Take It Day By Day

We Generate Fears While We Sit. We Overcome Them By Action.

Dr. Henry Link

We are asked all our lives, by our peers, our teachers, loved ones and visitors, ‘How old are you?’ in schools, functions, gatherings and on the streets. We mumble our answer in a monotonous tone until we pass school or college. After this, we feel as if we are on our own. We start to dread this question. Why?

Because the question takes quite a different turn as we grow up. Often joining hands with another following question ‘Well, what have you done in your life until now?’ 

Leaves us speechless sometimes, doesn’t it? 

How We Compare And Why We Compare

We see our peers doing extraordinary things in their lives. Going around the world, taking various responsibilities, beginning their careers, and making the most out of their time. We judge our accomplishments with their’s and underestimate ourselves. 

The Only Limit To Our Realization Of Tomorrow Will Be Our Doubts Of Today.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The dream of early success is so over-glorified, in the media, in society and well, on our dreams itself. The vision of getting a well-paid job in our 20s and settling down in a middle-class luxury life is a common desire. But is this what life is all about?

What about the skills we have acquired throughout our lives? Our experiences? Our creations? Most of all, What good have we done for society? 

What is Life All About?

Life is not just about mere existence. The capitalist world makes us aspire for a luxurious life but speaks nothing on the moral deeds we should do and how learning is a constant process in life, not merely something we finish in schools and institutions.

Learning has no age limit. We are never too old to learn something new and do our part. Several icons of the modern world whom we admire have paid their share of creations well after their thirties and more. 

What You Lack In Talent Can Be Made Up With Desire, Hustle And Giving 110% All The Time.

Don Zimmer

For instance, comedian Steve Carell; who is known blockbuster hit such as “The Big Short” staring as Micheal Scott in The Office, didn’t land his hit role as Michael Scott until 42 years of age. 

Other famous cases of late successes are Ricky Gervais(creator of The Office); Arianna Huffington (Founder of HuffPost) and even J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved Harry Potter books, started writing the first book of the world-famous franchise well into her thirties. All of their life events towards success continue to inspire us in addition to their inventions staying immortal.  

This doesn’t mean we should hold our lives in pause mode and hope for the best, that life will figure itself out as we age. A person must have a moral aim in their life. We must aspire to create, innovate and inspire ourselves at every point since the start. It depends on the quality, not quantity. 

Swami Vivekananda did great things in his short lifetime. One doesn’t have to be him to attain noble things; One should take the great monk’s values and aspire to do charitable deeds in their lives for the society and themselves. 

Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda’s popular quote often serves as a great inspiration when we feel at our lowest:- 

Arise, awake and do not stop until the goal is reached.

Swami Vivekananda

A person doesn’t simply become great in a day at something. It takes a deal of consistent effort to be exemplary at something. After all, practice makes perfect. We must fail at times to learn from mistakes and rise strong. Failures are the pillars of success. Famous talk show host Oprah was fired from her job as an anchor, but she took failure as an experience. Now she is one of the most popular figures in today’s world and the cherry on top, a billionaire. 

Everybody has a calling. And your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you were meant to be, and to begin to honor that in the best way possible for yourself.

Oprah Winfrey

Our aspirations in life might not come easy, be done in a short while, and might often make us discouraged and have us abhor life itself. Don’t care about what others are doing in their lives, go at your pace. During these moments in time, we must remember, ‘where there is a will, there is a way’. If there’s a true passion for the right cause, a rational purpose, then no one can stop you from achieving your ambition. Remember as you age, you are not getting ‘old’, you are getting better. 

Ranjitsinh Disale – The Global Teacher 2020

A teacher holds the power to change a student’s life. And that’s what a teacher from the state of Maharashtra did. He took a stand for promoting girls education and changed the lives of many girls.

On 3rd December 2020, Ranjitsinh Disale a teacher from Solapur district, Maharashtra won the Global Teacher Prize 2020 with a cash prize of $1-million.

He said, The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed education and the communities it serves in a multitude of ways. But in this hard time, teachers are giving their best to make sure every student has access to their birthright of a good education.

