"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." - Dale Carnegie
They often say, "Take life as it comes," but life isn’t about finding yourself; life is about creating yourself, it is about learning something new every day and being happy. Yes, this is my goal, being happy and I can proudly say that I have achieved it.
People generally learn from others' experiences but mine was a typical case wherein every day I learned from my experience. I always had this knack of experimenting and doing what I feel was right. Now that is from where the constant odds, failures and life lessons have begun. Giving two attempts for medical entrance and not clearing it attracted a lot of criticism from the so-called society but how does it matter when I know what I got to learn and achieve from it? So, for others it was a failure but for me, it was the learning number one of never giving up. So let the bygones be the bygones. Giving up is definitely not my cup of tea.
CAT 2017 was my first and only attempt, and I worked day and night to score a good percentile but ultimately, things don’t turn out the way you want them to. Right? And if it happens, then there is no fun in life. Right? So CAT 2017 turned out to be horrible for me as I got 82 percentile only (which I think I knew from before because of the fluctuating mock tests), no IIFT call, no IIM calls, no XIMB calls, and here comes the second life lesson - whatever it takes, just be happy and take on life as it comes.
Then there was a last ray of hope, CMAT, which turned out to be my savior. Anyway, I knew I would perform well in that because I knew how hard I had worked and so I did. It fetched me 98 percentile and finally some calls from KJ Somaiya, GIM Goa, and NIBM Pune. So from within a bleak future, there came a ray of hope. I was a fresher with a two-year gap in my CV but with the help of my parents, I kept myself motivated and determined. I started preparing for the interviews keeping all my emotions aside until the interviews got over. I had to do that because I couldn’t take a chance of adding one more year as a gap in my CV. I was honest and real in my interviews and was praised for the same.
My NIBM Pune interview lasted for about 20 minutes and they praised me for my confidence and for my debating skills. I converted NIBM Pune and KJ Somaiya as well and on the same day. I lived each and every moment of my journey and knew how to fight all odds and I emerged as a winner. Today, after completing one year of my MBA, and internship at Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), I am an altogether different, happy, positive person. Happiness is the key to my success.
What’s meant to be yours is already making its way to you. What was never yours is starting to flee from you. With time, it will all make sense. For now, bear the confusion and focus on living fully in the present. Don’t let your whole life be “I’ll be happy when...”
Be happy now!