That was an inspiring story. Last week, luckily, I had a chance to interact with him and I’ve asked a few questions from him.
Check out, how it went:
About the Entrepreneur
Welcome to Calling Dreams. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Baljeet Gujral and I am Founder & Director of Enfield Riders Motorcycle Tour Company.
Tell us something more about your business?
At Enfield Riders, we render services that help motorcycle enthusiasts, adventure holiday travelers and destination explorers to travel & explore locations via the road medium.
Two years since inception, we have received an amazing response in the adventure travel fraternity where we are catering to avid solo riders, adventure freak couples, large groups who have taken Weekend Getaways, Short Motorcycle Tours & Long Motorcycle Expeditions – Ladakh, North East, Bhutan, Thailand etc with us.
Where can we find about Enfield Riders?
The Entrepreneur’s Dreams
What really drives you to quit your job and to follow your passion?
For years, I believed that I was happy being a banker. A 6 figure salary, a self-owned house in Mumbai, a luxury sedan, exquisite offbeat vacations twice a year, swanky watches, high-end gadgets etc kept that belief intact.
What I forgot was behind this facade that I had buried my passion. The day I evaluated the rationale – to be materialistic happy or to be soulfully content, the choice became easier and hence the decision to quit a 10-year banking career and follow my passion of starting a motorcycle tour company.
According to you, why it is really important to follow the dreams?
I believe that life is all about the choices you make. Nothing is wrong or right. It’s about the inner instinct that makes you happy. For some, following their dreams gives them contentment, for some compromising their desires and living a calculated life is a safe decision.
It was a conscious decision to step out of my comfort zone. Following your dreams makes one realize that you live a life, which is worthwhile because you start living for “yourself.”
If asked for comparisons what change do you find in yourself, when you started spending 12 hours in the garage instead of air-conditioned Bank’s job?
Well, it certainly pinched. It wasn’t the easiest of phases. You have an internal fight wherein the “sensible-rationale” is that you should have stayed employed. It’s much easier because life is certain and secured.
The materialistic rewards are essential and cannot be ignored easily. However, you start looking at the bigger picture eventually and these things do not matter over a period of time. I believe that every small step you take as an entrepreneur is a giant leap towards your dream.
How did you overcome from the odds and sayings of naysayers and society while starting up?
Fortunately, we as Indian entrepreneurs are raised in a society of naysayers. I say, we are fortunate – because as you mature, you realize that how insignificant these people become in the larger scheme of things when you progress towards your goals.
These people are the 1st hurdle that brings the awareness in every entrepreneur that they are relatively the smallest odds that you would be fighting in the long battle towards achieving success and following your dreams. Having a conviction in this just helped me overcoming this small obstacle.
How did you make your passion more visible, why it is necessary to pursue the things that you love against the odds?
As I said earlier, life is all about the choices we make. We can sit back and let life move at a set pace or get on the driver seat and decide the pace for the rest of the journey.
The rewards of pursuing your dream and making them come true can never be weighed by any number of odds that you encounter on the way. All I can say is – It’s totally worth it.
I’ve seen half of the population of the world doing the things they don’t like and they hate going to their jobs every time in the morning especially on Monday’s: If I asked you to make a comparison…
How did your morning especially Monday morning changes? What first thing in the morning, which compels you to do what you really like?
That’s true. Monday mornings were painful. And the pain just got severe until mid week. By the time Friday approached it was almost like getting drained out and gave a feeling that the weekend was the only savior. The two non-working days were sheer bliss and the most valuable days.
For all those who are on the other side of crossing the line towards entrepreneurship, get set for the 7 days a week, 365 days a year working pattern (at least for the first 2 years). Those two-days (sat ‘n’ sun), the welcome weekend break would not be a part of the weekly routine but you won’t regret it in future for sure.
There must be time, when you feel like giving up, at that time what inspires you not to quit?
There is nothing which ever gives me a feeling of giving up on my dream. Of course, there are days when you feel irritate, frustrated and anxiety builds up when things are not falling in place.
But the only belief which will keep you going is – “There is no second option.” The day you feel there is a Plan B if you quit, it means you are still not giving your 100%.
The Entrepreneur’s Vision
Define vision. Why do you think vision is important to make a business successful?
For any entrepreneur, his business is as successful as clear his vision is. Vision is the most integral part which would help you achieve your goals.
The more focused the vision is, the easier is the approach to make it possible.
How do you see yourself and your business in upcoming years?
There is a long journey ahead. In the next 5 years, Enfield Riders would be the most desirable and preferred motorcycle tour company that travelers would look forward to associate with.
In the long tenure, we see ourselves being one of the market leaders in the adventure travel fraternity.
A few questions just for the fun of it…
Who (or what) has been your source of inspiration?
My Mentor & Guru – Atul Mongia
Which is your favorite place for the motorcycle expedition?
If you could ride to any other place in the world, where would you love to ride?
ASIAN Route – India to Singapore via Myanmar, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. It’s a 10,000 kms route across 9 countries.
What do you see as your greatest success in life?
My friends and loved ones.
Your favorite motivational quote.
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success – Swami Vivekananda
Your favorite movie or books you would recommend?
My favorite book: Unarguably – The Motorcycle Diaries
The best advice you got from any person in your life?
You are as rich as many people you have around you who care for you.
Please tell our readers where they can connect with you.
On twitter – @baljeetgujral
Last, any message for the young startups, and to all those who are still doing the jobs they hate or don’t feel like doing?
Chasing your dream is one of the most difficult tasks we do as humans. If you are lucky enough, everything would work in your favor and you would sail forward with the tide. Most likely, you would be swimming against the wave and it would need a lot of courage, determination and will power.
If you believe in yourself and have the elements of patience and optimism – no dream is unattainable and no goal is impossible. Live, breathe, eat, sleep, dream your passion and there wouldn’t be a single day that you would regret in your life !!!
And finally, the man himself…
He looks happy there, rather than sitting in an office.
Thanks for tuning into The Inspiring Dairies….
Stay tuned for upcoming interviews, from the people I admire.
Now go back and start chasing your dreams!