concept of a lasting legacy is perhaps as old as civilization itself. History
itself can be metaphorically defined as a summary of individual legacies left
by entities ranging from the common human being to entire civilizations. The
Indus Valley civilization, the Roman Empire, the Mughals, and world religions
themselves are remembered today based on the impression, the impact, and the
footprints they left behind. Keeping this somewhat poetic view in mind, it is
no wonder why people often ponder what legacy they want to leave behind. This
is perhaps the first major step towards the path of self-actualization.
the adage goes, we are more than the sum of our experiences. This byproduct of
the synergies that result from our interaction with the material world and the
spiritual “self” is what accounts for the difference. The greater the magnitude
of this difference, the better the chances of becoming someone worth
remembering. It is with the intent towards achieving this goal that I have
decided to shape the path I wish to pursue in life. This may be considered a
superficial approach towards living, but then again, which approach isn’t?
want my legacy to be comprised of two major categories. One that deals with the
more professional, career oriented aspect, and the other that caters to the
personal element. Professionally, it should be noted that I am extremely
ambitious. From a young age, I have been fascinated by the corporate sector. To
a great extent this infatuation has been driven by third party influences;
movies, books, and personal narratives that describe the particular ‘Wall
Street’ type professional life. Men and women in crisp tailor made suits, the
tall glass-and-steel structures, the massive global logos, the power, the
controlled sense of calm determination, the measured self-worth, and the
exclusivity; it made me hungry. It ignited a fierce passion and desire deep
inside me to become one of the highly influential people whose decisions shape
the destinies of entire regions. I am not talking about becoming someone like
Obama or a Nobel Laureate. I am talking about people like Warren Buffet, Lloyd
Blankfein, and Jamie Dimon. The
individuals who make the rules of the game, who decide on which governments
come to power, and whose combined net worth is greater than the GDPs of more
than half the countries on earth. I want to test the limits of ambition itself.
I want to be bigger and better as never seen before. I understand how none of
this might never come to fruition, but at least I could be the guy who tried to
take over the world! Let’s face it, being a 23 year old fresh graduate, I can
afford to dream big.
personal aspect deals with the sort of person I intend to be. Leadership
styles, altruistic intentions, and the way I interact with people come under
this category. My philosophy regarding people is the same as the adage mentioned
above-that we are more than just the sum of our experiences. People are
inherently complicated and fascinating creations that really deserve to be
appreciated. Therefore pure spite, animosity, and a distinct dislike for human
interaction is not something I stand by. I want to be the sort of person who is
open, liberal, and accessible. Someone who anyone can talk to regarding
anything. Someone people go to with their problems, their goals, their
ambitions, their guilt, their secrets and even their deepest, darkest desires.
Not just to seek advice and counsel, but to simply share personal thoughts and
moments without recourse. Having said that, I want to be something of a mentor
to everyone I meet. To have the ability of inspiring people, engendering creativity,
and navigating people safely through troubled waters towards the fabled light
at the end of the tunnel.
is the snapshot of the various goals, both personal and professional, that I
have outlined for myself. I shall continually endeavor to live by my philosophy
with the same measured control and determination I talked about earlier. I
understand that many of the above mentioned points are incredibly optimistic,
to the point of being foolishly idealistic. However, as the popular
advertisement by Apple Inc. goes “here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The
rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see
things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the
status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.
They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy
ones, we see geniuses. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they
can change the world, are the ones who do.” So yes, I want to be the crazy one,
the misfit, the rebel, and the troublemaker. I want to be different. Despite
the long route to eventually get there, if I can even think about doing it, I
am halfway there!