Starting your own business and running it is no easy task, especially when you have no previous business experience. But that is how entrepreneurs are born. They start with an ‘idea’ and a dream to succeed with that idea. Most of them do not know the path but the confidence that they have takes them through all the ups and downs to reach the final destination where the idea is finally converted to “financial success”.
The most critical period in an entrepreneur’s life is when he has already experimented his idea a bit, struggled the most but ‘money’ has not yet filled in his pockets. During that time, he sits down and wonders what went wrong? All the near and dear ones would have the opportunity to prove that you were wrong to have taken this path.
Hold on! says Kautilya, do not get into a mental trap at this stage: “Wealth will slip away from the foolish person, who continuously consults the stars; for wealth is the star of wealth; what will the stars do? Capable men will certainly secure wealth at least after a hundred trails” (9.4.26)
“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”
Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai is an Indian management thinker, author, and Founder of Atma Darshan and Chanakya Aanvikshiki. Dr Pillai has extensively researched Kautilya’s Arthashastra, the 3rd century BC treatise and incorporated it into modern management.