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Go, Get A Goal
by Sanjay Gora

No, we are not going to talk about tongue-twisters or alliteration, though the title might mislead you into believing that. We are talking philosophy of life here, so be serious. And coming from a person like me who rarely stuck to a life-goal for more than a couple of days, it should mean something, right! Coz I've learnt it the hard way.

Actually when asked what I wanted to do with my life, my standard answer used to be "Well, as of now, I plan to be a writer (or doctor, engineer, singer.. the list is endless)". What all this meant was that I could not prioritize my life-schedule, and it was through sheer lady luck that I could get a respectable job, at least to me it appears so.

Focus then is the key-word here.

I am not asking you to follow Arjuna of Mahabharata though (you of course can, if you want to), coz then you will curse me later for advising you to forgo other pleasures of life and concentrating only on studies.

That is not me. I am all in for enjoying life at all ages, in all its hues. Specially when you are at an age, you are at, you need to have jhakas masti. No financial responsibility, no family to support, no pretensions for social gatherings and so on. I would have been envious of you, had I not been aware of other international tensions you people have at your age. Well, still it is your time, guys. Have fun on the run.

But, yes the Almighty BUT, is that this is also the age and time when you can make or break your career. If you take an overdose of the fun part and neglect the serious part, only you are to blame. It IS your life, isn't it? SO if you decide to squander away the precious life-shaping years, don't ask me who was at fault. Then merely doing your course-work and getting good grades is not enough.

You need to think, think and think, what you want to be in life. That is why I asked you to go and get a goal. "My friend is doing Bio, so me too", "That college has a hep crowd, so I'll go there" and " Papa wants me to be an engineer, though I hate Physics, Chemistry", are all life-spoiling statements.

You and only you know what you are good at, what you like doing the most, and where do you see yourself, say ten years from now. If you don't, then take the trouble of knowing it by asking yourself these questions again and again. What makes you happy, is the critical point. Is it money (don't be ashamed if it does, you have got company), peace of mind, helping others, solving challenging or technical problems, creative writing or making computer programs. Think seriously and decide, coz if you want your adrenalin flowing day-in and day-out, choose a career of your liking and then start working towards making that career possible and fulfilling your dreams.

Day dreams with a pinch of realism are more likely to be realized.

So, what is YOUR goal in life?  

12-Mar-2006
 
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