It's been over 8 hours since the results were published. The feeling has sunk deep within us and we're all going through a tough time. I couldn't make it this time, I was disappointed. As i sat thinking over it, I realized that there are many wonderful people out there who are in a similar situation like me. Many of them would still be in deep agony and in isolation. This is the time we need to support each other and make efforts to bring a smile on each other's faces. Isiliye, thought of writing something for all my co-aspirants out there who thoroughly deserve a pep talk.Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm - Winston ChurchillWhen we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives. - A.P.J. Abdul KalamTo those super-heroes who are moving to better avenues in life,
End of a dream is one of the most painful moments in life.
There are two realities in life, Every end has a beautiful new beginning and all good things do come an end.
You guys have endured it all, in-spite of all the hurdles and despite of all the struggles. You guys made it to the finish line, it doesn't matter where you stand. What matters is the process you went through to reach the finish line. That itself makes you a champion of champions. The experience and learning that you've gained through this will help you face toughest of situations in life with ease. Most of us don't realize this now, but one fine day we'll all be thanking our stars for all the failures we came across. Success may define our character but failure defines what we are made of.
This must be unknown to most of you, but do not consider yourself any less because you guys have displayed nerves of steel and perseverance of a soldier. You guys are ready to meet new challenges and decimate them to conquer new set of dreams. There are in-numerous examples of those who failed in this exam but went on to do really really big in their lives. The same destiny lies awaiting for you all, It's all there just standing to be yours.
Take a break, This time is emotional. Make no decisions right now and just go through the feelings. Cry, Scream, talk with your loved ones, Just do everything you want to until your heart is content with it. Once your emotions subside, slowly begin to introspect and think what's next? I'm sure there are magnificent opportunities waiting for you.
Talk to everyone, make a list of all the learnings you gained through this and paste it on our wall. Let there be bright confidence in your faces when you talk to anyone, you're not a failure, you're a champion! Tell that with immense pride. I mean it because it's not in everyone to go through the grind. You are special and You took all the bullets with great passion. The world will one day appreciate and applaud your battle scars. Believe in yourself, You are amazing!!
!Mistakes are the portals of discovery - James Joyce.
The path you've led is a path of re-discovering yourself. I just wish you all of you the very very very bestest from the bottom of my heart. Pick up another dream and start chasing it like a mad guy once again. After all, it's the madness and the thrill that we live for. After all, it's the craziness that gives us the best moments in life. To those workaholics who are still in the game,
I have always believed that everything happens for a good reason. We fail to get better and get better. Failure means a stripping away of the inessential - JK Rowling.
This exam is super cruel. It demands maniac like perseverance and consistency. Of course there are exceptions to this who must have learnt this art of perseverance and consistency at some other point of life, but for us mere mortals it's something still far away from our reach. This is where we need to conquer.
Nothing big comes our way unless and until we start making every moment count. "Winning is a habit". Somebody said it so right.
We need to plan and execute every second of our journey so that we start winning our moments and our every-days. Once we start winning everyday, the habit will manifest great possibilities and brings in great success.
Back to the basics, they say. Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles. - Jawaharlal Nehru.
We need to be humble to accept the fact there is mindblowingly insane competition. The only way we can improve is to accept our mistakes and that there is something lacking in us. Of course there are factors that ain't in our control but there's point in discussing them because they will never be in our control. We need to take full charge of what we can control.
In my UPSC journey, I haven't come across any guy saying that he studied for 14 hrs* 365 days and still couldn't make it. I'm not saying we need to do exactly that, but i'm trying to convey that there's lot we can do to improve our efforts.
Let's be absolutely ruthless and give it all in a beast mode for the next attempt. Let's not put our swords down until and unless the last drop of sweat flows down from our skin. Let's fight and fight and fight till we have it in our sight!
Let the emotions subside, take a break and then start to introspect. Make a list of all the things that went wrong and decimate it one by one like a man on a mission. You can do it, You can definitely do it because we often don't realize how strong we are until we are pushed to the limit.
Promise yourself discipline, dedication and determination. The universe will promise you victory.
As the horizon basks in the glory of dawn tomorrow morning, Your journey towards magnificence will begin. Hold your nerves, it's going to be super exciting and an experience of life-time. Wish you all the brightest of days ahead and I hope to join you all in the pursuit of diligence.