Lying down at 12 midnight, being able to sleep at only at 3. Waking up at 5, alarm ringing at 6. I have witnessed such times during my previous startup days. I am an engineer and MBA graduate by education and a restless learner by reputation. I just cannot stand a comfortable and stable life. Along with my day job, I had been trying to consolidate the Indian 3D printing industry into a marketplace. Worked 8 hours in my job, then 6 hours for the startup every day. Doing that for 6 months, after the standard long-distance relationship troubles with co-founders, I exited the startup. A month later, decided to take the plunge, and quit my wonderful job of handling operations as a manager for Tata Steel.
It would be unfair if I say I did not have an idea or a team or backup options when I quit just to make this an inspirational read. Along came Adianta School of leadership and innovation. I checked out their profile. Nascent startup, a few success stories in social entrepreneurship, still taking its baby steps, but with a wonderful management and network of mentors. Being a person who strongly believes in learning by collaboration and collective growth, I decided to join ASLI expecting highly motivated individuals as fellows and inspirational guides as faculty.
Today was the first day, and I feel at home already. The entire eco-system is pretty chilled-out and laid back which is both good and bad. There are a lot of companies and startups working on the same campus with widely varied backgrounds and cultures which is pretty amazing.
So far so good, but being an engineer, I cannot stop quantify my first day experience. I’d say the first day satisfaction level would be 40%. How I quantified this in the next blog post (maybe if readers are interested :P).