Gaurav Julka

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The Snowball Effect.

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Have you ever seen a cartoon film in which the cat or a mouse is running down the hill and a huge snow ball is following it, the snowball grows bigger and bigger as it comes down the hill – This is called the Snowball effect.

I believe a lot things in the world are caused/initiated/invented/discovered/prevented/created due to THE Snowball effect, which happens to be everywhere around us. Example: Even the internet is said to be invented due  to The Snowball effect, APRANET was not invented/created because United States wanted to go ahead and CREATE Internet, it was an accidental creation in a race to prove themselves better than the Russians when the Sputnik 1 was launched into the space. Since then due to stupid (and i really mean it) and silly incidents “Internet was CREATED”. Mobile Technology is another cause of Snowball effect. These are all positive examples of Snowball, Getting into a vicious circle of dept is also caused due to snowball effect. (Link:

More than that, factors like Natural Calamities, Country’s Economy downfall or growth, Population Growth are  also examples of Snowball effect. But the question is, Is this Snowball effect Scientific? Yes it is. But each version of Snowball effect has a different scientific reason behind it – The Actual snow ball loves Physics, The Economy snowball loves math and formula, The Natural Calamity one loves Geography, Geology, Biology & Physics, The population growth snowball loves sex, (Loves Biology again) and the Internet one just loves the cycle of invention of technologies.

Now a bigger question: Is our life a Snowball effect? Before i answer that, Lets read what Wikipedia says about the Snowball effect:

Snowball effect is a figurative term for a process that starts from an initial state of small significance and builds upon itself, becoming larger (graver, more serious), and perhaps potentially dangerous or disastrous (a vicious circle, a “spiral of decline”), though it might be beneficial instead (a virtuous circle). This is a very common cliché in cartoons and modern theatrics.

The common analogy is with the rolling of a small ball of snow down a snow-covered hillside. As it rolls the ball will pick up more snow, gaining more mass and surface area, and picking up even more snow and momentum as it rolls along. – Wikipedia.

Now lets get back to our question, Is our life a Snowball effect? (also just an add on: Is there a science behind it as well ?) Quite interesting isn’t it? so this is what i believe. Yes, There exist a snowball effect in life, our previous decisions or we should rather call them choices do affect and effect our future, more than that sometimes a wrong choice may lead you into a tank full of wrong choices or a right choice may just give you your heaven on earth.   A simple wrong choice can lead us into a vicious circle of choices while a right choice may  lead us into a Virtuous circle of choices. Hold on, there  is very less difference between the words “Vicious Circle & Virtuous Circle” when it comes to its pronunciation but a vast difference in what they actually mean. A virtuous circle has favorable results, and a vicious circle has detrimental results. Even if all this is true, what is the logic behind all this? The Science?

Check out the figure:

Liberty in Our lifetime

The Figure that you see (Liberty in Our Lifetime) is an image from a website ( This website is about people who feel liberated in their life journey’s (Probably some junkies posting shit on their blogs) but to us this figure makes a lot of sense?  It tells you, who will drag you and give you that push, who has/will pull you further and what you need to move forward. –> Yes. This does not make sense to me either, But I wonder why whenever I look at this image I feel the four words are very important. 

Let us check out the second image:

The Virtuous Circle

AIESEC XP (2007-2011) (Courtesy: Akshata Naik)

The second image is of my AIESEC Experience defined in the format called The Spiral Circles of Life (an analogy to the Snowball effect) (I know snowball effect sounds cooler, should have used during MCP Elections anyways), I also twisted the quote,    “What goes around comes around” a little : “What goes around comes back in spirals”  (Means comes back in a bigger form/dimension/effect) and its true, things do come back to us but not in the same manner or dimension – it comes with much bigger impact scale. This figure represents the kind of person i was/am, the kind of decisions i took, choices i made and simply the things i did. My choice led me into a Virtuous circle/ Snowball of AIESEC – The Decision of joining AIESEC, Since 2007 to Jan 2011 i got everything in AIESEC that i applied for, every position, every achievement, every award (Best Delegation :P), i satisfied each and every  want of mine – But did i make a wrong choice in between? The first failure/Rejection that i faced in AIESEC was when i was not selected for MenaLDS Faci (After attending 36 Conferences, 5 being international, 5 times faci, 4 times Chair, 3 times MC) foolishly i only applied for one XPRO just because i wanted to celebrate some birthdays in India

