You may call this a sequel my previous post Slumdog Millionaire .
If you read the slumdog post you’d notice at the end, I intimated how impressed I was about the man from India who now the leads the Google army.
What this post seeks to do, is to delve into the mind of Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google Inc.
The cockroach theory is a theory propounded by this engineering genius and it gives an insight into the mentality and thought process that helped him overcome challenges and reach the summit of the tech world.
So here we go: THE COCKROACH THEORY, for self-development
“At a restaurant, a cockroach suddenly flew from somewhere and sat on a lady.
She started screaming out of fear.
With a panic stricken face and trembling voice, she started jumping, with both her hands desperately trying to get rid of the cockroach.
Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her group also got panicky.
The lady finally managed to push the cockroach away but …it landed on another lady in the group.
Now, it was the turn of the other lady in the group to continue the drama.
The waiter rushed forward to their rescue.
In the relay of throwing, the cockroach next fell upon the waiter.
The waiter stood firm, composed himself and observed the behavior of the cockroach on his shirt.
When he was confident enough, he grabbed it with his fingers and threw it out of the restaurant.
Sipping my coffee and watching the amusement, the antenna of my mind picked up a few thoughts and started wondering, was the cockroach
responsible for their histrionic behavior?
If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed?
He handled it near to perfection, without any chaos.
It is not the cockroach, but the inability of the ladies to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach that disturbed the ladies.
I realized that, it is not the shouting of my father or my boss or my wife that disturbs me, but it’s my inability to handle the disturbances caused by their shouting that disturbs me.
It’s not the traffic jams on the road that disturbs me, but my inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam that disturbs me.
More than the problem, it’s my reaction to the problem that creates chaos in my life.
Lessons learnt from the story:
I understood, I should not react in life.
I should always respond.
The women reacted, whereas the waiter responded.
Reactions are always instinctive, whereas responses are always well thought of, just and right to save a situation from going out of hands, to avoid cracks in relationship, to avoid taking decisions in anger, anxiety, stress or hurry.
A beautiful way to understand…………LIFE.”
– Sundar Pichai
So always remember that in whatever situation you find yourself be cool, calm, collected and RESPOND rather than be instinctive to react.
This is a really cool theory by Mr Pichai. It’s pretty simple and practical.
RESPONSE >>>>>>>>>>>> REACTION
I bet, never in your life did you ever think we could get something valuable from roaches to apply to our lives now, did you? Ha!