The IITian’s Dilemma…

Some Musings on Life:

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it,” said Oscar Wilde , the famous Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. We feel extremely sad when we fail to achieve something which we desire a lot. However, even those people who achieve their heart’s desire fail to live happily ever after as often shown in movies.

It is true that most students who desire to become an Engineer, wish to get into IIT to realize their dream. However, hardly one in a 100 realize their dream of getting into an IIT. Even those who get into IIT don’t get the choice branch and feel unhappy.

I had a colleague whose son got IIT-JEE (Advance) rank of around 200 a few years ago. Even he was unhappy because he could not get CSE (B Tech) in IIT Delhi and he had to accept the dual degree programme of CSE in IIT Delhi.

One of the greatest tragedies of all IITians is that they are too brilliant to fail in written examinations. Many of them get into IIM or do MBA/MS from a foreign university. They can easily get great jobs in corporate or government which ensures them a decent life and a respectable position in society.

However, this security of the job becomes their greatest hurdle when it comes to taking risks and become leader or an entrepreneur. Most IITians end up becoming just managers of top leaders. You would hardly see an IITian leading the country in politics, business or art. These top leadership positions go to such people who could not make it into an IIT.

If you list the top 100 most influential people of India, you would hardly find any IITian in the list.

Hence, if you are not an IITian, you must not be disappointed.

It is wisely said, “When God closes a door, he opens a window.”

Find out the window left open when your doors of IITs are closed.

There lies your path of success, happiness and glory.


(*Taken from a Quora Answer)


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