3 Idiots – Lessons from the Bollywood Movie

3 IdiotsHave you watched the Bollywood movie ‘3 Idiots’? This film is inspired by Chetan Bhagat’s famous bestseller book called 5 Point Someone. Here are the most important lessons to learn from this fun and enjoyable movie.

1. Make Passion Your Profession

Many students nowadays are attending universities and colleges not with the degree they wanted to take up but with the degree they should take up – primarily because of the ‘greener pastures’ they are going to have when they graduate from that certain degree. This is a bittersweet reality. Yes, you may be successful, but you’ll never be fully happy. Yes, you may learn to be happy, but at your deathbed you’ll definitely have some regrets. You’ll be haunted by the what-ifs of your life. Do not fit yourself into something you do not like because the happiness you’ll get is just half-baked. Whether the passion that you want in life does not pay you big bucks, does not give you luxurious cars, cannot afford to let you travel around the world, for as long as you’re happy with it, for as long as the fulfilment is there, that’s what matters most.

2. College is Not a Pressure Cooker

Many students learn because they pressure themselves to learn. Sometimes, we study and pressure ourselves to eventually learn what we have studied so that we can pass our exams, get impressive results, not humiliate ourselves, and survive from the fear of failure. But the more we pressure ourselves, the lesser we learn. The things we pressured ourselves to learn will only last perhaps during the course of our study. Many days later, many years later, we will have forgotten the things we tried to learn the most. Rather than trying to memorise every sentence in your text book, focus on understanding the topic, and see how your learning becomes so much easier.

3. Studying is Not About Ranking

Everyone wants to be the best, who doesn’t, right? Each one of us wants to excel higher than our colleagues. But when we fail, or even when a peer does better than us, the feeling is worse. In reality, rank does not define who you are – period. In the movie, Aamir Khan says, “Do Not Chase Success; Let Success Chase You.” Easier said than done, right? Do you remember when you were young and were asked what you wanted to become when you grew up? The profession you had in your vision then was your ‘definition’ of a successful profession. But isn’t that ironic that we chase for success instead of success chasing us? We’ve always wanted to be successful but we put less to no effort at all to become one. So let’s change our mantra; let’s work hard and let success chase us.

4. Enjoy Youth, For It Shall Only Pass Once in Your Life

Always remember – today you are the youngest that you shall ever be! Many seniors in life will tell you that in school, college and university, one must be serious, focused on studies and enjoy less. However, based on what I’ve experienced, enjoying college less is tantamount to making college boring. Yes, it’s true that it’s a once in a lifetime ride but it doesn’t mean you remove all the colours around it and make it a black-and-white ride. At some point you also must have the time to enjoy, to laugh, to worry less, and to smile.

5. Believe In Yourself and Do Not Fear

This is applicable to circumstances such as exams, interviews, competitions, etc. Fear will drag you down. Fear of failing. Fear of not being able to uphold the standards compelled to you. Fear will always deprive you of learning. Always remember – if you fail, you will learn. If you do not get what the teacher had discussed, then you’ll learn that you must review the topic again or ask your teacher again about the lesson. If you do not meet the standards of your parents, then you’ll learn to appreciate second chances and try again. Every opportunity that you erase fear from in your life is an opportunity to learn, most importantly to believe in yourself. Because fear won’t bring you to the end, it’s trusting yourself and being courageous that will help you to arrive there.

Indeed, 3 Idiots is a must-watch movie for all those who understand Hindi. I particularly recommend this to those people having doubts in their own selves, those who do not believe that they can achieve something, those who are afraid of their own selves.

Adapted from James Annjo‘s post titled 3 Idiots and Things That a Student Can Learn From the Movie.

An Inspiring Quote on Failure from Joseph Sugarman

“Not many people are willing to give failure a second opportunity. They fail once and it is all over. The bitter pill of failure is often more than most people can handle. If you are willing to accept failure and learn from it, if you are willing to consider failure as a blessing in disguise and bounce back, you have got the essential of harnessing one of the most powerful success forces.” – Joseph Sugarman

Joe Sugarman, once called the “Mail Order Maverick” by The New York Times, is an expert marketeer. He used direct marketing to get the world’s first pocket calculator into as many hands as possible. Sugarman also introduced the cordless phone and the digital watch to the public with his marketing techniques.

Sugarman is also known for introducing the concept of using toll-free numbers to take credit card orders over the phone, which was unheard of at the time. After only one year of using toll-free numbers to process orders, thousands of other companies followed suit. This led to a revolution in the merchandising industry.

Switching gears from electronic products to  sunglasses may seem like suicide, but Sugarman was up to the challenge. His direct marketing skills led to the sale of twenty million pairs of BluBlockers.

The factors that motivate buying had long intrigued Sugarman. The scripted dialogue of old-fashioned telemarketing always seemed to leave an awkward feeling by going against the natural flow of conversation. These rigged question and answer sessions failed to motivate him, and Sugarman wanted to find a better method. From this desire, Sugarman discovered ‘triggers’. Triggers are a phenomenon that activate impulses deep in the brain and turn potential customers into actual ones. This is one of the main reasons he has been so successful with the BluBlocker brand. He has also done well on QVC, selling millions of dollars worth of his product in a single day.

Sugarman was named ‘Direct Marketing Man of the Year’ in 1979 and received the Maxwell Sackheim award in 1991. He’s had his failures, to be sure, but he knows that “the greatest success stories were created by people who recognised a problem and turned it into an opportunity.”