While reading the book – Revolution 2020, I felt sympathy with the main character Gopal who couldn’t crack his engineering entrance exams. I can imagine how broken he would have felt when he couldn’t meet his parents expectations to become an engineer, when he couldn’t get into the IITs list even after a long struggle and hefty fees to the coaching classes, how hopeless life would have been for him when his father thought he did “nothing” to achieve his goal.
But as the story goes, he owns an Engineering college along with a plan for MBA college. Isn’t that surprising?
This story – read so far – makes me think if failure can really be a new beginning?
As I peep back into my life, I see a lot of failures I have faced.
I wanted to become a doctor – a dream I had seen since childhood and proudly shared with others. I had put in tremendous efforts in my 10th class to get into merit for a good college and Science Stream. My 12th result was also satisfactory enough for a medical seat. Unfortunately, luck became hard luck and even though I had an admission letter in hand, I realized it wasn’t as easy as I had thought. While calculating the fees and other expenses, I realized this financial commitment was going to be difficult for the family. So, I decided I shouldn’t go ahead with this option. I couldn’t make it to the Medical College. My first failure – or should I call it my new beginning.. 🙂
I then tried my luck with Biotechnology, and I got my seat through there. I was excited about this new stream as I had heard a lot about the future career prospects I have with this degree. I was all set for this new beginning I had made for myself.
But life is all about twists and turns. While taking this course in my first year, I got a part-time job opportunity – a much needed one that time. And as I completed my first three months in my job juggling between college and office, I had an offer in hand with full-time employment with them. I had to take a decision. I knew I can’t handle my 3-hrs a day long practical sessions in college along with a full-time job. My heart was close to Biotech but my brain took over me and I accepted the offer letter.
My second dream failed against reality. I needed the job more than biotech degree that time.
Then there was another beginning. I took a BBA degree which was easy to manage along with job. And I must say, I finished it well with flying colours. I am proud of it 😎
Now, I had a degree and 2 ½ years of experience in Sales. I thought it was right time to look for a better job – in an IT company – with glass building, beautiful interiors, ID cards hanging proudly around your neck and a tag of working in “IT”. That’s what had made me obsessed about IT companies.
Soon began the cycle of telephonic rounds followed by face-to-face ones. I couldn’t crack a couple of them, some I didn’t accept. I was slowly reaching to a conclusion that IT was all about working for the US – night shifts 9pm-6am – totally opposite to what my dad worked for.
I again felt a failure in me. With every interview I kept telling myself – there is still a lot to come my way. Being optimist does help sometimes. 🙂 I got a job finally that I was waiting for – an IT company as I had desired – with a day shift convenience. Wow, I had made it there – I had made a new beginning.
After rounds and rounds of failures and new beginnings in my life, I am happy what I am now. I enjoy what I do. I feel mature with these experiences and never forget this lesson to take failure as a part of success.
I keep telling this story to my sweet little sister who is doing her MBA and is attending interview rounds one after other as a part of campus placements. She feels positive and is waiting for her new beginning now 🙂
Don’t you agree – every failure gives an opportunity for a new beginning?
6 thoughts on “Failure OR A New Beginning??”
Every end is also a beginning, or so they say. You may do well to tell you sis that these things always come in cycles. It’s important to keep at it till you find the thing that fits. But it’s important to not be too fixated on a specific goal too – goals have to change based on the circumstances.
True sir 🙂 Goals have to change with circumstances. I agree.
Nicely written and presented, Aparna. Keep that right up.
Every failure may be an opportunity for a new beginning. But many winners may just have another approach because for them being “practical” is more important than merely being “positive”.
As long as you accept your failure rather than justifying it– the success is never too far!
Thanks Sameer 🙂
And you are absolutely right – failures are to be accepted rather than justified.. Good one..
Nice one.. Even though I am aware of all these phases of your life, it really touched me when I read it. Very much motivating for the beginners… Loved it. Keep writing.
Thanks 🙂 Wonderful to see your comment!! Truely surprised!! 🙂