Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Obama's speech and Indian Conditioning

I, like many indians, have been taught not to ask a question coz it will show you as week and ignorant. You MUST ALWAYS says YES, even when you dont know, cant do or is out of your range. For 25 years i have been doing the same till the time i came to Pune and started working with westerners. Since my indian conditioning, i was always in trouble coz whenever western people ask me something, i could not refuse it and end up saying, "YES". Slowly slowly i learnt this, that its not bad to say,"NO" coz nobody knows everything. Today when i'm reading Obama's speech to the student, i felt like God!, wish he be PM of our country. Here's some of the content from his speech:

Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures. JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, "I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

These people succeeded because they understand that you can’t let your failures define you – you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. If you get in trouble, that doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.

No one’s born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice. It’s the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust – a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor – and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals.

And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you – don’t ever give up on yourself.

Complete Speech here

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