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Believe in Yourself this world. Never surrender. Face the fight. Life is full of highs and lows. Don’t get dejected with failures and don’t get elated with your success. Above all, never look at the door that is closed. Always look at the door that has been opened. The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Hence, start your journey towards success by thinking that everything is possible in this world. Size versus strength It is not the size but the strength that counts. It is not the brawn but the brain that counts. When we recall the biblical story of David versus Goliath, we see that David applied his brain powers and used the slingshot to hit the forehead of the overconfident Goliath in the battle. He beheaded Goliath who was a symbol of brawn power. Hence, it is the ideas and attitude that count at the end. When others ran away in fear, David came forward with courage and killed Goliath. The difference between a positive and negative attitude is reflected here—the people with a negative attitude had said that it was tough to fight with Goliath who was a giant while David, with his positive attitude, said that he could not afford to miss Goliath as the latter was big in size. Therefore, always view the situation with a positive attitude rather than with a negative attitude. Remember, it is not the size but the strength that counts at the end of the day. Take the example of Yugoslavian leader, Marshal Tito, who broke the back of the Soviet Empire. Former US President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II and former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher came together to bring down the crumbling walls of the Soviet Union, giving hundreds of millions of people the chance to enjoy freedom. They were all driven by positive thoughts. The leader Lee Kuan Yew brought Singapore from nowhere to a number one prosperous country, despite a dearth of natural resources. We will discuss Singapore’s success story in this regard. Singapore’s success story Singapore is a small island city-state without any natural resources. Several odds were stacked against it. Nevertheless, Singapore is an amazing example of a small country achieving a lot where big countries have failed. Size is only a physical limitation while strength is a mental capability. The path to success is not a cakewalk but ridden with several challenges. Singapore was able to meet these challenges adequately. Singapore attained independence in 1965. It progressed through collaboration and cooperation. All this happened due to the visionary leadership of Lee Kuan Yew. Moreover, although Singapore is a multi-racial and multi-religious society, people live together in peace and harmony. This city-state emphasized on the knowledge economy and its knowledge-workers who made it happen in a big way. It successfully fought corruption which became quite impossible for large countries like Russia and India. The government provided safety for the investors who entered with their investments, thus ensuring prosperity. If a tiny country like Singapore could achieve all this in a big way, why could not the large-sized countries do so too? In some cases, small companies can perform better than big companies in terms of fulfilling customers’ expectations, thus outsmarting them. Although the case of Lilliputs taking over the giants is rare, it proves beyond doubt that size doesn’t matter. At times, the small can take on the mighty in a huge way and be achievers if they break their mental barriers. China’s Jiaozhou Bay Bridge The human mind is amazing as there is no limit to it. It can achieve anything and it makes the impossible possible. The evolution of man to the present stage is an indication of human achievement. Similarly, you can achieve whatever you want so long as you can break your mental barriers. China proved it by opening the world’s longest crosssea bridge on 30 June 2011. This bridge is 42 kilometres (26 miles) long and links China’s eastern port city of Qingdao to an offshore island, Huangdao. The bridge was built in four years and is supported by more than 5,000 pillars. It is an indication of the human mind’s potential to deliver results through creativity and imagination. Currently, the biggest factory in the world is in China, the largest oil refinery is in India, the tallest building in the world is now in Dubai, the largest investment fund in the world is in Abu Dhabi and the largest Ferris wheel in the world is in Singapore. All these man-made structures show the power of the human mind, limitless imagination and ever-expanding possibilities. Everything is possible in this world Everything is possible in this world when we remove our mental barriers. At one time, people thought that it was difficult to invent aircrafts, but man made it possible. Once people thought that it was impossible to go to space, but man made it possible. Man can achieve anything and everything when his mental barriers are broken. An impossible feeling is only in the minds of people who have mental barriers, not in the minds of those who have creativity and imagination. Impossibility is there only in the minds of the pessimists, not the optimists. The impossible is there in the minds of people who failed but never endeavoured to bounce back. Whether success or failure and possible or impossible—it all exists in the human mind. When you replace fears and phobias with confidence and competence, the sky is the limit for you. In fact, the battle is won twice; first in your mind and then in reality. Once you can visualize success with possibility, you can achieve everything in this world easily. PE M.Ramakrishna Sayee is the author of four books including the award-winning book Success Can Be Yours. His articles have been featured in various international journals including Journal of Values-Based Leadership, USA. His areas of interest include Success, Self-improvement, Motivation, and Personality Development. Email mrkhyd123@gmail.com Connect M. Ramakrishna Sayee Blog mrkhyd.wordpress.com Book Success Can Be Yours Personal Excellence essentials presented by HR.com | 11.2014 Submit your Articles 25


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