It is a difficult choice.
My dilemma is between should I invest more time in managing the quarry or should I leave the quarry be and find myself a more ‘educated’ career path, which is more befitting for my IIT degree as suggested by my dad and uncles. There is an old Chinese proverb that says a man in two minds is half dead. Yes, I am half dead right now.
Running the quarry is nice. Don’t get me wrong. Standing midst ear-splitting drills and rock breaking bangs, breathing in clouds of stone dust and feeling the full brunt of the blazing sun burning your skin, turning your complexion to an altogether different race isn’t what I had in mind. Neither am I talking about how often I have to get mad at people to get simple things done (some of the laborers wont take your orders seriously enough unless a few swear words appear somewhere in the sentence). What is nice is size we operate at. We move earth, blast mountains and crush boulders so that we can help someone build themselves a home.
What’s nicer is the difference my presence makes. Heavy duty planning, leading teams of people to effectively solve the engineering challenges the quarry throws at us everyday, and making lucrative amounts of money at the end of the week are all what makes my time here exciting. And the sheer size of operations. We talk in hundreds of trucks every week. Besides I see one or two paths for the company to get bigger commercially. If earning money were everything, I ought to sit here for two or three more years and walk the company personally down that path.
But as one of my mentors had warned me, being a lone entrepreneur is lonely. Especially when the lone entrepreneur is an urban person running his business in middle of a rural nowhere. Hence the dilemma. Hence me being half-dead.
What would you do if you were me?
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a beautiful present and not gifting it.
I read this quote from Bala, and agreed. More than agreed. It inspired me to make it a point to always express my gratitude. Of course the receiver of your gratitude feels good (not if you overdo it, like some irritatingly sweet people I know) but you, the giver gets to have some attractive perks too.
One of the many perks is that you get to look cool. Damn cool, while at it. Doesn’t make sense entirely? Watch this. and the dude inspired from it, in the video.
Now why am I talking of this all of a sudden? Well its Cherry’s birthday soon and Im just doing my homework :D
This is an old ad I stumbled upon. While I am still wondering if there is any obvious connection between the nature of hemispheres and Merc, I loved this one. Nothing short of a masterpiece!
The text for the left brain reads:
“I am the left brain. I am a scientist. A mathematician. I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I am.”
And for the right brain:
“I am the right brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feet. I am movement. Vivid colors. I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. I am everything I wanted to be.”
This is the closest a manifesto ever arrived to the terms I want to lead my life with. Loved it! May it serve as a constant reminder.
When I tired to pin point one line that I liked the best, I am at a complete loss. In fact there is not one line that I could eliminate from this.