Farhad Acidwala Curated
Founder of Rockstah Media & CYBERNETIV DIGITAL
CURATED BY :
How to find real motivation?
How to find real motivation?
What about those who dont take the initiative because they are afraid of failure?
How do we find our passion and calling?
How do we face setbacks?What do we do when going gets tough?
What advices can you give to entrepreneurs out there looking to get involved in this industry?
Like I said, a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step! Always take initiative and be strong. Take one step and a time.
What can we be expecting from you in the future?
I can’t really predict how business will be, all I can say is that I’ll still be the person I am today. With more experience and a broader perspective to life.
Where do you see yourself and your business in 5 years?
I haven’t actually thought that ahead to be honest! I take each day as it comes. Recently I’ve founded two new companies in the fields of entertainment and travel. For now, I’m concentrating on taking them to the next level.
How do you stay grounded with your recent success in business?
Mostly this goes to the upbringing my parents have given me. They’ve always taught me to be humble no matter what.
What would you say has been your most memorable moment so far?
A really special moment for me in life is when I was interviewed on CNN in a live interview. The experience was really different and exciting!
Tell us some of the key lessons you've learnt so far on your journey as an entrepreneur?
There are definitely many things I’ve learnt over the past few years. To start off with, I’d say, failure is the stepping stone to success. Life isn’t a walk in the park and you’re bound to fall short somewhere. Get back up and keep moving on! In the words of Randy Pausch, “Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.” Also, never let success intoxicate you. There’s much more it than what meets the eye.
What would you say was probably the most difficult part of starting the business?
Before I got my initial clientele it was difficult to get new clients as they always looked at me and had doubts as I was just a “kid”. However, eventually it all worked out.
How have you been able to cope with education and running a business?
Everyone has 24 hours in a day, be it Bill Gates or Einstein, it all depends on how we use it! It’s not easy but it’s all a matter of effective time management. And of course there should be time to relax and party!
Tell us about Rockstah Media and how the idea came about?
Rockstah Media was the first company I founded. We’re an award winning team of designers, developers, consultants and market visionaries who work towards one goal – Creating Awesomeness. Summing it all up, we are a one-stop style destination for all your needs pertaining to your corporate presence, online or offline. Rockstah Media is here to make your communications more effective. I never started out thinking that I wanted to form a company. It all started with an aviation website which was quite successful. Then I started venturing into more personal projects which eventually led to the formation of Rockstah Media.
When did you know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?
Well, entrepreneurship wasn’t something I decided on from the very start. It’s a chain of events that led to me becoming an entrepreneur. One thing, which I’ve always believed in, is – “A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step”. Everyone must take that one step, you never know where it can take you.
Your take on on burnout and renewal?
Sometimes you just need to step back. There was a period of three to six months a few years ago when I had to relax. It had been a good seven years until I needed that break, but then it had to happen. I could have gone on, but the recovery would have been longer if I kept pushing myself. The recharge was quick, and I was back. I caught up with reading and writing and things other than business. The delegation I did [giving responsibilities to employees] has continued and allowed me to found more companies and do other things. Last year, I went open water diving, and that was another period when I had been working for months and months. I was getting six hours and 13 minutes average sleep each night. I was not working out, and it bogged me down. While I was doing my work properly, I was tired. Those two weeks completing my advanced diving course in Ko Tao, Thailand energized me. When I came back, that whole tiredness was gone and I wanted to hit the gym. You have to replenish. It’s needed if you have a busy schedule.
Your tips on time management?
I cannot stress enough that if you set your priorities right, you will finish your to-do list. You might have to compromise on your partying or your social life. What separates us is how we use our 24 hours. If you waste time, somebody out there is using those full 24 hours, and they will get ahead of you.
What is your opinion on motivation?
Jim Rohn (American entrepreneur and motivational speaker) said, ‘Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.’ Textbook knowledge will not separate you and get you ahead. It will get you somewhere, but you need self-education; you need to be out there hungry for knowledge and taking more information in. You have to follow other knowledge in your industry. You can’t only know exactly what your job requires, or you won’t be able to evolve. Just focusing on those textbooks won’t cut it in the long run.
Your take on failure?
If you’re failing and not learning from it, you’re wasting your time. You will learn far more from your smallest failure than you will from your greatet success.
