You have to be the story people share

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And not the forgotten, incomplete book that some one left mid way

We are all beginning a new chapter everyday in life. Something new is being created every day in life and you are potentially doing something unusual and worht being heard and shared every day.

And I mean that. 

All of us have the potential to be master story tellers and creators of destiny. The sad part however is very few of us are working on it

Every morning when I get up, there are multiple reasons for me to not get cracking on what is potentially the most difficult thing to do. Whether it is getting up to exercise early winter mornings or getting up and getting back to work – which I know will take time to get me the rewards I am hoping for

And there are enough and more reasons for me to ‘not do’ any of these and straight on take the simpler route –  Sleep till late, get on to do something easy and lazy ,maybe nothing at all. Take up a high paying job and getting to the more secure things. More assured realities

There is no harm in taking the secure route. After all, a man with empty stomach is only as worthwhile as Titanic with a hole crumbled by the Iceberg 😉 But that is a discussion for another day!

Being secure is about getting the fundamental right and not screwing up on the basics. And I am a firm believer of the fact that for a grand story to be told, a brilliant plot to be conjured up – there have to be some basics that are fitting all in place

While there will be times when things will work out absolutely miraculous – out of the blue – but those are for the people who hit the Bull’s Eye Spot On (More often than not without even knowing about that)

In most of our cases, let me assume there will be failures.

There will be setbacks. There will be challenges. AND. There will be enough and more compelling reasons to give up and ‘move on’. 

There will be a strong lurking motivation to find a ‘secure spot’

Even Sheldon had a strong affinity for his Spot and only His Spot!

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However, I have learnt in the past few weeks of strenuous and completely consuming urges that its the most ‘reasonable’ thing to give in to these ‘Demons of Secure Spots’

And there is very limited, if any, reason to go on with the madness of being the story you want people to share and be known for who you are and what you did. And not be forgotten for what you rather not do!

Building a startup is not very easy. It is probably one of the most consuming process to be engaged in. As I said there is enough and more reason to not do things that make life more difficult. And there is absolutely no reason for me (with a rather well-in-shape) physique to subject myself to the extreme pain of early morning exercises.

However, I also learnt that nothing in life is more satisfying than to be able to go to sleep every night knowing

Today is one more day That I controlled my destiny

Today is one more day That I was obsessed with who i want to be

Today is one more day when I faced the very basic challenges of survival in the face

Today is one more day when I stepped an inch closer to being a wee bit of an inspiration for someone

And I wish to be that inspiration for someone, for myself till the time I have the last bit of energy left in me. Because that is what I want to be known for.

I want to be known as the chapter that was once written. Not as the chapter that was meant to be written

And my learnings are not my reflections, they are rather learnings of an entrepreneur who has learnt the hard truth from multiple people (all better than I) the hard and the difficult way

So go on. If I can. So can you and much better than I

Be the story you want to share. Be the creator people want to own

Be the Chapter people want to read. 

You are meant to be. You will have to find the Hard Way amidst the challenges. Because thats what Life and Adventure is all about

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This post is written by Arpita Chakraborty, straight from her laptop – sharing learnings and experiences of working across startups for years now. She is a social media geek and loves to question things at GetEchoed. Tweet to her about anything @arpitaambition

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Define your opportunities – they come in all sizes

Beginning to act on long procrastinated goals are difficult and we understand that. We don’t learn with just theories. We learn by experience. At GetEchoed; with this post – we shall feature spotlight on one GetEchoed Stud – every week – where we will bring real life experiences of people. People similar to you and I; who have dreamt and struggled, Struggled, failed and won them over with time.

Let’s begin with one experience at a time!

If you ever thought what you should do about your undying thirst for learning new things, let me say – it’s a very desirable question to find an answer for!

Meet Varun Jain – quizzing enthusiast and a budding entrepreneur. His journey of overcoming challenges in actualizing his passion is a story of finding solutions to problems where one has little control – and inspiring in own ways.

