Friday, March 16, 2007

What next??

I've seen my share of movies and read enough literature but every piece of work seems to end abruptly and makes me crave for more. There have been instances when I saw five movies back to back or read two novels without any break. Tragedy, comedy, fantasy or fiction; nothing ever seems complete. They only focus on the beginning of the "real" story.

One genre of movies shows the hero in abject conditions, he rises on occasion, and at the end achieves his goal. My question: what next?

I saw Iqbal today. Its about a poor village boy, deaf and dumb, who makes it to Indian cricket team, with the help of a mentor, who in a way redefined himself and found his own courage with the help of the boy. Finally he does makes it to the team, but what happens next?

Initially you have nothing to lose, the support of your family and everything to gain. So either you succeed or stay the same. Nothing much can happen to you. The case is reversed when you succeed: You have much to lose, you are away from your family, the gains are not all that great and you cant stay at same position. So what would have happened to Iqbal(whom I described in the para above)? What happens after he makes it to the Indian Cricket team, his mentor dies and he is away from his family on an international match?

Having goals is nice. Redefining your goals after you reach your goal is better. I have had loads of acquaintances who had set a very specific goal for their life... getting into IIT, being an engineer, studying in America etc etc... they did not fare too well after they achieved their goals. So basically an average person spends around 25 years of his life achieving his goals, next 40 years riding on his achievements... and after that..probably hoping to get recognized without doing any work. Of course there are exceptions, like the "KFC" colonel who started business at the age of 65. There should be more movies and novels about the story after "the success"...don't you think?

My career goal is to be a CTO in a big MNC.. my own MNC. The odds against me achieving that goal are great.. but hey! I have a lifetime to achieve it :)


  1. A post on a very interesting topic. Got me thinking. Well written.

  2. good thoughts and if you want to read a story of people who are successful and the novel goes beyond their success, lay your hands on any of ayn rand novels.

    All the best for your goals!

  3. @tejbir: Have read The fountainhead. Keating and Wynand fail pathetically after succeeding, but the protagonist, Roark, still succeeds at the end.. nobody knows what happens next.

  4. After reading the first three and half paragraphs, this is what I told myself..

    Sridhar....hmmmm..growing up

    Its good to introspect. And by introspecting on every breath, you try to understand life :)

  5. @Rohith: Well being a grown up doesn't seem like a lot of fun. Ignorance was surely a bliss.

  6. hey Sri
    Roark's condition hasn't been labelled as a success in the end and so of Dominic.

  7. @tejbir: I guess Roark succeeded in the end. People did not understand his work, yet they realized that he was an unstoppable force. Anyway I guess its open to interpretation..

  8. good idea....... make it big....and then you can give me some money......why you would do that idont know....but hey no harm being overly optimistic :P

    And yeah get rid of the stupid word verification.........too much work........

  9. @Rashmi.. as soon as I finish "Making" I will concentrate on making big :P.. Do you accept post dated check for 2020??

    Word verification... well better let the people who comment do the work rather than me deleting spams :D