Why my first marathon is my first startup sobha
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Why my first marathon is #myfirststartup!

It was one of those times, when I was busy introspecting on life. Where did the years go by? I hadn’t accomplished any of the things I’d hoped to by now. NUMERO UNO being my HEALTH. I used to be a fit and healthy person, until I started working that is. The irregular work timings and eating habits, slowly started to show in the weight I started piling on. But the whole process is so gradual that it doesn’t hit you. Until one day I had to go for a meeting and there wasn’t power in the building. So I had to walk up 4 flights of stairs. By the time I reached the 4th level I was huffing and puffing away. And had to wait several minutes to catch my breath, and mind you, it’s not like I was running up the stairs.

I came home that evening feeling heavier than the 15kgs I’d gained across the years. When did I become this helpless person who had no control over my mind and life? When did I stop caring about myself? This thought kept nagging me, until one day, a friend mentioned she was going to give running the marathon a shot. Startled with disbelief, I laughed her off. She was far lazier than I.

Suddenly it hit me that now I was CYNICAL as well. This had to change. I called her back, apologized for my thoughtless response, and said let’s do it together. That way, if one of us slacks, the other can take control.

#myfirststartup was terribly difficult and challenging every step of the way. But it was important that I do it, for my sake. The preparation that goes into running a marathon is no easy feat. It seems impossible most of the time. It takes a lot of preparing the mind and then freeing the mind. Running a marathon has nothing to do with the body. It is purely a mind game. And willpower is the only thing that will take you through, to the end. Isn’t it the same with a startup?

I advice everyone should give it a try at least once in their life. The pure joy of being able to control one’s mind cannot be expressed. It has to be felt.

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