Always keen to learn; Varun had little affinity for the traditional academic discourse. Born and brought up in Delhi and educated in a not-so-elite-school of the capital; brushing his quizzing skills was indeed a luxury for him; that took its own time and cost. Facing challenges in striving balance between his pursuits for knowledge AND completing prescribed syllabus in time; Varun had realized early on following dreams does not come as an easy give away.

In India, where back in the early millennium, the country was struggling with challenges in the base order of Maslow’s need hierarchy; smooth dissemination of knowledge was a privilege of the few. Lack of a nurturing environment; brushed the intellectual curiosity under the carpet of regular knowledge gathering. Amidst all of this, attending the-then only annual quizzing event of the nation would often leave him in awe of the probable opportunities available to folks who had accessibility to knowledge.  The challenge of a nascent quizzing ecosystem and a heavily academic pedagogy of Indian education system; pursuing a journey of intellectual curiosity had their own ramifications on pursuing the goals.

Varun grew up to be an engineer by profession; working for a global management consulting firm. While life may seem sorted for most – there is only so much fulfillment for the intellectual craving in a to allow going beyond scratching the surface of knowledge. Disillusioned by his day job and an undying passion for giving meaning to helping intellectual curiosity; he came to terms that one has to figure out solutions oneself. Learning begins within.

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If not a full time quizzer / quiz master himself, he saw the problem of not having platforms to hone quizzing skills; he realized the opportunity to build a platform where intellectual minds could sharpen their skills without putting too much at stake and have fun on the go. He gave a new dimension to ‘quizzing the right way’ with Quizot – ending the long lasting dearth of user friendly and accessible platform for ever keen learning enthusiasts.

Among the zillion challenges, most imminent was to build a website – each line of code at a time – to make a platform that brought the experience of flirting with knowledge, on-the-feet thinking and intelligence to life

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Ask him the mantra for keeping on the focus; Varun believes fighting your own demons and getting back to square zero gives the strength to start from the basics to get cracking on anything new. Learning to teach oneself is the most important thing for people who are learning new things. Then begins the journey of patience and perseverance through failures and challenges. It begins with the understanding that its “OK” to struggle with new things. Patience is the virtue and giving up is not an option. Delaying self-gratification and making the right choices is most important in keeping the focus right.

Working on passion – cracking one goal at a time – is what makes Varun Jain – an inspiration for being a GetEchoed Stud. Varun believes that had a platform like GetEchoed existed a decade before in India; he would have used to bring his goals to life; learning from doers who have been there, done that.

His success mantra – begin with things and be comfortable with struggling in the beginning. That’s the only way to learn – make yourself learn to learn

Follow him on Quora and check out his goals on GetEchoed – to discover how he works on his passion – cracking one goal at a time.

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That’s how GetEchoed Studs roll their lives out! Join the caravan of DOERS at GetEchoed

Have a story! Reach out to us and we will love to talk about your awesomeness. We know you are amazing. Bring it on!

 

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This post is written by Arpita Chakraborty, straight from her laptop – sharing learnings and experiences of working across startups for years now. She is a social media geek and loves to question things at GetEchoed. Tweet to her about anything @arpitaambition

Price of that extra hour…

You know it is well past six, then you look towards your boss’s cabin & you see him sitting there. Your heart instantly declares a strike against your mind about sticking any longer in office. You pack your bag & leave for the day.

Next morning you find yourself part of a light-hearted discussion with your colleagues where your boss makes an indirect comment about non-seriousness of employees who leave office ‘on time’. It is quite normal for you to take that into your stride. From that day on, you diligently stick your ass on the seat till your boss feels you are ‘serious’ enough about the job. Gradually, you get into the habit of replying to official emails during odd hours, as weird as 3 A.M! Well, that is definitely being prudent enough for the ‘kind-of-growth’ you are aspiring.

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I do not have a single issue in accepting the fact that I might not be an expert of working conditions outside India, but the above stated points are a cumulative result of talking to more that 1,000 young MNC professionals across cities like Delhi, Gurgaon, Banglore, Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad & Chennai.

