Managing an organisation is like running a marathon. It is the most draining yet can be the most rewarding experience of an entrepreneur’s life. Of course, it comes with its stressors.
Marathons and Entrepreneurship have a lot in common. They’re hard as hell. Coming through at either demands more work and hustle than feels “fair.”
Here are few entrepreneurs who are successful and love to RUN to clear their head and keep their body and mind in shape.
1. Ranjana Deopa
A co-founder at BD Foundation, Altavis and Biz Divas, Ranjana works in the domain of diversity hiring and bringing equal opportunity to the workplace.
Along with her two decades of successful corporate career, Ranjana has been a half Iron Man finisher, runs ultra marathons and swims equally exhausting distances.
2. Saurabh Aggarwal
An IIT Delhi Alumnus, Saurabh Aggarwal quit a lucrative career at Flipkart to pursue adventure sports. Learning to fly a paraglider, attempting to climb the Everest, finishing the Ironman challenge and finishing the world’s cruellest ultra marathon – La Ultra (111 km) were some of the feats he achieved after the career switch.
His experience in the outdoors, lead Saurabh to establish India’s premiere fitness App – Fitso. A community platform for fitness enthusiasts, Fitso allows user to find like minded training partners, coaches and training plans to work on.
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4. Yashish Dahiya
An alumnus of IIT Delhi, IIM A and INSEAD, Yashish is the co-founder and CEO of PolicyBazaar.com.
Apart from an illustrious career spanning decades, Yashish is also a dedicated sportsman. He finished the Ironman challenge in a respectable time of 11 hours and 39 minutes.
5. Akshay Khanna
Akshay Khanna co-founded near.in. A managed marketplace for local services. Post acquisition of his startup by Paytm (in 2015), Akshay took up the role of a Vice President at the latter.
Despite his busy work schedule, Akshay manages to keep up with his training as a runner, and participates in running events quite regularly.
6. Reeti Sahai
Adidas runner Reeti Sahai is a multi faceted sports personality. Not only is she an avid runner, but also a cyclist, trekker and yogini.
Her sport pursuits have only supported and fueled her entrepreneurial ventures. Reeti runs the Delhi franchise of Toni & Guy – a celebrated hair salon chain.
7. N. Chandrasekaran
N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman (Non-Independent, Non-Executive) of the Board of Tata Sons can be rated as the most avid runner in the corporate world.
The 53 year old leader, has not only ran at some of the elites marathon events in the world – which his company is also associated with but, also makes it a point to run every morning and clock 50kms of mileage each week. You can know more about him from his Wikipedia page.
Building an organisation is extraordinarily difficult. Here, read about 4Play’s startup story and how our decision to station out of Manali turned out to be a boon for us.
Nine out of ten startups fail. We all know these statistics, but that’s not something we should stress on. We must focus on winning, focus on building our dream company and never, ever stop until we’ve crossed the finish line.
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