How often have we complained that we are not able to do what we want to do?
How often we are worried that the society will not respect us if we don’t drive the coolest car?
How often we have been coached by our well-wishers not to follow the heart and stick to that well paying, yet mundane job?
“Stop Cribbing & Start Exploring” was an interesting session at the recently concluded BITS Pilani Global Alumni Meet in Hyderabad
The four panelists – all graduates from BITS, Pilani who followed their heart.
We had Dushyanth Sridhar – a new age public speaker on ancient Indian scriptures, who works with TCS during the day and studies, writes, talks about ancient scriptures during nights & weekends. He shared how he choose the unconventional path and his long term vision of setting up a school that would not only teach subjects based on science, but also interpret and present them from the scriptural point of view.
We had Dilip D’Souza who chuck his well paying job in US to write about social & political causes. Also, Rashmi Datt, who transformed herself as a student of emotional intelligence & a workshop facilitator.
Lastly it was Matthew Cherian of Helpage India, who quit Schlumberger to take care of the elderly by running a non-profit.
Four different panelists in different age groups, representing the common middle class and their well-known ‘dilemmas’ – jobs, loans, children, family, society status so on & so forth – yet they took the boredom away from their own lives to enrich not only themselves but also the society at large, by following their heart.
What has been my personal reflections? Here I summarize a few of them for you.
1. Ask yourself what you loved doing in your childhood. That would give a clue to your passion, to the deeper interest in your life. In my case, it seems, learning & teaching yoga, understanding people & their minds & ofcourse coaching & self development.
2. Follow your passion, even if you have a full time job. It is NOT necessary to quit your job (that you may or may not like) to follow your passion. Begin it in a small way and keep improving the quantity, quality of your time.
3. One clue that your passion is probably going to sustain long term is in asking the question – how many people will it benefit? If it benefits not only you, but others, then you probably are on the right track. Conversely, if the passion only benefits you, then re-think the definition of your passion. In the case of Dushyanth, he is clear that his long term vision is to create that school – not just give lectures.
4. Family will adjust. Family means that they will live together, share together – the happiness & sorrows. You need to take that step. Like what Mathew said – you may not have an Audi to drive, but you will definitely have the basic car to take your family from point A to point B.
5. Following your passion DOES NOT mean that you will not have to work hard. You will indeed work hard, probably several times over, BUT the clue is that would not seem like hard work, because you have your core aligned in the work you are going to do!
6. Time is just a ‘convenience’. If you set yourself some time bound goals that you would need to accomplish xyz by time ttt, it may disappoint you. Take your passion as a continuum – where you constantly work on it and improve the lives of people around you, thereby sharing in the blessings of several people you help improve.
Well, what do you think?
Love to hear your thoughts