Find your pur­pose sunset

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what was bar­gained for. But we have to take risks if we want to achieve our pur­pose. We may not to lose a limb like the rat in the story, but we may be re­quired to leave the cozy en­vi­ron­ment of the home, put in hard ef­fort to clear a com­pet­i­tive ex­am­i­na­tion, short-sell our­selves and find a job in some strange city where your soul gets suf­fo­cated and tol­er­ate un­fair, un­rea­son­able and in­com­pe­tent bosses.

It is up to us to de­cide if we are ready to take the risk to live a life of pur­pose or sen­tence our­selves to the life of a rat. I used to think that re­tire­ment was the end of the road, as one had done enough to de­serve a break from any type of work. To me, re­tire­ment meant get­ting up late in the morn­ing, en­joy­ing a cup of steam­ing hot tea with at least two news­pa­pers, tak­ing the dog for a walk, hav­ing a hearty break­fast, and a nap af­ter lunch; in the evening a good game of golf, af­ter which one de­served a cou­ple of drinks. What a great idea to lead a life of tran­quil­ity af­ter years of run­ning around on the in­struc­tions of some fool who hap­pens to be your se­nior.

Like most oth­ers, I trained my­self to be­lieve that you needed to work only if you need money for your liveli­hood. Over a pe­riod of time, I have re­alised that los­ing per­spec­tive is the big­gest prob­lem one has. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at start chang­ing. I did a small self-anal­y­sis ex­er­cise to check whether I re­ally had some­thing in me with which I could make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of the lesser for­tu­nate. I re­alised it was not me alone but ev­ery in­di­vid­ual had the power to bring about some pos­i­tive change in so­ci­ety. How you feel about your­self is ex­tremely im­por­tant. Peo­ple with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude about them­selves, who feel they can ac­com­plish their cho­sen ob­jec­tives, tend to de­velop a good self-con­cept. Ide­ally, one must see one­self in a re­al­is­tic and favourable light that sup­ports suc­cess in ex­pec­ta­tions. Peo­ple who have a poor self-con­cept have lower ex­pec­ta­tions. For ex­am­ple, if some­thing bad hap­pens to them, these peo­ple tend to blame them­selves, even if the sit­u­a­tion is not of their mak­ing. If some­thing good hap­pens to them, they may as­sume it was due to chance only and not be­cause of their con­tri­bu­tion. Peo­ple who think they will not suc­ceed, may in­flu­ence the out­come in a neg­a­tive way.

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