Why we fail?

We fail not because we wish to fail, but rather because it has to happen…

Our mood, behavior everything is influenced by something unknown.. some call it is Moon’s mood swing.. some call it the devil inside us, not allowing us to think logically and some may feel, there is some evil magic done on us…

Romel ‘can you guarantee success?’

Joe ‘no.. I can guarantee failures’

Romel smiles

Joe ‘to break something is most easiest thing to do… but to unite that piece; it takes time’

Romel ‘so who can actually guarantee success?’

Joe ‘no one but your own self’

Romel ‘how’

Joe ‘I was in construction business… making buildings.. but lack of investments and debt made me realize  I could not deliver what I promised’

Romel ‘so?’

Joe ‘got into demolishing of illegal buildings.. and that gives me good money’

Romel begins laughing

Joe ‘sooner we realize we are masters in failure.. we need to check, what triggers our failures… and ensure we avoid all those checklist points when we take up next assignment’

Romel ‘like’

Joe ‘a school going kid may not like to go to school.. let that kid get into home schooling’

Romel ‘seriously not sure what you talk…’

Joe ‘we blame the moon, the space, the unknown for everything but ourselves, so let us all learn to understand our failure checkpoints… a new startup in making’

Romel ‘common.. this time i will not invest.. you bootstrap it’




Love can wait

Rob ‘Love can wait.. this opportunity is once in life time.. I have to be in USA for 2 years.. and with stringent visa rules, never know what next’

Mary ‘In Vietnam, we always wonder.. why this rush push to US.. is $ so important to all of us’

Rob ‘obviously.. ‘

Mary ‘separating out family, friends, dear ones .. all for slogging for some company and grow it.. and then what you get in return?’

Rob ‘we need to improve quality of living.. Ok.. then I will be leaving this weekend’

Mary sighs…

Mary ‘imagine if the whole immigrants just decide to return back one day?’

Rob ‘we will see what will happen then…but that is a land of opportunity and that is where we observe multiple startups , ideas, investments all happening in a nice way’

Mary ‘ok.. then we can call it quits’

Rob ‘thanks for understanding me…’

Mary ‘hope you understood me too’


Victory over negative energies (Diwali)

Entrepreneurship is a game which has ups and downs, but the journey brings in multiple people to support you, humiliate you, pressurize you, taunt you or even bad mouth you…   the victory over all our negative energies is cause of celebration.. and hence  without getting bogged own… please remain calm and composed and everything else will follow soon (client, investments, scaling up etc).. best of lucks to all of you..

What you wish to do?

“What you wish to do.. will happen only if you convince others that it is the only way to go forward to solve the pain point.

What you wish not to do.. will happen only if you convince others that it is the not the way to go forward.”

Sam as a Mentor/Coach feels most of the startup entrepreneurs get bogged down by mentor / advisors /investor pressures and deviate from the original plan of action and also end up loosing interest..

His fiancé Julie is fed up of his passion for teaching entrepreneurs

One day she decides to split from him.

Sam ‘I feel the only way to go forward is for you to understand me..’

Julie ‘you cannot convince me this way… you need to spend time with me’

Sam ‘I do spend 2 hours everyday’

Julie ‘no startups, no entrepreneurs.. no discussions about investors’

Sam ‘it is got into my system.. how I rewind it?’

Julie ‘world will not change because of your mentoring, I will change.. I may leave you.. nd you will be left with few entrepreneurs.. but what you will miss out is me.. so learn to have life balance’

Sam hugs Julie

Sam ‘seriously sometimes we go overboard with work and loose our personal life’



Cherry Pie

Tom  had his strong desire to have chain of bakeries.

His wife Nancy would help him in dough making…

One day his daughter Frieda who is graduated recently comes up with an idea

Frieda ‘we need to brand it but have a unique dish.. which will attract people’

Tom ‘I am an expert in Cherry Pie..’

Frieda ‘Brand it… Cherry Pie.. and we will package it well’

Nancy ‘all these years I never asked you.. who taught you Cherry Pie’

Tom suddenly gets to his old memories

Tom was deeply in love with Jane and she had a passion to have her own chain of bakeries.

