Some 4 months back a graphic designer from my team resigned to become an Uber driver (and owner). News was that he was getting into ‘travel’ business, but soon it was known that he had quit to become an Uber cab driver. It surely left me intrigued.
Earlier this week, he came to office to take his team members and friends out for a dinner treat! And that’s when he popped into my cabin for a brief chat with me. What he shared with me, filled me with marvel and sheer delight. And I felt, this is one of the most admirable case of real entrepreneurship.
Let me first share his background: He is 44 years old, married and has a 14 year old child. (I don’t wish to reveal his name since i am not sure if he’d like me to do that!) His work while he was at Eggfirst was that of a graphic designer. And he was extremely meticulous and sincere at his work.
Now, here’s what he did: He planned to become an Uber driver. He spent almost 6 months of his time studying the project and also working part time on weekends to get a real feel. Then he took the plunge: He bought a new car using his savings of Rs. 1.5 Lakh and a bank loan. Now about four months into his new business, he is already making more than 2 times the monies that he was making earlier! Yes, he is working two times harder too but he’s now achieving his dreams. And things are only looking better going forward. He is planning to buy one more vehicle after a few months but expressed the concern of the shortfall of drivers. Note that he wasn’t concerned about getting access to funds or other elements but shortage of appropriate talent! His family has been extremely supportive and has been extremely pleased with what he was able to achieve.
Now, here’s why I admire him:
- Not only did he invest a significant part of his savings to start this business but also took a serious loan. Appropriate financial risk taking, I would say.
- He decided to become a driver despite what people would ’think’ of him. (In India, being a driver for some inexplicable reasons is considered ‘below’ being a white-collared employee). He took that leap of what people would think of him and did what was best for him and his family.
- He doesn’t mind working for long hours, putting in what it takes. He starts early, works late nights, works over some weekends too but makes time available for his family.
- He shared passionately about putting his child in Vedic mathematics tuition and another one for his class X.
- He’s also working on reducing his weight because in his own words ‘his tummy needs to be away from the steering wheel for convenient driving’. Isn’t he driving quite an all-encompassing change in his life. All of this is directed towards a singular objective: to make this initiative a success.
- Last but not the least, he gave me his card and asked me to book his cab whenever I may have a requirement for a cab. Now, that’s reaching out as and when I need may it. I am ready to wager a bet that in years to come he will reach places (!) that many just keep dreaming about.
True entrepreneurship, isn’t it?
Not only this person, but there have been others I have come across who have achieved levels of success that many others with resources don’t.
About 10 years ago, a young boy working as office boy (junior office staff) in Eggfirst had expressed his desire to learn website designing and HTML coding. In his spare time and extra hours, he learnt that with a small help from others in our team. Today he is a fine coder with a great career and travels international.
And many more such heartwarming life stories. Of successful entrepreneurs.
With this spirit that some people embody, success and joy is just a small step away. That step is the starting point that it takes.
My very best wishes to all such entrepreneurs and driven individuals.