Seek and ye shall find!
Robert Langdon, the protagonist of Dan Brown’s Inferno, expedites through the storyline on account of a wispy memory of a Lady with grey hair asking him to act as fast as possible and the words ringing in his ear assuring him “Seek and ye shall find”.
Similarly, it was the quest for exploring new ways to reach Asia that lead Christopher Columbus to discover West Indies. What if Columbus had not had the queer to set on a voyage?
Once on being asked Thomas Alva Edison shared that inventing light bulb has not been his triumph, rather knowing the 999 ways of how not to make a light bulb is what he counts as a victory in his pocket!
What has been the common thread running through these accounts?
“Ask and it shall be given you
Seek and ye shall find
Knock and the door shall be opened unto you…”
- Bible Reference Matthew 7:7-8
A very famous quote says “Opportunity knocks only once. You never know if you will get another chance”. But in an era where it is the battle of survival of the fittest; instead of waiting for opportunities to come your way, you need to create your own door. Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Ma, Jan Koum are the ones amongst us, who had the eagerness to look out for new and different ventures. They were not born with a silver spoon in their mouth, rather the desire to search unusual and distinct embarks pushed their potentials to the extent of highlighting their names in the list of people who made it big with a billion dollar idea.
Like fictional story’s characters on train wreck missions, we too are running a never ending chase, the only catch is, unlike Robert Langdon, we are not guided by any faint recollections. Also, unlike the mentioned entrepreneurs we haven’t come across the eureka moment yet that can lead us into an overnight success (what people claim; that altogether has a blend of hard work and series of failures faced). But ‘we’ are the Captain of our ship and our learning instincts are the sail that will lead us to the aspired destination.
It is often mistaken that in order to uncover the potential paths we need to Capture Life. Instead what we need to do is slow down before we lose ground, stop and just look around, feel and experience every moment we chance upon and certainly our story will turn out to be a Success tale. Thus, the essence of the quote Seek and ye shall find is relatable to all of us through these following lines:
“Running and chasing a borrowed dream,
we lived amidst the screams.
All it demanded was my soul’s gleam
to steer its way against the stream.”
Kriti Gohal | PGDM 2016-18