Know the end before beginning

All around me, I see people pursuing the degrees like Engineering, CA which they don’t want to do. I mean, you should definitely do it if you love its syllabus and the content in it. But whatever decisions you take in your life, make sure it is a well thought out one. Visualize first where you wish to be in 5 or 10 years down the line and then take your decision according to that.

You might be thinking, that’s more easier said than done. Well, I’m reading a book, 7 habits of highly effective people. And one of the habits mentioned is – decide the beginning with an end in mind. You can’t book a flight ticket on makemytrip without putting in the destination. Similarly, you can’t be successful in what you are doing unless you know that what you are doing is taking you closer to where you want to go.

But that is a very difficult decision? I agree. With so many options at your doorstep. I totally agree. Even I have faced this problem in the past and still continue to face it.

But, there is a very good visual exercise that may help you figure it out:

  1. Free your mind completely. Completely.
  2. Think of this scenario.
  3. The year is 2026. You’re driving your car and you arrive at your school or college once again.
  4. It’s been 10 years since you have left the place.
  5. It’s your reunion party.
  6. You find your old classmates and you start catching up with what has happened in each other’s lives.
  7. What is it that you would want to tell your classmates at that point of time.

Make sure that the statement that you make in year 2026 is without even a tinge of regret.

I don’t know how helpful that might have been. But you do get the point, right?

Decide the end before you go about deciding the means. If you do it the opposite way, then you might end up being just mediocre. And we don’t do mediocre.

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