2005-05-23

Mind is a place in itself

The biggest obstacle between ‘what is’ and ‘what can’ be is my own mind. It operates quite contextually. Now my world is ISB. The point of reference is the people at ISB. Another 10 months, it is quite likely I will never ever meet many of these people. But today I benchmark myself with these people. They become my circle of concern.

I try and influence my mind to think about both past and future. In past, my references were different and in future they are going to be different. I also want to realize that given my experience, my banking background (only 6-7 bankers in the entire class of 2006), I am not competing for placements with even 2 % of the people. Effectively, I should be quite pleased with myself if I manage to get my concepts right, be amongst 90 % of the marks (which so far it looks like I am) and constantly relate what I learn here to what I had done in my work.

Not that I din’t know that comparisons are odious. Not that I din’t know that learning is, as is career, a marathon and in the long run what matters is the ability to sustain and manage ups and downs and still progress. But, mind is a place in itself. It has its own ways of looking at things. How to manage this body-mind duality and bring the body and mind to work towards the goals for which I am here?

Post Scriptum: The workload, and not to forget competition, are brutally punishing. I did not quite understand when someone told that course is intensive, thus sometimes traumatic, and that some have indeed resorted to a psychotherapist for recourse. However, the solutions as I realize, but cannot really fully control, are with myself and sitting pretty between my two ears.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your successes at ISB to date. What is the typical mark distribution at ISB? How does a 90%+ of marks compares with the rest of your batch? Thanks.

itheabsolute said...

hi

it really does not compare very well. guess i shd be above the mean. but, our group got very good marks on marketing case study. the people crowding above 90 % mark is high.

also, it is too early to be predictive about the grades as many more exams and assignments are going to happen. i felt that my current scores could be indicator of future scores.

cheers

vin said...

Am bit short of change, so dont think I can add my 'two cents' to your very interesting and thought provoking blog:) Just wanted to let you know that I read your blog regularly.

itheabsolute said...

hi vin

thanks for the encouraging words. readership is the fuel for the blog.

cheers

2005-05-23

Mind is a place in itself

The biggest obstacle between ‘what is’ and ‘what can’ be is my own mind. It operates quite contextually. Now my world is ISB. The point of reference is the people at ISB. Another 10 months, it is quite likely I will never ever meet many of these people. But today I benchmark myself with these people. They become my circle of concern.

I try and influence my mind to think about both past and future. In past, my references were different and in future they are going to be different. I also want to realize that given my experience, my banking background (only 6-7 bankers in the entire class of 2006), I am not competing for placements with even 2 % of the people. Effectively, I should be quite pleased with myself if I manage to get my concepts right, be amongst 90 % of the marks (which so far it looks like I am) and constantly relate what I learn here to what I had done in my work.

Not that I din’t know that comparisons are odious. Not that I din’t know that learning is, as is career, a marathon and in the long run what matters is the ability to sustain and manage ups and downs and still progress. But, mind is a place in itself. It has its own ways of looking at things. How to manage this body-mind duality and bring the body and mind to work towards the goals for which I am here?

Post Scriptum: The workload, and not to forget competition, are brutally punishing. I did not quite understand when someone told that course is intensive, thus sometimes traumatic, and that some have indeed resorted to a psychotherapist for recourse. However, the solutions as I realize, but cannot really fully control, are with myself and sitting pretty between my two ears.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your successes at ISB to date. What is the typical mark distribution at ISB? How does a 90%+ of marks compares with the rest of your batch? Thanks.

itheabsolute said...

hi

it really does not compare very well. guess i shd be above the mean. but, our group got very good marks on marketing case study. the people crowding above 90 % mark is high.

also, it is too early to be predictive about the grades as many more exams and assignments are going to happen. i felt that my current scores could be indicator of future scores.

cheers

vin said...

Am bit short of change, so dont think I can add my 'two cents' to your very interesting and thought provoking blog:) Just wanted to let you know that I read your blog regularly.

itheabsolute said...

hi vin

thanks for the encouraging words. readership is the fuel for the blog.

cheers