Pichai Sundararajan, also known as Sundar Pichai, is an Indian American business executive who made headlines recently when he became the CEO of Google. Well, he has now given us a whole new reason to ‘google’ him once again.
Stories about his consistent struggle never fail to amaze us. But this time, he has come up with his own ‘Cockroach Theory’ which gives us an insight into the thin line that exists between Reaction v/s Response.
Without much ado, let’s have a sneak peek into Pichai’s theory of self-development. Here it goes :
“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
Now that’s one heck of a story. Sometimes the most insignificant incidents around us happen to be the most inspiring ones. All you need to do is have an innovative point of view like Pichai. The next time your boss calls you an a**hole, beam those pearly whites and say aloud – ‘I can totally handle it!’