Friday, 23 September 2016

What are the reasons for your failure in academics?

Have you as students ever analyzed the reasons for your failure in academics?

There are few common reasons why students fail in their exams.

1st Reason - Your choice of specialization course at the time of college admission was right but now you are not sure about your choice. You are thinking you could have chosen another field. Therefore, you are losing interest in the subjects being taught and thus losing focus.

2nd Reason - You are already worried about your future e.g. job etc. and have already made an assumption that you are not going to find a suitable job after graduation. This is stressing you and therefore you are losing focus on your studies. It is your fear of failure and lack of confidence.

3rd Reason - You are not getting proper care and attention from your staff members at college. Therefore, you are failing in your exams. Also, you are not approaching your staff members when in doubt because you are shy.

4th Reason - You are lazy. You are taking it easy and are not interested in studies.

Before you proceed to read my blog further, please understand that there is NO SHORTCUT to achieving success in life other than working hard and working smart.

Here is how to work on above reasons of failure.

1st Reason -  You cannot change your field now as it is too late. Try to analyze what made you choose this field at the time of admission and work on them instead. Your parents have invested their money on your education with great hopes and trust on you. The only way you can repay them is to study and pass your exams. 

Subjects are not always interesting but bear in mind that without passing your subjects you cannot find a job. 

Here are some tips on how to prepare for your exams. You can find them on my blog here.

2nd Reason - You are worried about your job now because you are not doing your basics right (i.e.) working on your subjects and passing your exams. Until you climb your first step, you cannot jump to the next step. While you are still at college, start looking out for the various jobs you can apply for based on the qualification and skills you have. Start building those skill sets.

You can read here here on how to make the right career choice.

3rd Reason - If you do not understand anything that the staff is teaching you, then go and talk to them in the staff room in case you are feeling shy to ask in the classroom. There is no right or wrong question. As a staff member, it is staff's responsibility to clear your doubts no matter how big or small. Similarly, as a student, it is your responsibility to clarify your doubts. Staff is being paid to teach you and staff's salary is coming out of the fees that you pay. Therefore, you should utilize them for your services. Remember that if you are going to feel shy and do not have confidence to ask questions to your staff members, how are you going to manage yourself in the corporate world when you get a job? How are you going to speak to your managers and seniors in the office? Take this period while at college as a training period and start speaking to staff members. Do not worry about what will the staff think if you ask them questions. Teachers are there to help you and guide you.

4th Reason - Unfortunately you cannot afford to be lazy if you want to have a successful career and make your parents proud. You need to have the determination and dedication to work towards the career you want to have. As I mentioned before, there is NO SHORTCUT to having a successful life.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Drawing inspiration from Rio Olympics 2016

P.V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik did India proud by winning silver and bronze medal respectively in Rio Olympics 2016. The entire nation rejoiced as the Indian flag went up at the podium. Social media was in all praises for Sindhu and Sakshi flashing their photos and stories.

Every youngster in India was inspired and motivated reading and watching their power packed performances in Olympics. It must have been every youngster’s dream to achieve something huge such as what Sindhu and Sakshi have achieved. It must have been every parents’ aspiration to see their own children reach such great heights and to make them feel proud.

What is that we as a student/youngster, parents and teachers/coaches
have to learn from Sindhu’s achievement?

Who do you think should take the credit for the silver medal that Sindhu won? Sindhu? Parents? Or the coach?

Of course all three of them!

Sindhu worked really hard. Her determination, dedication, rigorous training from early morning 04:00 everyday and her never say die attitude makes her the world champion she is today. She gave her heart and soul for this sport.

If not for her parents, she could not have achieved what she has today. She draws inspiration from her parents for sports. Her parents are volleyball players themselves. Her father was awarded Arjuna award for his sport. Her parents believed in her ability to make it big in the sports field. They invested their time and continued to encourage her and stand by her in all circumstances. Her father took 8 months leave from his job to take her to the Gopichand’s badminton academy everyday tirelessly. Her parents could understand Sindhu’s passion and interest in badminton.

