It’s been a few days since debates and discussions on SFG are going on, there is dissent on the management as well( A good sign of democratic system, isn't it?).
Here I’m with my 1 Anna experience of SFG(neither an endorsement nor a review, just filling the void with my opinion), let me start with an anecdotal story..
"In the heartland of the African forests, Every morning when the sun rises a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. In the very same forest, a lion wakes up and it knows that it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.1
A long time ago, I've read the above story on Facebook and from then it has been travelling with me.
How is it relevant here?
SFG or any other program, when you consciously decide to start, figuratively you are either a lion or a deer if you were to survive, you got to be running. There is no stopping.
A similar story has been shared by @Neyawn before the start of SFG2.
Here is the abridged version of original - "When Sfg starts, you see people scoring exceptionally high marks whereas some of you score medium to good marks, you will feel insecure or panic about your performance but remember this story - “Cheetah is the fastest animal whereas a deer is slower compared to it but the moment cheetah starts chasing the deer, for the deer to survive, it need not be the fastest animal, it just needs to outrun the cheetah in that particular chase “2
What does it mean?
"Cheetah may be the fastest but it might not be at it's best every single day. It might have lost its speed owing to other factors but if the deer keeps up and maintains the same speed it was blessed with, it might even outrun the cheetah on a given day. "
UPSC is a marathon, not a sprint, you may be slow but if you are steadily maintaining the momentum, you are as fast as a cheetah in the long run.
What if the cheetah is at it's best and deer was killed?
Let me share a few abridgedexcerpts from Steve Jobs speech-"We all going to die someday. There is no escape. This is the law of nature. So, what is that stopping you from chasing your dream?"
Don't be bogged down by the failures, stand up and start the chase all again. After all, this is the one thing we love utmost ain't we?
Okay, enough of this crap. Here is my take.
I will address the failure we all see in this extract
1) Bhagat Singh on Tilak
“ When you are fighting for 16 Anna’s from your enemy, you get only 1 Anna, Pocket it and fight for the rest.”3
If you fail to get what you wanted, pocket the experience of the failure, stand again and start again all together.
From exam point of view, If you aim for 120+,try harder for it and even if you score 50 marks, but dont get disappointed pocket 50 marks and fight to get remaining 70 marks in next tests.
How figurative might be the story, Our freedom struggle took the very same path.
Remember weonly have one choice that is to work harder.Let us control the 'controllable' and not worry about the others.
This is the long write up and it might not make any sense to some, but I wrote it because I wanted to waste the time of my competitors. Hope you reached the bottom of writeup and here I am ending it with a good quotation that might affect your thoughts.
“You came here empty-handed, and you will leave empty-handed. What is 'yours' today belonged to someone else yesterday, and will belong to someone else tomorrow.” (Sri Krishna in Bhagwat Geetha)
- Anecdotal from Christoper Mcdougall’s Born to run.
- In a conversation with @Neyawn during jan 2020,he shared that story.
- An extract from Kuldeep Nayar’s “ Without fear : The life and trial of Bhagat Singh”