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Another Brick In The Wall

I had an interesting conversation with a friend ( let’s call him Harvey ) last week. The topic of conversation was “What would we do to build our future?” and naturally, I, as a dreamer had to say huge things which had something to do with entrepreneurship, music and pursuing an MBA course. But he, as a realist had everything planned out in a spectacular way, after considering every single aspect, which also included getting a decent 9-5 job; make money till 26; get an MBA / M.S degree at 28 / 29; get married at 30 / 31. 

Settling down in your life means either two things, or both. 

1. Get a good job which also pays well. Or just a job which pays well, even if it’s a customer care exec job.

2. Get married. ( In India, this can’t happen without No.1 )

So, what Harvey said made perfect sense if you considered the above two norms to be considered as a man with a stable life. Making parents proud of what we end up doing is also a norm, but that just comes after those two things happen, or so it’s perceived that way.

Look at all the achievers in the world. No matter which country they come from, they all have one thing in common – Their personality is a mix of being able to dream big and realism. If your mission in life is to get a good salary and buy a house to live in with your wife / husband, then yes, there is no need for you to think big, or as Steve Jobs said, “Think different”.

This post is just a rant; A place to cry out loud against the people who just want to get through life without anything to offer to the world. To quote Steve jobs again,

I’m here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why else even be here?

Exactly! Why else would you even exist, if not to make a difference?

No, I’m not saying that everyone on the planet must start their own companies and do business when half of them don’t even know what business is. But think about this like a dreamer, THEN as a realist. What if everyone on the planet DID start their own companies? What would actually happen?

First of all, not all of those businesses would be profitable. But, many would be and many would be from different countries which are down economically. Wouldn’t this aid and heal the economy?  

That was just an example. Ofcourse, big companies, who have visionary people leading them can’t do business if every employee took off to start their own company. The world needs people who don’t dream as well. But those people’s lives have become an example to others which make them believe that that’s the perfect way to live life. It isn’t!

Harvey’s mission was to make his parents proud of him, which they would if he got a well paying job / a good job; got married and settled down. Now I understand that this is ONE way to achieve that mission.  There’s also another way to make it happen; to dream big.

Steve Job’s father would have been proud of him if he completed his graduation and went to work for IBM for an extremely high pay. But would he have been as proud  if Jobs decided to quit college, start Apple, sell millions of computers, start a revolution and invent products of tomorrow? 

The latter seems really hard to achieve, but what great feat isn’t?  That doesn’t mean that if you have to do something great, then graduating college isn’t the way ( That discussion is for another post ). He could have started a revolution even if he did complete college, but maybe his priorities would have been re-organized and he would’ve done something else, which maybe wouldn’t have been so revolutionary as Apple. 

I know that success means different things to each person, but it doesn’t give anyone an excuse to not be (a little ) ambitious. Just something to think about. When i think about it, it pains me to know that there are so many out there who have no will to do anything or even try to make a difference. Leading a regular life might be the worst thing that could happen to you in this generation.


Just A Bunch Of Confused Souls

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel confused about the pursuit they think they must pursue?

When you come across a new wonder and you think, “YES! This is the thing I want to do! I just couldn’t say it or comprehend it.” and then work on your way towards that only to come across another interesting thing and think about this with the same enthusiasm, then you begin to feel confused about what your time deserves.

They tell us to pursue the thing which you love the most, but what if we aren’t able to figure out what that really is?

Will we have enough time to learn that new interest and put a dent in the universe? Or is the current interest “the one”?

What if we want to pursue both the interests? Will we be successful then?

I pondered over these thoughts for a long time, until I came across a TED talk.

It was labeled, “why you’re going to FAIL in your career.” by Larry Smith.

It was a very interesting watch. According to the man, there are only two types of careers –

1. Bad Careers.

2. Great Careers.

Those who look for the good careers FAIL. Those who convince themselves that they don’t deserve great careers because they aren’t geniuses like Steve Jobs or Einstein fail as well.

He also talks about another excuse people make when they hunt for “good” careers.

Our parents / guardians / whoever, convince us that if we work hard, then we’ll have good careers; So, logically, if we work really, really hard, then we’ll have great careers. WRONG!!!!!

The world loves to exploit us and make us work really hard, and believe me, the world will give us many, many opportunities to work really, really hard. But is that the path to walk to reach the “great career” land??! No!!

In our pursuit of happiness, we find many interests and if you can’t find them, then you’re living a boring and an out-cast life. And like love, which happens so beautifully to all of us, one of those interests develops into a passion. That happens so unexpectedly that we won’t even notice it’s happening to us and then we fall into its arms. Sound familiar? 😉

It’s that passion that drives us to have a great career and nothing else. Not your good grades, not your sob story, not your interest, but your passion.

So, don’t waste your life living someone else’s.  ( Steve Jobs reference xD )

Find your passion.

Funnily enough, by the time I finished writing this post, my drive to pursue all my interests is rejuvenated. So, yaay wordpress!

We will not let exam results decide our fate

I have never been a fan of how the education system works. Some may disagree, but most colleges don’t function like how Harvard or MIT does.

With that thought in mind I watched this video a couple of months ago and it completely changed the way I thought about everything. It made me see that the society is based of hypocrites and we must learn to disregard them and just do what we do best, no matter what that is.

This video is for everyone. So, spare 5 minutes and give it a watch. I promise you, it’ll be worth your time.

What do you want to do?

There are a series of tests starting from today. The results of which assign a value to me and my self worth is determined by that by the society.
What if my strengths lie elsewhere?
Then these results and scores shouldn’t matter to me or to the society.
It’s nothing more than a distraction; tasks which consume time, which otherwise could be used to do something productive.

Sadly, the short film will be stalled by these tests because the other people involved in the movie are also studying for these tests.
Another sad thing is that dropping out is not that easy here in India. The society plays a MAJOR role. I know it really shouldn’t matter, but the parents come into picture and the pressure just builds and smothers you; it eventually shuts you up, leaving you with no choice but to suck up to whatever they want you to do.
The engineering course is not what I thought it would be. I can only sulk about it.
In the end, there is no option to quit.

The misfits and the rebels.


Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the one thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius; because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.