quotes from ankur warikoo
There will be struggle in trying to live with the world, by its rules. And there will be struggle in trying to build your own world and your own rules.
You get to choose your struggle.
Writing is the slowest form of expression. And that is why it works. When you write, you train yourself to pace your thoughts and select the most powerful one from all the thoughts that co-exist in that moment.
As kids we didn't know many fears, we smiled at strangers, we played with anyone new, we smiled more often, we didn't worry about the future, didn't remember much about the past, we hugged, kissed, cuddled, didn't fear judgement. And then we became "adults"! What a decline!
Scared of public speaking? Think of who you will be, if you overcome this fear! Scared of committing? Think of who you will be, if you overcome this fear! Scared of quitting? Think of who you will be, if you overcome this fear! Behind every fear, is a person you want to be.
If you are currently working and financial stability is important, please do not quit to startup. Start on the side. Work nights and weekends. Irrational optimism is a founder's death trap!
When you are young, only take a job that provides you with a strong learning curve and strong training. First jobs are foundational. Don’t take a job just because it seems prestigious.
The best candidates I have interviewed had these 3 things in common
1. They asked a lot of thought provoking questions. Not just in the end but throughout.
2. They took their time to answer. For them speed didn’t mean smartness.
3. They smiled often.
If you want to change your professional field, do not quit your job.
Instead "date" other fields.
Pick up courses, projects, internships, freelancing gigs.
The financial cushion of your job will not put the pressure of a new field to be "the one" before you get to know it well.
Made it to top college. Or didn't.
Got a job. Or not.
Got married. Or not.
To the world, our life is just multiple events of success and failure.
To us, our life is what happens between those events.
Few things make me happier than reading a resume that has consciously chosen to not follow a template. The experience/achievements/degrees don't matter. The "act of rebel" is the resume itself!
It has become increasingly easy to start a company, to raise money, have a fancy office, great perks, get press, massive valuations, free lunch and bean bags. It remains intensely tough to build an institution where people love to come to work.
When young, we will experience short-term pain. Because we are learning new things, forming new relationships, discovering a new self, facing your fears. If we avoid this short-term pain it converts into long-term regret.