A strange peer pressure has gripped India’s corporate executives4 min read 04 Apr 2021, 10:55 PM IST
Executives who quit dull jobs for their own ventures may change the world in ways that few expect
He is yet another jovial man in Gurugram, a successful corporate climber doing something important in a large corporation for which he probably earns over ₹1 crore a year. But, of late, an idea has taken possession of him. He has never been possessed by an idea before. It was the sort of thing that used to happen to arts students. Now he is in the unhappy restlessness of a tremendous thought. It is an idea for his own ‘startup’ that will ‘disrupt’ something. He hates his job, despises it completely, and wishes to be liberated it from it. The only thing that makes him happy these days are thoughts of his own startup. His wife keeps a close watch over him when he talks of his idea with friends, and she passes calm rational remarks that point to its obvious flaws and inevitable doom. She has been trying to kill it, and she will not rest until she eliminates the idea from his head. The man wants to quit his lucrative job and final few years of corporate relevance for a tired idea that will likely fail.