Theorem of Greatness
How do you judge greatness?By hearsay?Celebrity status?Let”s go back to 15th century India, when a renowned saint named Kabir was approached by an arrogant pundit. The pundit expressed his desire to have a philosophical debate with him to prove his worth. Kabir simply accepted defeat without any debate.The pundit walked away happily.Two more examples before the theorem unravels.
Jump the timeline to arrive at the 21st Century. The numero uno B-school in India is IIM (Indian Institute of Management) Ahmedabad. How many times does it advertise? Once to announce it’s entrance test,once to conclude the admission season and give or take a couple more. There are many smaller B-schools which have mushroomed in various cities with dubious accreditation and affiliations. Some even have a tagline that claims they’re better than IIM. They advertise round the year, call each student personally to convince them to join their college, to the point that they sound like persistent credit card salesmen.
Does Melinda gates wear any expensive ornaments in her public appearances? Why does a woman from a middle income group feel the need to flaunt her jewelry?
The theorem: Greatness need not be proven.
The Corolary: If you try too hard to prove you’re great, your’re not.
Does Kabir need to prove his philosophy? It is the arrogant fool who tried to debate with him so he could go back and tell his friends what a great pundit he was.Does the wife of the richest man in the world need to prove her wealth? Others have to prove it by flaunting it? It goes without saying that IIM Ahmadabad need not prove it’s worth. It has created CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and countless other business tycoons and reputable public servants. Those who are not great feel the pressure of proving that they are!