Kick start your engine and get ahead!!


“You don’t have to be good to start…

You just have to start to be good!”

These inspirational lines by Joe Sabah clearly reveal the importance of getting started and the inherent condition it has on getting ahead. Getting started to get ahead is the very basic law of nature. The magnificent Banyan tree which stands with all its might, fighting courageously the difficult climatic conditions, witnesses the greatest agony when it first starts off its journey as a bud. But once started, it moves ahead to attain the grandeur. The same basic natural law of getting started to get ahead holds true for all human actions, but perhaps it is most significant in any entrepreneurial venture because the greatest hurdle here is to make a start, to make THE Start.

Bangalore based Alka Mehta’s firm ‘Tic Tat Tot’ is one among those numerous examples of entrepreneurial start-ups which had to cross a series of labyrinths to establish their business. It was about eight years ago that Ms. Mehta came up with a unique and novel idea of establishing a business which would help children develop their creative skills. The firm aims at the amalgamation of the riches of Western and Oriental styles of learning and to utilize this blend for creating unique project kits for the children. These kits vary from simple puzzles with cartooned illustrations to comprehensive treasure hunt packages depending on the age of the concerned child. Ms. Mehta says, that establishing the firm was the trickiest part. The problems ranged from arranging sponsors to creating a clientele. To originate a belief among the concerned people that an idea so novel to the society would work and create wonders was challenging of all. Many other new and old problems surfaced now and then but Ms. Mehta had deep faith in her ideas and went ahead to establish ‘Tic Tat Tot’. Something which once seemed utopian was now a well known name in Bangalore.

Experiences of Ms. Mehta teach a very basic yet widely ignored fact: It’s not about ideas alone, but what one does with those ideas. Ms. Mehta had the belief that she was capable of accomplishing her dreams. Though there were various stumbling blocks in initializing the efforts but once started she went ahead to taste the sweetness of success. ‘Tic Tat Tot’ truly proves that the secret of ‘getting ahead’ lies in ‘getting started’.

Another instance proving this very theory can be that of Patna based Durga Dreams. Two brothers S. Rajan and N. Rajan decided to hone their skills in music and established a small school: Durga Dreams. Initially, they received a lukewarm response. But dedication towards work and belief in ideas led Durga Dreams to become one of the most sought after schools in the city. The school has now spread its wings beyond music and also imparts training in other fields viz. acting, painting and personality grooming. Had Rajan brothers succumbed to the hardships, many young talents may have lost an institution which now helps in nurturing and ameliorating their individuality.

The above two examples clearly reveal that it is getting started which is the most important step and once, this step is taken, the radiance to travel the rest journey appears on its own. But this foremost step requires a lot of courage, and the greatest quagmire in its way is FEAR. Fear that the ideas are very new and won’t be accepted, fear that one won’t get the required support, and the most dominant fear of failure, hinders many in taking that very first step. Though, there is no spell which guarantees success, yet one should be wreck less of wind and weather, and move ahead if one truly wants to leave permanent imprints on the sands of time. Thomas Edison failed ten thousand times before inventing the light bulb which can be regarded as one of the biggest inventions of human race. If he had not decided to begin the process of experiments, if he had ceased his attempts after certain failures, he wouldn’t have moved ahead. One constantly needs to destruct the devastating debacle of fear, if one dreams of making the beginning.

Another factor which hinders one in getting started is the ‘extended’ wait for the right moment. Ivan Turgenev once opined “If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything, is ready, we shall never begin…” Indeed, mere dreaming and waiting for the right moment will never lead to the start. One needs to believe in ones’ dreams and kick start the process. Only the man who has started working towards the realization of his dreams will witness the day when he will move ahead to conquer his dreams.

In a nutshell, it can be concluded that with the prerequisites of belief in ones’ ideas, imbued with dedication and perseverance, one should begin the journey, and once this path is taken, one moves ahead to reach the destination. And what is more, happiness as a by-product is harvested in the voyage of ‘getting started and getting ahead’. As Pt. Nehru once said, “Happiness and work are wedded together, for there can be no true happiness without feeling that one is doing something worthwhile”

Kick start your engine and get ahead!!


  1. Abhishek Sinha says:

    Absolutely brilliant…. Well written. Captures the essence in the best possible way. All the best…. Ignition always start with a spark. 🙂

  2. Aman Salaka says:

    I just finished reading your article from the Internet entitled “kick start your engine and get ahead!!,” and wanted to comment on how comprehensive, well-written, and accurate it is. I’m not a scholar of the Word myself, but truly appreciate reading good interpretations and discussions such as this. I’m going to share it with my friends.And well, of course Getting Ahead requires a head.

  3. Harsh Raj says:

    Management means helping people to do their best, not just organizing things. Congrats for a good job! We really appreciate your efforts.

  4. Harsh Sinha says:

    Your achievements speaks itself about your capabilities. Good job!
    Keep it on!

  5. Harsh Raj says:

    Management means helping people to do their best, not just organizing things. Thank you for a good job! We really appreciate your efforts.

  6. Aman kumar says:

    Awesome words and thinking. Thanx@apurva

  7. rupali says:

    great thought amita… I must say u deserve to be appreciation.. Btw thnks for the inspirational lines..

  8. Sugandha Tiwari says:

    Your ideas and writing persuaded me a lot.I have started my engine and going ahead….well done apurva and amita…

  9. Om Prakash Pandey says:

    I appreciate your insights.Your piece was very revealing and was very enlightening.It was clearly written and thought-provoking article.

  10. neha kumari says:

    nyc article… keep going lyk dis … superbly written appu …

  11. Nishant says:

    I am closely following Techaloo since last two years…and this year this is the best article I believe. It has been very comprehensively and very well written. A very good topic with very qualitatively written article. My vote is for this one. Hats off!! All d best.

  12. Sameer Singh says:

    your thoughts motivates a person to try harder and produce a better result…Thumbs up..!!!!!!

  13. Priya Pandey says:

    your ideas are very inspirational to those who have something in them but they are unable to take the very step to reach the heights….May God Bless you so that your ideas might become motto of everybody’s life and make a difference too…I appreciate your beginning and wish you for the journey ahead….Let your thoughts and your dedication towards the society to be the change….

  14. nisha says:

    welldone apurva..really nice of luck 4 future

  15. sandhya rani says:

    good work nd ispirational too..hats off to ur writing skill…nd yes i dnt knw whn u started ur engine bt i knw u r gng ahead wid full speed… :)best of luck nd thanks to TECHALOO 4 giving my talented frnd a platform.excited to read ur masterpiece…so keep going..

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