He also said, Teachers are the real change-makers who are changing the lives of their students with a mixture of chalk and challenges. They always believe in giving and sharing. And, therefore, I am very pleased to announce that I will share 50% of the prize money equally among my fellow, top 10 finalists to support their incredible work. Because I believe, together we can make a difference and we can make this world a better place.

He believes he is not the winner he is equal among all the rest 9 top 10 finalists. His attitude towards growing and sharing has put a mark that we should learn to share because if we will share then only we can grow together.

When Ranjitsinh Disale arrived at the Zilla Parishad Primary School at Paritewadi in Solapur in 2009, it was a dilapidated building, sandwiched between a cattleshed and a storeroom. Most of the girls in the school were from tribal communities. Atendance was very low. Sometimes it could be as low as 2% and teenage marriage was very common. Some students were unable to understand the textbooks because it was not in their primary language(Kannada). But Ranjitsinh did not give hope he learned Kannada and taught them by translating the textbooks to their local language.

He also started QR coded textbooks by the help of which students could learn through video lectures, audio poems and stories. And later his school became the first in the Maharashtra to use QR coded textbooks. In 2017 state ministry decided to introduce QR coded textbooks for classes 1-12. Following which in 2018 NCERT also introduced QR coded textbooks.

His school is in a drought-prone district of Maharashtra but he has tackled with this issue also by increasing green land from 25% to 33% in the last ten years. In all, 250 hectares of land surrounding his village was saved from desertification, earning his school the ‘Wipro Nature for Society’ award in 2018.

CEO of Microsoft (Satya Nadela) has recognized Ranjitsinh’s work as one of three stories from India in his book Hit Refresh. He has won the Innovative Researcher of the Year 2016 award and he has also won the National Innovation Foundation’s Innovator of the Year award in 2018. He has communicated his methods by writing more than 500 newspaper articles and blogs, as well as participating in television discussions on educational topics.

He is a teacher with utmost respect who has dedicated his life for girls education and now all his work has made tremendous impact. Teenage marriages has stopped in that place and the school is having 100% attendance of girls.

Career by choice and not by chance -Importance of career planning-

We come across some students who are focused, determined, and know what exactly they
want to do in their lives. These people end up with a satisfying career and life. But some
students choose their careers either because it is the only option available to them, or get
influenced by family and friends. They don’t put much effort into choosing their career.
Some also get carried away by few career options because of their alluring pay scale but later
end up remaining unsatisfied and unhappy in the long run.

Therefore, students need to follow what their hearts say. They should figure out what their
interests are and choose the career accordingly. For choosing a career, it requires planning.
Planning includes skills, interests, values, and preferences before making any decision. This
process should be continuous and should keep going in the mind of a child until the final
career is decided.

Following tips can be taken into consideration which may help in the selection:

1. A student should be encouraged to analyze their present state, i.e where they are and
where they want to be. And what all needs to be done to reach that place. Does he
possess the required skills for the career she has in her mind?
2. Before choosing a career the student should keep in mind her personal preferences.
3. A child does have multiple preferences. So they should pen down their choices and
then narrow down as per the option which is best suited.
What to avoid while selecting a career?
First and foremost, don’t choose a wrong career – a career which is not by choice but by
chance, why to even go ahead with it. Try and avoid the following:
 If someone believes they have a say in your career choice they don’t. The decision
will barely affect their life but it will drastically affect your life. So don’t get dragged
 We all have our ideals or role models but don’t follow their footsteps blindly. Maybe
something that worked for them won’t work for you too. Go for that field only
because it interested you not because your ideal chose it.
 Don’t tend to avoid the future aspects of the career. See what is its growth prospects?
Will it give you a satisfactory lifestyle? These questions have a major relevance,
therefore find the answers beforehand only.

Ending on a note, it solely depends on what kind of career and lifestyle the student wants.
They have to understand whether they want to be happy in their career or remain unsatisfied
their whole life. This decision will depend on their now – NOW or NEVER. One decision
can make or break your life. So always go for the right option. Try to choose a career by
choice not by chance!!!