Was that a wrong choice? I am still wondering, was that the end of my Virtuous circle (Because even at that moment i knew i was doing wrong) and beginning of my vicious circle, I really don’t know if that was the end of virtuous circle but post that whether it be life in AIESEC or outside AIESEC – I have just seen failures. The Result of the XPRO Faci came just 3 days before MCP elections, I lost elections, thought i would apply for Artemisia – did not get on that (still waiting for feedback and reasons of what i was not apt for the position, i don’t think  I am going to get that email), life outside AIESEC is not going well too. I am not demotivated, i am just trying to figure the logic behind that same, i know i will keep trying until i get what i want but what drives the SNOWBALL EFFECT?

Obviously, the answer is right choices but who defines right or wrong? or what is the domain of the choice?

Another Scientific thought: Is the right choice (Decision Making) dependent on the Golden Circle theory of Why, How and What? May be yes – May be this is the scientific reason.

Why – Intent
how – Process
What – Result        (Link:

Or  May be it’s just the happiness factor or the motivation factor – The More happy we are we do better/good things and  resulting we create more happiness around us and in turn be happy for ourselves and for our world and our happiness grows with the snowball effect Or May be we just need to believe in ourselves and tell us that we can do it, generally we do it by using quotes like,” If you really really want something, the universe conspires in makes it happen” Or May be its our brain which is  smart enough to release the right hormone at the right time or sometimes dumb enough to fuck up.

I am not sure when my vicious circle will end or i should say i am not sure when my virtuous circle will  take another awesome turn, all i know is i drive my circles of my life.

Whatever it may be, life is a snowball effect so make your choices carefully and logically OR just follow your heart whatever you do, if you feel you are in a vicious circle just make sure you remind yourself to be happy, energetic, enthusiastic, loving and at your best because your brain needs to believe that, your brain needs to know that you are making the fucking right choice now and trust me that is all that matters.

Talking about things that matter, those four words in first figure ( Liberty in our lifetime) matter a lot when you make a choice.

Ps: Do not be scared of making a choice, just make the right one.


Gaurav Julka






Written by Gaurav Julka

June 10, 2011 at 12:47 AM

Posted in #AIESEC Life, #Choices

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  1. I agree with you! The snowball effect is a clear way to explain certain things that happen in our lives! However, the most critical point is to identify when a whole new circle will start.

    One simple decision, as going to a party or staying home; join an organization or just keep being a normal university guy that studies all the time; apply for a position, going on exchange, any thing may change your whole life! You can find the job of your dreams, meet your soulmate, be inspired and create the idea that will make you a billionaire, or simply die! Everything originated by a simple, sinlge decision. How to know what will happen? Maybe playing it safe? Maybe ’til the point to get a boring life, just to ensure “success”? (or to tell your brain that you’re successful, but in fact you’re not?) And at this point, you start asking yourself what is “success”? Get every single goal you planned? or simply: Being happy? (What makes you happy?)

    And then, what is the reason or drive in your life, if you won’t be brave enough to face it? What would motivate you? Are the vicious circles needed in order to learn and improve?

    Make decisions has always been one of the most challenging things for me. And I think is good to keep in mind this snowball effect to better evaluate your options A,B,C,D…Z.

    I’d like to know what is the key factor that have leaded me to make the right choices, and still, being in a virtuous circle. Because in around 7 months, the circle may be completely closed or may be taken to the next level (I can clearly see the point to decline or keep growing, I guess it’s a good thing). Everything will depend on my movements (decisions & actions) from now, but the most important will take place in around 4 months. So, let’s keep working towards the next objective!


    Andrea C.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:35 AM

  2. Overall, As of now I broke the Snowball Effect and I am going make sure it is driven my way 😉


    January 12, 2012 at 7:48 PM

  3. The layout looks better now! (I remember a darker one) 🙂 Remembering very old times!

    Andrea C.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    • Haha! Andrea, So nice to hear from you. I hope you are doing good. Catch up with you on FB soon!

      Gaurav Julka

      January 23, 2013 at 10:35 AM

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