A letter I wrote to myself before starting my first company

I quit my job in Bangalore, India, flew back to the US to get a new visa, and was on my way back to Bangalore with a fresh 5 year multiple entry business visa (courtesy of the company I just quit).

I knew I wanted to start a business, but I didn’t know what it would look like. I knew I wanted to help people work abroad, or start something in the travel space, but didn’t know how I would do it.

On the flight back to India, I wrote something on the first page of my journal….

Here I am, on my way back to Bangalore, no definitive plan in mind. I have $5000 and a five year visa. I’m scared, confused, and amazed at how my life has come to this state. 3 months ago I was sure of myself. I had a good job with a great startup and everything seemed golden. Unfortunately, things haven’t worked out as I planned. I quit my job for various reasons, all of which I still agree with, but I could have bought myself more time. Now I am jobless with no idea of what to do next. I know I want to create something. I know I want to build something connecting travelers from all around the world. My biggest problem is resources. I have always had ideas, but I don’t know how to execute on those ideas.

I want to go through the process of building something. I want to know what it is like to run a company of my own. It’s scary because I have no idea how I will do this. I am basically going back to Bangalore with an idea (if that) and nothing more. It’s frightening. It’s exciting. It’s nerve wracking. I don’t know where this will take me, but I am confident in myself. The song “my time” just came on my iPod as I write this. I feel like it’s my time. My time has come. It’s time to seize the moment. It’s time to jump at the opportunity. It’s time to take the plunge. Jump off the cliff and learn to fly on the way down.

I will succeed. I will build something. I will execute. I will take my time. I will put in my diligence. I will leverage everything I have learned up to this point. I will create. I will learn. If/when I fail, I will pivot. I will get back up. Life has provided me with lots of opportunities. I will grab all of them. I will be me. I will pursue my vision. I will learn how to make money off of my passions. I will learn how to make money off of my passions.

I then went on to spend the next 4 years building that vision, BrainGain 🙂

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