They say you are being unreasonable!

September 14, 2010
By Rang De Team
By Smita Ram, Rang De Team

I was recently invited to speak at the inauguration of the National Social Entrepreneurship Forum (NSEF) at Mount Carmel College in Bangalore. The prep to my talk made me retrospect on our start up days. In hindsight, some of our experiences bring a smile, even though at that point, it made me cross with the world around me. Thought it will be interesting to share some insights. These are not expert opinions but are very personal to our experiences.

Common perceptions and reactions that one faces while starting up, some of these I think continue to exist throughout the life of an entrepreneur.

These were, among others, the most common reactions that Ram and I faced while starting up. Some we continue to face even after two and a half years. I have also begun to realise that many are not exclusive reactions to starting up of social enterprises. They exist pretty much for anything new and innovative that one wants to start in India.

The trouble with such perceptions and reactions is that it hinders the formation of an eco-system or a support system that can further entrepreneurship. It dampens the courage to start something new and instills a sense of fear of failure.

On the brighter side is, such reactions and absurd questions really help in defining yourself and the enterprise that you want to set up. The key is to keep going and try and interact with people who are more realistic — not extremely pessimistic or optimistic- during starting up. Of course keeping that bit of ‘unreasonableness’ is so important as it keeps alive the fun and charm of starting up.

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