Stress and realities behind a startup with Akshat Jalan

Planning to launch your own startup? Well, it surely is easier said than done. Entrepreneurs are very passionate about what they are bringing to the table and would go to any measures to ensure that they do not let their team and investors down. We constantly admire and celebrate those who succeed in their entrepreneurial journey but how often do we ask ourselves how did they get there?

In the Founder’s Meet organized by StartupLanes, Mr. Akshat Jalan addresses the stress and realities behind a successful startup. He talks about how in reality entrepreneurs go through so much stress, feelings of insecurity, and battling mental health, all while holding the fort.

He talks about his initial days as an entrepreneur and remembers the time when he used to train his team for washing cars by washing the cars himself. He lived in an apartment surrounded by prosperous families, who would look down upon him and pass comments. They were very pessimistic of his car-washing company and would often ask him to not quit his existing job. However, Mr. Jalan was very ambitious and adamant about not giving up.

He further talks about how most of the founders develop an ‘I Am My Company Syndrome‘. They start taking everything personally and lose themselves in the process of building their venture.

He says that founders are most likely to develop mental health conditions as compared to professionals in other fields because their emotions are heightened.

Added to this is the burden of financial risk as founders have to work without a paycheck. They often invest a lot of their personal resources into their venture and in case of a failed business, this translates to financial ruin for themselves.

Isolation is another stress that founders face. In the early stages of their startups, founders have to look after every little task on their own. This leaves them with little to no time to spend with their family or friends. This also creates an emotional strain on the relationships leaving the entrepreneur with a feeling of loneliness.

Additionally, founders easily get into a ‘never-not-working mentality‘ and often miss out on opportunities to rest, have fun, or socialize. They are often deprived, over-caffeinated, and emotionally disengaged.

All of these feelings of depression, fear, stress, anxiety, and enormous workload could take a toll on their health and results in them developing ailments like diabetes and blood pressure early in life.

All this being said, a founder must never forget why he started. As Mr. Jalan puts it, “Nobody is taller than the last man standing. There is great power in starting. Dream big, start small, and begin now.”