Anything else you would like to add?
For young entrepreneurs, I would say one thing: even if you get success early, it shouldn’t intoxicate you. There are miles to go. There are lots of things to do in life. You need to diversify and be innovative all the time. You shouldn’t lose focus and get intoxicated with success.
You have a successful and growing company, yet you’ve decided to stay in college. Why?
Education never goes to waste. I know I can put the things I learn in college to use in my business. Business is something that’s never certain, there’s always a risk. But, if you have your education in place, it’s going to help you analyze challenges and deal with them. Plus, I think a few degrees to your credit sure feels good. I know there is a view that structured learning is not needed. I feel that education can never harm you and one can put it to use in more ways than one. It’s not just about making money. But while formal education will make you a living, self education will make you a fortune. If you want to really learn something and make something of yourself, self education is crucial. We learn from glory and from our own failures too. If you learn and make efforts to manage your time properly and if you have a proper business set up, your business can thrive while you’re in college. College takes a lot of time, but I have my like-minded team who can make up for me at any given moment. My team has always supported me and my parents have always given me solid, unconditional support and that’s what I appreciate the most. I definitely haven’t done all of this on my own.
What is the single most important reason for your success?
I’ve never sat on an idea. If I get something, I act on it. Business is all about taking the leap. Once you take the leap, then you can think about what’s going to happen next. The larger the vision, the larger the need to pave your path with skill and confidence. But, a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. That first step is the most important thing.There are many in the field and each have their own way and strategies. But one thing that I learned from my mom is to never try to copy anyone. Think of your own thing and move forward with that. Construct your own success with total confidence. I put my vision to test, I love to conceptualize and illustrate and the teams effort in creating awesomeness means a lot. Never look left or right. Look straight at the path you have paved. Follow your vision and have your ethics in place. Yes I get inspired by those who had the vision and the guts to give it a shape. I love to read success stories as they teach you that failing is a part of the process and one must not deter.
What you are looking forward to in 2015?
Being a judge at the seventh Annual Odyssey MBA Games in New York, my second time as a TEDx speaker, and being able to expand Rockstah Media.
What is your definition of success in three words?
Responsibility. Accountability. Fun.
Your motto in life?
High risk. High returns.
iMac Retina 5K and the iPhone 6.
Your favourite gadget?
My laptop of five years.
Your Favourite apps?
Duolingo, Instagram, Acompli.
How will be your life without the internet?
I would always be outdoors, travelling.
Being an entrepreneur is?
Passion, initiative and perseverance.
Tell us about your childhood memory.
Aeromodelling class in seventh grade. My moment of happiness was to see my first aircraft take off.
The world wide web is?
So far you have been?
TEDx speaker, one of the world’s youngest entrepreneurs, founder of Rockstah Media. Ranked second on the list of 25 internet success stories by The Telegraph, UK.
Where is your hometown?
What you want to say to our country's budding entrepreneur?
Looking the platforms like Your story, today's start ups just want to get featured on those platforms. This has become their success story line. What is your take on this?
What do you see Indian youth is contributing in global e commerce?
You mentioned about your second startup. What inspired you to began your second startup when even when first business was in the phase of being established?
For your business you chose word of mouth rather than advertising. How much difficult it was?
Do you have some experience about the investors?
Ecosystem nowadats says that you should have a investor. What is your opinion?
When anyone starts are business, major factor is cash. How did you managed cash for your business?
What give you push to start up something so risky?
You said entrepreneurship is your true calling. So when was that moment of realization?
Was your family supportive regarding the business off the study?
How to stop being negative?
What is the one thing you want to tell your followers for their future?
How to cope up with stress?
How get a productive vibe?
What are your views of the youth being highly dependent on each other?
How our diet affects our daily life?
How to get rid of the fear of failure?
Are their any factors that all build up in procrastination?
What are views on procrastination?
What advice would you give to your follower?
Is sharing start-up ideas risky?
Is sharing start-up ideas risky?
What should we as the youth of this country do?
What should we as the youth of this country do?
How should India adapt the development of AI?
How will AI affect the Law Industry?
How can AI be considered helpful to the society?
What affect will AI will make on our careers?
What is your advice to the youth during this pandemic?