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Success comes with choices

CHOICES 2Volunteer your services to do more than what is expected of you. It could be as an organiser of events at your workplace, or the locality you live in.

A youngster once came across an advertisement in the newspaper about a walk-in interview for a job. The interview was to be held next the day at 8am. The interviews were to be held on a first-come-first-served basis.

So he went to the venue at 7.15am, 45 minutes before the scheduled time. He was surprised to see that there were already over 30 youngsters lined up in a queue.

The youngster took his place in the line, and started thinking about what he could do to optimise his chances of being hired for the job, even though he was the thirty-first person in queue. He knew he would have to do something, if he wanted the job. So after a lot of thought, he wrote a note and gave it to the receptionist, requesting her to hand it to the interviewer inside.

The note read: I’m Sanjay. I’m thirty-first in the queue outside and I request you not to make your decision before you have interviewed me. The interviewer liked the young man’s initiative, and ended up hiring him.

Life is a series of opportunities to hone your skills of making sound choices in even the most challenging situations. Learning to maintain your dignity in challenging situations needs to be a habit you develop consciously. When you’re faced with a challenge, anchor your mind to the thought that only you can choose your course of action.

To do this, you need to become more deliberate in the choices you make. Start with taking a stand about day-to-day things.

Before watching television, consult the television schedule in the newspaper, decide what you want to watch, and stick to your decision. Ensure that what you watch either increases your knowledge, or truly cheers you.

When you go to a restaurant, scan the menu and choose what you would like to eat. You can ask for suggestions, but make sure that you make your own decision.

Volunteer your services to do more than what is expected of you. It could be as an organiser of events at your workplace, or the locality you live in. This develops your ability to take on challenges.

Insignificant situations can be made special, enjoyable, meaningful and memorable because of your conscious thinking and actions.

Don’t be a spectator to brilliance, create it.

Find new ways to make life better. Learn from the character played by Rajesh Khanna in the film Bawarchi, who influences the family to treat each member with dignity. Watch the movie Lagaan.

The character Bhuvan, played by Aamir Khan is a great role model. It will motivate and guide you to live by making the right choices.