Saturday, 14 March 2015

“Life is not a Cakewalk. Life is Great!”– Professor M.S.Rao

“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” ― Gabriel García Márquez

Young people often take life for granted. They think that if they work hard, they will get results quickly. If they encounter failures, they easily get upset and give up their goals. What they must learn is that they must work hard with focus and commitment irrespective of the outcome. If they fail, they must find out the reasons and change their methods of preparation to achieve an amazing success.

A young person looks at the future, middle aged person looks at the present and old age person looks at the past. It is the law of life.  Aristotle quoted, “The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.”

Recently one of my students approached me with sadness. He said that he was very unlucky as he lost his father when he was very young, and his mother was taking care of entire family. He wanted to become a civil servant but failed to make it at the end. I explained to him about Abraham Lincoln who encountered lots of failures in business, professional, political and personal life throughout his life. Finally, he became the President of America. He believed in his dreams, learned lessons from his failures and moved on aggressively to make it big. Globally Abraham Lincoln is an amazing example of inspiration for many people for his tenacity and resilience. He is also a symbol of hope.

Paulo Coelho quoted, “But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you're fighting for.”  Life is full of ups and downs, peaks and valleys, fames and shames, stars and scars, and successes and failures. You must take the life the way it comes. Don’t think about your unpleasant past which cannot be changed. Don’t think about the future which cannot be predicted. Think only about the present you have. Enjoy the journey of life with your eye on your destination. You will achieve your goals and accomplish your dreams when you work hard, smart and wise.  My student was happy with my response and promised me that he would learn lessons from failures and work harder to accomplish his dreams. I felt very happy with his response and smile on his face.  To conclude, success doesn’t come overnight. It takes years of continuous and relentless efforts towards your goals.  

Life is not a cakewalk. Life is great!

"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow." ― Maya Angelou

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