One fine day in 2012, when I quit my job, the monthly SMS stopped — no more salary updates saying ‘Rs XYZ has been credited to your bank account.’
No more business class flights. No more business cards. In fact, on the 1st of every month, I was the one writing cheques to fund my startup’s expenses.
For the next few years, I struggled badly. I moved to a smaller house since I couldn’t afford the rental. Every coming day was uncertain.
Earlier, when I had given up the lifetime employment of IPS, at least I knew that after an MBA from Wharton, I will find a really good job. Now I had given up that very job.
So why choose uncertainty or struggle?
Sometimes, we have to ask ourselves — “How do we want to use our time on this planet?”
Personally, I want to explore interesting things and learn new stuff. But you can’t explore without taking a risk.
When it came to choosing between the risk of getting hurt vs. the risk of not fully living my life, I chose the former.
Today, while I am very happy running HabitStrong, I have had unbelievable struggles before that — that is what risk means. You can’t climb a mountain without the risk of getting hurt.
Sometimes, the risk of a life not fully lived is too high a price.