Jane  ‘I will teach you dough making and my favorite cherry pie’

Tom and Jane get married but it does not last wrong. as one day..

Jane ‘why do you not be able to perfect the bakery items.. always we need to depend on our subordinates’

Tom ‘am tired.. for love, I learnt bakery stuff but still you want me to be an expert’

Jane ‘I taught you everything.. because of me .. you are where you are’

Tom ‘you seem to be getting arrogant..’

Jane ‘perfection is not arrogance’

Tom ‘I also learnt and put in hard work’

slowly the relation cracked.. and one day

Janes ‘I have got an assignment in Europe.. am leaving you.. hope you do not mind this separation.. I feel you can fend for self.. get remarried and settled..’

Tom suddenly moves into present

Tom ’till date I never knew why she left me’

Nancy ‘who?’

Tom ‘my first wife’

Nancy is shocked.. Frieda too

Frieda ‘Dad.. past memories need to be forgotten.. live in present.. she may be doing well for herself. I can search her in Linked In or face book if you wish’

Tom ‘is it really possible?’

Frieda ‘of course’

Frieda finds Jane’s linked in ID

Jane is now having a chain of bakeries and is doing very well for self in Europe.

Frieda sends her a message

‘Dear Mam, your husband’s daughter.. we want to start Cherry Pie chain of bakeries.. need investors’

2 days later a response comes

‘Goodness.. is he still continuing with bakery stuffs.. never realized I could teach him so well

Frieda ‘Mam.. he learnt it so well from you.. but never knew why you left him’

Jane sends her Skype ID

Frieda  calls up in Skype

Jane ‘He had to learn to become independent.. I love him even now.. but found him to suddenly feel he has learnt everything.. somewhere male ego crops up.. and I had loved him unconditionally.. so just left him to fend for self..’

Frieda ‘but he does love you’

Jane ‘no.. for him.. he ideally needs a person who can listen to him, pamper his ego a bit.. am not right fit for him’

Nancy smiles ..and even she is on skype

Nancy ‘Jane.. seriously you assessed him right.. luckily I am adjustable so managed him’

Jane ‘will invest in his venture.. tell him to smile again’






Am I the Investor?

Rob is an ace psychologist.. he has been called upon by a group of investors who are reeling under shock because of their recent investments in startups..

Joe an investor just got a mini attack when he lost US$100000 all in 9 months. His invested startup has no takers.. bad management, founder is on merry trips..

Louisa is sad as all her invested companies are not doing well….

Rob ‘Admit guys you are greedy?’

Mark ‘common Investment means 5 X to 10 X returns’

Rob ‘how? let me give you strings and stretch it as much as possible’

Joe, Louisa, Mark all their strings break..

Rob uses his two hands and stretches a string.. it is not breaking…

Rob ‘do you know balancing.. it is not breaking.. founders need to balance a company.. even investors are as good as founders… if investor or founder gets greedy, project is gone’

Joe ‘but we are promoting entrepreneurship’

Rob ‘common investing couple of dollars and assuming the venture scales up.. not a good idea…’

Joe ‘but we invest in incubation managers too’

Rob ‘some 1%? ‘do you really feel you will get experienced folks in that?’

Louisa is silent

Joe ‘just converting freshers to entrepreneurs is disaster if they are not trained and investing on senior professionals to be entrepreneur too is disaster as they do not wish to listen over period of time’

Rob ‘so you use combinators right’

All echo ‘yes’

Rob ‘when did you first understand the importance of studies’

Louisa sheepishly ’15’

others 12, 17, 21 etc

Rob ‘same way.. an entrepreneur takes own time to understand importance of their business to their employee’s etc’

Louisa ‘i wish to exit from my ventures’

Rob ‘never think like a sales man if you wish to build foundations’

Rob ‘invest in one.. but make that one a success. have patience and above all acknowledge all who scale up that…else you head to disaster’

Mark ‘Investor invests to make multiples of money’

Rob ‘Investor should invest to build foundations’

Rob ‘no 9 month horizon.. 2-3 years minimum’

Rob ‘next time do not get carried away and invest in same type of projects.. demand is less.. supply is more.. all finished’