Entrepreneurs are keen observers. They believe in learning from different sources – it does not matter whether the source of inspiration is a Dabbawala from Mumbai or some character from a movie. When it comes to student entrepreneurs, there is one character who can prove to be a role model – Harpreet Singh Bedi alias Rocket Singh (Ranbir Kapoor). The journey of Harpreet Singh from being an average B.Com student to the Founder of Rocket Sales Corporation, teaches us many lessons. Here are 5 entrepreneurial lessons that students can learn from Rocket Singh:(1) Honesty
- When Harpreet went to take his first order, he was asked for a bribe. He wrote a complaint and got insulted by his Boss for not “understanding” the work. But, Harpreet remained honest. It was the quality of honesty which helped him in winning his first client when he started Rocket Sales Corporation.
- Harpreet used to sit in the office,and work till late hours just to meet the expectations of his clients. He did not leave any stone unturned when the matter dealt with the growth of Rocket Sales Corporation.
- In one of the scenes, Harpreet offers partnership in Rocket Sales to the peon (Chotelal) who is treated badly at AYS. Harpreet gave him respect and that motivated Chotelal to deliver his best. Giving the right incentive to the right people is required to build a great team. Of course, in a startup paying a high salary may not be possible. So that’s when other incentives need to be thought of.
- Even in the most desperate of situations, Harpreet never lost his optimism. He focused on solutions rather than mulling over the problems.
He always made his way from clutter to clarity, motivated his partners and made them deliver their best.
(5) Prioritizing Customers
- Even though AYS succeeded in confiscating Rocket Sales Corporation from Harpreet, they failed to satisfy the customers in the same circuit. As customers never topped their priority list, AYS could not fit into the mould of Rocket Sales Corporation. In the end, Harpreet got his Corporation back because he had succeeded in building relations with the customers.
The main aim of an entrepreneur is to attain fame and financial liberty; however, there lies a thin line of demarcation between ‘making’ money and ‘earning’ money. Through Harpreet Singh’s example, student entrepreneurs can learn that money can seriously be ‘earned’ if one believes in delivering the best to the customers while remaining honest to oneself/others and humble to their team. With an idea which is like a ‘Rocket in Pocket’, if students work a little on building their comprehensive skills, then their start-up shall certainly launch to attain glorious heights.
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Author Credit: Mohita Acharya