It’s been over three and a half years since we started our company but more than five years since the entrepreneurial bug bit us all. We were still in the seventh semester of B.tech at IIT-Roorkee, and dreaming of building a company.
Being an entrepreneur might be the coolest fad in town, but by no means is it an easy one. It takes way too much out of a person — physically, mentally and emotionally. It’s like taking a vow that from that day onwards, you are going to put one thing (your startup) before every other thing in your life — your comfort, your joy, your family, your friends and, at times, even your peace of mind!
Here are a few reasons why I think being an entrepreneur is hard:
Despite all this stress and uncertainty, being an entrepreneur can be the most fulfilling thing in life. In an entrepreneurial journey, you not only grow as a professional but you also phenomenally mature as a person. It teaches you to be a survivor. It builds such an endurance in you that no matter how difficult the situation is, you figure out a way to crawl out of it. It teaches you to have faith when everything else fails. It teaches you to persist right when you are about to give up. Most of all, it teaches a very simple fact of life — dreams only come true when you go out and chase them with all your heart.