Today i had a discussion, with my friend Prateek, concerned with the people i admire. Out of fourteen odd names the one that clicked me was Steve Jobs- the CEO of Apple Corp.
The question forth me was, why do i admire him?
The simple answer was because of his achievements and struggle that he had successfully faced in life without letting himself down. But that's everyone's reason and it simply did not seem enough. What if he is just one lucky guy in this world? What if everything just happened to be right for him when for other billion's not? In such a case, would i make him a hero? or should i?
The question got even bigger now. Can i trust my hero? Is it safe to assume that whatever he says is true? that if he has made his fortune by digging i-pods, following his teachings will make me Steve Jobs too? Well, no.
Going by how people's mind work, everyone who makes it big becomes a legend in their eyes when in fact it might have been just a result of serendipitous fall of events and nothing more. Or it could have been the work of sheer luck. When i put a little more thought, it makes perfect sense. In the past all of us, at different levels, have been the heroes of something and we had our own group of followers who would trust no one but us, who would ask no one but us, who would listen no one but us. We were their role models. We were Steve Jobs for them. But how many of them are successful this day because of us? And the most important thing is, did we ever really knew the right thing to say to them? Isn't it possible that we might have mislead more people that not? All of this is possible and with that the question gets even bigger.
Who is my hero?
There is no hero. Lets say that most of the great people born on the earth simply happened to be great not by work but by chance. If you can believe it's possible then in that case the personal experiences of these legends and their biographies make no sense because everything was a work of luck and so all the golden words these legends spoke of render meaningless. And so its ridiculous to make their life our law. So when this guy says that, do your work believing that the dots will somehow connect in future, why should i believe that? If i make four dots on a white sheet of paper what is the probability that a painter will make a beautiful painting out of it? 100 pc. But what is the probability that i will make a painting out of it? zero pc. So why should i believe that i can do anything assuming that the dots will connect in future? I shouldn't. I shouldn't follow what he says. I should think listen to myself and follow what i believe is right for me. I should be my leader. I should be my hero because i know myself better than that man with jobs even in his name!
Now, anyone can say that this bullshit is based on the assumption that the idols we know, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Gandhi, the Google people etc were born with good luck but my argument is even more simple. The life stories of these people are going to be amongst the most amazing stories you are ever probably going to listen in your lifetime but if someone become Che Guevara by roaming in the continent, it does not mean that by doing the same you will become one too.