As Dumbledore told Harry, ‘It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities’, AXIS Bank CEO and MD, Shikha Sharma talks about three tough choices to be made in one’s life during the convocation ceremony at IIM-A. Shikha Sharma returned to her alma mater IIM-A after a span of 37 years.
It was a nostalgic experience for her as she returned to her alma mater after a span of 37 years. Her analogy on life has been brilliantly explained in her convocation speech.
1. Choosing the Less Traveled Path
Drawing reference from ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost, she said,
In life, you will encounter forks in the road ever so often: And when you do, you will find yourself answering an unasked question—do you want to stay with the path well known, or do you want to venture forth into uncharted waters, unmapped territories?
Speaking of her choice, she said,
The choice of which road you take will shape who you become. For me, more often than not, I chose the road less traveled. And it has indeed made all the difference.
Here’s what she tells is the right thing to do when you encounter crossroads-
Every time I have found myself at one of life’s crossroads, I have tried to ask myself: “Which path offers me the steeper learning curve?” And more often than not, I have tried to take that path. I have tried to learn new ways to learn, and slowly but surely, learning itself has become a habit.
2. Choosing the Right Partner
Quoting H. Jackson Brown Jr, she spoke:
“Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90% of all your happiness and misery.” I don’t know about the 90%…but the fact is that much of the joy you derive on the journey of life does hark back to whom you choose to share this journey with.
She explained why it is essential to look aside fickle skin deep attractions while choosing a life-partner.
The durability and strength of your relationship is not going to come from your partner’s personality—it is going to come from their character. So remember to look well beneath the surface.
3. Choosing the Right Thing To Do
Taking about the dilemma we face in our lives, she said:
Every time you decide to take the harder but more principled path, you add one more brick to the foundation of your character. And every time you choose to compromise with what you believe in, you give yourself the licence to do it again, and you take a brick away.
Further, she added:
Just remember, the only real armour you have…is to always do what you believe to be the right thing to do. Let your principles be your true north.
Watch her full video speech here:
Also published on Medium.