Monday, August 1, 2016

Uncommon thinkers reuse what common thinkers refuse..a tribute to JRD Tata...

There's a saying that goes- "Imagination is more important than knowledge".
But what if they both join hands?. Won't there be magic?.
Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata was sure magical. Born on July 29 1904, the same year Jamsetji passed away, JRD was destined to carry forward Jamsetji's legacy.

At the young age of 22, JRD was called to become the director of Tata Sons. I read somewhere that it bugged him big time not to have studied in a University. Irony though, destiny had it for him to build and flourish many universities!.

Well, destiny could be an overstatement. Like many others, I too believe you make your own destiny.

Come to think of it, do you not know someone who has beaten the odds and made it big?. I'm not saying leaf through the Forbes list for some inspiration. But may be someone in your neighborhood from an average background who made it to IITs or some badly-off person in the past making India proud at Nobel conferences now, or for that matter any small start-up that grew by leaps and bounds in no time.?

Do we pause to take a breath mid way of the rat race that we are in and think what they've got different from other common thinkers?.
Time ?. Money ?. A brain like Einstein's with a more developed corpus callosum?.

I think taking a pause to ponder in itself is the answer. I agree that all of us may not have the same level of IQ. But studies have shown that we don't challenge ourself enough mentally. And I'm sure most of us had some wonderful vision at some point of time that made us think that we were different too. Just that we left it at that. "So many people out there with such imagination. Why would I get there and make a fool of myself right?. Or why fret about something that does not really concern you?"

Exactly!. I mean exactly not the way JRD proposed. You never know, the idea you left half way could make way for someone else to rewrite history.

Did you know that if you have a vision, you have just laid the foundation?. But working around it knowing that failure and success will take its course is more important. Like they say, "Everything you want is on the other side of the fear". And I believe conquering their fear is what led way to many uncommon thinkers like JRD. Not going to any university sure did not stop him from becoming the first pilot in India that gave way to realizing his vision of civil aviation in India !

All through his life, JRD had been visualizing a prosperous and happy India. And he knew people in India had limitations in terms of many aspects. And he set aside his personal time to imagine and visualize a better India. An India with many scientists, artists , researchers, sportsmen, social workers and so on.  And that made way for institutes like IIS, NCPA, TIFR, TFA, TISS and many more. May be he was blessed with a great lineage that motivated him and the base was already set for him. But the question is, did he do the best with what he had?. To a greater extend, YES.

Are we doing the best with what we have?. Do we belong to the club of uncommon or common?. Do we have a choice to make here?