I am Passionate About All My Business Ventures

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‘The entertainment industry has made me what I am today’

srk 300x224 I am Passionate About All My Business VenturesI have never truly felt that I am a businessman in true sense of that. You have a people like Mukesh Ambani who is a businessman; I am hardly in the same league. Being an entrepreneur is something that happened to me as my carrier in the film industry evolved over the years. When I started Red Chillies in 2002, it was with the dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur. Infact, the company was a progression, an offshoot if I may call it that, of my carrier in the Indian film industry. I wanted to contribute in the different and significant way to the entertainment industry, which has made me what I am today.

You know, there’s a feeling among many people that my enterprises are a means by which I am investing my money that I earn through my films, shows etc. But that is not true. Each of my business enterprises is my passion. They are all related to the entertainment industry in some way or the other and so I can relate to them too. This is biggest and most important motivator for any entrepreneur-to feel passionate about his/her enterprise.

So, my tip to today’s aspiring entrepreneurs would always start with telling them to be passionate about their enterprise.
Don’t jump in just to make money, though that is important too, of course. I believe that if you really feel strongly about your venture, it will pay off in the end and the money will flowing  automatically. You should also strike while the iron’s hot. Don’t sit on your ideas if you feel it’s the right time to start a business around them. Sometimes, an idea clicks with your target audience because it was created at the right time. Delaying action may end up in delayed results too.

I also feel you should always think big… take small steps towards your  target , but always set yourself a high goal, if you feel your idea’s worth it. When times are tough (as they are), do not think cost-cutting will solve your problems. Those who do that, perish faster in the long run instead, look for other measures to help you tide over the crisis. I would like to end by saying that entrepreneurs should always be honest in all their business dealings. I have always felt that honesty and transparency always pay off in the long run. Keep the faith.

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10 thoughts on “I am Passionate About All My Business Ventures

  1. If Shah Rukh Khan ever has reason to notice these comments, I’d like his input. However, I welcome suggestions or experiences from anybody who feels they may be helpful. How would you suggest one protect one’s self from others who inadvertently seek to have him or her start up a business and get it to the point that it can function fairly well without need of an expert to manage it, then they want to take it from there, and believe they are entitled because they are a close relative? In other words, when a person is trying to prepare to start his or her own business, and relatives or friends or neighbors get wind of it, suddenly they want to be included in the venture – But, they don’t want to have to do any of the hard work (research, mental and physical exertion, attendance, legalities, and so forth). They want to take over AFTER the business no longer needs so much to be done in order to maintain it — or — they want to make use of the business’s services/products for their own personal benefit without being charged any cost. How does one prepare his or her mind to be able to say NO or to at least be able to deal with such persons’ imbalanced impressions of what is owed them as relatives, friends, neighbors, etc. when that individual lives within the midst of all these other individuals? If you can make sense of what I wrote, I am interested in how you, yourself, would (or did) deal with any similar problem that makes starting, and making money from, a business difficult — if not so stressful that it just does not seem worth bothering with.

  2. I wish to convey my gratitude for your generosity in support of all those that really want help with in this field. Your special commitment to passing the solution along turned out to be rather useful and have consistently enabled guys and women like me to achieve their endeavors. Your entire warm and friendly tips and hints entails a whole lot to me and even further to my office colleagues. Best wishes; from each one of us.

  3. Many thanks Shahrukh – Yes! it is Passion that drives us to the goal – but without the Faith, Determination and Belief in yourself you can easily give up – It is so hard!…………But you have to ‘keep the Faith’ X

  4. Dear Mr. Khan,

    It is inspiring to know how yo uuse your success to build upon further success and the manner in which you do this, using a steady mind and planning.

    I am writing this to you based on your interest in Cricket.
    I am on the Board of Directors of a large Cricket league in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    We have been running cricket for the youth and adults of Ontario for over 37 years and boast a league consiting of 100 teams.

    We have always paid our own way through team fees and work with the city on obtaining facilitates to rent out to us.

    We are embarking on a higher youth development project and also looking at avenues to subsidise our teams and build better grounds for our players.

    I was wondering if there is a possibility of a discussion with you around any possible involvement from your side.

    Your statue as an actor and entrepreneur, working with us would only enhance our abilities as a Cricket league and help move us forward.

    We can provide you with any financial or other information that you may wish to review.
    looking forward to heading back from you.

    Regards,

    Rumi Jasavala
    Vice President, brampton-Etobicoke & District Cricket League (www.edcl.net)

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