So finally within next couple of months my stay in the UK is coming to an end … …

aeroplane_cartoon Having stayed here for more or less best part of last 5 years, this had become my second home away from India !

London, where I stayed for all these years been a wonderful experience to say the least. Although not as vibrant as any Indian city (read Pune), London has its own aura about being one of the great cities in the world. 

Experiences have been mixed for us during all these years some being kind, welcoming  and wonderful whilst some being very cruel and unwelcome!

Some of the good things includes the friends I collected here in the UK that have helped me during all those years. The first school of my daughter and her early early education was really wonderful experience.

Anyways, now I would be looking forward to managing my journey back and reducing my footprint from the UK over next few weeks.

Really looking forward to live a great life back in India and in my own home, I bought 4 years ago but never stayed in !!!

In my last article on entrepreneurship I wrote about the lack of entrepreneurship and innovation in India and the root cause in the education system that was adopted over the years.

Today, on the coffee table, we had another quick debate on this and one more topic that came out was the way we Indians think ! One of my colleague referred to an interview given by Infosys Chief Mentor Mr Narayana Murthy,

Indians are really good thinkers .. but not very good doers !

By the way, the word Indian is used in the context of people “living and working” in India. This should rather not be used in the context of Indians living abroad and shining there !

Ok, coming back to the quote I wrote above, I said I could not have agreed more with Mr Murthy and I would stick to my statement here. The reason I think he is right is the fact that when I correlate it with how I (average Indian wannabe great) think and act on the massive amount of ideas I generate .. I really feel the same.

In last few months, I have been having few solid ideas in my mind and I really wanted to build some portals to drive the entrepreneurship within me.

Most notable ideas I had were to to do with Childcare in India and Educational portal across major engineering colleges.

The biggest problem I am having is availability of like minded fellow colleagues who are interested in entrepreneurship.  The job I am in currently does now allow me to have these kind of colleagues around and that have the same drive as me to do different things .. :-(

In case you are wondering what kind of job I do in IT, I am a support consultant and in my job, the only thing that has importance is problem solving and incident management skills .. nothing to do innovation & initiatives ..

Anyways, enough of my own problems and coming back to the original topic of why Indians do not make it into entrepreneurship. The root cause I wrote in my earlier post was about the education system which just enforces you to learn what is in the book and does not encourage innovation nor independent thinking. So effectively, does not encourage you to “DO” things differently. All you end up with is to “Do what is told”.

I do not completely dismiss the thinking & doing of Indian IT companies and the very fact that India has become a giant IT outsourcing destination as well as world’s back office shows you that we Indians “Do” things fantastically well “when” the path of how to do is already defined.

The lack of core product companies, innovation houses, VC funding in India shows and supports the argument given by Mr Murthy. May be Government needs to think differently here and encourage the entrepreneurship via supporting the start ups etc.

Anyways, as usual the final thinking I would leave on you guys.

Please do leave a comment on my blog if you agree / disagree with my comments.

Cheerio

Finally few decisions were made last week and we can look forward to lots of changes in coming weeks for us here in London! Much better than some uncertain life we were experiencing during past few weeks …

Now can look forward to weeks ahead with optimism in the personal life as well as corporate life. Hopefully things will only get better !

Anyways, quick review on the weekend matches. I though the United – Tottenham match showed exactly why we are the Champions of the world .. and I guess I would not be able to summarize it any better than what I facebook’ed immediately after the match ..

… what a stunning comeback from the champions today. I guess God has made football only for such matches.. Glory glory man united..

Waiting for the crunch Arsenal match now on Wednesday, hopefully Chelsea will be put in place by Barcelona by Tuesday and so as Arsenal by Wednesday.

Meanwhile, trying out few new applications on my Windows phone… will post the details about them later ..

Cheerio

While stumbling across on the Internet I came across a very useful blog post on Zen habits and I thought of mentioning it on my blog as well.

The author mentions really good and practical things to ensure you “get things done” without actually following the GTD matrix !

A quick summary of it is as follows,

  1. Create a “to stop” list
  2. Focus on short bursts
  3. Define your daily ass-kicking
  4. Allow yourself to suck
  5. Focus on the Three C’s
  6. Stop caring about things that don’t matter
  7. Make it stupidly simple

I recommend you guys to visit his blog post here and read the full post. Its interesting and worth reading !

Bye the way, for people who love the GTD matrix and like to follow the GTD principles to get things done, here is what I found (from the link in his blog post) as follows,

 

GTD Matrix