In the glaze of the upcoming future, one can only see independent start-ups that are struggling to find their place in the world’s economy. And, from the trend that is currently building up, it is not out of passion but out of fear. Fear of failure at building a non-start-up life.
Start-ups were meant to be children born out of love and endurance that meet people’s needs in ways that the existing markets do not. That is what used to, and should continue to, make start-ups great.
But, anyways, be it out of compulsion or love, the fact is that the competition for the survival of start-ups is fierce. With more and more people running around trying to start their own business, inspired by the few successful ones, this fierce competition is also constantly increasing.
And, while you’ve probably thought a lot about your own start-up and think that your idea would definitely work, do not forget that there are a lot of start-ups with excellent ideas that have failed miserably, some at a level to be known and others even worse. Then, you might think, okay I would work hard and succeed. Well, even a buffalo works hard, but how does it succeed?
It is not just idea. It is not just hard work. It is not even a combination of both!
So, what does one require for a successful start-up?
Well, the answer is rather straight and simple. Every start-up requires the following 3 Ds to succeed.
1) Desire: Desire has always been the foundation of a start-up. The ‘why’ of the existence of any start-up is desire. When thought of, desire is somewhere between necessity and dreaming. They say necessity is the mother of all invention, but without the desire to have that ‘necessary’ thing, how would invention follow? And talking about dreams, well you cannot really dream of anything without really wanting it because dreams are nothing but the reflection of your innermost desires. But, having said this, desire does not merely refer to thinking of something and working towards making it work. The desire you have should be strong enough to make you improve it again and again till it drives itself towards perfection. This kind of desire is the basis or the foundation for a start-up!
2) Devotion: People would usually say, or hear and read, dedication, but to be honest enough, dedication is really not that strong a word when you want to make your start-up a success. You need to be devoted to your idea. Now, as many of you might say, yes the literal meaning of both these words almost coincide. But, they make a huge difference in the case of a start-up. Dedication is a very formal term and it usually refers to fixed commitments like a job. Whereas, devotion is a purely out of love for something or someone. You really need to connect to, and feel for, the idea of your start-up because when challenges would throw you down again and again without any hope, the only incentive to get back up would be your devotion towards your start-up which would not let you abandon it!
3) Discipline: One of the heaviest words in the ocean of English vocabulary is discipline. Without discipline, there is and would be, no start up. Say you have an idea and you are devoted enough that you would not abandon it, but without the discipline to work for it day in and day out, day after day, the chances of success are very bleak. Set your aim, set your tasks, and keep at them every single them, setting more each time the first set is done with. Never let anything come in between your devotion, be it your laziness, callousness or simply an attitude of procrastination. That is discipline.
“Work so hard that all the possibility of failures run out and the only remaining possibility is of success!”