Life very often feels like a perpetual competition especially in the 20s when you have your cognitive mind at work and perceptions at its best. In many ways, it is. You’re always competing for an internship/job, a partner, better pay, better benefits, a better life. It is sometimes very exhausting and discouraging.
Everyone faces obstacles at some point, both large and small. There’ll be times when it feels it’s impossible to get ahead, but this is an illusion.
The first quality that is needed is audacity.~Winston Churchill
- Have natural camouflage, conquer every situation.
A Chinese Proverb says,
A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.
Acclimatize yourself, be curious for a change, be flexible in life; you can’t get anywhere if you’re not willing to step outside of your comfort zone.Be like water, and effortlessly adapt to your surroundings.
2. Be your own damn teacher. Keep your eyes open and grab the bull by the horns.
There’s nothing worse than having a conversation with someone who believes they know everything. Remain open-minded, assume nothing and stay cognizant of the fact that the only constant in life changes.
Listen to others, observe the world around you and revel in the fact that we live on such a beautiful and dynamic planet.
3. Only weak people need constant attention. Don’t talk about it, be about it.
Ernest Hemingway said,
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
No one likes a braggart. People are drawn to those who are exceptionally talented, yet genuinely don’t believe they’re better than anyone.Everyone is worthy of respect. We’re all human, and everyone has weaknesses.
None of us is infallible. Be humble. 😀 Be kind!
4. Get off your ass and conquer the world. Right now.
Apathy is your greatest enemy and as Salvador Dali once said,
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
Without drive, we have nothing. You need to be willing to seize opportunities when they come your way. This might inconvenience you at the moment, but it will pay off immensely in the long run.
Only struggle moulds one into a champion.
5. You’re good, but you’re not that good. Cut the bullsh*t and be a team-player.
Anyone who tells you they’ve achieved success completely independently is a liar or delusional at best. Not even Jordan got to where he is alone. He said,
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
We get ahead in life by accepting help when we need it, and reciprocating whenever we can. Humans are an inherently social species. We rise together or we fall alone.
6. Only fools rush in, wait for your moment and don’t hesitate, execute.
Benjamin Franklin, once said:
He that can have patience can have what he will.
Work on it, if you are impatient and stubborn. There is never a shortcut to success, and it won’t be over night. Don’t give up because something is difficult or seems impossible.
You can’t rush a good thing. Stay focused and recognize that defeat can be more valuable than victory.
7. Don’t take sh*t from anyone, but don’t be a jerk either. Know your strengths and your weaknesses.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
That quote comes from none other than Eleanor Roosevelt. And there’s a distinct difference between confidence and arrogance. Know what you’re capable of, but don’t broadcast it to the world. Actions speak louder than words. Don’t overextend yourself, but don’t doubt your abilities either.
8. Don’t let anything discourage you. If the world tries to shoot you down, smile and shoot back.
Negativity is perhaps the most pointless emotion — and no one knew that more than Nelson Mandela. He once famously said,
Try to keep your head up! I know it’s hard, never stop believing 🙂
It has been really tough for me, the past few months, so many things had happened at such a pace in a very short span, I had lost my grandfather, met with a car accident almost got myself killed, got selected for an internship at GM as well Mercedes, got a research paper selected at one of International Conferences. But thankfully, I’m doing great at the moment!:) & I can’t express those events with my words because, all that happened in such a short span, as if it was sky falling down, it really was nerve-wracking.
Woah! But I feel good! I lived through it! 🙂