The Ugly Truth

Month of August was a landslide. I am glad it is passed! I was mentally crippled by work expectations and literally, I gave up. It had some impact on my client interaction but fortunately the miscommunication was sorted out (people do sympathize with you when you tell them “I am sorry”!). Anyway, interconnectivity in any workplace is of utmost importance and more so in a startup. Managing virtual teams is very challenging and if you are a grand central station then you are always buzzing and sometimes it gets real messy. I had blogged about “managing energy” last year but that time my understanding on the topic was limited. Even today, I don’t understand it completely but it is infact a very important trait to possess.

I am not here to present to you some tips or suggestions from my personal experience. Many other people are doing it already. I just want to write down my thoughts. Blogging always helped me find peace.

I always enjoy responsibilities. Many times I over hustle and over think to make sure I am substantially contributing to my team. I hate to hear the phrase “you’re not good enough” or to have some eyes telling me that you failed. I go left-right-center to make things work and in return it burns me out. Why I do so? Because in the end I always think I contributed! Asking others for help even if I am exhausted is tough for me; my big ego comes in my way. I also feel insecure seeing others adding more and better value than I do. I am very competitive and thus “managing energy” is difficult for me.

Last month, I realized that too much work is NOT good for anyone. I wasn’t happy and was loosing my motivation, too. It made me feel sick to my stomach! that I am not giving 100% to my team. One part of my brain was suggesting me to LET GO and relax but the other part wasn’t ready to LET GO at all. That filled me with confusion, dilemmas and what not.

All that provide me a valuable lesson of having physical interaction with the team (NOW I understood why Marissa Meyer didn’t support work-from-home policy). Overtime, it decreases your motivation and with less motivation your productivity suffers. It doesn’t matter if you have a virtual team of 100 people trying to balance out each and every bit of workload, after few months it is frustrating. That frustration then turns into excuses to avoid people (those people can be your subordinates, clients and even your family) and phone calls turn into nightmares. I wanted to be switched OFF! just like my phone. Believe me nothing works! TIME is the biggest healer.

Now, the dreadful month is gone, I don’t know whether it was a bad or a good experience but no doubt it helped me knowing who I am and how I work. Also, I feel for the ones who are at receiving end. As I said it is good for none!

Anyway! enough with my shit! I want to leave you with this song and its brilliant rendition by Reece Bibby here.

Peace!

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The “Entrepreneur” World

Last few weeks feels like I am driving a Ferrari, too fast for my liking. And when things move too fast, I always try to pull back the leash and focus. It helps me to come out of my comfort zone but often leads to confusion and dilemma. Well, it is always like this in the world of any “entrepreneur” or anyone working with a startup. Now I understand why many startups fall back and fail. When things don’t go the way you think, you always feel the need to change. That change cause the fall back and ultimately the result is failure. You feel huge weight, not on your shoulders but on top of your head. Anyway, lets focus on what this post is really about. I am sharing few thoughts and hope some of you can relate to them and relax and even pitch in your thoughts which could help be relax, too. Here we start!

1. Don’t promise too much to your customers/clients. It puts you in a lot of pressure. If you are a type who promise many things then be strong and rub off the negativity that comes along when you fail. #strive_for_improvement

2. When you do too many things, you’ll start forgetting even the simplest of the lot. Here, a good team plays a huge role. Try to talk to them as openly and friendly as you can. Thus, first few team members are very important to a startup’s success. Choose wisely and slowly. #failure_sucks

3. Don’t scale too fast. Many of you would argue but its okay. #world_dominance_is_a_drug 

4. Knowing when to talk and when to zip your lip is important. #go_slow_and_steady

5. When your product is not working, it means its not working. Full stop. #accept_the_reality

6. From time and time, try to feel the weight of your employees. The more they are, the more it is. #be_serious

7. Everyone is trying their best. Nobody wants to fail. #don’t_blame

8. Don’t worry about revenues. #do_the_right_things

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P.S. Don’t dwell too much into my thoughts. I am a rookie and these opinions may change 😀