When Hector completed his medical degree and followed it with a post graduate degree with flying colours, it was expected that he would soon be leading his life as a respected doctor.
It was then that it struck him! His father owned a flourishing business, and Hector decided that involving himself in his family business would be a more enjoyable and stimulating occupation for him.
An articulate and confident business man soon emerged.
Soon afterwords, he enrolled himself in a theatrical group and decided to pursue theatre as a hobby.
A budding Shakespearean actor emerged.
The last I had heard of Hector, he was considering getting into music too as a hobby!
What makes Hector’s case fascinating is not just because of how he boldly followed his dream of getting into an occupation that gave him happiness or becoming a theatre artist , but the manner he decided to risk pursuing the ideas that struck him.
Many of us have ideas to become something we have wanted to be or take up something after we studied for something else, but do we do that?
Once, a person selects a professional course, the natural expectation that follows is that they would stay with the profession for which they have been studying.
Of course, it is easier and safer to do so. But as humans, we are blessed to possess the thought process to experience ideas that may prove to be wise and sometimes foolish.
Despite being creatures with the ability to process our ideas into an action plan leading to solution, our fears are sometimes tragically phenomenal.
Our fear of the unknown, our fear of societal contempt, our fear of being considered silly are some of the fears that many a time nip our ideas in their bud.
We are all aware that we have one life to live – be the best we can be and lead a happy and fulfilling existence too.
Then why is it that we often give undue importance to our fears and let them hold us back from sailing through unknown waters?
When my Father decided to set sail on his own with little capital, in his late 30s…many were scandalized. How could he think of this preposterous idea when he already had an excellent and secure job and his family to take care of?
But set sail, he did and the rest as they say is history.
If he had shelved the idea of starting his own business out of the fear that his “idea” may not work, it never would have. He never would had the opportunity to experience the ecstasy of seeing the idea that he had visualized “happen”.
But yes, I agree, sometimes ideas can flop.
Like when James, a ship captain had an idea to set up a training institute for coaching young aspiring Naval entrants in his port city.
Things could not look better and with great promise had he started his venture.
At the end of 2 years, James realized that the institute was a loss making machine and had to wind up. He continued with his profession in the sea. He was sadder, wiser but with the undeniable satisfaction of having given his idea a chance to succeed.
Failure of an idea is an undeniable possibility, but has that ever stopped people pursuing their innovative, eccentric and lofty ideas ever?
If it were not for ideas…
we would not have known of the word “Progress”,
we would not find ways of helping our environment become a happier one for everyone,
we would be ignorant of the breathtaking world of literature, art and music,
we would not consider the critical role that ideas play in making our world what it is – science and technology would have never emerged as important pillars that lead us to amazing discoveries and inventions,
lastly, we would not comprehend our abilities to tackle challenges.