It’s been more than a month since I traveled halfway around the world, from Kerala, India to Texas, US to do my Masters from The University of Texas at Dallas. For someone who has once thought of dropping out in the undergrad course, to pursue his entrepreneurial dream, being back to school was unplanned and so unimagined. Well life is all about unimagined things, right?
I have to say that I am so much happy for choosing the path I took. The journey wasn’t that easy, but it wasn’t dull either. It was worth all the pain. I met so many new people, read so many books, started writing on a serious note, developed new skills, traveled, moved to new cities, worked and failed on many ideas and at the end of each day found a fraction of my inner self.
I have failed like no one, I know, had. I have seen my dream getting shattered in front of me, my career getting out of my control and my life getting screwed up. In those days of blackout, I could have gone into depression. But the challenge was to stand up and keep fighting back. In this 2 year time, I have failed for more than 20 times straight, back-to-back, with not even a single ‘reward’ on my scorecard. But on each failure, rather than lowering the bar of my goals, I kept rising the bar. Though I haven’t been any near to the bar I set for this round, I’m in a much better position than the initial ones. In that respect I’m very much grateful for all the failures I had. You are the mistakes you have made and not the successes you have achieved! Though I have always embraced failures in the past as well, now I have lived through it.
There will be people for whom, this post doesn’t make any sense. I’m not writing for them. I am writing this post for the ones who are struggling like me. To assure them that every cloud has a silver lining. You only have to hang on there, be in the game. You will find your fortune. Though I haven’t been any near to my fortune, I know one day I will be and I want you to believe that you too will be as well.
In this journey so far, when I look upto Steve Job’s words, they make perfect sense for me “..You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever”. I trusted in mine and as far as I can connect it to the future, it’s as promising and exciting as it could be. So I encourage you to trust your’s as well. Trust me, it can do wonders!