Entrepreneurship has to be a love affair

Acharya Prashant
3 min readJul 20, 2020

Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session of Acharya Prashant at IIM Ahmedabad, his alma mater.

Questioner: Sir, you yourself are an entrepreneur, so how would you define entrepreneurship, what would you define as value creation by an entrepreneur and subsequently what advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs out here?

Acharya Prashant: See, there is an entrepreneurship that is just an extension of what you have been all your life, right? Most people present in this room at this time would have been quite competitive all their life. I too have been that way, and I know the campus. I have lived here for a duration longer than you have been here.

So, we have chased numbers, we have tried to edge ahead of the next person. Success for us has been something quantitative, the number has to be good enough, the number has to be better than the average, if possible higher than everybody else, right?

So, there are percentages that we chase, then there is CGPA, before that percentile, then CTC. Now there is a kind of entrepreneurship that says, you know, start the company, see which sectors are hot and booming and when you reach a certain stage after n rounds of funding, sell it off, right? And add a few more zeros to your personal bank balance, that’s one kind of entrepreneurship. It makes no real change to who you are. In your own style, in your own primitive way, you have just sung another song, run of the mill. Nothing fresh about it, nothing even melodious about it, right?

And then there is another entrepreneurship, that is an expression of the best within you. That is an expression of your seeking, of your longing for the best. Such an entrepreneurship is not an act in ambition, it is rather a love affair.

Now you will not quit your concern, if it fails to turn profitable within a few months or few years, right? Now you will not quickly want to leverage equity, so that you can have rapid growth. And obviously, if the cause is worthwhile, if your company or your organization, your venture, is such that you want to really live with it then you will not want to sell it off. The growth of your venture will mirror your inner growth. The choice is yours, what kind of entrepreneurship do you want to have?

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