Being driven by purpose & seeing the world as a student: 2 habits of successful people Easiloan founder loves

Pramod Kathuria, Founder of Easiloan, wishes he had a more diverse portfolio when starting out and says that entrepreneurs need to be open to failure:


Quote unquote
My favorite quote is: “The biggest is not taking any risk. In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risk.” –Mark Zuckerberg. This quote inspires you to try new approaches and be open to failure – which is not a failure if you learned something on the way. This is especially true for start-up founders like myself who are hustling day in and day out to create something unique and these lines remind me that it’s worth the time and effort.

turn-back time
In my 20s when I started out, I wish I had the advice to work in several industries, functions and geographies and be a jack of all trades and master of some. I believe the more diverse experience you have the better you are placed to lead an organization in the future.

fan club
There are so many people I admire for their work ethic but one of the Big 3 of Men’s Tennis – a common nickname in tennis for Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. While my start-up is largely a team effort, I feel the need to lead by example. And nothing teaches you the value of discipline, perseverance and personal excellence than the game of tennis and these gentlemen helming it.

habits of success
When it comes to successful people, I love these 2 habits. First, the desire to create something with purpose and impact. I have often realized when you concentrate your energy on building something which has a purpose it makes the journey a lot more enriching and fulfilling. The second habit is to always consider themselves as students of life and never overestimate their success. We are in changing times and the only way you can be a relevant leader is to keep learning in these times through reading, upskilling, engaging and networking. A mentor once gave this advice from a quote – Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional. The ‘growing up’ part is what I now focus on in life – learning new things, reading and listening about how technology is reshaping our reality and unlearning things that are on the verge of redundancy. It is this habit that pushed me to start my fintech company in my 40s.

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Lockdown learnings
As a professional, the pandemic has schooled me about how technology in all walks of work life is a default and hence ‘preparing for change ahead of the curve’ is not just an adage but a de-facto need. From a personal perspective, it has taught me to be humble and happy with the family and ecosystem around me. Be ambitious for growth but thankful for what I have today, as you never know how something as infinitesimal and invisible as a virus can wreak havoc. It has also reinforced my belief in the infinite potential of tech in enabling efficient and effective engagements.

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