Unsolicited advice from an older entrepreneur

Look at me being all grown up and calling myself old. I had a few other titles that I was considering for this and it was a close contest. But I finally decided that I’m comfortable calling myself old (relatively speaking!). In terms of tech startup founders’ age, I’m definitely on the older side. The alternative titles I had in mind were –

  • A letter to my 24 year old self (from the future 34 year old self)
  • Yo 24 year old founder, stop being cocky for a minute and listen up

I fondly remember being a cocky 24 year old, so don’t be offended if you are one right now. You’ll grow up too!

Onwards with the advices / rules / lessons then, in no particular order –

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Pessimism

Going into something unknown, one of my instincts is to think about what all can go wrong. I may take it to extremes in some cases too (like what if.. death!). This is often taken as me being a pessimist. A friend of mine hinted at the same conclusion just yesterday and I mumbled something about me being an unlikely pessimist, after all I like to pursue lofty goals, try things that may be unlikely to succeed etc.

I thought I’ll put down a better articulation of why I (and others who do the same) think like that. It is easy to brand it as “negative thinking”, but hear me out..

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Birthday trip to the Taj Mahal

Had a memorable birthday this time. We planned for an unplanned trip to Agra. Left Delhi at 2:30PM and reached the Taj Mahal just in time before tickets closed at 4:45PM.

Made possible by one of the best highways in India I’ve seen so far.

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And ofcourse the Taj Mahal..

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I’ll have to admit though, despite claiming myself to be otherwise, this place has the aura to inspire the romantic in anyone. Hence the couple photo to end the post :)

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