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Happy 4th Birthday Goodly

4th Birthday Goodly

4 years ago, today, I was unemployed or as they call it “Self-Employed”. On 30 Nov 2013, the last day of my job I never thought 4 years later I be wishing Goodly (or let’s say my entrepreneurial self) a happy birthday.

Although I had all intentions of lasting as long as I could but more realistically was I betting on my self for one solid year and then let’s see if this works

I have seldom written personal stuff here. Almost everything here is binary (true/false). If you have ever craved for knowing me further than a just spreadsheet jockey, then you’ll love this


Quick Beginnings – People often ask me, how did I begin? Was it hard to leave the comfort of a fixed salary?

There came a time in my job when the investment bank that I was working with wasn’t doing that well and all the Sr Associate salaries were withheld for the last 3 months. I was one of them. But I was still kinda okay..

I had been doing one off random consulting/training assignments to make an extra buck beyond the fixed salary. So when the salary famine struck, I had some reserves to fall back to. But then I had a strong decision to make

  • Should I go back and pick up another job ?
  • Or should I organize my offerings and start some of my own ?

After a month of deliberation/research (let’s call it dealing with anxiety) I picked up…. Yeah you got it right 🙂


Between then and now – A lot has changed since the time I started. I was dealing with sustainability problems in the initial days as compared to filtering assignments that I work on now, trying to optimize the best use of my time


People say it’s my hard work – Well I won’t doubt that I have put in a lot of work trying to make it work and it hasn’t been an easy ride but it is also about luck. Yes Luck! I say that because

  • I know of people who are twice as hardworking and smart as me but things din’t work out for them as expected
  • There were times I got done with a difficult thing with ease, not because of anything but luck!

Hard to explain! But I guess you’ll take my word for it 🙂


Goodly for me today – is more about a lifestyle than anything else. I make a decent living, play with my kid, travel a lot, sleep late if I want to (mostly I want to), workout in the middle of the day and write blogs like these 😀

Now don’t get too impressed and imagine me all happy and seldom sad, the grass always looks greener on the other side. I too have a fair share of problems and worries that yet give me sleepless nights.


A lot of budding entrepreneurs ask my suggestions – frankly I haven’t made that big in life to give you business or life advice but I’ll share what has worked for me and if I had to do it all over again, how will I go about it

  • I din’t plan for the upside – I particularly thought (and planned for) what would I do if I din’t make any money in the first year? Do I have the reserves to sustain and get back to a job if nothing worked out? After my grounds were covered, I worked my ass off to become sustainable. Period!
  • I like being healthy – I’d like to stay healthy. Lift, Run, Play in the park and do such stuff with aggression. It is a great stress buster.
  • No more suggestions – Just apply common sense and start before it too late!


Thank you

If you have stuck around till the end of my personal rant, I owe you a big one not just for reading this but also for standing by me all this while. I love you and your support, I couldn’t have been without you

Thank you so much for setting me free and once again happy birthday Goodly 😉

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PS: That is not a real cake. I just morphed some image from the web, you know.. decking up and all 😀


  • Chiranjeev Chhabra

    After a long time u wrote something and with full masala
    Happy birthday to goodly , wish you luck for the future

  • GraH

    I must admit being a bit disappointed for not receiving a real slice of chocolate cake in the end :-/
    Just sipping on my morning coffee while reading this blog, and something seems missing.
    But even this non-binary post is inspiring: going to make a real cake today!

    Joke aside, look man, it is really us that should be thanking you for sharing your knowledge via these fun articles and neat examples. When last year I was playing with the idea to share some Excel stuff at work, I received a supporting e-mail from you that made me even work harder and invest a lot of my personal time (reading many other blogs and some books) in the preparation of those training sessions. And it paid off. Being proud to present these evaluations, for which I should send you a freshly baked cake, still slightly warm from the oven. And I expect you to share it with your kid and wife 🙂

    So what I want to say is, that I owe you and that you are reaching more people then you’d think. Call it INDIRECT (). But this one is direct: THANKS man for being inspiring! These “points” are a bit yours as well.

    Now I’m off, going to break some eggs. For the cake, you know…

Chandeep Chhabra

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