Blog Past: When Bad Things Happen

I wrote this series in February 2007, when our MyToday SMS services were blocked by operators in India. November has been one of those months where the financial gloom has been compounded by the developments this week in Mumbai. At times like this, one has to think positive. This is what I wrote then:

When one is an entrepreneur, there is an implicit acceptance of the unknown. Bad Things will happen which can destroy a business. It could be a software failure. It could be a sudden exodus of key talent. It could a damaging story in the media. It could be a competitor launching a product or service that seems to be faster, better and cheaper. I have experienced all of the above. And lived through each of them and emerged stronger. What is needed is a firm belief that out of every Bad Thing there is another Good Thing waiting to be created. The Bad is obvious, the Good is not. The Bad is the present, the Good is the Future. It is not easy to think of the calmness of the sea when one is caught in a turbulent storm.

2 thoughts on “Blog Past: When Bad Things Happen

  1. Rajesh – There is indeed a good thing which would eventually triumph bad things. I can speak for myself and I have changed. I think now very strongly that we have to be take great interest for our country , the place where we live and apply minds to the problems it faces. We have to show the same zeal as we do for our work and for our personal lives. I would think that similar thoughts are there with many people from all walks of life . This is the beginning of larger good.


  2. Hmmm.

    The cartoon of the three mugs of beer comes to mind.

    Half full? Half empty? Or…an empty mug, drained of all the beer, with the caption:

    Optimist. Pessimist Realist.

    Well, today’s world is divided into:

    The Haves, the Have-nots, and the Have-not-paid-for-what-they-haves.

    Somehow, even as I try to see the silver linings and alllllll that, the reality of the long hard trek the world has to trudge to emerge out of the current global crisis is what seems more present.

    But, you’re right: there is a calm sea outside of the storm. The trick is to navigate towards it…