Learn Through Life’s Challenges!

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Dr. Shahid Amin Trali

Life is full of challenges. Successful people follow their heart and allow their passion—not the body they’re living in—to be their guide. “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well” (Theodore Roosevelt).
God’s plan for us is essential and splendid. He gives us pain to make us strong; to know the best relations in life; to understand the true meaning of life. God makes us suffer but He has solutions ready for our sufferings. He has finest things in store for those who bear sufferings”. We should develop immense faith in His power. Some people may opportunistically argue, when the results are destined, why work hard? It is with this notion they become irresponsible and negative. God has given us capacities so we must realize and make full use of the potential.
Someone has rightly said that no matter what kind of challenges or difficulties or painful situations we go through in our life, we all have something deep within us that we can reach down and find the inner strength to get through them. Sometimes when things seem falling apart, they may actually be falling into place. Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, an Indian scientist and the 11th President of India, had to face many odds in his path toward success. Amitabh Bachchan, needs no introduction; he is a tall Bollywood personality. The king of Indian cinema too was not without worries despite ruling the cinema for many decades. “In the year 2000, when the entire world was celebrating the new century, I was celebrating my disastrous fortune. There were no films, no money, no company, a million legal cases against and the tax authorities had put notice of recovery on my home,” (Amitabh Bachchan). Jack Ma, the Chinese inspiration is a true rags-to-riches story. He grew up poor in communist China, failed his college entrance exam twice, and was rejected by dozens of employers, including one at KFC, before finding success with his third internet company, Alibaba. The challenges in life make us stronger. They bring experience and take us to the higher-highs. And , the view from the top is always much more beautiful.
We must accept the uncertainty of the future. Every path we choose represents a challenge and every challenge has a lesson for us. Life is short; there is no point to be afraid to fail, as in most cases it might just scare us off from doing good work(s.) The decision between success and failure lies often beyond our own control. It just requires above average efforts to accomplish our targeted goal. Moreover, it’s important to enjoy life and embrace whatever comes our way, whether it’s sunshine or a rainy day in life, just welcome it with an open heart. We shouldn’t have unnecessary expectations, as it will lead us to a state of worry and stress.
Try to make things simple as much as possible. We have the same 24 hours in the day as everyone else does. Successful people make their time count and hardly give any space to negativity in mind. It is our negative thinking that leads to depression. Negative thinking is a terrible addiction, and directly proportional for every other addiction to human beings. With discipline and high focus, we must ensure that the challenges never hold us back from reaching to our full potential. There is greater need to be good with everyone. What goes around comes around! Researchers have revealed that being kind to others increases our own levels of happiness as well as theirs. It’s simple. If no one likes us, we probably won’t achieve best of our goals in life. The road to success is not very simple to navigate, but with strong efforts, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve our goals.

—The author is an Assistant Professor at ITM University, Gwalior. He can be reached at: dr.shahidamin15@gmail.com