We Have A Box And It’s All Up To Us What We Fill In

When I think about studies and being best in class, it reminds me of a small talk I had with a very successful person when I was at high school. Sorry, it was not a personal talk, it was a public lecture for 5~7 minutes and that’s it. At that time I felt unsatisfied with the length of his speech and wanted to listen more from him, later realized that he made the audience explore the endless application of the advice.

The simple idea was just mapping a human brain to an empty box and the things we remember and think about are the things, which we fill in the box. Every one of us knows what is important for us and what is not. So it is just that don’t fill your box with the unwanted and unimportant things. The more valuable or expensive bag means successful and a great life.

What make a box valuable? Yes, it is its contents. Now the question comes what is this precious content. It depends on person to person. For me everything that helps me realize my dream is precious. And my dream was to go to IITs and be the best there. For some friends, it was early money and so called cool life, later they realized I was on the coolest route. As my goals were clear, I tried to fill my small box with the most important stuff I needed to go there.

The size of the box varies. I have a very small box, that mean I remember much less than other people do. Therefore, I have to be super choosy about what goes in it. I cannot afford to remember things that don’t help me with my success and growth. This approach helped me to discard everything from this little magic that is distracting me from my dreams unconsciously.

By discarding I don’t mean to live a boring life and sit in some jungle or stay alone with books. We need to be smart to not get into things too much by which they occupy a tiniest space in our brain. For example listening to music by not remembering the lyrics, going for a movie and watch it but don’t discuss too much about it. Do everything but don’t die for it. Make sure if you are busy you can easily avoid it for next time.

For example, a new movie in town and you are dying to watch it, and make plans and think about it. A new drama series and all girls die to watch the next episodes and discuss them. A new girl in class or college, guys spend hours discussing about her. These things occupy ones brain more than real stuff. Finally one realizes that he or she cannot do anything now and give up and end up screwing their children to realize their dead dreams.

I ask you to give importance to important things instead of loosing focus. We live in a very competitive atmosphere where people work hard day and night. There are great number of very smart people, who just can crack any test in the world. If they go out and die to watch movies and memorize songs and act cool that suites them. Sorry to say, I cannot afford it, I am an average student and need to use my box efficiently to stand with or little ahead to all those smart kids.

Think about yourself and decide what is the size of your box? What and how you are filling it. If you sense anything wrong with it, go ahead and change your settings (priorities) and follow them. Live your dreams and don’t leave your dreams for next generation.

This is part of series of mails for GATE preparation and staying focused. Do visit GATE preparation guide for more articles.
I wish you all a great focus and wonderful luck ahead.


  1. Umar

    Thank You.

    You posts are very helpful and motivative.

  2. akanksha

    thank you sir…..for such a great motivation…… i m really inspired …..

  3. ishant

    Thanku sir:)

  4. arpita roy

    great point Zahid just read your articl, though i too was a gate aspirant but read this now .And i beleive this will help anybody at any instant of life . bye
    thanks Zahid

  5. Trivikram.A

    really an awesome advice… willing to put the ‘box theory’ into practice….thankq

  6. tc

    private job or government job….
    still i get different views frm different people that confuses me. Please write a detailed post on this topic. Please mention all the factors , cicumstances condition to choose between these two…. {Note: this comment has no connection with the earlier one…}

  7. tc

    sir, i m following u frm last 4 months and just wanted to know…. Are u really satisfied with ur job, obviosly u must be getting very high salary but do u think that this is all that u wanted in ur life……

  8. jimmy

    Resp Sir, Thanks a LOT for this wonderful advise. I m sure most students wish for ur well being n happiness… Regards.

  9. sajad ahmad rather

    sir thanks a lot for this advise.

  10. gaurav

    i m speechless…..

  11. Rachel

    Thank u sir
    Really marvelous

  12. Aniket Narvankar

    sir you are absolutely genious and an icon for me!

  13. dhivya

    Hello Sir,

    This is very nice job.
    I am very much inspired and ignited by your blogs.
    Thanks a lot sir.
    You are not an average student sir. Getting admission into iit needs a lot of talent and hard work. As you mentioned in one of your blogs, hardwork makes a man lucky. Even though some people have talents by nature, they have to work hard to become lucky. Without hardwork things wont happen on its own. You are a lucky person. You are a talented cum hardworking person.

  14. timessquare

    Thanks Sir.Eye opening advice.

  15. Mahii

    thank u very much, this advice will help many……………

  16. Sanketh

    Excellent… Thank u very much… It is really usefull to every one

  17. vandana

    owesom sir!!… i inspired..

  18. Pankaj

    really i liked it . very gud article.

  19. prema

    this message motivates who are facing a series of failure.just like me. Thanks keep guiding.

  20. inspired

    itzzzzz, jst great…article.,i had never ever read such an article……very inspirational….loved it….

  21. Amrita

    Thank you Zahid Sir for this motivating article.
    You are doing a great work, God bless you always 🙂

  22. aditi roy

    it was really inspiring and a much different way of mapping the human brain..

  23. Zahid

    Thank you all. These are just reminders for myself and all of us.

    Lets stay focused in whatever we do. Good luck to all of you.

  24. Navroop Kaur

    What an inspiring article!!!!! Thanks for your advice….

  25. nishant shiva

    it’s tooooo… good… i like this massage….

  26. Nitin Gharia

    Very Thought provoking…
    Thanx for giving practical tips…

  27. Sam

    Wise words. Just the reminder I needed.

  28. rizwana

    nice article sir.. thank u for such a valuable advice.

  29. Sahadevan.A

    Congrats Mr. Zahid. You had written a good idea of putting our meaningful ideas for our future. Thank you. Will help many.

  30. Nikhil

    Zahid Sir, your articles are really motivating, helpful and valuable to all of us. Thanks very much.

  31. saurabh sharma

    HATS OFF TO U !!!!!!!!!!!

  32. praxy

    Kudos to u

  33. Rushikesh

    This is the best aricle i have ever read. too good!!! Thank You!!!

  34. Ravi

    “Inspiring and Igniting “Article Zahid:)

  35. srujan

    thank u sir, ur message really really inspire us.thank u

  36. venu

    nice article….loved it

  37. Avinash Verma

    Thanks man ,nice observation..thanks for the advice..

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