29th September, 2012
SLP is a growing community of entrepreneurs worldwide, its a very close knit family i.e. completely driven by SLP Fellows. What’s most interesting is that it is absolutely free spirit, you know like a bunch of cool people sit around & build companies & discuss almost everything (that’s true) & this may sound dorky but I kinda like these cool, crazy, passionate bad-ass entrepreneurs. They are like free wi-fi at your favorite coffee shop, slow to start, sometimes unpredictable; but it gets shit done & keep you connected, all along you are sipping your cappuccino, it’s just freaking cool.
My first day lessons at SLP “Take Shit seriously, Respect the Program.” & “It’s a Give & Take Relationship, You give as much back to community as you get”, “Sometimes it will get crazy & you will feel doubtful but just remember you will be fellow for life.” “There is no I in TEAM, & that the whole Team depends on you.” From now onward the Shit gets real.
I liked the peeps around me at SLP Delhi 2013 batch, I liked the previous one’s too, many of whom are those I consider friends. Program Leaders like Udipi Ghosh & Rajat Luthra clearly made super efforts to put together well structured program & made everything look so easy even with their super busy schedule. This is an example of level of commitment these guys have for the community & they deserve respect for what they are doing. Cheers to both of these guys for working crazy & getting shit done. There were delays & there will be glitches, but its our collective effort that is going to glue the patchwork & they would need every assistance to run this program that they can get, without which it can’t be a success we all want & deserve. SO GET DIRTY & GET SHIT DONE. :)
There were few instances when I felt that community needs to work on guidelines & not rules to work effectively as a team, numero uno is patience, be patient to listen to others, don’t criticize if you don’t know stuff just give the speaker an opportunity & try to understand what the fellow wants to say and then give constructive feedback which by the way will determine how your next few months are going to be like & how many new friends for life you are going to make here. My thumb rule don’t snub people, don’t shush them, don’t pretend, & don’t crib or complain. If you want something changed, walk up & change that. If you want improvement, take charge & improve it. If you didn’t get to ask a question due to lack of time don’t stop someone else to ask it either (You know who) cos it just makes you look like a cry baby. Oh & IF YOU CAN HELP, JUST RAISE A HAND & DO EVEN WITH A SIMPLE FEEDBACK. I know from personal experience how much it means to get a helping hand & patient listeners when you start out, lucky for me I had my best friend as my co-founder but many of us fellow haven’t got that so be one for them.
Lastly, define your purpose for joining SLP. Just write it on a piece of paper and I will make a box where you can put it & towards the end of the program we will open them and read them aloud & you then tell everyone if you think you achieved your goal. If you did we will celebrate & toast & if you didn’t you would at least know why.
I want you to end reading this with one just though “Don’t stress about tomorrow, it doesn’t exist yet.” :) Enjoy the moment.