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Darr ke aagey jeet hai. Conquer fear and you can conquer anything.

Every evening in my summer holidays, me and my cousin brothers would gather around our grandfather and pester him to tell us stories. He was a very religious man. I owe all my Hindu mythological knowledge to him. He told us stories of all the avatars of Lord Vishnu in general (he being an ardent devotee of Tirupathi Balaji) and that of Ramayana and Mahabharata in specific. In all his stories, he always told made a point to tell us that all of these great legends had one thing in common, they CONQUERED Fear.

As my grandfather would explain, failure exists only in one’s imagination. We fear failure, because we fear criticism, ridicule or rejection. But the truth is that anyone who has been successful has failed at some stage of their life. From failure comes knowledge of what works and what doesn’t; from failure comes knowledge of one’s strengths and weaknesses and it’s from failure that one begins a more determined attempt to achieve success.

It is a fact that in our society we ridicule failure. Rather than encourage people to take the road less traveled, we discourage them. There is encouragement to conform to a set pattern rather than stand out in a crowd. This is why failing an exam or a new venture is feared. Fear is a paralyzing, destructive emotion, one that can interfere significantly with your physical health, mental stability or professional and social life.

Setbacks, disappointments, rejections and unsuccessful attempts can be called failures. They are steps to success. How one deals with a setback determines the success of the next step. A sudden setback can be seen as a brick wall. It can also be seen as a stepping stone. It’s the way one perceives it that determines whether an unsuccessful attempt turns into a failure.

Absolute failure is about not trying to do new things; it’s about lack of conviction; it’s about giving up.

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