Little steps I took 5 years back which paid big time…

You are in a stable IT job which is well-paying. And you are not working too hard. In fact you get to spend a lot of time in the cafeteria drinking tea/coffee and chatting with your colleagues. You also get to leave work early like 4:30pm to beat the peak hour traffic! Everything is comfortable about this life. Isn’t it? And you are still not happy with your work. What do you call a contradictory existence like this?

It is an existence without a purpose. And when faced with such a situation I was so unhappy that I sometimes couldn’t sleep at night. Those were the days in late 2009 and early 2010. I was faced with a dilemma. To keep living this hollow life or seek another job? Or perhaps go the Entrepreneurship way?

Let us look at the option number 1 (pursuing another job). It requires time for preparation. It requires time to attend interviews during office hours. And after all that, what do I get? Not a great big jump in position. Because you didn’t have much to show for your work in the past few years because of the hollow job you were carrying on with. So, what do you get? The same old wine in a new bottle. Will I be happy with it? How long will I be happy with it?

Let us look at the option no.2 (the Entrepreneurship route). What does it offer? I had listed offerings as the following:

1. You are not pursuing some growth chart prepared for you by your managers or the society. Society? Yes the society needs to look at you as growing through the years. No matter how much you liked the work you were doing, you can’t be seen carrying on with old roles as that would mean that you amount to nothing.

2. You are your own boss. You are going to do what makes you happy.

3. You have the choice to work closer to your house. Heck, you can work from your home for all you care. So no stress of dealing with the damn traffic everyday.

Well, this platter of goodies comes with its own share of risks. What if you are not able to get any paying customers? How will you pay the bills and EMIs? Well, I was lucky that my loan payments had just got over. I had not even a dime of loan left on me. But the question still remains. How will you pay for other bills like Children’s education, food on the table, travel costs, petrol for the car(s), etc.?

You know that you have the savings to last you for a few months of such an experiment. And if things don’t work out the way you planned it then you always have the option of walking into a new job. But there is this another big obstacle to surmount. How are you going to convince your wife about this great idea you are toying with? For, God knows, that wives will give all solace in the world for your troubled mind but shudder to think of you leaving the safe confines of a well-paying job. This idea is the most outrageous idea they hear in their lifetime. Why would anyone want to leave a well-paying job to pursue a fluid thing like Entrepreneurship which is loaded with uncertainties.

So, seems like my greatest fear was for a few months was how to broach this new idea with my wife. I took up the courage and talked with her about it and after a few days of revolt she gave in. It has been a rewarding journey of 5 years for me. I haven’t led a more satisfied life before. I haven’t slept so well for years together, before.

 I was going through the website of Housing.com. And this commercial of theirs reflects so much positivity in the same way my little step 5 years back brought me.

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