A youngster came across an advertisement in the newspaper about a walk-in interview for a job to held next the day starting at 8am, on first come first basis. The youngster went to the interview venue the next day at around 7:15am, 45 minutes before the scheduled time of 8am. He was surprised to see that there were already 30 or more youngsters who were already there and had lined up to form a cue. The youngster took his place in the queue, and started to think as to what he could do to optimize his chances to be hired for the job inspite` of the fact that he was the 31st in the line to be interviewed. He thought and thought and around 15 minutes before 8am, he wrote a note and handed it to the receptionist and requested her to give it to the interviewers. The note read: I am Sanjay and am 31st in the line. I request you not to make any decisions about hiring before you have interviewed me. The interviewer liked the initiative and the thought of Sanjay, and ended up hiring him. Life is a series of opportunities to hone one`s skill of making good to great choices in challenging situations. Learning to maintain dignity and calmness in challenging situations needs to be developed consciously. Whenever faced with challenging situations, anchor your mind to the thought that a choice can be made to deal with the situation by asking the question, what can I do best now` To do this we need to intensify the habit of making choices. Become more deliberate in living your life, starting with making choices in day to day things. Ensure that from today: Before watching television you will consult the television schedule, which is published in the newspaper, decide what you want to watch before turning on the television and stick to your decision. Ensure that what you watch either increases your knowledge or truly recreates you. When you go to the restaurants, go through the menu yourself and decide, instead of requesting your companions or the person waiting on you to decide for you. You can always ask for suggestions but make sure that you make the decision as to what to order,after understanding the items on the menu and getting a feel of what you would like to eat. Empower yourself by volunteering your services to do more than what is expected of you. It could be volunteering yourself as an organizer of events at your workplace, or the locality where you live. Volunteering develops your ability to take on challenges and develop your ability to make decisions. Develop the ability to transform seemingly insignificant situations to something special, enjoyable, meaningful and memorable because of your conscious thinking and actions. Become the creator rather than merely being spectators to brilliance. Be the one who constantly finds new ways to make life better for yourself and others. Learn from the character played by Rajesh Khanna in the Hindi movie Bawarchi who influences the family to treat each other with dignity. Watch the movie Lagaan. The character Bhuvan, played by Aamir Khan is a great role model. I assure you it will motivate and guide you to live your life by making the right choices. Please do your best.

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