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Have you ever travelled to the hilly areas and heard the echoes of your own voice? I remember when we used to be kids in school, my classmates and I visited such places and we always had fun teasing each other by yelling humorous comments in loud voices. Hearing the echoes gave all of us a lot of enjoyment.
There were some of us who said positive stuff and there were some who said naughty stuff. The ''echoes'' could not distinguish the difference between the good and the bad comments, and just returned the same countless times.
Our life is similar to that ''echo zone'' where we are free to choose our own set of behaviors, beliefs and actions. If they are positive and enriching to others, we will, in return, receive in abundance what we give out, just like the echoes that repeated the same words a number of times. On the other hand, if we currently engage in backbiting and dirty office politics, and demonstrate leg-pulling, then be careful as the ''echoes'' of the same stuff will return in manifold at some point in time.
In history, you are familiar with many noble leaders and good-hearted people who have come and gone from this world, but the world still hears the echoes of what they said and practised in life for the good of others. They set the highest standards of human character and demonstrated depth of patience and forgiveness for others. This world still remembers them and continuously quotes what they said to inspire others.
Don't you think that the legacy they left in the form of words and actions are actually their ''echoes'' which we are still hearing to this day, even after they have long been gone?
So, today, decide what ''echoes'' you would like to leave as a legacy in the workplace, with your family and in society in general.
• We are free to choose our set of behaviors, beliefs and actions
• Decide what legacy you would like to leave in the workplace
• Always remember that positive actions beget positive reactions
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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