The road that I took!
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the
Life is strange. It's mysterious. People who say that they understand what life is and how it works are probably lying. No one does. The most peculiar nature of life is it always changes. It will screw you over and over again and will laugh at your face. You better deal with it.
Let me tell you a very small story. Believe me it won’t take much of your time.
Once upon a time(I know it's a cliché), there was a lad called Bob. Bob was a very good student. Scored the highest marks in his class. Bob’s parents wanted him to pursue an illustrious career in engineering. Bob was naive. He didn't know what to do and hence opted for engineering after his highschool. He got admitted in a decent engineering school, pretty much renowned one.
But he was not confident. He never was, albeit being a decent student. But to his surprise he performed exceptionally well and became one of the brightest students of his engineering school. This really boosted his confidence. He thought that he took a great decision back then. Life was good and all happy. He joined a company very soon after graduation.
But as I have already told you that life works in its own ways. It doesn't follow a mathematical formula. So it happened in our protagonist's life too. After some time he started feeling unproductive. He got bored with his dull and monotonous life. He didn't want a job to just be an employee like thousand others. He wanted to do something on his own. Something he can really be proud of. He reckoned that this is not what he ever wanted in life. So he resigned. He started his own marketing agency as he thought he's really into it.
“Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same….”
He started his own company, made his own website form scratch, read a lot of books from marketing to finance to lean startups and what not. He was very happy. He was quite ambitious and thought would kill the market. He tried hard, succeeded a few times and failed a lot of times.
After sometime he again felt hopeless. He thought he's not doing great. He kept on doubting himself. Soon he shut down his startup. Life was again gloomy.
He planned to join a bschool, as it might certify him as a great manager, he thought. Toiled hard, spent sleepless nights and finally got a chance to be in one of the top notch bschools of the country.
Meanwhile he got approached by an ad agency who wanted to invest in his startup. They saw a great potential in his startup. But Bob informed him that he had shut down his company. They told that they can help him in reviving it and would also provide great resources.
Bob was again confused like he was before opting for engineering. The question that if he should join the dream bschool or should restart his startup again didn't let him sleep that night. But he didn't have much time to take a decision.
“And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back…”
He signed a contract with the ad agency the next day and didn't go for the bschool interview. Soon he hired a bunch of talented copywriters, managers, software engineers. For some time the company went in loss. But he didn't care this time. He just kept working, and working and working. He didn't give a damn what the society was saying behind his back or how the business gurus were evaluating his company, he didn't stop this time. Soon the company reached the break even phase and after that it was always profitable, till now. Bob spent a happy life.
“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Epilogue: Whenever you are in such a dilemma like Bob remember three things:
Life is unfair. Life will always give you opportunities to excel. Life will screw you again and again and you will always doubt your capabilities no matter how good you are.
So it’s not the path that will make much of the difference. It’s how you stick to that chosen path. So when you stumble across such paths and aren’t able to take a decision, because both are equally promising, just choose anyone. Believe me, wasting time in over thinking is what makes life more painful.
Quoting : Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken .
P.S. Don't ask me who is Bob.