I read a book 2 years ago. It taught me one of the finest lesson for start-ups.
It said that when you are the owner of a company then the ultimate responsibility is yours. If the person who was supposed to clean the toilet goes missing suddenly on a very important day then if you don’t find anyone who could clean the toilet then it’s you who has to do it.
At the core of the successful start-ups & businesses lies reputation. It takes years to build positive reputation. You cannot afford to malign it at any cost.
So, if you have to clean the toilet- you should. No harm in that.
Entrepreneurship is difficult. Anything can happen.
You employees may exit from your company at a time when you need them the most. There might be many projects pending. What would you do in such a situation?
You would have to either find someone else who could do that & if you don’t you have to do it by yourself. You have to meet the deadlines anyhow. Else your reputation goes down.
That’s how entrepreneurship is! Cruel. Difficult. Yet fun-doing.
The core guiding philosophy in my journey as an entrepreneur has been that “I’ll clean the toilet”.
Just as I carry my own reputation as an individual in a similar way much of the company’s reputation is my responsibility.
So, my advice to all budding entrepreneurs is that plunge into entrepreneurship only when you have convinced yourself even to clean the toilet. Believe me there won’t be any worse day then that. Even if it comes you’ll manage somehow.
With Great Love,
Er. Amit Yadav