If given a chance, I would like to arrange a national debate on the interpretation of the word ‘growth’. Is it moving from i20 to Fabia ? Or is it getting a hike of straight 175% on your present salary? This question is purely subjective but what is objective is the price you pay for all of this! Staying up late in the office is a completely voluntary decision, & if you find that the impetus is EXTERNAL, you must think on the path to catch it on the other side of the road.

If it is about your bread & butter, earn enough to just have ‘bread & butter’. There always exists a job in this world that would grant youthat much. What lies ahead & what should matter to you — are you getting enough time to follow your PASSION?

Not everyone under the sun is lucky enough to fall in love with their work. Some eventually give in because they have wasted long enough to think about an alternative, others keep struggling to achieve‘happiness’ till eternity.

But do you fall under any of these categories?

If no, make use of time to follow what you love doing, even if it is doing nothing! It is like a relation that matures only with time & with sustained efforts you discover the real ‘you’. Do not be disappointed if you end up having nothing; that ‘nothing’ is only mass-stupidity to cover up the uniqueness of an individual. Trust me, you will discover some precious gems!

Get back to reading your favorite Batman comics, or taking your bike to unexplored places of the city, or joining knitting classes in the vicinity. From the point I see it, you might end up starting your online comics rental, or starting a viral travel blog or launching a winter-ware range! Else you become famous enough to carry a reputation in the like-minded community. None of them seems bad to me as you would have cherished every moment of walking up to that point. And that for sure matters more than owning up a 3BHK flat in suburbs or a swanky car(of course on EMI!).

I can literally go on for (p)ages on this, but my motive is to just give you a ‘push’ for yourself. You will always find people who will enjoy walking with you, that is far better than amassing a lavishness of herd-mentality crowd. So for now, close this browser(not without sharing it with one you care for!) & get back to what your heart says. The first step is always small, what matters is that you started!

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This post is written by Kumar Dipanshu, Co founder at GetEchoed. He handles product design, being the creative think tank and being resolute about his opinions! He loves poetry and mountains. Tweet to discuss anything with him @kdipanshu

Dahlia…

“Mom, Kathy says I waste too much time on my ‘Dahlia’. She fought with me for not going to the park with her today.” Alec said in a bewildered yet amused manner; seeking answers from his knowing mother.

I could not understand how to cheer up a 10-year old kid who was too busy shuffling through gardening magazines & journals. I ran my fingers through the dense, brown hair and tried to initiate a comforting conversation.

“Is Kathy not interested in your ‘Dahlia’? I believed she loves your gardening skills.” I tried to sound as soothing as possible.

“I don’t know. Maybe she likes going to the park more than Dahlia.” The deep, cold sigh was quite evident from Alec’s tone.

“Don’t be depressed son. Invite Kathy tomorrow evening & we will go the amusement park. Maybe you can talk to her then. Now go off to sleep, it’s quite late”, I said.

A faint smile ran across my face while switching off the light & watching Alec slipping inside the quilt. Childhood is so innocent. That’s all I could think.

Next morning I was surprised to see Alec waiting at breakfast table; all dressed up & ready for school.

“Hey! That’s a real surprise son! Are you fine?”

“Yes mom just got up a bit early.” And he flashed a thousand megawatt smile. After Alec left for school, I went to his room cleaning up. I was surprised to see a large poster hanging with “8-weeks Deadline” written in bold & cuttings from various magazines pasted on below it. The postings read:

  1. Humus-rich, well-drained soil in full sun
  2. Protect from the wind.
  3. Dedicated plot in rows
  4. Avoid  wrinkled or rotten  tubers
  5. No overwatering 
  6. Insert stakes
  7. Show Kathy

I don’t remember for how long I kept on staring to that poster. For some unknown reasons, few drops rolled down my cheeks. For the first time in life I felt a very different kind of joy, a fulfilling elation which completely engulfed me. I could not wait for the days to come to watch Alec living his ‘deadline.’

Almost 8-9 weeks have passed. I was unable to control my excitement as I collected the framed picture of Alec & Kathy in front the ‘Dahlia’ flowers. I had already planned to replace the ‘deadline’ poster with this frame. Alec would love this. Image