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You are the architect of your own fortune

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It should not be a big surprise if someone tells you that one apple seed possesses millions of apples. You see, if an apple seed is planted in a fertile land, it can grow into a big tree that will bear many fruits.

Similarly, one cannot identify a person’s enormous potential just by looking at him. An individual’s hidden potential can be unleashed if given the right motivation by leaders and the right environment where needed resources are available.

This age’s technological advances like computers, cars, planes, ships and mobile phones all emerged as a seed of thought. Centuries and decades of idea generation, brainstorming, creating, testing, polishing and innovating have resulted in these “enormous rewards.” You may not know the names of all their inventors, but you are now enjoying the fruits of their skills and abilities.

Unfortunately, there are people who choose to live an insipid life, believing that they are not significant. They opt for reduced or stagnant levels of intellectual activity, forgetting that they can always make huge and positive contributions if they put themselves in a fertile environment watered with discipline and the right attitude. The right environment is located within themselves in the form of self-belief and inner drive to pursue continuous learning and adopt a never-giveup attitude.

You are the architect of your own fortune. You are like that seed which has the capacity to grow and benefit millions of people around you, whether it is in the workplace or not.

Today, scrap any thought which gives you ill feelings regarding yourself or your self-worth. Remind yourself that you are resourceful and have this miracle inside which emerges if you allow yourself to stay on the course of positivity.


Handy Hints

• Make a conscious effort to achieve professional growth

• Focus on activities and tasks you can excel or be great at

• Set your own targets; celebrate when you make progress


Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

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