In today’s age and date, everything is handed to us on a silver platter. Everyone has a smartphone nowadays, which comes with all these preloaded apps that are there to help us with literally everything. We can order any object from e-commerce sites like Amazon and Flipkart, we can order ready-made food or even groceries, we have cabs to take us anywhere whenever we require. You can book flights, hotels, and even social events. The common thing between all of these is that these facilities are given to us by people such as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates who were college dropouts. They proved that you don’t need a college degree to be successful in life; that there are other ways to lead a happy and successful life while helping others.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that being intelligent isn’t important but there are other factors such as your goals and ambitions, your feelings, your creativity and the drive to love that are equally as important. People aren’t looking for just intelligent people to work with nowadays, they want someone who has a certain amount of experience as well as an understanding of the work they are about to get into. When we face real life-changing crisis and challenges we don’t really have time to think, that’s when the fight or flight impulse kicks in and people usually end up deciding the wrong one which is why it is important to balance common sense and intelligence.
I’d tell you a story about a saint who prides himself on being the smartest person on the boat travelling in Kashmir but when there was minor turbulence and the boat flipped over he had difficulty saving himself as he didn’t know how to swim while all the others swam ashore. The moral of the story is intelligence alone can’t save you.
Set yourself to sail in the ocean of uncertainty which we call life but make sure to have your lifeboats and oxygen tanks with you which are your common sense and feelings. Balance is key and if you got it you will become successful in life.