When we grew up, I pretty much only had the choice to be a doctor or an engineer. And since I hated biology and dissections, there really was no choice.
As such, I managed to get a scholarship to study electrical engineering at Lafayette in the US. Over there, I was the college’s best student, academics wise, and won prizes in mathematics but was a relative dud in my major.
Finding the calling
I often wonder how my life would have changed had I followed my passion and become a teacher. Instead, I came back to Mumbai, worked as a computer engineer for a while till I had the strength to chuck it and look for who I was.
And it was only after I became an entrepreneur and then stumbled into being a restaurateur did I find my calling and it was only then that success came my way.
Sign of the times
The India that you are growing up in is a country full of many more opportunities and choices. The rate of change that is happening before our eyes has never been seen before and will never be seen again.
This change creates lots of possibilities. As you enter this workplace you can aspire to be almost anything that you dream of and what is important is for you to believe that.
Sharing the mantra
I fully believe that you will do better at something you love rather than settling down and doing something else. In this new India, if you excel in whatever it is you love you will do better and be happier then being in a life and work you never wanted.
And it’s not about money. I became a restaurateur with less than Rs 50,000 (in hand). It is much more about wanting something and working passionately towards it.
Is it easy?
Maybe, maybe not.
But if you can find something you are happy doing day after day, then you can really live the life we all should have. Where work is a joy not a drudge and your life’s about happiness not money.
A D singh restaurateur As told to Pankaj Mullick