Here is the secret of inspiration: Tell yourself that thousands and tens of thousands of people, not very intelligent and certainly no more intelligent than the rest of us, have mastered problems as difficult as those that now baffle you.
― William Feather
I somehow feel that it is a mass delusion about the concept of being intelligent and being able to make it big in LIFE. I was recently talking to my mom about a friend of mine and his job and the pay scale. This friend of mine is an extremely smart fellow who aced all along his student life, got great marks, great college seats and also topped those classes and got a decent job which he quit a little later, went on to study further for brighter specializations and got into another job. Now, the irony was that he ended up in a job he doesn’t really like and the pay is not that great either and it somehow feels as though it was a wrong move to make. Her question was this simple – ” How come he doesn’t earn more money than the rest of your classmates who are half as smart as him and the ones who are not that great?“. Well my answer was – to be frank – “It is his question too“.
Too many times I have been baffled by these questions which make me wonder – Is it the smartest and the most intelligent people who make it big in the world? Are all the achievers in the world who have been the best and the brightest in the class? I do agree that being smart and intelligent does start you on a very good platform to begin with. But isn’t that as far as it goes? Once you go into a different domain, you start with a fresher cleaner scale with nothing written on it. All your achievements of the past were the ones which got you there and that was the extent of it. It has nothing to do with how your life is going to pan out further. Granted that the past has shaped you, it has given you a lot of things to be proud of but that is not going to ensure you of anything else. It is just a way of saying that it acknowledges who you are and what all you have done. Probably give you enough confidence to look at the world through a better outlook.
Although I constantly maintain that my previous manager was a complete ass, I do remember the one statement that he used to constantly make – “No one cares what all you have done in the past, what you do now matters and that is the only thing that matters to me and the company and to the people around you! ” And I always thought he was an idiot to say this, but now I realize that he was not that wrong. There was some sense of truth in it. All our marks, our achievements, our accomplishments have played a fantastic role in getting us where we are. But that is their role, it has made us proud, it has made us believe in ourselves. That is the true extent of it. If you want something new and more in life, you cant point yourself to your past and say – I have done all these and hence I deserve this – The answer is clearly NO. You may have done all those, you may think you deserve it all – Good for you, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is what the person who gives you that thinks, if he thinks you are worthy enough, you will get it, if not – well, I guess you have to prove him that you are worthy enough.
I know it doesn’t sound fair at all, nothing ever does, esp when it is hurting us. But that is the beauty of it, you can always keep reinventing yourself, you can always be on that path to your achievement which keeps you alive, which defines what true success is. And truth as always is pretty plain and simple – the world has seen a lot of success with the simple ones too, so stop giving brilliance as a reason to do or not to do something. The reason to do something in life is always plain simple – YOU WANT IT! Well then, GO GET IT 🙂