As per Wikipedia, one of the definitions of Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content or as an end in itself .
To be in a startup mode is just like meditating. The goal of a startup is to consciously achieve a status of delivering a product or service that would provide benefit to user.
However, this comparison goes beyond the simple definition, as the similarity is strikingly more evident once the comparison is on the Process and Outcome.
Process is the Path to Success
Meditation is process to bring the mind in control so that it can deliver as desired and one has to follow the process to achieve this required state of mind. The beginning of the process requires absolute concentration. One will observe that as one starts the process of meditation by closing the eyes, the mind start wavering in all direction by throwing images of various thoughts in the mind. It is almost like a video or a movie of various thoughts playing in front of your eyes. The process is to try to see thru those images of thoughts and find what one is looking for! (Normally it s advised that one looks for Aum Symbol. The images keep rolling while the need to is to focus and let the thoughts & images associated it with pass. Over a period of time these images start disappearing and the minds start seeing clearly only those images that it set out to see! This may take several minutes every day for several days. However, it is almost certain that mind will achieve the state it wants to if the process is followed meticulously and practiced regularly. Important is to FOCUS, CONCENTRATE and not allow the other images to cloud your thoughts it is a distraction that may extend time to achieve the State of Mind that one is trying to achieve. Once achieved, the mind is in complete control of almost all thoughts and can steer it in desired direction.
A state of startup is almost similar where an entrepreneurs’ has to concentrate hard on the opportunity they have in hand and focus on the problem they are solving. While they try to do so, there could be so many distractions such that could dilute their focus. To see thru those distraction and concentrate on process, which enables to clearly see their opportunity, is extremely important to focus. Just like meditation, it needs Focus or concentrate for days and months to see it thru. However, since most entrepreneurs’ are young, they have active, agile mind that wavers in many direction. This leads to lack of focus and may result in minor or sometimes major deviation from the path they need to tread on. The trick is to one let those distraction pass and keep focusing on the opportunity in hand by keep looking for the solution to the problem without getting distracted. The success can be achieved for sure, how soon is the matter of how sharp is the focus!
In simple language, like meditators, first, entrepreneur should negotiate thru various distractions by ignoring them. Next, keep looking, with complete concentration and sharp focus, for your goal and you shall find it.
The benefits are beyond imagination
Meditation is also considered as healing process as Wikipedia says, it is a self-regulation practices that focus on training attention and awareness in order to bring mental processes under greater voluntary control, thereby affecting mental events by engaging a specific attentional set, foster general mental well-being and development and/or specific capacities such as calm, clarity, concentration, attaining a subjective experience that is very restful, silent, and of heightened alertness, often characterised as blissful
Going thru a startup journey is Blissful as when entrepreneurs’ succeed, there is a sense of accomplishment that allows them to give, add and contribute more to others. When they fail, there is abundance of learning to help others succeed. In either case, to have them travel thru that process of creating, running and ultimately exiting a startup is definitely a win-win as it elevates an entrepreneur to a different level. A startup journey of an entrepreneur is also very important for society’s health as it now has more mature, humble and evolved human being whose contribution can be very important to the community. When a community embraces such entrepreneurs’ it moved towards a better, peaceful, wiser, calm and focused world. This status of individual and society is Blissful!
Whether one meditates or not, being an entrepreneur is like to be in a state of meditation. It needs Time, Focus & Practice.