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You may have played the snakes and ladders game countless of times. The aim of the game is to be the first player to reach the end of the board by rolling a die.
Along the way, there are instances where a player lands on a square with a ladder which takes the player up to the higher number. However, when the player lands on a square with a snake, the player slides down to the square with a lower number where the snake's tail ends.
There is not a single player in this game who has not come across a ladder or a snake on the way to the ''finish line.'' The beauty of this game is that you may be thrown down to the lower numbers, or you may land on squares closer to the start of the game, but you are never thrown out of the board. You always stay on the game. What an interesting life philosophy to learn from!
Similar situations happen to us. At some point, we come across ''ladders'' in the form of success, e.g. job promotions, enhanced social standing, new business ventures, educational achievements, increased financial fortunes.
On the way, however, we also meet ''snakes'' in the form of failures, difficulties, disappointments and mistakes. These ''snakes'' may make some of us conclude that the game is over, pushing us to think that there is nothing we can do anymore, so we stay where we are and refuse to roll our ''die'' once more. But then again, these same ''snakes'' may serve to strengthen our resolve to correct our mistakes, move on and try again, at the same time keeping our focus on our career goals/target.
It is up to you which path you want to take. Remember, if you have been hit by a personal tragedy or failure in your professional career or business, pick up the courage to roll the die again. As they say, the game of life is not over until it's over.
• Your future is not defined by the ''snakes'' or ''ladders'' you face
• Be persistent and learn from your mistakes instead of giving up
• Failures should humble you, so get up and move forward again
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Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company