Aishwarya Rao
'Snapshots from Hell' by Peter Robinson is one of the few non-fiction books that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading. It is a terribly honest account of pursuing an MBA in Stanford, one of the top schools for business. I particularly loved these lines from a letter that second years send to first years before a mid-term examination.

"Most of us come (to Stanford) as perfectionists and feel very uncomfortable doing a so-so job on anything. The sooner you give up this habit, the happier you will be...if you constantly remind yourself that passing is not the issue, that you are here because you want to learn and grown, that every minute of hard work is making you a better, tougher and more capable person, your experiences will be much more enjoyable...What makes the difference is perspective."
I think this applies to a lot of us in a whole lot of situations...
14 Responses
  1. Sagaro Says:

    "if you constantly remind yourself that passing is not the issue, that you are here because you want to learn and grown, that every minute of hard work is making you a better, tougher and more capable person, your experiences will be much more enjoyable...What makes the difference is perspective."

    Just tried to apply it in my college life... but the problem as I realized was not a matter of perspective, it was a matter of fooling myself. SVCE making me better, tougher and capable person... not happening...


  2. harish Says:

    iniya thamiz puthaandu nalvaazthukkal...


  3. Arry Potter Says:

    i am sorry i had not finished tat post you can reread it now

    http://formatnreload.blogspot.com/2007/04/does-chennai-miss-miss-india.html


  4. Sag,
    We all complain, crib and cry about the institutes we went to. Dont we. The princi was like this, there was a dress code, canteen didnt have sambhar rice...but a couple of years down the lane we would cherish fond memories, however small...I just realized how much of time I would have spent on trivial matters not realizing that the bigger picture was certainly bright...


  5. Arry Potter Says:

    nope but sure wanna hear about that small frog story!


  6. sagaro Says:

    @Ash:
    Nee pesada. You were in symbi. I am in SVCE (hell ka dusra naam). Never in my life am I gonna cherish any fond memories.

    Also, your life revolved around Symbi and so you had only memories of it to cherish (poor u :P). It is perhaps the danger of deriving the majority of your friendships from college you study in.

    But I have never associated myself with SVCE, so nothing much to cherish :D


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  8. Dhivya Says:

    I read both your blog and the comments. what Peter Robinson has to say applies to all of us at some point in life especially when your doing agency work! the faster you accept it the better for you.


  9. it's all about finding your inner peace :)


  10. Juggernought Says:

    Oh,I simply loved this book as well!

    Do you consider yourself to be a "poet" in SHF terms?


  11. Mark IV Says:

    stan- good...
    passing not an issue- better...
    PSBB- WOW...
    Marketing- words fail me...
    :-)


  12. Twisted DNA Says:

    Interesting thought. I live in the bay area, not too far from Stanford. And I work with many Standford grads. Some of them seem to take his "doing a so-so" job advice too far :) But some of the most brilliant people I met are from Stanford (moth management and engineering schools)


  13. Well u can very easily apply this to the corporate life..


  14. Ranjani Says:

    I have not read this book...but certainly am motivated to give it a shot...having read a snippet!!

    Ash, I do agree that most of us have wasted ridiculous amnts of time complaining about petty things that blinds us from analyzing the bigger picture...but the truth is that the institution you're bred in makes a monstrous impact on your thoughts! what say?