I have been thinking about my future for the past few weeks and where I would see myself in the next 10 years. Almost every turn I took(in my imaginary future) seemed to end as a coder...system architect at most...
Its the choices we make that governs our life. If I would have been selected in MS, I would have ,without any doubt or pretension, sunk into an instant comfort zone and disappeared as yet another MS slave. The same holds for any other company.
If I do not take that path and choose to be an academician, do a PhD, then all I'll be is a bald Dr Iyer, trying 10 years to prove an arcane point and screw my life. Einstein may be intelligent, but he was not rich nor had a good family life, I want both.
So I have 3 paths to take:
1)Work for a company that pays me shit load of money and work on technologies I don't like and feign happiness for the rest of life, get married and just get sucked up in family chores. It will be a slow poison I might enjoy after sometime, but a part of me will always militate against it. Being rich but unhappy, not my definition of successful.
2)Work on system software, probably get a PhD and get into a research lab and the world will only know me through a few references in scientific papers. and when I get married and have kids.... there will be perennial complains about me not spending enough time with them. I will be blinded by all the technology that would surround me and play a deaf ear to them. Being respected and admired, probably rich but still unhappy.... again not successful.
3)Take the path of Bill Gates, Larry Page, Sabeer Bhatia.... etc. The success rate is infinitesimally small. The end is glorious but the risk factor is too high. A scary path for a guy with no experience like me. This path excites me the most though.
The fourth point, which most of the people believe in, is destiny, give the best to the present and hope for a better future... I am not one of them, I am in charge of life, I am solely responsible for my failures and successes.
Its the choice I have to make between these three paths.
The Oracle(Matrix Rev): You and I may not be able to see beyond our own choices
Maybe there is a path and maybe in due time I am able to see the bigger picture and this cloud clears. Till then I have two points and I need to choose one path amongst three.... the easy path is not necessarily the right path (Prof Dumbledore, HP)