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Nikhil Sinha – A Data Scientist, Walmart

Whenever we look back, I think we all will agree that we had spend the most memorable moment of our life in this school. Now I am trying to sit back and analyze the transformation that took place in my life and how was my early days in school so much responsible to shape me to what I am today. I am not going to share the best moments of my life because there are many and I know each one of us have many things to speak. I would rather want to focus on what I have learned as I grew up and how those lessons built me. I am very lucky and grateful to have been guided under one of the best professors In my school. I have learned a great deal.

My first lesson. Never fear the consequences of your action even if it seems right at the first point but turns out to be a mistake (more on this later). Your intensions should be clear. You have your own definition and you are the best person to evaluate your potential. Try doing a lot of research on yourself and make sure that the list does change because you are changing with circumstances. You are growing with failures and the worst days of your life. You will fall into the trap of being carried away many times and you will certainly fall. Is there any problem? Did you do something wrong. NO!! Let yourself loose sometime because there are lessons that you are going to learn from them and you will grow even stronger.

My second lesson. Do not get scared of setbacks and failure. Don’t pretend to be someone you are not and don’t run away from situations and facts. Your loved ones and your friends will always be there to make you feel better and inspire you but you need to understand one very important point. And that is you are an individual. At the end of the day you got to make your way through failures and frustrations all alone. I have failed multiple times on academics. I have lived isolated and jobless for quite some time. I lost my father at a very early age. I dropped out of my first college when I met with an accident where I broke my ribs that pierced my lungs. I was in a very bad shape physically. I sat handicapped for almost a year and peed and shit on the bed at an age when you are at the highest of your spirits. There came a point where I was never wanting to see the next day. Each and every second seemed unbearable. I was scared. Ultimately we have to decide for ourselves what constitute failure and setbacks but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. So I think it is fair to say that by any conventional measure, I had failed on a very epic scale. I am not going to say that failure is fun. That period of my life was dark one and I had no idea then how far the tunnel extended and for a long time and any light at the end of it was a hope rather than a reality. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded then I might never have found the determination to succeed. I heard a statement somewhere that changed my perception and I quote “it is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all in which case you fail by default”. Failure taught me things that I could never have learned by any means. I rediscovered myself through failure. I grew even more humble and developed discipline with success. With each setback that I overcame, it only made me more secure and gave me the strength and ability to survive the toughest days. I felt free because I realized my greatest fear and I discovered myself surrounded by four walls and a ceiling of opportunity. A HOPE of possibility. A HOPE for success. A HOPE for accomplishment.

My third lesson. Very critical one (and this is the one thing that I will tell anyone who ask me to say what life has taught me). If you think your actions are not right and you continue (even with the good intensions and for the betterment of all), you are then allowing your destiny to show you the correct path. And if you are letting your destiny teach you, then be ready to pay a huge price because life has a rude way to make you perfect. It will be very tough but you will be reborn stronger both spiritually and emotionally.

My fourth lesson. Never underestimate your potential. We all have our something very special in us. I feel accomplished today. By profession I am a data scientist, working with one of the largest retail industry “Walmart”. I have completed my masters and earned scholarship during my first year from one of the most reputed universities in US. I had cracked one of the most toughest exams in India (IIT – JEE). I began my own start up in Bangalore and was acknowledged by many clients across the country. I am not bringing my pride or ego when I say this. The whole point is to say that if I CAN then you CAN as well. Don’t give up. Be humble. Respect elders. Have patience and courage. Be connected to god. I would like to end this with a poem that I have written.

If not a dream then what is it?
Trying to DISCOVER myself in me
Yet sometime i fail to see myself in me
If this isn't a travesty then what is it?
I stay in the world of dreams even in my dream,
And i live to protect all my dreams.
If this isn't a wave of dream then what it actually is?
I make myself out of me and then eradicate myself from me,
Till i fill completely myself back in me..
If this isn't a fight with yourself then what is it?
I wish to rise, but i fear of loosing everything,
But there is no doubt in one fact that i will DISCOVER myself by loosing me..

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