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Lone rangers

They don?t care a damn for cushy jobs. Gen X go-getters are willing to take risks to chase their dreams.

india Updated: Jul 17, 2006 16:06 IST

It’s about treading the road less travelled, quite like what Robert Frost said in his poem — Two roads diverged in the yellow woods and I took the one less travelled by and that has made all the difference.

Most of the young adults who will open their eyes to a new world today, with their first day in college, will have more than just Frost’s poem on their minds. Perhaps, they would want to follow in the footsteps of their seniors, who, not too long ago, had joined the world’s workforce, and are already out of it — having quit their cushy jobs to set up their own ventures.

More and more young people are turning their own masters. Examples are endless — IIM graduate Himanshu Chitkara quit HSBC to set up his own theme tourism company, Meghna Deva, a CA, left her well-paid job to start a boutique, Vinay Agrrawal quit his job with Air Cell to launch his own IT firm...

What makes these young ones reach out for things completely out of the box?

The new sensation

Chasing one’s dream can be quite exciting.

Avers Himanshu Chitakara, “There is a lot of excitement in doing some thing that you actually want to do. Besides, the rat race becomes unbearable after a while and there is strong desire to stand out from the crowd. I too felt the same after working for some years.” As many of these entrepreneurs begin their careers early, they have enough time to experiment professionally. Says Meghna Deva, “I was 25 when I started my career.

Though I felt that I had done enough, I wasn’t happy. So I decided to pursue my calling in fashion and opened a store. Gradually, I would like to create a base for my venture abroad.”

There can be various reasons for quitting cushy jobs. And it’s more than just a reckless dare. Says Prof Sankara Reddy of Sri Venkateswara College, “Thou gh these youngsters come from a sound background, they begin their own ventures after getting some work experience. Others feel that if they can do well in their jobs, then why can’t they start out on their own. There is yet another category of those choose their own pace after getting disgusted with the stressful corporate environment.”

Great escape

The desire among the young today to do exactly what they want is strong and quite a few of them, who could have been forced to choose a career by their parents, break free later when they acquire more confidence.

So if you feel battered in your black tie job or find yourself slaving for the ‘boss from hell’ then probably it’s time for a new beginning.