“Success” has a different meaning for different people. It might mean wisdom, money, recognition, fame and so on. In my opinion success denotes achieving one’s goals. Thus anyone can be successful. Anyone can achieve their aim. Anyone can walk on the road to success. There is no secret of success. Nobody is born successful. Its the qualities and skills which make a person successful.
Now here is a test to check your direction on your road to success. In the end it will also suggest where to improve, in order to increase your chances of being successful. So lets begin –
1. Are you passionate about something ?
Do you like doing something, without which your existence is meaningless ? Is there some skill or hobby which you love doing ? Do you have a goal to achieve in life ? Is there something which you would happily do even if you are woken at midnight ?
We build our own limits. We imagine what we can do and what we cant. We decide how much we can work and how much we can play. We decide what is feasible and what is not feasible for us. We define our own deadlines and limitations.
But it is all our own thinking. Everything is possible. We are capable of doing bigger things than the things we can ever imagine doing. Nothing is impossible.
All that is needed is to take a step outside our limits. Ya, just one step. And we start realizing our true potential. We understand that we can do a lot more than our preconceived limitations. We can work more than we think we can work. We can achieve more than we think we can achieve. We can get everything we have ever dreamt as well as the things we have not dreamt yet.
We must come forward and take risks. We must be ready to face challenges. Sometimes its fun to challenge ourselves more than challenging others. In this way we can discover our own hidden talents and capabilities. It feels great to break our own records.
If we know that everything is possible, then why sit back ? Why to feel miserable due to self imposed limits ? Just one step out of our comfort zone, and we are enlightened. Its time that we realize our true potential. Its time to reach for the stars. Its time to discover ourselves. Its time to be proud of our capabilities. Its time to wake up and make our life the way we want it to be !
Do you know the best place which i loved the most at my college ??? “My Library” 🙂 Believe me its like a heaven for a book lover like me. My Library was My Den. The place where i could go and find happiness and joy 🙂 Here i am using past tense because my college is over now and i am missing “My Den” a lot 😦 I would like to share a few things about my library here.
Here i would point that the Library and Learning Center is the best in Gujarat and i am sure one of the best in India. It has an enormous collection of books. Almost all magazines about which i have heard and many even unheard are subscribed. There are around 30-35 computers in the learning center where one can surf the internet. Also you can get a headphone from the help desk and listen to lectures, and study at your own pace.
There are soooo many CDs and DVDs which can be borrowed for a day. I found some interesting stuff here. There are both educational as well as recreational CDs.
Lets come to my most favorite place in library. The General Reading Books Section. There is a big bookshelf full of general books. A dreamland for me 🙂 Any time i went there i always found an interesting book to read! Yes Always 🙂 I have read sooo many books like – I Dare, Chicken Soup for the Soul, You can Win, Angels and Demons, The fountainhead, Around the world in 60 Days and many more. Actually the list is endless. How can i even recall all the books that i have read in four years 🙂 But i can say that I read almost all the books in the general section.
The magazine section attracted me by my favorite Readers’ Digest, Inside Outside (dreamt about my future home :)), Life Positive, Digit, Gadget and many more. In the reference section there was always a copy of a book available as it was “Not for Issue”. So one could get even the ‘in demand’ books here.
The projects section contained the project reports of our seniors and now ours as well 🙂 This was the most in demand place in the last semester, to refer others projects 🙂
Are you a chess lover ??? Then you won’t believe that you can officially play chess in our library. Just ask for chess set at the help desk and play it ‘silently’ with your partner. Amazing right 🙂 What more can you ask for in a Library ?
Almost all the festivals and days are celebrated here. From Diwali to Holi, from Teachers’ Day to World Environment Day. We even celebrated Friendship Day in the most unique way. Since books are known to be a man’s best friend so we had new collection of books as a gift and we had to write about our favorite book on colored bits of paper and pin it on a big board. These were some of the best moments at library.
The new arrivals used to be kept on a separate table for everyone to see. It was my happiest sight in library and then i would spend hours with the new books and deciding which book i should get issued first.
All this has been possible due to the hard work and persistent efforts put in by our Librarian Sheetal Mam and the complete library team. They work together like a big family. Sheetal Mam is one of the best person i have ever met. She was always available and has supported and helped us in her own unique ways. A person whom you can look up to in both happy as well as sad times. Miss you a lot Mam! Specially those long discussions and talks. You have the special ability to make someone’s day 🙂
I miss my den a lot. Those sunlit tables, those cool wooden floors, interesting new books, those chess games, those happy reading times, its hardly a month since i left and i am already missing it all ! Library was “My Zone” in college. It will always be there in my heart.
The whole world around us is as it is. Everyday its is evolving, adapting and changing itself as per our behavior. Thus it always tries to maintain itself in an equilibrium state.
Even then each one of us sees the world from a different perspective. It is same yet it is not the same ! Everybody has something different to say about the world.
Here i recalled the story of the elephant and blind men related to this point. Some blind men were taken near an elephant and told to feel the object in front of them and identify it. One blind man touched the legs and said it was a log of wood. Another held the trunk and said it was a big hose pipe. Another held the tail and said it was like a rope. One man touched its stomach and said it is a wall. One touched its ears and replied that it was a fan.
Its ok if they said different things about the elephant, because they were blind. They could not see the elephant. But whats wrong with us ?? Most of us are all right. Then why do we fail to see the big picture ? Why can’t we see the world as it is ? Why are we so biased sometimes ? It’s strange that if something bad is happening in people’s life then they will blame the world around them. But if something good is coming up then they readily take all the credit !
It is like we people are wearing shaded specs. We see the world shaded by the color of the glasses. And we believe firmly that whatever we see is real and obvious. So there is almost no scope of change in our viewpoints. Sometimes we are ever ready to fight that what we see is correct without even listening to others views ! Thus different people view the same world from different perspectives.
Examples in point – Some believe that the world will end in the end of year 2012. While others (like me) are sure that nothing so catastrophic will happen so soon. Some see the world polluted and depleted of its resources. While others contribute their share in doing whatever they can instead of just complaining. Some see the world filled with war and crime. While others promote peace and good will.
The world is great. It is as it is. It is not going to change drastically just by our thoughts. So why color our views about the world. Why not accept it as it is. And i don’t think it is all that difficult. We just need to remove our colored glasses. It’s as simple as that.