Few weeks ago, Mr. Prachetan Potdar, a well-known Creative Director & Writer, conversed with Mr. Abhijeet Mandlecha who is Founder-CEO at sAvh Learning Solutions Pvt Ltd.
Prachetan made Abhijeet spoke up about his Entrepreneurial Journey. The conversation held in question answer format as below.
What was your key driving force to become an entrepreneur?
When I turned back to see what exactly drove me to be an entrepreneur, I found the answer in the no of opportunities and dynamics of each opportunity; not only for me as an individual but to all those who would be working with us.
Keep fighting for your dreams even if you need to fight with yourself.by Abhijeet Mandlecha
How did the idea for your business come about?
I was doing my graduation in science, when I got to know about Six Sigma for the very first time and I got highly fascinated with the concept of ZERO Defect, which Six Sigma actually aims at. To know more about the fundamentals, I chose statistics as my specialization.
Though e-Six Sigma is my 3rd venture where we train & certify people on Six Sigma, for my other two ventures, we used Six Sigma as a platform and saved a lot of time, efforts & money.
Eventually, Six Sigma started running through my veins. I always say to my colleagues and friends that Six Sigma is not merely a methodology for me but a way of leading a life!
May I know about your favorite failure that transformed you like this?
I should not call it a failure but it taught me a lot. My 2nd venture was an EdTech for which I left Infosys & invested everything I earned till that time. I also invested 4 precious years of my life to develop the project and submitted it to a government. It’s still in the “pipeline” & waiting for the approvals just because I could not fulfill the fancy demands of the relevant authorities.
Until it started to be considered as a pending project, everyone around me was so excited considering the monetary value of the project. But then at some point of time, people started losing their interest in it and eventually in me as well. That entire situation helped me learn many things about human psychology which is helping me now.
How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
I believe, one has only 2 choices to lead a life. One being an entrepreneur and the other is Not being an entrepreneur. You cannot separate your personal life or family life from your professional life at least when you are an entrepreneur. The same applies to me as well.
Managing time becomes the biggest challenge but yes, if your family understands the value of your idea of being an entrepreneur, they support you to the fullest. I have been lucky on that front.
Do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur?
I don’t think there is a formula applicable to all. Entrepreneurship is like ‘No size fits all’. Every entrepreneur has its own journey to be travelled alone. But yeah, you can metaphorically relate someone else’s experiences and see if they can help you.
What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
It is yet to come! However, the most significant moment till now is when I decided to start my own business.
Can you describe/outline your typical day?
Abhijeet: It’s an easy one! My day typically starts at 6 in the morning and ends at around 10 in the night. I generally spend my morning time with exercise, newspaper and sometimes chatting with my dad.
I start working at around 8 o’clock and work until 1 in the afternoon. Then I take a break till tea at around 4. I mostly watch movies during this time being a big fond of it. However, I don’t mind working during this break as well if my business demands it.
My second slot of work continues until 8-8.30 in the evening, followed by a dinner and sleep at around 10 in the night.
What's your favorite advice that you want to share with us?
I think I am yet to reach to a position to advice something to someone. But if I still need to answer this, I would simply say, keep fighting for your dreams, even if you need to fight with yourself!
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