His people sacrifice a lot to make sure he is at that level. At this point, he looks back and feels that he has lost a lot of things and he is away from his life’s goal.
The realization of what he lost made him lose interest in what he came for in the university. Due to the zeal to get the highest price by making sure he was the best of all made him loss friends and even those around him he views them as superficial friends as they could not be as realistic as the friends he had in India. They were just working colleagues.
Loosing of hobbies, for the sake of a greater goal may lead to a stressful life. In Ashok’s life, he always wanted to teach physics at some point of life. However, he on his way to be the best, he could not consider being a teacher at any one point because he considered that as a way to prevent him from attaining the goal of his life.
Focusing on other peoples feeling on a person may make the person not able to make drastic decisions whenever necessary because their feelings are to be considered in whatever decisions to be made. Ashok cannot drastically decide to leave the doctorate studies because the feeling of failing his people has made him not able to make such decision as it would mean they lose a lot. He even feels guilty when he goes to the library and read any other document that does not concern what he is studying for.
With all these considerations to getting to our goals in life, we ought to look at what we are sacrificing and what we can do with on our way to our future. If Ashok was not much obsessed with being the best, maybe he may be having more real friends and even be willing to engage in real relationships with them. As opposed to the situation he is in where he finds it hard to be in any serious relationship.
In organizations today, there are a lot of people that are so much into the work that it leads to too much pressure that may lead to demotivation.