We are growing. From being a two man show \u2013 to being this happy bunch of nine \u2013 we skipped the teens totally and now are 21. Yes, we have come of age J\r\n\r\nThe last two months have been particularly hectic for us, in this endeavor of scaling up. And hiring, we have learnt the hard way is a job that needs serious skills. The ability to peer behind the practiced routines, the ability to not get swayed by the \u201cmarketing pitch\u201d, the ability to recognize the bluster, the ability to separate the wheat from the chaff.\r\n\r\nWhat really helped though, is our focus on looking for candidates with the \u201cvalues\u201d that matter for us: Being grounded, being humble, being honest \u2013 and perhaps most important of all, being restless.\r\n\r\nWhy is being restless so important for us?\r\n\r\nRestlessness we believe, is the stepping stone to any kind of progress. It is this breed of the restless (wo)man, who:\r\n\r\n \tThrough his inquisitiveness \u2013 invented the wheel.\r\n \tAsked why keep walking \u2013 and hence Invented the automobile\r\n \tRisked playing out of tune \u2013 and so went on to create a new symphony\r\n \tAsked why not \u2013 and shrank cricket to a 20-20 game\r\n \tDreamt a never before world \u2013 and created Disney World\r\n \tDared to challenge Wintel \u2013 and so created Apple\r\n \tThrew up his secure job \u2013 to create a world class company\r\n\r\nLook around yourself - any and every one of the development that you see around yourself \u2013 is always the result of some restless person, being unhappy with the status quo and going on to change it!\r\n\r\nGoing with the status quo \u2013 the tried and tested, the safe \u2013 seems always to be the sane option. Dare you turn left where you have been told to turn right? But what if you did? As Robert Frost said in his poem, \u201cThe Road Less Travelled\u201d:\r\n\r\nTwo roads diverged in a wood,\r\n\r\nAnd I \u2013 I took the one less travelled by,\r\n\r\nAnd that has made all the difference!\r\n\r\nSo, given two candidates who weigh equally in all other respects, the one who makes the cut for us, is always the one who wants to make a difference. The one who is not just looking for another job, but is keen to become the best in his field. The one who is inquisitive. The one who is curious about the world around him. The one who thinks he can change the world around him.\r\n\r\nYears ago, it was this same restlessness that led a couple of us away from the beaten path. Perhaps that is the reason, we resonate with other souls who are similarly restless! And that is also why, when we find a candidate who says, \u201cGive me just one chance to prove myself\u201d \u2013 we find it extremely endearing!\r\n\r\nNot that you would like to join a start-up organization like ours, but ask yourself, \u201cAre you restless enough?\u201d Or are you just living out your days? Ships are safest in a harbour \u2013 but that is not what ships are built for. So go ahead, make your move \u2013 strike out \u2013 change the world!\r\n\r\nI find the words of Farhan Akhtar, from the movie Zindagi Nahin Milega Dobara, very inspiring. Here I quote it again for you:\r\n\r\nDilon mein tum apni betabiyan leke chal rahe ho.\r\n\r\nToh zinda ho tum!\r\n\r\nNazar mein khwaabon ki bijliyan leke chal rahe ho\r\n\r\nToh zinda ho tum!\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nHawa ke jhonkon ke jaise aazad rehna seekho\r\n\r\nTum ek dariya ke jaise, leharon mein behna seekho\r\n\r\nHar ek lamhe se tum milo khole apni baahein\r\n\r\nHar ek pal ek naya samaa dekhe ye nigaahe\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nJo apni aankhon mein hairaniyan leke chal rahe ho\r\n\r\nToh zinda ho tum!\r\n\r\nDilon mein tum apni betabiyan leke chal rahe ho\r\n\r\nToh zinda ho tum!\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nLive Inspired. Live Restless.