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!
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
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