Santhosh Tuppad shares his unconventional view about an "Entrepreneur". Most of the people may hate this style, but in the end this is what completes an "Entrepreneur".


Entrepreneurship in Sanskrit means, “Antha Prerna,” which in translation means “self-motivated”. The bitter truth is, we are confusing this meaning with money, capitalism, celebrity, impressing the external world, the richness of materialistic gains and many delusional and illusional things that exist in this current world. Most of us want to become entrepreneurs and the reasons are all external along with the reasons that really don’t synchronize with your “self”. In my experience of this beautiful journey of life, I have encountered entrepreneur wannabe’s having the following reasons such as, “I want to be my own boss and that’s why I want to be an entrepreneur”, “I want to make a lot of money, and that’s why”, “I aspire to be the greatest businessman”, “I don’t like to work a lot”, “I want to make other people jealous about my achievements” and many more such reasons of which I have heard. My only contention is, “Do these traits connect back to “Being an entrepreneur”? Going back to “self-motivation” meaning, your reasons have to be internal and not external in terms of being influenced by the people, but yourselves in terms of your thoughts of what you want to do and what needs to be done. 

What is entrepreneurship to me?

● To do what you crave for deep down (listening to yourself)

● Something that gives you a sense of accomplishment

● Being content with what you do and how you do it

● Accepting what comes in your way, then learning and adapting to the continuous changes (change is the only constant).

Doing what needs to be done

● Watching your thoughts towards the human community across the world (Kindness)

● Showing up to the world (

● Being yourself (Remember, it’s all internal) What isn’t entrepreneurship to me?

● Only making money or Making money (Materialism is a byproduct of what I do)

● Always getting venture capitalists to fund me

● Impressing my friends, family, and others

● Being unhappy, but just running behind a devil named “Disguised Success”

● Ending up on my deathbed and having a moment like, “Damn! I don't feel good about how I lived my life?”

● Treating people around me including employees, friends, family in an unpleasant, unkind, stressful way just because I am not making more money or I am stressed with opinions and pessimistic views of the world about my journey.

● An entrepreneur is an owner or manager of a business enterprise who makes money through risk and/or initiative. (This ain’t entrepreneur to me. Hell No). Who are naysayers? Well, if you are an entrepreneur of self-motivation then probably you can put these kinds of following statements or comments filled with unpleasant or pessimistic views or opinions in the “naysayers” list.

● Hey, take my suggestion and work for a couple of years and then get into entrepreneurship

● You are getting married soon, don’t take the risk by thinking about entrepreneurship.

● You don’t have a strong financial background, entrepreneurship isn’t for you.

● You can’t be an entrepreneur, you are just thinking about something fancy

● Why don’t you settle for some multinational company instead of thinking about starting something new

● Are you an entrepreneur? Really? I am earning more than you.

● You have started your entrepreneur journey for more than a year now, but your revenue is nothing fascinating. Maybe you should give up!

● You’ve failed so many times starting something new, and you must stop this time. NEGATIVE NEGATIVE NEGATIVE!

The list doesn’t have an end as we face.

To those entrepreneurs who have heard these kinds of pessimist speeches from people, I would like to say, “Forgive them anyways and continue with your inner-self guidance”. Remember that “Entrepreneur = Self-Motivation” which is totally internal. And these naysayers are external to you and they shouldn’t be really disturbing your journey. I understand that it’s easier said than done because we are social animals who have attachments. However, your self-motivation is bigger than their words which don’t have any power unless you try to power them. And wait, you need not distance yourself from these people; but you just need to say this, “I understand that I do not understand about these people”. Also, as my wife Gina Enache (A Psychologist by profession and passion) says, “A behavior is not a person” which you may choose to ignore and not ignoring a complete person. Probably, it’s peaceful for yourself that way if you practice this way. In short, “anyone who follows their visceral / heart / inner-guidance and is self-motivated to do any activity is an entrepreneur.” Last, but not least; entrepreneurship is showing up. On “Showing Up” I have written some quotes by myself which may pump up the entrepreneurship juices in you. I am sharing my thoughts below in quotes. "Showing up always looks ugly until you taste the beauty of it." "

Trust your inner-self and show up like a rockstar to get the sense of beautiful life" "Life isn't complete without showing up. what are you waiting for?"

"You don't want to say,' I wish, I had'. Showing up will only create greatness"

"You know you are beautiful, it's just that you can't explain."

"Showing up has never been easy, but those who did live or lived well."

"You are unique and don't be afraid to show your uniqueness to create a difference."

"Universe believes and trusts your uniqueness, get ready and show up." "Showing up is what the universe needs to create the difference as humans."

"Great things are always challenging, but they are beautiful once faced."

"The core of life is 'making choices', and being kinder to them."

"Awaken the hidden beauty of your soul through inner guidance and your values"

"Let's not give an appointment to disappointment. Grow by showing up!"

"If you wanted to choose a role model, that person can be near you. Yes, that's you!"

"Find a passion for your well-being and nurture that passion with learning and adapting."

"Living a life of 'freedom of choices' is like climbing Mt. Everest. Once you reach the summit, you know the feeling"

"I was judged. I was criticized. I was discouraged. I was misunderstood. And then I showed up. Best decision of my life."

"A sunny day is mesmerizing when it shows up. Awaken the sun in you."

"Don't beat yourself up when things go wrong. Think about how you can beat the best out of yourself."

"Kindness, Trust, Polite, Respect, Love, Choice don't cost anything, but your willingness."

"Be a beautiful mirror before that makes the world beautiful with your reflection."

"You are limitless in your limits. You can expand the horizon at your will. Trust your being."

"If you did not exist, then I don't think if this planet would be beautiful."

"Beauty is not what others see in you, but you knowing your beauty."

Stay beautiful my dear entrepreneur. And never ever be a self-doubter, negativism or misogynist to yourself.

Your fellow entrepreneur,

Santhosh Tuppad

Santhosh Tuppad

Santhosh Tuppad has played different roles in his life which include being an entrepreneur, liar, lover, boyfriend, husband, thief, passionate software tester, blogger, reader, trainer, coach, black-hat hacker, white-hat hacker, grey-hat hacker and what not. In this amazing journey of life, he has experienced his salvation. Not to forget that, “Salvation comes at a price” and of course he has paid that price. Before he was known for being merciless, ruthless, unkind, evil, etc. And today he is known for kindness, humbleness, and some people call him “Privacy Fighter”.

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