Job experiences teach you many things beyond polishing your skill-sets. These learnings tend to be your guidelines for the coming times in personal and professional life. But in Mohit’s case, he said he thinks differently.
The ‘My First Job’ captures this essence from the industry leaders. Here is an account from Mohit Bahl, CEO & Founder, Behal Network:
‘My First Job’ was:
Technically, my first job was typing some content for some money (INR 400) at the age of 14. But as started my journey from Gurdaspur in 2013 and then shifted to Chandigarh. I was very clear that i dont want to do job, else i was very passionate to give jobs. But money is very important to survive in big cities, so i searched for some jobs in Chandigarh and gone for interviews, some rejected and some who accepted majority of them were treating me like a dog, come here… do this and bla bla. Then i realised that jobs are not for me. Infact, if i talk about my first job, i would feel proud to say that i did my first job for myself by starting my own company.
Things I learnt:
See Failures are something which teaches us at every stage of life. Of the many lessons that I have learnt from my failures is that, founders need to be strongly motivated by a cause, as opposed to those driven by quick money, have the vision to identify an addressable opportunity and the clarity of purpose for optimum thematic leverage. Another management lesson that has always worked for me is make your team and your partners feel like your family members. This will really help an organisation to do 10x better.
Skills I Acquired:
The basic skill that I learnt was how to conduct myself in a professional environment. Coming from an academic institution, you are bursting with ideas and energy but the grind of the professional workspace allows you to channelise the energy in the right direction. I also understood the meaning and developed the skill of networking and relationship management, two very important virtues to have in the modern business ecosphere. Furthermore, the stint also gave me ample exposure to strengthen my strategic thinking, conceptualisation and analytical skills.
Turning point in my career:
Well my life has been a series of learning curves with a lot of turning points. From starting Mgbworld to Behal Network and then founding other ventures & group companies, each one made me more mature, well-equipped to handle pressure, and much more pragmatic. All of them prepared me so that I could experience lot of new challenges. I enjoyed the pressure, not having even single money because of losses but following my passion and dreams made what i am today.
My most crucial step/assignment:
I treated every new assignment as extremely crucial as they were significantly different from the previous one. I had to start from the scratch and be completely attentive towards the needs and demands of the current task. However, if I had to choose one, I would say moving on from Mgbworld both physically and emotionally after investing in it so much was a crucial step. Furthermore, I had to focus on Behal Network, without looking back and being still attached to Mgbworld, I believe was arguably the most difficult situation I faced in my career.
My advice to budding entrepreneurs or in general youngsters will be to follow their passion and what you will enjoy doing day in and day out. If you care about what you do, then you will definitely enjoy the experience every day. You know, if you love what you do, it’s no longer a job and so I would say that biggest advise I can give anyone is follow your passion and dreams. Don’t run for money, i know money is very important but here giving your first 5 years means earning equal to zero. I might have different ventures to show for my accolades, but fundamentally I am a tech entrepreneur and I enjoy being that immensely.
Where I see myself 5 years from here:
I established Mgbworld in 2013, Behal Network in 2014 and started the journey, was just following my passion. If i talk about 5 years from now, I might be investing in new businesses or incepting something else. All of them will definitely come under the purview and ambit of my being a tech entrepreneur, which is what I look forward to being.
Thanks for giving your time to team The Mumbai City. We enjoyed alot talking about your journey. We’ll come with a new story next weak. Till that Good bye and keep following The Mumbai City.