Work.. a very interesting word.. ain’t it?? Most of us are “busy” almost our entire lifetimes and especially while talking to people in person. I will not delve into the nuances of talking to people but definitely into one of the most exciting days of my life.
This was recently, about a week ago, I entered through the office doors not knowing how the day would unfold. My assignment was to find a means to optimize a certain network. With a café-cuppa I googled a few options with “network, optimization, planning” as the keywords. Google never disappoints and did not even this time around. Thanks to Larry Page and Sergey Brin, I landed onto a couple of softwares. I had to figure out the options and use one of those to get around my assignment. One of those wasn’t catered to our requirement and so I went on to the second one. My woes started right from the installation and ‘am still drowning in neck high waters. I was stuck with the myriad of options in that software and could not figure out its usage. With a heavy head I drove back home.
The previous para, too dry albeit, was the groundwork necessary for to present the discussion I had with myself on the way back home. Oh common… I am a safe driver, although a few thoughts did cross my grey matter.
I could feel the draining effect ‘cos of continuous staring at the screen and the zillion neurons sending signals all over my brain. At the same time I wanted to get back to the tool and crack it. Somehow I felt this to be paradoxical. I wanted to deal with the very same software which had drained me. Why? A few thoughts, and lo! I was close to defining that paradox. I think it is a quality inherent to the human kind. Am sure a lot of you out there would have had a similar feeling quite a few times in your lives. There are days when we just want to quit but still get back to that darned thing which wanted to force us into quitting. We just don’t give up! Not until we see the end, positive or negative.
It is this urge to crack open a nut that has driven frontiers of science beyond what was once perceivable. We have gone on the moon, dug deep holes on land and sea, build structures that challenge the very sky. No longer is sky the limit! Why because we want to explore beyond it and see what lies out there.
This spark is present in every person be it a student, a farmer, a politician or any random person. It’s just a matter of harnessing it and channelizing it in the right direction to get a desired result. On that night I couldn’t sleep so at 1 am decided to get back to the software and figure out a way to simulate what I had to. Lo behold I was there and within a an hour my simulation was good and running. It was then I realized what Edison meant when he said “I haven’t failed 700 times. I have proven 700 ways to be the wrong ways of doing it!” Truly in the wee hours of that night I definitely knew almost everything that wouldn’t work and finally the method that implemented was the only one left and I had done my job!
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