May 27, 2011

Seven and a half learnings

As a student, taking up the CA course was not really a well deliberated decision for me. It would be incorrect to say that it was my dream to be a CA. In fact, far from it. The decision to take up this course was more by default than design. My elder cousin was doing this course and it was seen as a high Return on Investment course! Well, things went well and I did end up clearing the course in 2004. It has been 7 complete years (almost) since that eventful day.


The other day, in one of my many introspecting/reminiscing hours, I was wondering how life has shaped up since clearing CA. I could think of the following key learnings I have had over this period. Here they go...


1. Money is an important factor in life. To my mind, anyone who says money is not important is either lying or is ultra-rich. Financial security gives you a lot of space to do well in various aspects of life. In no way I am trying to imply that money is THE thing to chase, but having enough of it surely gives a lot of flexibility. Well, how much is enough is a totally different point altogether. Also, I feel earning a fair amount of money after being a CA has not been difficult. If you have a reasonable flair and grip on content, earning a lakh a month before you are 30 is not difficult at all.


2. Having a strong passion about something or having a genuine hobby is a very useful thing in keeping you happy in life. During phases when people and circumstances around you are being discomforting, your passion/hobby can see you through peacefully. It could be a sport, a game, an activity, travel, watching movies, reading books, music, anything. Anything that keeps your mind occupied and not idle.


3. Talking of mind, it is the most important part of our system I guess. Have a control on your mind, things are smooth. If not, it's havoc. Simple yet very difficult!


4. I have also learnt that our views and perceptions about things and people change over a period of time. What I believed 5 years back may not necessarily be my belief now. Things change. Change is the only constant. I know I know, it has been said a million times before.


5. We have a lot more time than what we think we have in life. There is enough time to live your life the way you want (assuming you know what you want!). We can afford to slow down, get off the rat race and relax sometimes. The important things will wait and the things that cannot wait may not be really important.


6. Love is an under-estimated concept. Even after thousand of movies and millions of exposures on it, it is still worth the time and efforts.


7. And finally, never say NEVER. I know I just did, but still!


These are my seven bits of wisdom for myself and for other takers. As always, for whatever it is worth :)


P.S. The final half bit of the learnings is that I am still so much a work in progress. Though I do not know how the finished product is supposed to be like, I am still closer to the start than finish.

16 comments:

someone u no ;) said...

"It would be incorrect to say that it was my dream to be a CA. In fact, far from it."
If you don't mind me asking it, then may I ask you what it would have been if not C.A.?

Disclaimer: I don't know if it is a personal question and should I ask it or not. But was just wanted to ask. You always have an option of not replying or even not approving this comment. I would not mind.

U No Hoo said...

@someone: Never had anything specific in mind during those days. I wasn't ambitious about any specific career option.

Vishal said...

left spell bound...amazing and very realistic...9c

someone u no ;) said...

Okay! :)
...but the description of the blog says,"All my life, I wanted to be somebody! Now I see I should have been more specific." is it in this context that later on you thought that you should have done something else...
(I hope you don't kill me for asking this ;))

U No Hoo said...

@someone: No, the title description of this blog is not related to my career. It is just a line I read somewhere and it is intended to be witty.

someone u no ;) said...

"it is intended to be witty!"
Hmmm... Now I see I should have been more specific! (in interpreting it). ;)
Well, I guess, it has to be witty, after all it's "THE HARISH MENON's blog!"

(emphasize like Sharman & Maddy emphasise "THE PHUNSUKH WANGDU" in 3 Idots!) :D

nice_n_funny said...

Bro....excellent (as always)

Couldn't agree with you more....

Bits of wisdom accepted whole heartedly...

U No Hoo said...

Tanku someone and bro :)

Aimless Wanderer said...

even in my case..did not take up CA as passion, though it was the only thing that could have challenged my potentials..i guess thats y i took it up...but after having the degree in hand I can definitely say that the destination was worth the pain (read articleship.) I am proud to be a CA by all means..:)

P.S.Might sound childish but i just miss lectures at Enkay's..sometimes bring tears in my eyes when i am alone n think of those times...Enkay sir n YOU have shaped up my thought process to a far extent....I just wish I could be there in the lectures listening to you teaching Bullish vertical spread strategy.:):)

Vinit

U No Hoo said...

Thanks Vinit. Those are kind words!

supriya said...

Amazing words of wisdom sir.....
i really liked the 1st 3 points :-)

a girl......... said...

Sir

Logged in to your blog after quite some time. Loved this post. Keep posting. Helps in learning

Simran said...

Superb post....
"I am still closer to the start than finish." is the best n most humble sentence.

Aineki said...

Nice.

Betts said...

Good one Harish...

Chandani Kotai said...

Amazing,although i have read this article many times,
but every time i read i end up at new ways.....

xtraordinrly awesome

Heartedly thnks sir.