Career Advice: A Letter

This is a letter that a friend wrote to me. I’m putting this here ‘coz I think I’m going to keep read it again and again for some inspiration. It reminds me of so many things. Things that I want but can never have. Atleast at this point of time. However, the person who wrote it chose to be anonymous. Tell me what you think about it and his views. I know everything in it is true, but sometimes, you just have to let go off a lot of things..

To me,

This is one big piece of career advice that I am going to give you. I don’t give it to everyone, but I think it’s important for me to tell it to you. If engineering doesn’t work for you, don’t do it. You will only lead yourself to mediocrity. And, India can do with a few more people who have rise above mediocrity in their lives.

There’s nothing wrong with mediocrity. What’s wrong is the mentality of people to eulogize mediocrity in such a way that even people with potential seem to blindly follow it. ‘Safety first’ is the resort of the weak (At least, in matters of the career). If you fear putting yourself through hard experiences then trust me you’ll never grow.

My advice may come across as unsolicited, and you can ignore it if you want. Or, you can think over it. Don’t, and it’s a don’t with a capital D, follow my advice blindly. And this doesn’t apply to just my advice… It applies to everyone’s advice. Don’t do anything just because your teacher’s and parents have coaxed you into doing it. Reconsider your options. Think over it.

Before choosing a career, there are certain questions that you need to ask yourself.

Like, what is it that you can do better than others? If there’s nothing like that, then what is it that you think you can get yourself to a level at which you can rise above mediocrity. Are you willing to work hard at your chosen line of work? Because, trust me… talent ain’t everything. A talented writer  isn’t really a good writer. A talented cricketer isn’t really a good cricketer.
There’s more to it than just talent. You can fool a bunch of average joe’s by your talent. But when it comes to being judged by people who really understand what you are doing.. it’s a different ballgame.

Anyways, it’s your life. You are free to do as you please. But remember, it’s better to try hard and not make it than not try at all. I am not saying this in a tone like your teacher said in a value education class when you were young. They were a bunch of hypocrites. Chances are they themselves didn’t try hard in their lives. You’ll find hypocrites everywhere. In fact, if I had a penny for every hypocrite that I saw, I’d be crusing on the islands of south america with a couple of brazilian babes in my arm.