And last night was, again, a very touching moment. Felt so proud of the children we are working with. Aadhya had told me about eight o’clock, “Tomorrow after infinipath, all of us are going to the beach.”. All of you means, gang, one gang is there. Okay? “We’re all going to the beach.” “Who’s taking you?” “Suresh Soni uncle.” A lot of these adults, this is their opportunity to have ice cream with wife, they won’t get ice cream.
So go with children, they also get an ice cream. They’re going. That wasn’t exciting. A little later, she came and said, “We are not going.” and I asked her, “Why?”. She said, “Shrishti has her exams on Monday, so she said she can’t come. I felt so proud, Shrishti. Subordinate your likes and dislikes to the purpose of your life. This one thing will change everything about your life. Do not ask what is easy. Always ask what’s right.
The easiest thing would have been the instant gratification. There is a book, “The Road Less Travelled” by Scott Peck, world’s best seller. And there’s one chapter in that book that transformed the whole world. Delayed gratification. Scott Peck would write in that book, “While all of you live a life of instant gratification, discipline is…” and he defines discipline as delayed gratification.
That is, from a little child you are when you come back, your first thought will be, I will play and then do homework. Play is instant gratification. You will play anyhow, but I don’t know whether you’ll finish homework or not. You’ll go to sleep and morning, put pressure on yourself, and then copy from somebody. And Scott Peck says, “Reverse it.”. The moment you come back, finish your homework.
The fact that you can play later is motivation enough for you to finish homework and then play. Whatever time is left, keep playing. Delayed gratification. The fact that when you want to wake up in the morning and you have to exercise and you feel you love sleep, you go back to sleep, which is instant gratification. Scott Peck says, need be, get up, go exercise, come back and take a nap for fifteen minutes.
Delay the gratification. Discipline simply means shifting from instant gratification, delayed gratification. Big concept, it changed the world. And yesterday, I felt so proud when Aadhya said, “No, we’re not going, because Shrishti has exam on Monday.”. Now for me, for a little one to say, “My exams on Monday are important and for me to prepare to perform, that is important, not just loitering with friends in the beach.”.
Srishti, I told myself, we are building the world through you guys. Thank you so much. You made me feel very proud. Bhavana, how old are you? Ten! And Bhavana, ten years old, after one of the infini8 class, goes straight to Sathya and tells Sathya, “Dad, today. I’ve realized there is right way to feel like a hero and there’s a wrong way to feel like a hero. Akka, akka is elder sister. “Akka is winning all the awards everywhere and everywhere, she is making you people proud, right way to feel like a hero.”
“I have a classmate dad, always principal calls parents and parents are standing outside principals’ room, wrong way to feel like a hero.” Ten-year-old has understood that Bhavana, I felt so proud in that moment when I heard Sathya say that. It’s been a series of very, very touching moments.
So many times I’ve told you the agony of a teacher is to see potential in front of him not being utilized. I think I should also tell you the delight of a teacher is, that you know that you’re working with the right instruments. You know that there is eternity to the work that you do through these people. And that’s the… I know what word to use, but anand, paramanand, there’s an absolute completeness. And from the little ones to the elderly lady, all of you are making me feel very, very proud of working with you. Thank you so much.