Aman also discovered the fruitfulness of failure at a young age. For him, failure is discouraged by a school system that enforces the lasting effect of a bad grade. “In reality”, Aman said, “if you fail to learn something, it’s okay. Moving forward, you can learn from your mistakes and succeed later.
This growth mindset may be credited in part to the hands-off approach of his brother and parents, both of whom are doctors. Without pressure from them to focus on achieving good grades, Aman could explore topics unrelated to school. Aside from his family, Aman’s educators have also kindled his interests and curiosity. One of them was his high school physics teacher.
“If you fail to learn something, it’s okay. Moving forward, you can learn from your mistakes and succeed later.”
“He was just an insanely good educator. He could make the most technical subjects really approachable and really fun to learn,” reminisced Aman. “He also made time in the curriculum to show us applications of the things we were learning. A lot of the time, that was in the form of showing us these science fiction movies.”
One of those movies was Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. To bring the movie’s complex ideas to real-life, his physics teacher explained how NASA would do simulations of a spaceships’ movement through the solar system and galaxy. Intrigued by NASA’s work, Aman started learning programming on his own and tried to emulate what NASA was doing.
"I’ve always enjoyed learning stuff on my own."