For those Caring Few

“Advice is free: The right answer will cost aplenty.” –Unknown

Going by the above dictum, we can all relate to the growing prevalence of advisors, well-wishers, soothsayers, and fear-mongers that have nothing better to do in their own lives. These dime-a-dozen advisors are nothing short of wolves in the garb of sheep that act as confidence-tricksters on the gullible, with impunity. You need not agree with me because such an experience is waiting for you just around the corner, on your favorite Search Engine on the World Wide Web.

When you want to play it safe, seek advice from those you know through a verifiable reference you could trust. No doubt, your immediate relations and/or close friends have nothing but the best of wishes for you in their hearts. What you need to know is how far you can trust their advice in matters of career choice, life partner, study options, financial matters, health issues and so much more.

It is not my intention to deviate you from the path of building strong relationships by reposing faith in others. On the contrary, knowing beforehand which one of your trusted contacts has the necessary expertise in a given field can help avert an emergency from arising in the first place.

Just one wrong piece of advice could result in unforeseen hardships and/or financial loss that no one will ever come forward to compensate. Be your own judge and act accordingly, without my advice, of course!

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” -Marilyn Monroe

Some of the most common traits of human character find such a pronounced mention in the above quote from an icon that ruled over the hearts of millions of her devoted fans for a decade. Even over half a century since her death, she remains a popular cultural icon of her time. Without going into the negativity of her troubled life, it shall be safe to address the above quote in a much relevant context per today’s demanding social norms and values.

“It is in general more profitable to reckon up our defects than to boast of our attainments.”

Coming from Thomas Carlyle, the 18th-century Scottish philosopher, essayist, historian and teacher, the above statement could be a game-changer in the followers’ lives. You may not pay attention to the advice but try to make peace with the fact that overcoming our shortcomings is dependent upon our willingness to identify the same. Until and unless we recognize our defects, there is no way we can ever make an honest effort in eradicating the same. As such, you are free to overlook the advice and chose introspection instead.

“By seeing the seed of failure in every success, we remain humble. By seeing the seed of success in every failure we remain hopeful.” –Unknown

One of the most valuable lessons I learned from my Mentor, my maternal grandfather, at an early age, the above quote has stuck with me in all pursuits. It continues to keep my fresh, alive and ticking when I am down and gives me the strength to stay grounded in achieving success. There have been times in my life when money was hard, painfully hard, to come by but the above lesson kept me toiling harder and smarter. When the tide turned in my favor, the same teaching gave me the wisdom to share some of those gains with those less fortunate. It continues to bring me much needed cheer and positive energy through thick and thin, across ups-and-downs, and against any negativity in life, at all times.

Yet another example of very valuable lessons I was fortunate enough to learn goes like this: “A man’s greatest glory doesn’t consist in never falling, but in rising every time he falls.” Honestly, I have absolutely no idea about its author. However, the intrinsic value has sunk deep enough within me to last a lifetime. I believe in this statement due to the sheer fact of personal tests of this theory in my own life, more than once. As such, I consider it my life’s ‘Mantra!’

It is my sincere hope and belief that readers would find some value in the above submission rather than an unsolicited piece of advice. The detractors may as well hide in their own self-imposed cocoons and let nature take its own course.

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