My Autobiography: Of Valuing Security over Talent/Skills

We Indians have a weird belief in valuing security over talent/skills, while choosing a career/job. I am not saying it is totally unjustified, but there are always exceptions to it and parents (generally) don’t want to give priority to these cases.

Even though this post has been categorized under the ‘My Autobiography’ category, this is not about me. I have never been ‘exceptional’ at anything. This is about three people who studied in my school and whom I knew. 

The first guy was an exceptional footballer. The way he moved the ball, dribbled the ball, passed the ball, hit the ball, tackled the ball – in short his football skills – was excellent. If you see him play for 15 minutes, you’ll realize the talent he had for the game – you may not have seen ppl. from famous European club move the ball like he did. I know about his skills all the more because I was the defender while he was the forward, of my opponent team! Last news I got about him (before a few years), he is working in a Govt. company now. He was never good at studies.

The second guy – who was very good in studies also – had an exceptional talent for shuttle/badminton. He was an excellent attacker and his service was the best I have ever seen. I have played with him/against him, and he was simply unbeatable. OK, he was not as good as international-level players or anything, but could have easily been groomed into one. Last news I got about him – he went to a reputed engineering college, and then went abroad to work in some MNC.

The third guy – who was average in studies and my senior – was an exceptional marathon racer. The speciality about this guy is, he practiced so much and developed his stamina to a level that he could jog for 1800 meters and then SPRINT for the last 200 meters. IMAGINE! Needless to say, I have never seen him lose any long-distance race (school level). Last news I got about him, he joined the army and became a paratrooper.

If you notice all the three cases, except in the last case, we have failed to tap the potential (and skills) of people who were so good in certain sports. I am just talking about one school – imagine how many such students are forced into Govt. jobs and Software companies, in spite of possessing such brilliant talents.

No wonder our country returns almost empty-handed from the Olympics, every four years.

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