Which is the sentence that inspired you a lot in your life?

Which is the sentence that inspired you a lot in your life? by Hemanth Kumar Tirupati

Answer by Hemanth Kumar Tirupati:

You told yourself it’s stupid, you said it’s impossible, you daydream about the result, you wake up from a nightmare, you felt it’s out of your league.

But you want to hit it, as hard as you can. You don’t care if your knuckles are broken.

Your parents told you no one has ever done that before, they asked you for the odds, they reproached you, they lost confidence in you.

But it burns you to give up.

You let that random guy passing by laugh at you, you let your friends talk about your stupidity on your back, you let your colleagues think you are mad, they said it isn’t there in you.

But you want to give it all you have got, thinking one more time for every setback.

If you’re not living on the edge, you are taking too much space

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Which is the sentence that inspired you a lot in your life?

How would you spend the last days of your college?

How would you spend the last days of your college? by Hemanth Kumar Tirupati

Answer by Hemanth Kumar Tirupati:

I came home 2 days ago after completing my last semester (Jan-April) at IIT Madras. Convocation is usually scheduled in the month of July, so I will be officially graduating then.

TL; DR.

Absorb everything around with all your senses

Last semester has been quite an emotional one for me. People say the friends you make in college last a life time. I am friends with around 100(yeah, I used to keep in touch with almost all of them!!!) in college. The feeling that you might not be able to meet many of your friends who have been your dearest for four years of college sucks. But it helps in identifying the people who you really miss, for whom you would travel 500 miles just to spend a couple of hours. Keep your Ears open and listen more to your friends, you might get one last perspective either reinforcing or contradicting to your earlier one.

I will always remember college for all the cheap and quality food. In the last semester I tasted almost all the varieties available inside the campus and I never missed a chance to try out various good restaurants available across the city. I have also tried food of different cuisines available inside and outside the campus.

Most of the colleges are well maintained and have lot of greenery inside the campus. So make sure you roam around every nook and corner of your campus. I am fortunate enough to live in 600 acres of greenery. There are too many avenues, cross roads, play grounds, stadiums, theatre halls, pools, lakes etc., I remember many times sleeping in the lawns (shown below) after a lot of cycling across the campus, all exhausted. Such a moonlit night is something worth looking at. Do not miss any such moments, usually the peacefulness you get inside the campus isn’t very abundant outside.

Everyone of us have a lot of secrets hidden deep in us. You always wanted to tell few of them to some very close people but you couldn’t. This is the time to speak your heart out to the people worthy of it. Usually I go out for dinner by walk and in groups to the local restaurants during which each one of us spoke about our childhood memories. I came to know many things about my friends which I didn’t know for four years!!!

Because of tight schedule you may not have experienced all the things happening in your campus before. But in the last semester you might have to put studies aside (at the same time not letting it damage your career heavily) and do things you have always wanted to do. I have signed up for Yoga, Swimming and Piano. By the end of semester I am able to swim 1KM in 1hr:15min(from a guy who was afraid of getting into water), well prepared for a Grade 1 Piano exam and a guy who could run 8.83KM in 40min with zero stops in between.

Take a moment to say good bye to the people who you really miss. A quote from the Life of Pi movie shown below sums it up aptly. During the last week I could send emails to some of my closest friends, containing what I liked the most about them and some advice/motivation that would help them in achieving what they really wanted in their lives.

-Hem

How would you spend the last days of your college?

What is the best advice you’ve received?

What is the best advice you’ve received? by Hemanth Kumar Tirupati

Answer by Hemanth Kumar Tirupati:

Forget the phrases could have/should have

Here’s a discussion between me and my friend

CONTEXT: I scored 191 out of 276 (class XI JEE objective practice test) and from the scores of other people, statistically a score above 200 turned out to be good.

Me: I have committed some very silly calculation mistakes in Maths, some interpretation mistakes in Physics or else I could have easily scored more than 200. What’s your score?

He: I scored 211.

Me: Congrats! Most of the questions I lost are so easy that anyone can solve them. If those silly questions weren’t gone wrong …[ I RECOUNTED]… my marks should have been 214.

