Two simple words we hear all the time: take chances. After all, every bit of progress the world has seen has happened because someone took a chance. And yet, taking a chance is the last thing most people who are in a position to do so actually do.
Here’s the paradox: as you rise through the ladder, or simply gain more and more experience, it becomes far easier for you to take chances, to experiment, to try out something new, to place a bet on someone or something new. And yet, most of the time, the ones with the power to take the chance end up not taking it. The startup sector feels the pain of this the most because the noisy rhetoric rarely translates into action.
So it was a very inspiring moment for me to meet Akhil Arora, Commissioner and Principal Secretary, IT and Communication
s, Govt of Rajasthan, who is actually committed to taking chances to encourage young companies.
"We have to take the plunge. If we keep working with the well-established behemoths, how will new companies rise? And how will we find new sources of innovation? If we keep doing things the same way, how will we bring about change?"
I hope many many more people, in Government and in the corporate sector, will start thinking like him.
As entrepreneurs and as startups, we are where we are today because someone took a chance on us.
Let's pay it forward and take a chance on someone today.
After all, all a startup ever wants is a chance, give it to them.
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