Dreamers to Doers

…I know nothing with certainty but the sight of stars makes me dream…

When they stepped in the bad world of great MBA, oblivious of the extent to what it is bad, they had this thick and opaque nebulae popping out of their heads at regular intervals saying “Yeah!  I will now create a religion (Read Venture) of my own.” Before entering the hallow portals of Great Lakes, IIMs and other reputed B-Schools, they had flirted with the idea, for years, of doing something great.

And then, the metamorphosis starts. Suddenly, those nebulae start scuttling through the body at 72 m/sec from above the head, finally, resting on the tips of the fingers looking like blisters from outside. But while going at the Case Studies, Presentations, Classes, Guest Lectures, workshops eyes out, did we not even once thought of practically applying the knowledge we are gleaning from unquestionably the Best Faculty and environment across the B-Schools? No. Does this story end with a full-stop?  Naah! I am really interested in the “why” part.

No Money? Banks don’t exit to be gawked at. No Knowledge? Internet and library work wonders. No time? If you want it bad enough, you will find time, otherwise- stop boring! Afraid of failure?  Afraid of Life?  Not afraid of unlived life? Excuses? I am deaf. Harsh, Rude? You don’t become successful by merely wishing. Well, the truth is we want everything on our plates. We want an easy life. We don’t want to go to the field and get our hands dirty.“Fight and you may die. Run and you will live at least awhile. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!” Remember Braveheart.

Honey! It’s all about money, eh? They are here to refute your argument. Steve Jobs – Son of a Mechanic and carpenter.  Humble beginnings? But the figures of the Apple say otherwise. Revenue – US$ 156.508 billion (2012), Market Value – US$415 billion as of March 2013.Miracle did not take him there; his gut, passion and vision did. Walt Disney, son of financially broke parents. Disney Figures: Revenue – US$ 42.278 billion (2012). It was fun for him to do the impossible as he famously quoted. Michael Dell, son of an orthodontist. Net worth:  US$ 15.3 billion (2013). He was entrepreneur of the year at the age of 24.

When I decided to leave my organization to embark on new journey, here in Chennai, a friend at very senior position in Infosys Ltd, advised me – If you want to live a full life, you got to develop some sense of urgency because the truth is you won’t ever know when death will knock the door and you will have to leave, with many questions unanswered and potential unused. Her words woke me up from a deep slumber leaving me with Steve jobs’ rather lucid words circumventing harsh reality:

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

Rabia Sehgal
Student, PGPM 2013-14 Batch

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