Why Northbound – Part 1: Inspiration and Courage

I’ve always wanted to write but never had the motivation for it. Now that I’ve moved full-time from Engineering to Media, I guess it’s time to get started.

Last week Meghana explained why the name Northbound. Today, I’m going to answer the question we’ve been asked 472 times and counting- why Northbound.

As she said, we used to ramble on to explain what Northbound is about, the many reasons why we started it, and what we want it to become.

After days of café hopping, we finally came up with a crisp explanation.

Northbound is an online resource that helps prepare the young Indian to step into the professional world by learning from those who have done it before us. We aim to empower people with the inspiration, courage and know-how to break barriers and reach their full potential.

While there are many reasons for us starting Northbound, this week I want to talk about one.

Inspiration and Courage.

Six  months ago, when I wanted to quit my job and work on Northbound full time I was so scared about the consequences of my choice. Would I end up out of work two years down the line? Or would I be overwhelmed knowing that people have been affected by the work I’m starting out to do?

I looked to my family for confidence but my mom had other concerns. She was worried that my resume would look bad with just six months of work experience. So I had to prove to myself and my parents that quitting in six months was okay. Something good can come out of it.

The next thing I did was to take to the internet. What everyone in our generation does when faced with a problem.

I looked for stories about people who had done it before me. People who had left their jobs or started up early.

There were so many stories about Americans but I couldn’t find enough about people from my country.

Where they were from was important to me. The people I wanted to be inspired by had to be from similar circumstances as me. The closer they fit my story, the more encouraging it was.

Most of us have a small circle of influencers- our parents, aunts, uncles, family friends, and our own friends. With Northbound, one of the things we want to do is change that.

We want to bring to you the stories of people from all ages, educational backgrounds, cities and fields. We hope that we can learn together from their achievements and failures and be emboldened by their stories to make our own career choices.

That’s all from me for now. Glad next week is Meghana’s. Writing is hard.

Anyway, Chai and Ooty are calling me.

Have a happy Sunday!

Vibha

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