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Many decades back, in one of the Gulf countries, when no oil and gas reserves were discovered yet, an oil drilling company searched for one. Nothing was discovered even after a long period of time. After so much effort and resources, the company management reached the conclusion that nothing existed underneath the surface region and decided to stop the operation.
They instantly sent a cable to the manager-in-charge of drilling, ordered him to stop any further drilling and to wind up all the search operations. When the cable reached the manager who was certain that oil existed in that zone, he neglected the message, followed the original plan and passed on an entirely contrary order to his team with a statement, ''We received fresh orders from the management to 'drill a little deeper' and if we do not discover anything, then again drill a little deeper.''
His team, unaware of the whole scenario, followed his command, and on the same day, a miracle happened. The company hit their first oil reservoir. After that, a series of oil reserve discoveries happened. The first oil reserve was given the name ''prosperity well'' by the country head.
Did you get an interesting lesson from this story? It is this: when irrespective of all your efforts, everything still seems to fall apart, and when all your convictions and long-held beliefs still do not bring the desired outcome, then perhaps you just need some extra push and a little more effort to achieve what you are aiming for.
The dilemma is that many people change course at the final moment towards their goal without realizing that they have almost reached their objectives.
If you are aiming to achieve something precious and have already exerted energy over the years, the mantra for success is, ''commit to succeed, be persistent and drill a little deeper.''
• Commit to achieving your objectives and never give up
• Make a plan and follow it to accomplish all your life goals
• When all else fails, be persistent and push yourself more
Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is a Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company