Vikram Brahma has over a decade of corporate working experience. By profession, he is a Digital Entrepreneur, Blogger, Writer and YouTuber.
Life is a continuous journey. We learn all the time. We all make mistakes in life. Some faults are small, some are big. I have realized that we make mistakes because we are in the learning process. And since we are not born with life’s manual we tend to make errors.
In this article, I want to share deadly mistakes which I made during my 20’s and what kind of lessons I learned from it. Before you continue reading this article let me inform that all these mistakes I have really made in my life. And another truth is if I haven’t made these mistakes then I wouldn’t be a digital entrepreneur today. So, let’s begin.
Didn’t Realize The Value Of Real Estate Property
It was in the year 2009 when I did one of the biggest mistakes of my life related to real estate property. I was young and probably around twenty-six years old. I got the chance to purchase 2BHK home in Burari in Delhi for only Rs. 11 lakh ($15,068).
I have even handed over the first security deposit of Rs. 70,000 ($958). But then I thought I will not stay in Delhi for forever. I also thought that I currently work almost 30 km far away from Burari and travelling this far in Delhi means to spend at least three hours daily for one side. Thinking all these possibilities I backed off from this deal.
That time I didn’t realise what kind of mistake I was making. Later when I got a chance to read a book called “Rich Dad Poor Dad”, I simply realised what kind of stupid mistake I have made.
By the way, I could have purchased and sold that home in 2020 at around Rs. 40 lakh ($54,794) easily and could have settled in my small town quite well. Through this episode, I learned that never underestimate the value of land or property at least in the big cities.
I Didn’t Realize The Importance Of Google
As per information, Google started the Indian operation in 2004. I came to know about this in 2007 from one of my friend and during that time I was a young executive in an advertising agency.
They started their operations in Delhi. During that time I remember I had some discussion regarding Google with few friends. He was saying let’s go to the Google office and we will apply for the job. They teach how to run online ads (Google Ads) and make revenue from it. He also said they are desperately looking for employees and ready to train people.
But since I was young and didn’t know much about Google I didn’t apply for the job. And it was during those times when internet facilities were not available on mobile so easily and we were still using 2G technology in India. We use to visit a cybercafe even during those days to search for anything online.
I wish someone could have told me the importance of digital marketing back then properly. So, despite getting the information I failed to take action. Because of this incident now I do more research if I hear something new about technology. And that’s why I love digital marketing. I know it is quite less expensive and little easy to create a digital empire than purchasing expensive land or property.
Left Corporate Job Without Any Concrete Plan
After reading “Rich Dad Poor Dad” I got motivated and I thought I will go back to my home state. I was filled with a burning desire to start my own business and I left my high paying job without any concrete plan and visions.
I was born and brought up in different parts of India and due to this reason, I was not aware of my mother tongue. When I reached back home I faced difficulties in getting a new job. As during the interview, people are more interested to know why I don’t know the local language and less interested in my skill and knowledge.
First few months was a total cultural shock for me because in New Delhi and rest part of India I only used only two languages i.e. Hindi and English. I knew about the importance of mother language but it will affect the job that much I never realised. Later I released that getting a good-paying job is not easy in the home state.
I even went to the Airtel office at 6 miles, Guwahati for the interview and I talked openly about my life in Delhi. I told the interviewer that I like biking a lot and he told me then why I wanted to have a job, just purchase a bike and go out for biking. It was one of the most unhealthy interviews I have ever faced.
During the interview, I realised recruiter hardly has any interest to listen to my concern and about my past job records. I could have done well for Airtel but they missed the golden opportunity. After this incident, I learned whether it is a local company or any multi-national company HR people are same and that’s why it is always better to have a better concrete plan for your future.
If you are planning to purchase a new home and if you are getting that under your price range then go for it after proper verifications. If you haven’t made any efforts to build an online business then it is the right time to do so. Because the future is all about moving digital. And third and the most important lesson is before you leave your job make a concrete plan if you want to build your business and company.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Vikram Brahma
Vikram Brahma (author) from Assam, India on October 01, 2020:
Thank you so much Poonam mam. You are always motivating me and encouraging me to write new articles. And I am happy to write and love to share my past experience and mistakes so others can avoid such silly mistakes.
POONAM MALIK from Faridabad on October 01, 2020:
Such a delight, Mr, Vikram, to get to read your article. It is indeed full of practical advice from personal experience. Many should benefit from it.
The title reminded me of Chetan Bhagat.
I am going to read your other articles right now.