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They will keep playing with you as if you are a kite and they have the thread. It is not only you; many think and thought the company was theirs. My 13 years’ cumulative salary was not even a fraction of what I thought my value was! Fact is, investing your valuable time, you learn from anywhere! Yes, entrepreneurship is not easy. But is job easy? How do we come out of this career pothole?

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Dear Friends: From today, I am starting a new series #AskSanat where you can ask me anything about entrepreneurship, business, strategy, leadership, change management, and frustrations. I will keep writing stories based on your questions and publish them in Nepal’s own social media suvadin.com Please send your questions to sanatneupane@gmail.com About me, I am a fearless thinker, management strategist, scholar of innovation, practitioner of genuine business, and a global citizen.

Sanat Neupane |

How much is your 10-Years’ Salary?

No matter what they call you, a labor, an employee, manpower, a human resource, human capital, or an intellectual asset, you are a WORKER. This is a fact. You work 8 or less-more hours in his/her/their office, organization, or factory to earn some money or sometimes more than money.

They will keep playing with you as if you are a kite and they have the thread.

They will call you the owner but not give you shares, they will say you are a super performer but not give you a part of the performance, they will say you are an internal customer but forget it immediately after saying that, they will say you are the boss but always make you realize you are not. They will keep playing with you as if you are a kite and they have the thread. They will pull the thread when you fly high!

They will fool you with big talks like core values, mission, vision, and strategy. The day you leave, those all will mean nothing to you. Then why were you stuck with them? A former employee is as good as a stray cow in the highway. 

It is not only you; many think and thought the company was theirs.

It is not only you; many think and thought the company was theirs. Oh, those beautiful days, those happy memories, those friends who talked so high about you. Still feels good. Where are they? Yes, it is nothing new but yet another bitter fact of life.

What happened to the reforms you made and the medals you got? What happened to the results you brought? Does anyone even remember? The things you have done are your stories now, and many would doubt soon. Where are your achievements, outcome of investment of cream period of life logged? Where have they been logged beside your own memories and your resume? 

My 13 years’ cumulative salary was not even a fraction of what I thought my value was!

I was shocked one fine day. Having worked in the best companies of Nepal in best positions with probably best packages, one day, this so-called fast-track CEO calculated earnings of 13 years of work, and it was  ‘O my god?’

God was not joking…I almost fainted and it was probably one of the ‘happy international shock days’ for me. My 13 years’ cumulative salary was not even a fraction of what I thought my value was!

Don’t trust? Why don’t you also sum your salary earnings of past ten years? And then evaluate, was it worth that much? Was that punctuality, loyalty, discipline, dedication, passion, performance, flexibility, focus, all worth that much? If you got anything more than money, what was that? Do you still have it? Can you pass that on to your next generation? Does it mean anything today? 

Fact is, investing your valuable time, you learn from anywhere!

Many people say that you learn from your job. Fact is, investing your valuable time, you learn from anywhere! You learn from wars, games, sports, music, watching TV, reading books, bunking college, and even robbing banks. Learning is a by-product of your investment of time for a goal. More than the learning and earning, important is the result. The result is definitely some piggy-bank dollars. The result should be a sustainable asset and a respect that is not a balloon.

These days I teach entrepreneurship to MBAs at Kings’s. Teaching, I am also learning and reflecting on life. Entrepreneurship is growing with new volumes and edges. Entrepreneurship is becoming a new of thinking. And with new facts that capital, not money alone, but also an idea, network, formula, knowledge, insight, patent, we must be really poor to do not have even one. 

Yes, entrepreneurship is not easy. But is job easy?

Yes, entrepreneurship is not easy. But is job easy? With the world moving business results from mere profits to capital gains and cash flow tactics, why don’t we redefine our ambitions and aspirations? I wonder, if I had started a good momo eatery back in 2003, I would have had at least grown that to 100 units by now! I would have done it for sure. 

The problem was, I always had ‘plan B’.

It is not that I did not start new ventures, I did, a lot. But either left it for my partner to run or left it unfinished. The problem was, I always had ‘plan B’. Plan B was a job again. Every time, my ventures were getting better and rising from the introductory life cycle curve, an attractive job pushed me back to the same pit. Having a plan B was a curse to my entrepreneurial career. Very late I learned that entrepreneurship is not a part-time affair. It is a full time extended engagement if you are leading it.

There is no alternate to entrepreneurship. If you are talented, you have ideas, you are good at least something, it is time you started an enterprise. Learn in your own ventures. Yes, One thing important is for you to know is that ‘you are incomplete’. Not only you, everyone is incomplete. So complete yourself, make someone a partner who has competencies that you do not have.

I have seen a lot of such ventures failing with scientists partnering with scientists. A scientist should partner with a businessman. A musician should partner with an MBA. A CA should partner with an engineer. Both will operate in their own spheres and bring synergies than ego tussle. 

How do we come out of this career pothole?

Many times I remember Osho narrating a story of a man who is holding a tree and crying ‘ please leave me, please leave me’ until a saint tells him to leave the tree as it is him holding the tree not the other way. It is a similar situation. Companies are not holding us; we are holding to these companies in various forms.  Our fear of losing is not allowing us to leave them. Why fear if you have a plan?

How do we come out of this career pothole? It needs a strong rope to come out of a pothole. In our case, that rope is our courage. We need to gather the courage to be happy with whatever we have, courage to live a simple happy life, courage to travel by local transportation, the courage to survive on gundruk-dhido. We need another even bigger courage, the courage to live on a rented property if needed( dera-ma-basne-aant: Mr. Kedar Sharma), as this courage will give us a plentiful of capital that simply is sitting idle in 4-annas.

Entrepreneurship in Nepal is growing. New stars have come in the market and the rate is growing. New faces are now breaking old capitalist walls. Ideas are flourishing. Innovations are being well incubated. Perspectives are being respected. Very soon, existing celebrity businessmen will become just another Tom, Dick, and Harry. Corporate houses will become never retiring person’s pilgrimage. New enterprises will open in small huts and warehouses in cities, towns, and villages. Technology will no more be that big plant and machinery, technology will be a formula. Entrepreneurship would no more be that mere IT start-up. Entrepreneurship will grow the most in agriculture, daily consumables, petty services, and personal care. 

Get ready, either to be one of them or to be a witness clapping from the balcony.

New Biswashes, Lav-Kushes, Sakars, Sishirs, Puns, Rams, Souvidyas, Dinkars, Jagannaths, Pramods, Narottams, Gagans and new ostriches, gundpaks, momos, sikshyas, machines, robots, sarathis, munchas will shine even more stronger. Get ready, either to be one of them or to be a witness clapping from the balcony.

 Entrepreneurship is neither easy nor difficult. But you have no option. Sooner or later you will drive into this club. It is your choice if you want to wait till you retire.

I love this quote from Caroline Schoeder - “Some people change their ways when they see the light, others when they feel the heat.”

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PS: I know you have few questions in mind like ‘'what if everyone quit the job and start their own enterprises?’ or ‘ is job really that bad?’ We will talk about them and many soon in coming series.  Any particular query/concern  you want to be discussed in this forum, please email to sanatneupane@gmail.com


 

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