Anand Raj, (at 4:45PM Saturday 15th of March 2008, GMT)
Care more than others think wise.
Risk more than others think safe.
Dream more than others think practical.
Expect more than others think possible.
And yes, a big yes, you can do it. We all can do whatever we want. So the first important thing is to find out what we really want in life. What is our passion? What drives us? What is the meaning of life? Why are we here for?
First and foremost, I request you all to start asking the following question and answer in your own minds.
1. What do you want to do in life?
Some of us already know it, some will know it soon. But it is highly important. If you don?t know what you want, the chances are you may not get it. But once we know it, nothing can stop you realizing that. You do move heaven and earth to get there. Entrepreneurship is all about realizing your dreams. In this discussion, let us share our experiences of entrepreneurship as we all have experienced in life.
Always remember, when you see a successful enterprise, some made a courageous decision. Courage is one of the most important element of realizing your passion.
So let the journey continue with fun!
Your fellow Amrohi
Ikram Naqvi, (at 1:48AM Tuesday 18th of March 2008, GMT)
Agree with you completely.
Dream followed by a action plan to achieve the dream and HARD WORK are the most important ingredients for success.
Ram Chand, (at 1:53AM Tuesday 18th of March 2008, GMT)
In my experience passion to achieve your dreams and hard work to achieve them are most critical. Hard work can even compensate for lack of talent.
Shariq Hasan, (at 5:06AM Friday 25th of April 2008, GMT)
I agree with others that we need to dream big.
Probably the most important thing that we could teach our Amroha children is dreaming.
Maryam Jahan, (at 2:56AM Friday 9th of May 2008, GMT)
Dreaming big with an action plan and lot of hard work is the only way of success that I know.
Shariq Hasan, (at 6:42AM Wednesday 14th of May 2008, GMT)
During my recent visit to Amroha I noticed the difference in dreaming between those living in Amroha and those Amrohivis living outside Amroha.
Those living in Amroha lack the drive while those living outside dream big and are doing very well.
Anand Raj, (at 4:31AM Friday 23rd of May 2008, GMT)
I whole heartedly agree with Shariq and Maryam. So how do we unleash the hidden potential of the younger generation in Amroha? We need to show them and convince them that any thing is possible. We profile some role models. We tell them stories. We show them what the possibilities are. We tell them that there is really no difference between them and the successful people from Amroha – it’s only that these successful people made a few decisions and they knew what they wanted to do in life – in other words they had/have a dream.
Once we know what we want to do, the next question that we need to answer is:
2. What are we doing today to accomplish our dreams?
Tanvir Ali, (at 6:00AM Friday 30th of May 2008, GMT)
I agree with Anand.
This is why the AIS website is so important for the inspiration of our young generation.
I feel so proud of the achievements of my fellow Amrohis in the AIS Directory.
waseem Ahmad, (at 6:14AM Friday 30th of May 2008, GMT)
There is no doubt that those of us who have become successful by coming overseas should be role models for those still living in Amroha.
Anand Raj, (at 9:04AM Friday 26th of December 2008, GMT)
Running and Entrepreneurship: A Blissful Experience
Can I share this thought with you? Once while running at the town lake in Austin, I started thinking that building a business and running or more specifically, running a marathon, have many similarities. Those of us who are runners and have done their long-runs, know this well. The route is typically expected to be full of hills and valleys, great scenic views and desert and so on. As runners, we know we conserve our energies while going uphill, pick speed along the downhill and keep putting one step in front of the other in the right direction without worrying about the rain or wind or distance or without spending too much time at the water stop. As long as we stay on the track, we surely cross the finish line. Businesses go through all the ups and downs and it is the passion of the entrepreneur that keeps him/her on track. Keeping on the track is the key and for that you need courage, commitment, passion and the internal energy to make a difference in this world. The entrepreneurs who are driven by money typically leave the track while going up-hill or in the rainy days.
The second thing runners do very well is to conserve the energy in the beginning of the race ? We need to get comfortable with the road conditions, temperature and literally run on air for first couple of miles. Once all the muscles are juicy and mind, body and soul are in perfect rhythm, we start accelerating. While starting a new business, experienced entrepreneurs know to build the right eco-system, use all the funds wisely on the activities that matter to build the successful business. This activity is typically done by entrepreneurs own funds or outside seed money. This is the most expensive money you would ever spend ? so be wise and don?t run too fast at the beginning. Remember, building a successful business is not a sprint, it?s a marathon ? go slow and conserve your energies. Beyond funds, you also need to be selective who you get the advise from, what kind of customers you want to recruit, what kind of team you need to put in place. Be very careful of the runners on the track who can pass you by very fast and send negative energies. There are a lot of Bozos in the business world as well who may seem the perfect match to help you build your business.
Once the solid base is in place and all parts of the business start to work in rhythm, then it is time to pick pace. The entrepreneurs start accelerating by infusing Series A funds and expanding the eco-system to scale the business-up.
And lastly the most important thing, while running, we enjoy each step all the way ? we don?t wait for the finish line to come to start enjoying. Because the finish line comes in the future, and the step we take is in the present, in the now, and present is what we can enjoy. Finish line is just another step that we will enjoy as it comes. So enjoy each day while building your business and don?t keep looking for the perfect day to celebrate. When the actor, the activity and the target become one, the work becomes worship ? when the runner, the running and the finish line become one, this activity becomes blissful. When the business goal and entrepreneurs passion become one, the outcome becomes a successful business.
Best wishes for all of us entrepreneurs for a blissful run! Enjoy every single step of this journey and make meaning in our society.
Life is good!
Tanvir Ali, (at 9:19AM Sunday 11th of July 2010, GMT)
Good on you Anand. Dreaming and making plans to achieve them is the best way to success.
Maryam Jahan, (at 2:10PM Sunday 1st of August 2010, GMT)
Dreaming with a action plan is very important . But we must work hard to realise our goals.