“Violence…violence…violence…I don’t like it. I avoid… but violence likes me! I can’t avoid…”
Gruesome, mad and unbelievable that’s what the KGF (Kolar Gold Fields) world looks like at first when you step into it. It makes you question why will anyone step inside this world. But it’s a gold mine after all that everyone is after. Well, entrepreneurship is also something like that. When you hear success stories of successful entrepreneurs, you can’t stop but wonder why can you cannot do the same until you step into the impossible struggle to win the treasure you are after. As entrepreneurs, we all are chasing our gold mine ideas that we dream of turning into a successful business, and we are in a hurry to get there as soon as possible as we worry that the “offer closes soon”.
KGF movie has synergies with the real-life rollercoaster ride of a typical entrepreneur who needs to fight the odds to get to the gold mine of their dreams. The destination seems dreamy and makes it all the more reason to get there, but the journey is what gives the reality check, and the learnings around are what makes it epic; here are some learnings:
(disclaimer spoilers ahead from KGF Chapters 1 & 2)
“Maa ek din duniya ka sara sona tumhe lakar dunga…”
(English translation: “Mom, one day I will get the entire world’s gold for you…”)
Purpose: As an entrepreneur, we must know the purpose behind what we are doing and why we are doing it. Once you understand your purpose, things and plans fall in place. Our hero Rocky had this purpose from the start, as he was trying to fulfil his maa ki zid and get the entire world’s gold for his mother that made him reach where he reached. That purpose made him take the steps toward the journey to conquer KGF.
“Main kadam rakh chuka hu. khel ka rukh badal chuka hai. Saanp sidhi ke khel me..Newla utar chuka hai…”
(English translation: “I have stepped in, now the game has changed. The badass mongoose has entered your snakes & ladders game…”)
Guts: You need guts to achieve your dreams and have no fear to set out to achieve something impossible, this will help you get to the goals you need to reach. Not having fear is the madness you need, and you need this level of madness to get to the unachievable goal of owning your gold mine business.
“Agar tujh mein himmat ho ki hazar log tumhare peeche khade hai… toh tum sirf ek jung jeetoge … magar hazar logon ne himmat jutta li ki tum samne khade ho… toh tum poori duniya jeet jaaoge”
(English translation: “If you have the strength that a thousand people can stand behind you then you will win the battle. But if thousand people get the courage seeing you are in front of them as their leader…you will win the world.”)
Followers: No business works without customers and followers. Rocky knew this well and planned to win his followers before taking over KGF Unless you know your customer, you won’t be able to build a strong business. Rocky lived with his followers and understood their problems before becoming their leader. You need to grow ground up, and it is a more robust way to grow than trying to lead a strong team from the top.
“Ladai mein kaun pehle maarta hai isse koi farak nahi padta … farak isse padta hai ki pehle kaun neecha gira”
(English translation: “It doesn’t matter who hits the first punch in a fight, what matters is who falls down first.”)
Competition: Killing your competition at the first instance or chance you get is important. You cannot get a better example than this at the start of KGF Chapter 2, Rocky eliminates his foreseeable competition at the first chance he gets without wasting time until he made the mistake of letting go of his real competition Adheera mid-way, who comes back to create problems for him.. Sometimes action is the answer, even if you don’t want it. Being stagnant can give wrong signals to your competition, and they might strategise to kill your business before you can eliminate their business.
“History tells us that powerful people come from powerful places…”
Vision: The vision was to become the richest person in the world for Rocky, and everything else followed. So your actions should all follow your overall vision. If things don’t fall into place with your vision, they should be discarded when building your business. Rocky focused on his vision to be the wealthiest person in the world, and everything else followed, whether working for his boss Shetty or getting inside KGF to ultimately own the gold mine. He was eventually so rich he offered to pay off the country’s debt to the Prime Minister. Well, that’s the ultimate level of power to being rich one can aspire to be.
“…History was wrong! Powerful people make places powerful.”
Impact: Create impact money will follow. Rocky knew this well and hence he created an impact on the surroundings to create revenue and progress for his surroundings, and he was awarded as the leader for all. You need to create the impact; the rest will follow. Unless you don’t create the impact, you don’t make the most of it.
We are all heroes in our own stories, trying to get to our dreams and goals; some are successful, while some end up short of it. What is important is to enjoy the journey to reach your own El Dorado.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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