Similarly, her coach Pullela Gopichand identified her strengths quite earlier on when she joined the academy. He gave her the right coaching, provided her with the right environment/infrastructure, motivated her, mentored her and believed in her.

The mutual trust, understanding, motivation and the support system which they shared amongst three of them got Sindhu the silver medal in Olympics. They worked in partnership.

Let not Sindhu’s motivating achievement die down, instead let it continue to inspire millions of youngsters around the country.

Parents, please do not discourage your child if your child shows keen interest in a specific field that does not interest you. Do not force your decisions/choices on them. Every child is born unique. Not all children can become doctors and engineers. Trust in your child’s unique ability. Encourage your child and guide him/her through the right path so they can achieve their dreams.

Students, identify your skills and harness those skills. Stay determined and continue to have passion for the field you have chosen. Never let a small failure stop you from reaching great heights. Do not misuse the trust of your parents and teachers. Stay focussed.

Teachers/coaches, students spend more time with you at schools/colleges/academy than they do at home. Identify their strengths and help them utilise their time, energy and material/infrastructure to harness those skills better. Go out of your way to train them and mould them in such a way that they bring laurels to the country, school/colleges and to you.

No individual can achieve anything on his/her own. It is a team work amongst individual, parents and teachers/coach that helps one achieve greatest victory in life.

Go, make a difference and achieve something great in life. Nothing can stop you!

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Sunday, 17 April 2016

How to make the right career choice?

We live in a world where at every step we have to make decisions. Some decisions last only for moments and some life long.

A decision to choose a right career is something that will have a long lasting impact in one’s life. This decision will either make one’s life or break one’s life.

We live in a world where pressure from the society and high expectations from our near and dear ones are driving our key career decisions rather than allowing us to analyse our own capabilities to choose the perfect career for us.

Students as young as 10 years old are now being sent for IIT coaching. Do we even think that the 10 years old is in a position to make a career choice? Even before the child can understand what career means and what career options are available, the door to choose his/her own career is shut. The high expectations from the child is already set without even realising if the child has the capacity and ability to face the tough competition in the IIT entrance exam and succeed. This is just one such example and there are many more.

Why is that when it comes to making a career choice there is always only very limited career categories that springs to our mind? E.g. Engineer (computer engineer), doctor (dentist, surgeon), MBA etc.

What can I do to choose a right career?

  • Analyse your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Work out the possible range of opportunities you have and make your choice.
  • Work on your choice.

 Analyse your strengths and weaknesses

Do we agree that our mind is influenced to choose a career which our parents friend’s son or daughter has chosen and is successful or that of one our cousins or that of our friends?

In order to be successful in life, one must not choose a career looking at others but instead choose a career based on one’s strengths and weaknesses.

Let your strengths pick your career.

List your interests, talents, personal qualities, knowledge and experience.

Speak to your friends and family members to identify your strengths.

Check to see what inspires you, motivates you, engages you, excites you and interests you?

Be true to yourself.

Work out the possible range of opportunities you have and make your choice.

 Based on the list you have produced, start researching the opportunities that are available.

Learn about each potential opportunity you have shortlisted. Learn about the employment prospects, educational and training requirements, annual income and promotion opportunities.

You must be able to find the details about the opportunities on the internet but where possible speak to people from the same profession that you’d like to chose so as to get a first hand information.

After a thorough assessment, when making a choice of your career from the list of opportunities make sure you make a smart choice.

Make a choice that you wont regret for and can put 100% of your effort on.

 Work on your choice.

Work out an action plan to be successful in your smartly chosen career option.

Set attainable goals to reach the destination. Break those goals into short term and long term goals.

You have to be prepared to work hard towards this goal. There is no substitute for hard work. This is a career that you have chosen, a career you have passion for.

Let the goals you have listed realistic. Be prepared to face obstacles and be ready to make adjustments to achieve your dream career.

Let you alone be the sole decision maker of your career and let not anyone else influence you to make a wrong choice.

Success belongs to you and you alone. Therefore, be wise and be smart.