Here’s How Baljeet Gujral Quits His Swiss  Bank Job To Pursue His Dreams

Here’s How Baljeet Gujral Quits His Swiss Bank Job To Pursue His Dreams

 

Inspiring Dairies: Baljeet Gujral Infographic

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?

You can find us via our blog or through our facebook’s page.

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?

Ladakh

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!

Vishnu Verma

Hey champ, I'm the day dreamer behind Calling Dreams who loves his dreams and compelling people to do so, I'm so mean! Follow me on Twitter.

11 comments

  • Baljeet is one person who has the grit to move mountains without loosing his calm. I have seen him deal with business crisis with so much of maturity and composure where many so called corporate gurus would have lost it. And yes , he has the courage to pursue his dreams which indeed is most difficult to do as a lot comes on stake .
    No doubt he will soon be recognised internationally not only for his entrepreneurship but also for his ability to become a successful businessman . I wish him best of luck for his future endeavours.

  • Hi Vishnu,

    I’ve never heard of Baljeet Gujral but he certainly gave me a ton of inspiration. Great interview I must add! A few things resonated with me in particular when he touched on getting past the odds and his interpretation of what a vision means.

    I agree life is about choices that we make. What I didn’t quite understand is the statement right after that where he said, “Nothing is right or wrong.” If in fact it is in relation to choices in life, of course sometimes we do make choices that are not in alignment with our vision, mission, values and goals. That’s what would make the choice wrong.

    Most definitely the more focused the vision is and the better it’s been articulated, the easier it becomes for the fulfillment and manifestation of it. A clear strategy when it comes to getting past the odds in life is just as he said – sit back and let life move at a particular pace or get in the driver’s seat, take control and choose the pace for yourself to get you through the rest of the journey. That for me is profound.

    Thanks for sharing. Blessed day/week ahead.

    • Hi Yvonne,

      Thanks for your great insight and feedback. I’m glad that you find my first interview inspiring.

      Thank you for the appreciations, it is the result of the blessings and support by you people only 🙂

      Will be back, with new guest soon with more interseting infographic 😀 😛

  • Hi Baljeet, and welcome to Vishnu’s blog 🙂

    This is indeed an inspirational interview and the apt place to be featured as this blog speaks of dream…and you too Baljeet had the courage to pursue yours 🙂

    It’s amazing how you quit your high paying job and went after your passion, which is something we all need to do. I guess there comes a time in life when you know the right direction you need to take, the one that will bring you happiness and satisfaction at the end of the day – after all, that’s what we all want in life, isn’t it?

    I am sure your family and friend’s would have been so supportive of your decision, which mustn’t be an easy one to make, but because you broke through, you managed to reach where you are today. There is no compromise to hard work and effort, and when your passion becomes your love, you don’t mind working for it too – there are no Mondays, Tuesdays or weekends I think then.

    Loved the infographic too Vishnu, and you know I’d be sharing that one for sure – yes, your hard work paid off and I am sure the Aha!Blog Community would love to read this inspiring piece too 🙂

    Thanks for sharing more about Baljeep and his life with us, Vishnu – great start to your new series. Have a nice weekend, both of you 🙂

    • Hey Harleena,

      Yeah his story fits in the best for the opening of Inspiring Dairies, as my main idea is to deliver the importance of pursuing their dreams and featuring people like Baljeet Guujral is the best and interesting way, where people will witness the people who actually followed their dreams. That’s what I’m trying to present with this interview series.

      I’m glad that you liked the infographic 😀 I’m getting so much compliments for that, learned recently only and this was my first, hopefully will be making more innovative in the future 😀 It would be really interesting to make one based on your story too 🙂 Looking forward to it!

      Yeah, community members also liked that, as there response means a lot to me. Thanks alot for sharing it, it’s because of the support of people like you that I’m coming up with new things, thanks for the appreciation.

      Have a happy week ahead 🙂

  • Hi Vishnu,

    Oh my god! I was expecting some monotonous question and answer round but this was something which came as a surprise. I loved it! The way you presented his life in a story format and created a beautiful infographic was outstanding. By saying outstanding I really mean it!

    Coming to the inspirational value behind this post. Baljeet’s life is a perfect example of chasing your passion and following your dreams. I am so glad that I found this post on Aha!Now ABC community.

    This surely inspired me a lot and I can actually get the underlying meaning of this post. OUTSTANDING!

    This blog is worth sharing and spreading. Good Job!

    Have a nice day!
    Regards,
    Rohan Chaubey.

    • Hi Rohan,

      first of all thank you for appreciating my concept, I’m glad that you loved this idea 😀

      Yeah, I’m getting lot of feedback for this infographic, this was my first infographic ever, learned recently. Just trying to come up with more interesting ways to inspire people 😀

      Thanks a lot for sharing this, that means a lot to me, thanx!

  • Hi Vishnu

    This post revealed by AHA Community is very impessive

    You have done it again. This post is just pure genius. I loved the interview as I learnt a lot. I love the fact that he was Baljeet achieved his dream despite of all obstacles.

    I love the infograph and you have given me an AHA with this concept. His story is very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  • Hi Vishnu,
    I agree with the fact that life is all about the choices we make, it’s an awesome interview with Baljeet Gujral, I must confess.

    It’s not an easy one leaving your job esspecially a job that pays, and go after your passion. It was a brave step though, this is another concept of writing a blog post, interview + infographic, great one I tell you.

    Thanks for sharing.

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