He:There is no such thing as could have/should have. You just didn’t score. Do you think I haven’t lost marks because of questions like that? Do you think the top scorers haven’t lost marks on similar lines? Everyone has their own weak spots.”

I thought that guy was just rude then. After half a year I saw myself not improving, committing similar or some new kind of mistakes in every exam. Every time I satisfied myself with a cock-and-bull story.

I understood that I was losing not because of the situation/bad luck but because of my actions. I realised I just didn’t do what it takes to get better. Then it was clear to me that I was committing a similar mistake in many situations of my life.

Stop wasting time telling yourself/others about what could have happened If you have done things differently. It doesn’t take you any where. Instead start working on what it takes to get what you want.

-Hem

What is the best advice you’ve received?

What’s your recent happiest moment?

What’s your recent happiest moment? by Hemanth Kumar Tirupati

Answer by Hemanth Kumar Tirupati:

This is one of those underrated happiest moments you don’t understand unless you have been craving for it for a long time.

Being able to do what you love, at any moment, is the ultimate luxury one can have in life.

Waking up everyday morning without any worries of approaching deadlines, a schedule to abide by or some promises to keep is a bliss most people cannot afford.

Every time I come home for a semester break I always keep a plan for the vacation. The plan usually include developing new habits (waking up early …), reading books, going to gym, researching new technologies pertaining to my profession, learning new skills (like piano etc.,).

I end up not doing anything wholeheartedly.

However, this time, when I returned home after last semester I didn’t have anything in mind. I am just free. Free from all the clutches.

I read a book for couple of hours, when I get tired I move on to writing answers on Quora, later going outside to meet some friends, then to watching a few episodes of F.R.I.E.N.D.S etc., I don’t feel the days are repetitive anymore. I just do what I want to do instead of what I have to do. Realization of this luxury is my recent happiest moment.

-Hem

What’s your recent happiest moment?

What is your most powerful tip?

What is your most powerful tip? by Hemanth Kumar Tirupati

Answer by Hemanth Kumar Tirupati:

  • Always take that extra mile to differentiate yourself from mediocrity.
    • Usually that one extra mile is the hardest and most people give up.
  • Make Success or Failure a by-product of something bigger.
    • There is more to a deed than the result. It’s the efforts you put in that prove to be useful in long run.
  • Failure is few errors in judgement repeated everyday.
    • Stop giving slack to yourself for everything. Give up self pity.
  • Forget the phrases could have/should have.
    • Stop wasting time telling yourself/others about what could have happened if you have done things differently. Start working on what it takes to get what you want.
  • Never leave important decisions in your life to others.
    • You regret less when the things go otherwise.
  • Everyone is unique in their own ways. It’s the uniqueness that makes you irreplaceable.
    • Don’t lose what makes you ‘you’ by following the herd.
  • Comparison does more harm than good.
    • It loosens your focus. You cease to enjoy what you do caught up in the competition. Then the worst thing happens – you start emulation.
  • Take calculated risks. If you always play a safe game you are safe from both extremities – Pinnacle or Nadir.
    • Mediocrity is boring. Have the courage to take the less explored paths.
  • Idleness is like an ocean. Never let your mind get lost in it. Always keep yourself busy.
    • Procrastination is the symptom. Idleness is the disease. Treat the disease not symptoms.
  • Someone’s belief in you is a luxury not everyone afford. Deal with it by believing in yourself.
    • If you think it through, it’s not essential either. All that matter is the picture you have about yourself in your mind.
  • If you are going through a tough time achieving something, keep going.
    • Because in the end you will have an inspirational story to tell

-Hem

What is your most powerful tip?

What is your most powerful tip for success in life?

What is your most powerful tip for success in life?

Answer by Hemanth Kumar Tirupati:

If there is one incredibly powerful tip for success in life, it should be this

Make Success or Failure a by-product of something bigger

  • There is more to take from a deed than the result.
  • You lose focus. You cease to enjoy what you do if you get caught up in the result.
  • It’s the path that you have taken, it’s the efforts that you have put in, it’s all the learnings you have had that matter in the long run.

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