lethargy. Yes, you heard it right; you are the one who keeps on pushing your ideas until you no longer believe in their achievability.
You are well aware of the ‘first step’ of your ‘big idea’, you certainly know whether your skills are enough to get that right or you require some external help. Then why are you still allowing yourself to sit lousily and ponder over thoughts of creating something big? If you really want something then show some signs that you really care about that idea of yours.
“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
– Calvin Coolidge
If words are not enough to get you started, so let’s take a look at some of the young talents who started working on their ideas as soon as they discovered what they really wanted. Despite the startup culture not being widely accepted in our country, we have got a number of young entrepreneurs to celebrate.
Saman Pahwa, a 22-year old Delhite, chose to be an entrepreneur despite of facing strong disapproval from his parents. He realized that there was a lack of options in the gifting market that left the buyers with limited options like Hallmark and Archie’s. Thus, quitting his MNC job at Gurgaon, Saman followed his passion of building ‘Handmade Junction’, via which one could order customized, handmade gifts online and get it delivered to them. The company that was founded on April 2015 has already earned revenue of Rs. 34 lakhs. A guy of 22 with the help of his brother Simran Jeet Singh brought about this miracle.
It’s not uncommon to notice problems around you and realizing that within every problem lays an opportunity. All we need to do is act on it.
But not all ideas are born as a solution to an existing problem. Some simply start out from passion for something. Now here is an example of someone who built something great out of his passion for food.
Nishant Vijaykumar, a guy of 25 has already grabbed the founding title of three food outlets in Chennai within a span of 11 months. Nishant graduated as a gold medalist from the Welcome Group Graduate school of Hotel Administration in Manipal and then worked at ITC in Chennai. He soon decided to break the shackles and go his own way. “I knew that working in hotels was not my cup of tea. Anyone could replace me in the job I was doing; I wanted to make a difference by creating some value. I didn’t want to look back and ask myself why I didn’t take that risk. Whether I failed or succeeded, at least I took that step,” Nishant told The Hindu. Today, when he looks at the growing success of his brand Brownie Heaven, I am sure he would feel nothing but happy that he took that leap.
From stories like these, you will see that the tough thing is to get started, rest follows. Brownie Heaven was started from a Facebook page in 2013 and when they made it fully operational in 2015, it bagged wonderful reviews and sold over 2000 kgs of brownies in just 3 months. It became the only outlet to offer 20 flavors of brownies ranging from cheesecake brownies to ‘fliter kaapi’ brownies. Unprecedented and wonderful things happen when people find courage to follow their passions.
But, things like these don’t happen in a day. They are results of small repeated efforts made every single day. Many people talk about the power of just starting with giving 5 minutes to whatever it is you want to accomplish every single day. Research, experiment, reach out to people, network, try to build team. There are so many things that you can do to get started. Maybe 5 minutes a days is all you need.
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone” ― Pablo Picasso
Another huge inspiration is the 24-year old genius Shrikanth Bolla whose fate of being born blind in a poor family couldn’t stop him from building a 50-crore company, Bollant Industries. Even at the age of 23, Shrikanth has come a long way after fighting his way through the societal norms and finally building four production plants.
His journey highlights the most important rule for accomplishing anything. Once you do get started, the idea is to never every give up. You see it’s very hard to defeat a person who does not give up.
Here’s only one thing that you need to know: It’s never too late or too soon to start working on your ideas. Because there must not come a time in your life when you look up to something and say to yourself “I could’ve done this”. That idea of yours deserves to be tested.
“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”– Denis Waitley