Starting and growing your own business is probably the best way to learn about realities and life. I have probably learned the best of the lessons in life over the last two years.
Lesson #1: Most people do not have what it takes to make and keep promises.
I have interacted with people that have made promises and have failed to keep them. When they make the promise, they seem to have made it with a genuine intention. But then as time progresses, they realize that it takes real strength to keep a promise. Thats when they back out and back out in a really nasty way.
The lesson to be learned here is: never trust a promise. People really dont make promises.
Lesson #2: When someone says “they are confused about doing something”.. they really mean “they are not going to do it” PERIOD.
Confusion comes from the lack of strength to make decisions and the inability to tell no. Most people dont want to tell no to things because they fear looking bad in front of others. But they cannot say yes either. Thats when they will come up with the whole “I am confused” drama. So to save their time and our time.. it is best to conclude – “they really want to say no” and move on.
Lesson #3: Most people want to have the fruit without working hard to get it.
This really amazes me. People will go to any extent and explain how the world is unfair and how people are wrong when they dont get the fruit. But they fail to realize that they have really not worked for it. Everyone wants to be a Narayana Murthy or a Bill Gates or a Steve Jobs, but the question is how many people are willing to put the kind of effort and struggle that these people have put in life?