Do you get the problem of noise vs. sound ?

by Ashvini on August 25, 2014 · 9 comments

in Entrepreneurship,General,Motivation

According to Wikipedia,

a) Noise is an unwanted sound.

b) It is not random

c) It makes it difficult to hear the right sound.

Entrepreneurs do hear a lot of noise. The noise that is all around us, both positive and negative.

The positive noise tells us that how cool it is to be an entrepreneur. It is the best thing to happen to mankind ever. The VCs are falling over each other to shower money, on the best technological products. The market is waiting to be taken over. There are only positives and nothing negative.

The negative voice tells that how a job is a better option than entrepreneurship. Rather than suffer the pain of working for your own, the usual path of working in a comfortable job should be taken. Also references are drawn about the uncertain future, where money could be in so much shortage, so the entrepreneur would starve to death.

Outcome of noise in both scenarios is over-exaggerated. Neither the market is falling at anyone’s feet ( because there is competition, exaggeration in market research, over optimism) , nor is any entrepreneur going to starvation diet because they lost money in business.

The maximum bad outcome of a bad loss is just loss of money. Brains and learning still remain with the entrepreneur and can be re-utilized. It is possible that entrepreneur can even re-enter job market and make up the money that he or she has lost.

I dislike the noise because often people, who have low understanding of how entrepreneurship works or that how, for a few people, following passion is the most important goal in life, are constantly bombarded with messages to change their course.

I read somewhere that entrepreneurship is a lifestyle to be practiced for rest of your life. It means that one keeps working until the eyes , hands and ears hurt. No one became great by sitting in comfortable castles. Even kings need to work hard to keep their folks satisfied. Often it is about trying to get different results, by doing the same thing ( failing ) again and again and again.

The best thing is not to listen to noise, as it is confusing and often irritating. If you know the path, you know you are doing it right , you have the passion and patience to take it there, you don’t need anyone’s advice, on how to work it out.

That does not mean not to listen to sound advice ( but then it is sound not noise ). Being an entrepreneur means, you can survive in the best of the conditions and worse of them. It is futile to make ordinary world understand this philosophy. Don’t let the noise get to you.


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Adrienne September 2, 2014 at 11:35 pm

Hey Ashvini,

Boy are you ever right about the noise.

I think that’s the problem with a lot of people though, they listen to the noise and are afraid to take chances. So many people prefer their comfortable lifestyle and although they want something better for their families they aren’t willing to take the plunge.

I continue to say that entrepreneurs are special people because they want something better for themselves and their families so they are willing to take the chances where most people aren’t. It’s pretty safe to say that not everyone is cut out for leadership, they prefer to follow the leader.



suresh August 31, 2014 at 8:32 am

you are sharing a nice artical for noise & sound.thanks for sharing it. i like knowladge based blog.and you are perfect on it.thanks again.continous your knowlagae.


Emebu August 27, 2014 at 12:26 am

Hi Ashvini, Great tips you have here, i enjoyed reading every line, thanks for sharing.


Steve Rice August 26, 2014 at 9:39 pm

I love this analogy, Ashvini! Especially the advice that you “don’t need anyone’s advice to work it out”. I have experienced this phenomena–searching for the next best/biggest thing–always missing the thing that would make the difference. Great, thought-provoking article. :)


Ashvini September 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Thanks Steve. Yeah we need to chart our own course. We can listen to everyone around but ultimately it needs to be our own decision in the end :). Thanks for your comment.


Umashree Pancholy August 26, 2014 at 1:09 pm

This is a thought provoking blog. Thanks for the reminder and keep writing!


Ashvini September 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Thanks Uma :)


Rajeesh Nair August 26, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Hey Ashwini,

Nice article with a good message. We often see in India where the primary goal is to get educated, get a degree and get a job.. That’s the ideal life and everyone must follow it.

But if everyone followed this path, where will the real jobs come from. The answer is definitely Entrepreneurship. Even when I started my journey as a self-employed professional I faced this noise and I am still facing it.

I will definitely share this article.. I hope everyone understands this and let people follow their passion without disturbing them with either positive or negative noise.. :)


Ashvini August 26, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Thanks Rajeesh, Glad that you liked this article. Jobs are created often by persons who moved away from job. One needs to take risk in life for betterment of society and himself.
Thanks for sharing this :). Really appreciate


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