Co-founder of Dormitory Nepal, Budget Trekking Nepal, The Logical Technologies, Pailo Paila and Kathmandu School of Speaking; Shaurab Lohani is a person who is thriving to make a difference and is constantly seeking to achieve his purpose. Besides the organization that he has co-founded, he teaches communications at DAV in the mornings, writes content for various websites and makes YouTube videos.
How did the idea for above emerge?
“Dormitory Nepal” was founded by the idea of connecting with fellow travelers and listening to their tales of travel; this project of mine led to establishment of a trekking company which is “Budget Trekking Nepal”. Being an IT graduate I always wanted to explore and create opportunities in the field of information technology which gave birth to “The Logical Technology”. After the devastating earthquake of April 2015 me and my team collected around 50-60k USD. While a lot of people were giving purposeless suggestions we decided and reached out to 5500 people with immediate relief support and supplies, we made 300+ shelters for the earthquake victims, we also built a primary school at Langtang. The remaining amount was invested on buying books which was given to the students of GS Academy. If such a small amount brings about such a huge change in lives of others, why not continue doing good was what got this cause a name and a purpose which is now called “Pailo Paila”.
What pulled you back to Nepal and what went through that phase?
It was during the recession that I had realized that anywhere you go it is your knowledge and skill that is going to make you sell-able and because I had an American degree I had this assumption in my mind that it would be easy to get a job here with huge pay. Oh how wrong was I to think that. Within 2 weeks of time I sold my possessions, quit my job, packed my bag and flew back to Nepal. Upon arriving here I was offered salary worth peanuts which gave me instantly a reality check. Not much later I was being offered not for IT related work but for presenting other people ideas, giving presentations, marketing for english products like dictionaries and this was that time when my imagined pay amount came through. I did the work for a while but deep down the lane if you are not passionate you will eventually let that go which was what happened to me as well. The pressure is still there to go back and work there but now people are getting that I am here to stay and am not going anywhere.
Milestone(s) achieved after returning to Nepal?
My milestone I believe is that I was able to show path to five people who were wondering in their lives; I was able to show dream to those who thought they had nothing. Because of which they know now what they want in their life and where they want to go. Another achievement that I would like to share is that of getting to know so many beautiful people and having a good relationship with them.
Regular challenges that you face in your field?
In order to remain in the fittest position you need to have a routine and more importantly you need to stick to it. It takes a great measure of discipline to follow a strict routine and at times this is really hard to keep up with. The another challenge is about knowledge that you have meaning if you don’t stay updated with the information and knowledge irrespective of the field, you will tend to repeat your content which is NEVER a good thing. Another major challenge is that of time management, it is not only about giving time but making it on the time that is given which I believe is essential. The challenge that I would want to add is that of maintaining relationship. Knowing people is the first part of the equation but learning to maintain the relationship built is the second part which if not done properly can backfire on you.
What’s your take on “Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur” trend?
IT IS GOOD in the sense that people are being independent these days and have this zeal to build something and get their hands on business BUT the ambiance that the society has created that “if you have a business you are rich” is WRONG. I am saying this because if you are running after money you will exhaust eventually. A passion in other hand will push you and gets you where you want to be. Another prominent culture is that of having a “ONE DOLLAR WORK ETHIC WITH A MILLION DOLLAR DREAM”. Instead, you should be willing to do any and every task in your startup-project; you cannot go the conventional way rather you should carry out and respect all the duties and responsibilities which will in turn inspire others to do the same. Lastly, what I believe is if you find time to meet and greet every single one every single day, be able to attend all the receptions and parties then you probably don’t have a startup as you are not giving it the work, dedication, commitment and time which is much needed; you must be all in on this.
From all the experiences, what lessons have you learned on your entrepreneurial journey?
If you want to be something at least observe someone who has become something as observing will help to explore yourself as well.
Observe but don’t compare as you and the person you are comparing are very different people; it’s like comparing apples and oranges.
If you want to do a start-up; you need to have first-hands knowledge in order to know the inside out of that business.
How do you plan your day and what gets you through it?
I write my to-dos on my diary and plan the day accordingly which helps a lot with the issue of time management and reduces clashes of meetings. The other thing that I do every single day is be grateful for every morning that I wake up as every day is a new day and today I can and will learn something new, do more and be more. And whenever I feel that my day is hectic I realize that people out there have even more of a hectic schedule than mine; with that I continue doing my work and carry out myself with a positive attitude.
Any opportunity to invest or work along in that you would like to share about in your present or future ventures?
In future definitely. For now, unfortunately nothing as such.
One book that you would recommend?
THINK AND GROW RICH-Napoleon Hill
Written by Sagar