Nowadays, students are in the height of school exam pressure and most of them are wondering the same question, which I use to wondered during my school days ‘what am I going to do, where am I going to be in 10 years?’ When I hear that students concern about their future, I reflect what makes them worry so much about their career at the age of 14 or 15 years? I believe, the answer is right hidden in the question itself. Society, parents, relatives, teachers even a coach – every single person is expecting something from you, Students.
It is not like I am against this approach; it is good to see my students worry about their future, planning for whatever endeavour they want to achieve in their lives at that early age. However, when the planning starts getting on their nerves, in the form of high achievers, good grades etc., then they start messing with the peace of students’ mind. Ask yourself, is it making any difference if you secure less and someone secure high? Achieving high positions will not guarantee you the highest career position. I know many will argue with me on this approach of life, but the question is What is your definition of achievement? How you define the best career? How you define progress, failure or success? Its all in your head. But Sir, then how would I able to compete with the world?
Why you want to compete, what is the definition of competition for you? Is it to keep moving forward without looking at anyone (family, friends, fun, joy, relations) or competition is the name of progress whether slow or fast, more or less, pass or fail. Yup, failing is also progress because you learn your mistakes. You learn something that you need not repeat in future.
The Robin Williams speech from an old movie Jack (1996) reminds me about that struggle which I had during my youth, and now I am seeing in my students. Always remember, grades will never measure your intelligence. Marks will not define your path of success or your future. It is you in the end who will decide whether you want to fly high or want to halt somewhere so life passes-by slowly. It will be you, so keep your spirits high and keep working hard, and live your life fully as you have it. J