Entrepreneur Vs Employee. Father vs Son.

Employee vs EntrepreneurI have followed some heated arguments in social media about entrepreneurship. It’s all good, until we kind of weigh in into judge what is best. For example thoughts like,

Been an entrepreneur is way better than been an employee

If someone’s father is rich and influential, then son’s achievements are obvious.

Well on the surface these thoughts seems to be true. But life and business are not that simple.

There are good performers who wants to thrive on things they are good at, but they do not want to get the burden of running a business on their own. For an outsider it can be seen like a waste of talent, but for me that person is someone who’s self aware. He knows what’s good for him. He knows it’s better to avoid his weaknesses.So do we condemn him as a failure ? a wasted opportunity ? I guess we should not.  For example, I have seen great COO’s who thrive in their roles. They take the burden of operations off from the owners, so that owners can do more.

There are wonderful entrepreneurs who build up upon their family business and sometimes diverse in to new businesses and be successful. Do we see her as an ‘obvious’?. I guess we should not. Because there are plenty of businesses that go under when children take over. Those children were not disciplined to manage finances and they did not see they have anything to prove. So they plundered away with family inheritances and made the staff go home, and sell assets to pay the debts they dragged the business in to, or worse, because of their personal finance blunders.

Shah Rukh Khan was asked why his son is pursuing a career in film direction, and not in acting.

The answer from Shah Rukh is fascinating. I asked from my son, he said, “if I am successful people will say it’s because of my father’s influence, and if I fail, people would say he could not make it even with his father’s influence, So I should make my own path”


5 ways to get recruited in tech industry

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I had a two hour conversation with a very senior CXO ( a tech wizard and a philosopher) of a world famous big Sri Lankan software company. Our major topic was why the gap between what employers want and what employees are looking for is widening, with special emphasis on the millennials. ( Ahhh….the eternal scapegoat for every HR issue in any company now 🙂 ) 

So, if you are a young person ( 18-24 age) looking for your first job, or an internship, here’s the formula for success revealed by our tech wizard and philosopher. ( No, there’s no guarantee of securing a job, unless you actually do these stuff.  Even when you do it, it has to be genuine and authentic)  

1. Volunteer for meet ups and tech events

These events are in abundance. Get in touch with the organisers and genuinely offer help. Do the hard stuff like carrying, cleaning and arranging stuff in the room. If you are good with interacting with people, be the front desk assistant. If you are good with public speaking, offer to be the emcee, moderator, facilitator or whatever the role that is there and no body wants to pick up.

2. Grab attention to your work.

If you do work above, attention is automatic. If you don’t love events, go and talk to HR people and say that you want to intern as a coder. Show that you are open to learn on the go and deliver in time. When you get the opportunity actually do what you said at the first place. Nothing spreads faster than your work.

3. Get recommended by industry seniors

If you do good stuff, you know it yourself. Don’t be ashamed to ask for a recommendation by your seniors. An old fashioned recommendation letter or better if it can find its way to your linked in profile recommendations. It’s a digital world, so should be your recommendations.

4. Do not just look for big famous tech companies.

This may be a shocker to you.

Do not just go after big and famous tech companies, because you know, everyone is applying there. Roughly companies get 100 CVs for every candidate they shortlist. So, you get my point right ?

Look for opportunities in government sector ( cough). What ? there are more than enough people in government sector, and they are collectively an inefficient machine, right ? NO. that is not the reason.

There are very limited number of tech professionals in government sector. So if you are good at tech, they are willing to recruit you. The experience will be immensely valuable for your career and you have the opportunity to serve your nation directly.

5. Build your credibility as a deliverer.

Nothing gets you places like your reputation. Work speaks much much louder and clearer than your words. Be hungry and be foolish ( as Mr.Jobs said). Learn new technology ( online learning is so cool) , do side projects, publish them in portals like GitHub. Get attention to your work. Update linked in profile.

Anything I missed ? Why not leave a comment. I will add to this list.