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He was a very famous golfer with big championship titles under his belt. But there came a time when he lost in some key tournaments in a row. The same media that always praised him suddenly became critical and negative towards him.
He felt so depressed that he decided to call for a press conference to remind the people who were criticizing him that he had several achievements and rewards in the past.
While heading towards the conference hall, his mother met him on the way and asked him what he intended to do. Under intense negative emotions, he told his mother that he would tell them something in such a way that they would get a lesson they would remember for the rest of their lives. His mother advised him that the answer should not come from his tongue but rather from his golf club performance. The person who got that million-dollar advice and career guidance that day was no other than Tiger Woods.
We also get stuck in a similar situation many times in our lives. We feel that our wholehearted efforts are nothing, that they are not working for us. Sometimes while we are on the track to success, forces of darkness surround us. We get certain blows which may uproot us from where we stand and force us to lick our wounds.
When in this moment you realize that you are surrounded by negative criticisms and people have literally forgotten your achievements, then pick up the champion attitude.
Throw any of the negative thoughts and emotions out and stand firmly on the ground with your head high. With the “performance club” in your hand, focus on answering all your critics through that club, not through your tongue.
Handy Career Guidance
• It is wise to prove critics wrong through actions not words
• Positivity means ignoring what other people say and moving on
• Throw negative thoughts and emotions; focus on your goals
Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is a Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company