When you think of the company Apple Inc., whose name comes to your mind first? Steve Jobs!!! What about Facebook? Unless you are a teenager having a huge crush on some hot guy (or girl), I think the answer will be Mark Zuckerberg. Why? There are hundreds of others working in these companies. Yet why do we remember the likes of Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey and Lakshmi Mittal? Yes. Because they are the CEOs of their respective companies!!!
Now, I’m really ignorant about anything related to business and management, but this I know for sure that the Chief Executive Officer or CEO enjoys the top position in a company. He makes all decisions, controls his subordinates and administers the company. Nobody questions his actions and neither is he answerable to anyone. No wonder so many people out there aspires to be the CEO of a company (their own or another’s, doesn’t really matter).
Apply this situation to your life. Think of your life as a company you founded. You can either become the CEO of your company (your life, in this scenario) or you can hire someone else as the CEO. Of course, no one wants some outsider to control his/her life. But oftentimes, we allow others to become the CEOs of our life. True, no one does this on purpose. But needless to say, this surely has happened at least once in everyone’s life.
My question is, why are you allowing someone else to make decisions for you? Unless you are under 18 (I chose 18 because it is the legal age of consent in India), you are not answerable to anyone. What you do with your life is completely up to you. You should do something because you wanted to do it, not because someone else told you to. Others’ thoughts and opinions shouldn’t decide your journey.
Having said that, it is necessary to have a group of supportive people to help you in your journey i.e. life. It is similar to having a board of directors for a company. But at the end of the day, the decision should be yours. YOU are the one who is going to live the rest of your life. YOU are the one who knows yourself inside out. YOU are the one whose dreams and passions you have to chase. YOU ARE THE CEO OF YOUR LIFE!!!