When op­por­tu­ni­ties knock at your door

Just peep into your own past. What you are to­day is be­cause of your ef­forts in the past. Know the prin­ci­ples of suc­cess

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide - - FRONT PAGE - Prof DC Sharma (Prof. Sharma is a Kan­gra based psy­chol­o­gist and ca­reer ex­pert with more than 40 years' ex­pe­ri­ence. He can be con­tacted at di­rec­tor.psy­cho­cure@gmail.com

Walt Whit­man, the great­est poet of democ­racy, and rep­re­sen­ta­tive poet of Amer­ica, had once said that we see dif­fer­ent faces in the streets we walk in but have never re­alised why they are dif­fer­ent. He clar­i­fies that they are dif­fer­ent let­ters writ­ten by God. It is up to each in­di­vid­ual how he learns to know which let­ter tells what. When one knows that, one can make one's ca­reer a top class one.

The same is the case with dif­fer­ent of­fi­cers who run dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions. Their work­force is like dif­fer­ent faces in the street. Each one of his work­ers have a dif­fer­ent set of qual­i­ties and po­ten­tials. It is only a wise and ex­pe­ri­enced of­fi­cer who makes the best pos­si­ble use of the tal­ent of his em­ploy­ees and thus en­hances the out­put con­sid­er­ably.

Ev­ery em­ployee is an op­por­tu­nity for a good of­fi­cer if he re­ally wants to make hay while the sun shines. But only a bad of­fi­cer, who is self­ish, al­ways tries to grind his own axe. In­stead of en­hanc­ing the pro­duc­tiv­ity of his em­ploy­ees such an of­fi­cer rather acts other­wise. He of­ten finds faults with his good work­ers, and some­time­seven favours his own kith and kin help­ing them get a job in the or­gan­i­sa­tion where he has a say.

Abra­ham Lin­coln has a lot to teach to the modern stu­dents and the em­ploy­ees. When Lin­coln was a small boy, his fa­ther was a poor farmer. He had to work in the farms with his fa­ther. Only the spare time he would get was kept for his ed­u­ca­tion. More­over, his fa­ther had no spare money to help him get books that he needed. Even the clothes he needed for daily use were not enough to cover his body so as to save him from cold or warm weather. But even then he was happy think­ing God had given him this life and an op­por­tu­nity to be some­thing in the world.

One day it was cloudy. The only set of clothes he had was washed, and he had to wear a towel till the washed clothes got dry. But then it started rain­ing. He had to wait for a long time. Even the book bor­rowed from a neigh­bour's son was drenched with rain­wa­ter. When he was read­ing from that wet book a neigh­bour­ing wo­man whose son was also a stu­dent, said out of jeal­ousy, " Lin­coln, why bother that much? Af­ter all you're not go­ing to be the pres­i­dent of Amer­ica!" Lin­coln took that taunt of the en­vi­ous wo­man to be an op­por­tu­nity. And a day came when he re­ally got that pres­ti­gious post.

Any of the em­ploy­ees, may be in any po­si­tion, can reach any higher post, can get any high sta­tus, pro­vided one takes ev­ery chal­lenge as a rare op­por­tu­nity. But what we see at var­i­ous work­place sce­nar­ios? We see peo­ple com­plain­ing, cry­ing of in­jus­tice, while ac­tu­ally they lack the stamina to work hard. Sin­cer­ity in the modern work­places is be­ing kept at bay. Il­le­gal ways and means of get­ting higher and higher posts is be­com­ing a fash­ion with modern work­place he­roes.

Awake! Rise to the oc­ca­sion! There is a lot of dis­tance be­tween the cup and the lip if you re­ally want to be at the top. Noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble if sin­cere ef­forts are there. Every­thing is not only pos­si­ble but vi­able too if you do your best in the right di­rec­tion. Those who have reached the top po­si­tions were not sit­ting idle watch­ing the show how oth­ers were do­ing. They were ac­tu­ally learn­ing from other suc­cess­ful peo­ple how they had got what they have ac­quired. They then ini­ti­ated, and got the high­est pos­si­ble po­si­tion with due dili­gence.

Just peep into your own past. What you are to­day is be­cause of your ef­forts in the past. Just know the prin­ci­ples of suc­cess. Those prin­ci­ples when ap­plied in let­ter and spirit can lead you to your de­sired suc­cess. There is no other rule worth the name, and suc­cess will be yours.

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