My name’s Nachiket. I’m 18 – and on the verge of attending a third University in 2 years in a bid to do what I love.
You see, at first, I didn’t know what I wanted to do.
One day, sprawled across the sofa, after 4 hours of binge watching funny videos, I literally googled, “Purpose of my life”. I clicked on an article by Mark Manson. He posed to me a question I didn’t have an answer to – What kind of a shit-sandwich are you willing to eat to get to where you want? What trouble can you take to reach your destination?
I decided to answer this question. I explored, travelled, read voraciously and found out who I was. But I ate my shit-sandwich, I found out what I wanted to do – study Politics and International Relations.
The trouble is, I found that out when I was in the first year of pursuing B.Com.
Then, the 16 year old me recalled Gary Vaynerchuk’s seemingly quixotic words – When you get to do what you love, you win. Converting the quixotic into the astute and embracing victory as virtue, I dropped out.
Of course, I faced parental pressure – but my ineluctable desire to pursue my dream convinced them.
But, I made another mistake, I played it safe – I chose the wrong place from which to pursue my dreams. I didn’t find the intellectual environment that I needed.
The then 17 year old me recalled words of Mark Zuckerberg – not taking a risk is the only strategy that is designed to fail.
I believed I needed to switch my place of study one last time. As parental pressure and my inner skepticism rose to the occasion of questioning my life choices, I recalled the words of Peter Theil – what simple truth do very few people agree with you on?
Almost no one agreed with me, but I did apply to the place I needed to be at, and I’m on the verge of going there and fulfilling dreams.
I ate my shit sandwich, decided to risk my career, and answered the contrarian question – all to do what I love. And win at life.
(YIC IIT Delhi 2017)