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How I took my first steps
By Vishal Sharma, director at Elite Talent Solutions
August 31, 2014 12:32 by Nadine Sayegh
It has been one year since I set up my company in the UAE. It was a tough decision, but one that I would repeat again.
For those that may be thinking about taking the plunge and starting your own company – I have three words for you, just do it.
That’s not me trying to promote any sporting brands, it’s just my honest opinion. If the opportunity is there, seize it. I appreciate it’s never quite as simple as that, but identifying opportunity and acting upon it is key. There is a fine line between good luck and good business acumen.
What started off as a 22-year-old recruitment consultant visiting Dubai on holiday, ended two weeks later with a one-way ticket to Dubai and initial applications made for my new company. The interesting part, though, was what happened in between.
When I arrived in Dubai, a family friend I barely knew invited me to a social gathering. By barely knew, I mean I had never spoken to him, but had met his parents a few times. I think he was being polite and I was in two minds about going, but I decided to go and meet some new people.
It was there that I met my business partner, Krishna Patel. While speaking to everyone, I met a few people that worked in recruitment. They could not speak highly enough of the lucrative recruitment industry in Dubai and the ‘lifestyle’. But, I took the conversation forward and asked them if they would hire me.
I’ve always been told there’s no harm in asking, right?
Before I knew it, I had emailed a copy of my CV and arranged a telephone interview.
Over the rest of my holiday, I was constantly in touch with Krishna and the foundation of Elite Talent Solutions had been laid. Talking the talk was fine, the easy part, but when it came to walking the walk, we both had to make huge decisions. I’d needed to go back to London and hand in my notice, and he had to leave his managerial position at his former company.
To this day, we still talk about the two key factors that we both took into account before making our decisions. Firstly, belief; I had to back myself and believe I would make this work, even if it meant working seven days a week. Secondly, trust; I had to quickly assess whether I could work with Krishna and trust him to put his all into our company. I decided I could.
One year later, we have created more companies in the UAE and I have no regrets. Some people would read the above and say we were lucky, but a few others will see how we seized the opportunity.
Don’t let the moment pass and then use the missed opportunity as an excuse; as I said, just do it.