Don’t Think about Others
Subrahmanyam Chandrasekhar was an Astrophysicist who loved his subjects, but his colleagues never accepted his ideas. He worked in oblivion.
Chandrasekhar was scheduled to teach a class in astrophysics at the University of Chigaco, and he was looking forward to it, but only two students signed up.
The attendance of two students was a joke among Chandrasekhar’s colleagues. Chandrasekhar had to commute 160 miles to teach two students. He did not lose hope because he loved his subject and classes.
Chandrasekhar and the two students threw ideas around. They were engrossed in their subjects and motivated by the enjoyment of their ideas. They were satisfied by creating new ways of describing reality and came up with many new perceptions.
It was the smallest class ever in the history of university education, which was mocked and ridiculed.
A few years later, both students won the Nobel prize for physics.
Later Chandrasekhar himself was awarded Nobel Prize, also for physics.
It became the most successful university class ever.
We should never be distracted by the views of others. Always focus on the subjects you love. If it is not fun, there’s no point in doing it.
If you are interested in a subject that no one else is, all that should matter to you is that you’re interested in.
Revolutionary thinkers make a difference with their great ideas. So your interest in the subject matters and not what others think about your subjects.