Eight Things We Learn Along the Way

Learning to Help Entrepreneurs in Making

By Achin Bhattacharyya


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Turning entrepreneurs is singularly the most exciting thing a professional can ever do. It has its fair share of ups, downs, manoeuvring sideways and moments of ducking under and jumping over obstacles. Not a day passes by when one doesn't feel the despair of rushing headlong into a stone wall, and each day also brings with it the euphoria of creating something new. Here is some learning that might help other entrepreneurs in the making.

  1. Believing in Your Dreams and Your Own Capacity to Achieve Them: An entrepreneur has to be slightly audacious in terms of self-belief. The ability to overcome obstacles stems from the belief that an entrepreneur has what it takes to achieve vaulted targets.

  2. Opinions Matter – But Decisions are Yours, The Consequences Too: We often use the word "ownership' loosely, until the moment when the reality of it hits home. While it is necessary to take into account different, often divergent, opinions and thoughts, ownership means taking the final decision on things and having the fortitude to face the consequences of every such decision.

  3. Instilling Self-Belief in the Team is a Game Changer: Every entrepreneur starts with the dream of a crack team and is then grounded by the reality of recruitment. Every entrepreneur goes through a lot of soul-searching in qualifying what constitutes the "ideal candidate' only to realise that like most ideal things that is a myth. The best employee is one who believes in oneself and backs oneself to fulfil the organisation's objectives. As an entrepreneur, enabling people to believe in their own abilities is the greatest value one can add.

  4. Identifying People's Traits and Talents, and Putting Them to Best Use: Entrepreneurs end up working with people who go far beyond what their CV's reveal. Content writers have turned into illustrators and accountants into scriptwriters during the course of a start-up's journey. It is an entrepreneur's duty to invest time and effort to identify traits and talents – which when nurtured gives happier employees and better output.

  5. One Size Never Fits All: It is imperative to work as a team but respect the fact that each individual is unique in terms of values and motivations. Their socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, upbringing and influences are different and so, the same formula is never applicable to everyone. Every conversation in a mentoring session needs to be customized to strike the right chord.

  6. Never Presume Anything: As dreamers, entrepreneurs go in with lofty thoughts and a ton of presumptions about people, processes and how things will be done. Over time it is seen that the only way to be effective is to be specific and objective in every decision and every action. It is important to teach oneself to not be overwhelmed by presumptions.

  7. Nothing is Isolated: On a day to day basis, a lot of decisions are made which will affect the outcome of the venture – and often not in the most obvious ways. Working counter-intuitively works great in some cases while being instinctive help at times. A holistic, 360-degree world view of every decision and its implications is an absolute necessity for an entrepreneur.

Have Fun: if you are not enjoying the journey, and feel that you are constantly pushing yourself too hard, you perhaps should not be doing it. Most entrepreneurs are successful, driven individuals. There are other options for them out there – lucrative jobs and elevating titles, not to mention fat pay cheques. Having fun is not only about the Friday evenings and off sites. A great test to see if you are meant to be an entrepreneur is to ask yourself if you are having fun doing it. That is what makes it worth it. That is what makes it work.
Achin Bhattacharyya

Co-founder & CEO of Notebook

Achin Bhattacharyya, Co-founder & CEO of Notebook, pursued this dream to provide access to learning for the primary and secondary school education in India.

With the inclusion of all major boards and outreach to urban and rural classes of the country at affordable price points, Notebook is an effort to provide access to easy and efficient learning for school students.

To provide quality content aligned to the syllabus, Notebook has a highly qualified team of content developers and an advisory board of senior educators, who have helped in ensuring the highest quality standards, that is validated across multiple schools. Care was also taken to provide best-in-class creative elements and technology.

In the highly competitive edtech sector, Notebook stands out with its exceptional features delivering accessibility to knowledge with better functionality and efficiency. They take special care to make the reach as simple as possible by converting each and every topic into concise audio-visual form, delivering through cloud-based architecture that can be streamed on any personal devices.

Notebook is focused on bringing more features and functions to act as an aid for the purpose of making the process of learning more inclusive

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