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Try to kick and squirm under challenges

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There's this parable of a careless frog which, a little too curious, ended up falling into a pail half-filled with fresh milk. As it swam about, attempting to reach the top of the pail, it found that the sides of the pail were too high and steep to reach.

It kicked and squirmed continuously until its tireless efforts turned the milk into a big chunk of butter which was solid enough for it to climb onto and get out of the pail. What if that frog chose to stay inside the jar without any effort? Surely, then, it would have been its last day.

This story tells us that even in the worst possible situation, there is always hope as long as we do not give up. If we believe that there is always something good hidden for us in each and every thing and if we keep on pushing ourselves, then possibilities and miracles will start happening around us.

A colleague once shared his professional miseries with me. He said each year he has been neglected and superseded for promotions he deserved the most. How his life became miserable because of the same salary he received over the years. He gave up and no longer made an effort to work hard. In the end, he was shunted out of the organization.

Never take any rejection as a failure. Rather, similar to the frog, keep on paddling up. No matter how small the steps may be, consistent action will eventually lead you to something better.

Fear is the main factor behind inaction. Remember, it is part and parcel of our life. We cannot avoid it, but we can use it to enhance our efforts in a positive way. Taking action towards your goals will give you enough momentum in your career, just like a car that moves slowly at first but enhances speed in no time. Never go stale in life. There is no option for any one of us to stop in the middle.

Never stop because of a difficult situation at work or a non-appreciative management. Kick and squirm until you make a positive contribution.

Handy Hints:

• Keep trying and never stop working for your career goals

• Try to do something new or impossible and actually do it

• Instead of dwelling on disappointments, focus on other things

Find out the qualities that make a great leader

Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

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