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Recently, I came across a post on LinkedIn where a ball was dropped at the top vertex of a right triangle, and the three paths that the ball took were tested. One was along the hypotenuse, the second was straight drop and rolled to the opposite baseline vertex, and the third was parabolic with a dip and then an incline. The posed question was — Which one did you think was the fastest? Much to mine and others’ surprise, the third parabolic path was the most rapid as gravity pulled the ball down quickly. Due to the incline, it had enough kinetic energy to roll to the opposite vertex of the right triangle.Now, let me ask you the question in a different way: If each of those paths were a career choice, which path would offer more learnings and break the dogma of what we know about life and career? My life and career have been pretty unconventional, even by my standards of non-conformance from early childhood. As a millennial born in 1981, I grew up in a very stable middle-class family not that different from many of you, except that, unlike today, where salaries are high, my parents, like most others, spent close to 40% of their monthly salary on my education. While many moved away from the CBSE syllabus to Tamil Nadu State and Matriculation schools to ensure higher marks for college admission, I stayed in CBSE mainly due to my stubbornness. Fortunately for me, it made me miss my goal of becoming a doctor, a cardiac surgeon that I wanted to become.

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