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Priti Shah

Priti Shah is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Paynear Solutions Pvt. Ltd. A commerce graduate by education, Priti has earned diplomas in Travel Management & Administration, and a Doctorate in Management from the National Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.

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Celebrating Independence - The Entrepreneur Way

"Freedom to me is to not only take but also give people around you the opportunity to evolve, grow, succeed and be happy."

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“At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance”

These are the words from Pandit Jawaharlal. Nehru’s speech on India’s independence, which will be engraved in every Indian’s mind.

We celebrate Independence Day with immense pride and gratitude, for being privileged of being born in a free country; a country where we can breathe, speak and live freely... a country that gives us the freedom to express ourselves and show the world what we truly are or can be.

Freedom, as a word, essentially means the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants, or deems is right. In that sense most of us would want to pursue a career of our choice and lead the kind of life that we want. And that I believe is amazing, because you never know where an idea can come from, or the potential that an individual may have, till he/ she actually decides to chase his/her dreams.

Young India bears witness to many enthusiastic, talented and promising entrepreneurs; people who want to work for themselves and build something on their own. Many of us tend to believe that one of the reasons why people pursue entrepreneurship is because they gain power. But in reality, this power -to do something on your own- comes with enormous responsibility and accountability, but not just authority. You don't choose to be an entrepreneur just because you don't want to work under someone. Being an entrepreneur comes with responsibility and accountability. Once you realize that you just can’t be your own boss, but also a leader that your team can look up to.

The truth is, when you decide to be an entrepreneur, you choose to pursue your passion with an absolute willingness to take a lot of other people along as part of your journey to success; which also means that you are answerable to all of them – your family, your colleagues, your clients, your customers, and the world at large.

The word freedom, in fact, comes with a lot of caveats for an entrepreneur; people look up to you to lead with an example. Freedom also means that I provide every colleague of mine equal opportunity - the opportunity to dream, evolve, grow, succeed and most importantly, be happy. Freedom doesn’t simply mean ‘free to do whatever I want to’, because only -‘I’- can never succeed in building successful enterprises.

Today, as we celebrate our 71st year of Independence, we realize that our freedom has come with a lot of struggle, sacrifices and most importantly, with the determination to set the nation free. We as entrepreneurs need to take a leaf out of the independence struggle.

For me personally, the journey of being an entrepreneur was more about taking responsibility rather than the freedom to do what I wanted to. The freedom to check with others and take their opinions to have a different perspective from mine also helped me in making better decisions. I may not choose the word democracy for it; I would rather call it the freedom to make a decision, as my people had the freedom to express, suggest and be heard.

Freedom to me is to not only take but also give people around you the opportunity to evolve, grow, succeed and be happy.

As an entrepreneur I believe that even after the world sleeps, you are awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, when you step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when your soul yearns to follow your passion where it can find utterance. It is entirely in your hands how you shape this freedom and meld your company’s success.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house


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