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Get tips on creating a positive career perspective

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There's this one inspiring story that has been published countless times and used by motivational speakers. It is regarding two men, both seriously ill, who occupied the same hospital room. One man's bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The man in the bed by the window could sit up describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats.

One morning, the nurse found the lifeless body of the man by the window. Saddened, she called the hospital attendants to take the body away. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch. Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the world outside. It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, ''Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.''

People are happy in their careers not because they are surrounded with ideal policies, procedures or organizational leaders. It is actually the state of mind and the positive perspective on how they see things.

This is called neuro linguistic programming or ''reframing process.'' It may be the same situation, but different people may have a different interpretation which could be completely opposite each other.

You may have been recently transferred to a job you never chose; rather than feeling let down by the organization's decision, why not consider it as an opportunity to learn something new. This might add up as a different skill set in your professional career. This new skill enhancement can mean further career growth for you and job prospects in the future.

Handy Hints:

• Keep a positive perspective even during painful periods in life

• Each person has the ability to be in control, feel free and happy

• Veer towards a positive, calm attitude and practice it regularly

Find out what to learn from the reverses in life

Source: Kamran A. Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Training Manager in Abu Dhabi's major Oil & Gas Company