You are not your results!

You are not your results!

Doing well in academics does guarantee success just as doing poorly in academics does not guarantee failure. This was the central theme of the seminar "You and Your Results" held in Thane’s CKP Hall on Sunday June 06, 2004. Organised by NGO Lighthouse Foundation, in association with Jidnyasa Trust, the objective of the seminar was to address anxious SSC students awaiting their board results and help them deal with results sensibly. CKP Trust supported the event by sponsoring the venue.

The seminar began with a two-minute video clip that captured the reactions of SSC who were asked: "What if you fail?" The responses were expected: "I’ll run away", "I’ll be really depressed" and "I’ll feel hurt". This was followed by an audio-visual presentation which projected names of SSC board toppers from the past few years on the screen and asking the audience if they recognise them. Very few could. Then, names of famous individuals like Thomas Edison, Dhirubhai Ambani, George Washington, Mark Twain, Walt Disney, Bill Gates and many more famous individuals were shown. Everyone recognised them and their achievements. Yet, not many knew that most of them had not completed formal education, were elementary school drop-outs or had failed some time during their education. Some of them had never been to school. The story of Abraham Lincoln, the man who failed the maximum number of times before going on to become the President of United States, demonstrated what Sir Winston Churchill once said: ""Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." When the audience was asked what the moral of the story was, almost all of them unanimously echoed, "Never Give Up."

The Chief Guest of the evening was Jalaj Dani, Vice-President of International Operations at Asian Paints. He spoke about his experience at Asian Paints interspersing it with lovely quotes. One of his quotes, by Michael Jordon, reinforced the idea of not quitting: "Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."

Dr. Rajan Bhosle, well-known psychologist and student counsellor narrated wonderful stories that urged the students not to attach any judgement to the many occurrences in their lives. With the help of a wonderful Sufi fable, he convinced people that happenings are neither good nor bad – they are just happenings. He urged parents to be patient with their children. He said "Studies have shown that only about 20 per cent children are able to identify their unique ability or special talent by the age of 16." In the Q&A session, when a few parents asked difficult questions, Bhosle fielded them very well.

There appeared to be a spiritual undertone to all the messages. In one way or the other, all the presenters urged students to trust themselves and the almighty and then march forth to towards realising their dreams. Towards the end of the seminar, students were asked to write down their dreams on a slip distributed to them and drop them in a "dream box" which will be offered to the Universe for fulfilment.

SSC results are just around the corner and will be declared any day. If you’re an anxious SSC student awaiting your results, you would do well to remember that you are not your results. If you fail or score less than expected, just remember that you will get a many more opportunities along the way. Do you know that Albert Einstein, one of the greatest scientists ever, had failed his entrance test to Federal Swiss Polytechnic at the age of 16?

Lighthouse Foundation and Jidnyasa Trust have published a free booklet aimed at helping students deal with their board results. SSC students or their parents can collect this booklet from CKP Hall, Kharkarali, Thane between 5.30 pm and 8.00 pm

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