Definition of an entrepreneur
I’m an average guy with limited resources who always used to look up at people tagged as “Entrepreneur” and never thought have capabilities of being one so never dreamt of it.
I’ll go back in time when I moved to US in 2009 to pursue MS and then got a job in the Bay Area. Just like every other fresher, I was very happy and content with my biweekly $$ paycheck and thought this is what I always wanted. Soon my entire focus was to do my job well and get a salary appraisal every year.
It’s been 6 years since then and a lot has changed, the biggest learning that came with time and exposure was understanding the power of technology and the impact it can create through it’s reach. This learning made me analyze everything with a different perspective and I started looking at problems and finding solutions for it in my day to day life.
With technology background and healthcare domain knowledge, soon I figured out an entrepreneur in myself who can fix problems for people at large to bring a positive impact. That was the day I understood the true meaning of an entrepreneur.
I’ve been working in the healthcare industry for past 6 years and everyday I have learned something new that got added to my knowledge base where I discovered the pain points and worked on finding solutions for it. While problem solving, I realized the power of technology to transform the way care is provided.
Having first hand experience with healthcare in India and US, and working every single day in developing the technology that drives this industry, I saw the challenges patients face in India due to lack of technology penetration in healthcare.
I see most of renowned doctors and technology people in US are Indians but the irony is that the patients in India are not getting the benefits they should get due to lack of processes. With an intent to streamline processes, I founded HealthQik.com last year which is an online platform to bring interoperability where patients, doctors, clinics, pharmacies, hospitals and labs can connect with each other so a patient can receive quality healthcare services that are remotely accessible at anytime, anywhere.
But the road to becoming a successful entrepreneur is not a happy path as it involves lots of hard work and people tell you to do things that makes you happy. I believe, you should not do just what makes you happy, do what makes you great. You cannot let a fear of failure, comparison or a judgement stop you from doing what's going to make you great.
Fail, pick yourself up and fail again. Because without this struggle, what is your success anyway?
As best we know we have one life. In it, you have to trust your own voice, your own ideas, your honesty, your vulnerability and through this you'll find your way.
You do not have to be fearless, just don't let fear stop you.
Live like this as best you can and you'll look back on a life well lived.