I have had some great teachers in my life. I remember Mr. Bhalla from my school in Lucknow. He was my computer teacher and he made me win Olympiads. Sometimes my wife calls me a robot, sometimes I feel good about it, sometimes I see a bit of Mr. Bhalla in me.
I think that’s who role models are. The only role models I have had in my life are my actual teachers. Memorable teachers are the ones who give you a part of their own. I see this more now probably because I recently realized that I am an ardent Learner.
Being aware of this skill makes a lot of difference. Sometimes in-between work I wake up to realize that I am on a Wikipedia page and there are 12 more tabs on my browser to explore.
It has been around 8 months since I first met Manish Puri and 7 since he became my coach. Initially I did not know what to expect out of coaching. I started questioning that to myself. Can’t I figure this out by my own? I mean I have the internet. I have the will to learn. Why do I need a coach? This thought process led me to more and more questions. Why does anyone need a coach? Why does a Tendulkar or a Federer need a coach?
Every week we would have talks and in return I would have tasks. Fair trade, I assumed. This one week he gave me a task of meeting 40 business prospects in a month. Possible, I assumed. Challenge accepted, I said. Month end got near but I wasn’t quite there. But then I realized something about myself. My ability is not my preordained condition. I am as far as I can stretch myself. I needed that push. I needed to explore.
It’s been a year since my wife, Komil and I started learning martial arts. Our sensei pushes us to the limits that my body could have never imagined. Our training is weaved in blood, sweat and tears. Both of us recently got our yellow belt.
It has been an intense journey to reach to our first stepping stone. I see a huge correlation between learning martial arts and entrepreneurship. The only competition you see is the one in the mirror.
I would like to thank these 3 pillars, these 3 role models. My computer teacher, my coach and my sensei.