Life teaches us when we get on wrong direction December 20th, 2013

Vinod Kumar

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will – Jawaharlal Nehru

I am sure all of you have gone through a feeling where you always said – “Life is not fair”, “I shouldn’t be getting into this”, “This shouldn’t have happened to me” etc. Now these are human instincts and our mind plays games with us. There is nothing wrong in these feelings and all of us sail in the same boat. Having said that, how can we avoid such feelings in the future? Life gives us enough hints and we ignore to get out of our comfort zone to acknowledge and take corrective steps. This is not simple and clear as it seems. Let me take a shot at this concept and what is currently running in my mind.

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception – Aldous Huxley

Most of us are engulfed in too many distractions around us that we forget and miss out these signals that is right in front of us.

Make your OWN decisions

This is the simple of the lot. If you always take decisions which are recommended by others you are leading a life filled with defaults which are never governed by you. These are dangerous and don’t try to be one of them. Live your life in your own terms – define it, build your sculpture and enjoy every moment.

Don’t take the path of least resistance

Who said life is going to be easy. Life is filled with challenges and do expect it to be this way. It adds spice to our lives and pushes us every single time. Even water flows in the least resistance path, but over a period of time it even cuts through stones and engulfs the anything in its path.

Don’t let your fears conquer you from doing what is right. Step out of your comfort zone and from time to time take some riskiest choices that will mold you as a better person. Understand that you never know how long you need to run while chasing your dreams – it can last a lifetime too.

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream – Edgar Allan Poe

Differentiate Obstacles Vs Opportunities

This is in continuation to precious point, but the fundamental difference between obstacles and opportunities is the way we see both. In this world there is no limit to the problems around us, just in pursuit to solving them is a ton loads of opportunities in front of us. So my request is to look past the negatives and look at the goodness life is filled with.

You work hard going nowhere

To achieve success in life we need to be focusing the right things with the right attitude and driving all your way in the right direction. Working hard is not enough and we have heard this in tons of management books out there. All jobs are created with different complexity. So don’t get caught up with the random odd jobs. Doing a random urgent job is not of any consequence if it was not of any importance.

Also the other thing about people is they start and don’t have the extra energy to finish. Understand that we are judged by the work that we finish not what all we started in life. This applies to professional life and personal life. Passion helps you take off, it is determination that helps you finish the job in hand.

Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision – Peter Drucker

As I finish this post, let me sign off saying nothing in life is permanent, our today steers the decisions we take and guides us through to what we do. Do everything with a positive mind because what you do today is what guarantees you to where you will be.

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15 Responses to “Life teaches us when we get on wrong direction”

  1. Vinod,

    Thjanks for sharing your views… Nice post.

    It never occurred to me that taking the path of least resistance meant laziness or sitting around doing nothing. Nice analogy but I disagree little bit. I believe there is a difference between finding the least resistance path and pursue it to depend on the Universe to deliver for you. I think the path of least resistance leads to the action that is less inspired but saying don’t take the path of least resistance means bit of a stretch.

    Let’s take an example of people moving in the traffic… oftentimes you got to move along the path of least resistance to reach your destination. Taking the challenging path doesn’t always take you to your destination. I agree taking challenging path makes the journey interesting …


    • Vinod Kumar says:

      This is a difficult analogy to accept. Even a dead fish flows with water but only the fish that is alive swims against the current. So when I mean the path of least resistance, make conscious decisions and learn to swim against the current once in a while.

      Thanks again for your thoughts. Much appreciated.

  2. Priyanka Hurali says:

    very motivating sir.!!

  3. Amiya says:

    Great Info Vinod Sir! I always like and it makes me motivated when I see your post about optimistic idea about life in Facebook.. Step out of your comfort zone and from time to time take some riskiest choices that will mold you as a better person… it’s absolutely true.. And this what the real key to open the door to success! I just love the photograph in which you are knocking at door, it simply makes me ‘Be Positive’ and it tells me move forward, run in the the right way………

  4. Nilesh says:

    Thanks for another wonderful post!

    You said it right, “we are judged by the work that we finish not what all we started in life.”

  5. Awesome sir,
    Really hats-of for your thoughts,i don’t know how to manage your time to write these many types of great articles.
    Please give me some hints ,me too can follow the same .
    really i am inspired by u ..

  6. It reminds me The Essence of the Geeta:


    …Nice post..Life has its mechanism to bring the things in harmony. Thanks Vinod !

    • Vinod Kumar says:

      Our ancestors have taught us many things and we are just rehashes of their learnings in the modern context. Thanks Praveen, it is always refreshing to be reminded of the Bahagavath Gita.

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