THE MINOR BUDDHA SPEAKS
My dear 17 yrs old self,
It has been a long time since we have met,since I decided to move ahead in my life and walk on the road less traveled.I still remember the time when you talked about what you want to do in your life.YOU WANTED TO PUT A DINT IN THE UNIVERSE AS A PROOF OF YOUR EXISTENCE.I know how determined you were and I believe that one day you will be living your dream.
I know you are having big dreams and some small problems your life..You are full of inspiration and you have the capability to overcome all the hurdles ,to shut all the people who bad mouthed you and to inspire people through your lows and highs.You cant wait to show yourself to the world.YOU WANT TO MAKE IT BIG IN YOUR LIFE AND YOU WANT TO DO IT FAST.
You read about successful people and the thought of becoming success are always revolving in your mind.Thought of Mark Zuckerberg starting facebook at the age of 19, Bill Gates starting Microsoft at 19, Steve jobs starting Apple at the same age make you go crazy.Now,you are not happy with the fact that you are going to be 19 soon and you have no idea what you’re going to do in your life.To add to your dillemma, you are not financially independent at this stage of your life and your parents wants to qualify for a high profile govt job.You have naysayers telling you to learn your place in the world.Sometimes you feel that the path you want to choose is going to be alone and you don’t want to hurt anyone through your decisions.I know…… I’ve been there.
Life is never fair.You will always meet people who are luckier than you.Luckier for having a background for what they are doing, luckier for having someone whose phone call can land them the places they don’t deserve and someone who can give them good advice in the time of difficulties lucky for having all the privileges that you don’t.You will curse God (until the day you become mature).You will try to do things differently and fail.You will get to know some of the most horrible hidden rules of the society THE HAAAAARD WAY.
Things don’t change like you think they will be.Just thinking about changing the world is not going to land you anywhere.Reading about the biographies of Steve jobs , Bill Gates , Elon Musk,Mark Zuckerberg etc is not going to make you a successful but analyzing your life through the lenses of your own experience will definitely do some good.
You must be thinking why I am talking about this kind of bullshit.
You must be thinking why I wrote a letter to you after so many year in the first place.
BECAUSE HAS ANYBODY TOLD ME THE THINGS WHICH I AM GOING TO TELL YOU, I COULD BE ONE OF THE PEOPLE YOU READ ABOUT.
SO, WHY I FAILED? OR I SHOULD SAY WHY ARE YOU GONNA FAIL?
YOU ARE GOOD AT PLANNING BUT NOT AT EXECUTION.
You are a big time planner.You plan everything and you do it well.No matter what life throw on your face, you ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN(that’s good, okay!).But you seldom execute it properly.You think big but play small and due to this , your plans go horribly wrong.If you don’t start working on it, you will fail.YOU WILL LOSE.
YOU ARE TOO SWEET.
There are people who are draining you of your energy and time for their own selfish purpose.Because you are very much into helping others, you will lose the time that you could have invested in yourself as at the end of the day, people you helped , will not help back. YOU HAVE TO BE YOUR OWN HELP. Hopefully, you have worked this out and have mastered the art of saying f**k off in a civilised manner.
YOU TAKE TOO MANY ADVICES .
You are very unique.You have multiple talents. You are good at singing , maths , social science, writing , motivational speaking and much more.But people keep telling you to choose one particular field and follow it throughout your life.So, you will stop doing most of the things you are doing right now which you will definitely regret in coming years. YOU WILL REALIZE THAT THEY WERE WRONG.You will realize that you can master more than one art.
You will realize that the people who master innovation become Edison,people who master marketing become Niel Patel but people who master both innovation and marketing, become Steve Jobs.SO, AIM TO BE STEVE JOBS. Now that you don’t know this right now, you’re gonna miss your chance of becoming a millionaire by the age of 21.
Having said the things that you should get rid of,Let’s talk about some of your future accomplishments.
- You will earn a reputation of a trustworthy and different-from-the-crowd guy among your friends.
But this will not be easy.At times, people will call you mad.They will mock you.They may even oppose you. But don’t worry. THEY DON’T LIKE YOU BECAUSE THEY AIN’T LIKE YOU.
2. You will get to know how emotionally strong you are.
I know you are hard working but luck will always fuck you.You will work hard to get into the best college of your country but will miss by a few marks due to the factors which are not in your own hands.You will fail many times when you go out to get an internship you badly wanted.You will cry for days but that’s okay because sooner or later YOU WILL SEE PEOPLE’S DREAM COLLEGE/JOB KILLING THEIR OWN DREAMS.
3.You will finally realize the importance of friends.
Till now, all your focus has been on your career.You see your friends as a means of distraction.But as you enter the college , you will be lonely.You will have nobody to share your feelings/thoughts with.But on the positive side, this may turn you into a writer.
4.You will learn the art of living.
You will invest the next two years of your life on the skills which only few people know. You will be doing which no one will be doing.And finally, this investment will pay off.At a young age of 19,you will be more matured than the people of your age.
5.YOU WILL BE HAPPY.