Chartered An accountant by an accidental choice!
Growing up, I loved numbers and finance but was always more interested in technology! In fact, becoming a Chartered The accountant was not my plan…however my grandfather always wanted to see me as ‘Devesh Rakhecha, The Chartered Accountant’! My family was emotionally connected with my career as they thought this would be the right choice for me. They were right on their part and moreover, at that time I was following ‘let’s go with the flow’ concept. So, I chose this career path for the love of my family and vice- versa…a decision I never regretted! I gave my best, with the support of my family and friends passed the tough exams and became a Chartered Accountant in 2006. Moving to a bigger city…only to quit and return to my hometown! After completing my CA (2007), I decided to leave my hometown (Jodhpur) and move to Mumbai (the financial hub of India) for better opportunities! I was immediately recruited by Morgan Stanley…and was all set to ace the corporate world, at least that is what I thought! Over a period of time, my inner self longed to return to my hometown, Jodhpur! I soon realized that I wanted to have a bigger and better life…but in my home town not in a big city away from family and friends! Finally, after 5 long years in Mumbai, in 2012, I decided to shift back to my hometown (Jodhpur). Quitting my well-paying job in an international bank to return to a smaller city with ‘no job in hand’ was by far one of the toughest decisions to make! Luckily my wife supported and encouraged me to follow my heart!
Working full time and dealing with 3 failed startups
The best part of being a Chartered Accountant is ‘you never run short of job offers!’…and within a short span of time of returning home, I found another opportunity in Financial Planning and Analysis! However, even after moving back to my hometown, I was not satisfied (contrary to what I had expected)…there was a constant void hitting my mind! Somewhere inside of me, I wanted to be an entrepreneur…so while working for a full-time job, I launched my first startup! I would start office early, and drive almost 25 km one way! Then get back home by say 7-8 pm and work on my startup! After very hectic and tiring 9 months, and after draining my energy and burning my money, I wound up my business!
The same thing happened with my second startup!
In fact, my third venture was a unique business, but because of no startup eco-system in my hometown (Jodhpur), I gave up the business after burning some money! So, in the 6 years (2012-2018), I changed 4 jobs and along with running 3 startups which failed miserably! But here I learned a big lesson ‘I realized that Entrepreneurship is like your child which should be driven with passion and 100% focus and it can never be part-time!’ (Of course, this is not true for everyone and every business, but most businesses need a lot of time and the energy which cannot be given if working full time!)