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Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labour does the body

Published : Friday, 09 Jauary, 2015 11:23 AM
IIMs and few B schools have replaced GD with WAT. Written Ability Test has become a tool to test MBA aspirant on assessing overall communication skills and personality, so it is also equally important and crucial component of MBA admission process. 
Develop points for discussion and read WAT topic:  
“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labour does the body”
A diamond is a piece of coal under immense pressure. A mud particle inside an oyster becomes a priceless pearl. Difficulties do not arise to destroy or break one down – physically, emotionally, mentally or psychologically. Instead, they arise to strengthen one and test one’s human potential to its limits, in order to yield spectacular results.
The key to a life well-lived, well-enjoyed, lies not in the eradication of difficulties from one’s life – but, it lies in embracing, accepting, dealing with one’s difficulties with an optimistic mind-set. Life is a game, the more it is played, the easier it becomes. Similarly, the more one endeavours to surmount difficulties, the more one is enriched. Courage, persistence, perseverance are the tools that one must utilise when one dealing with one’s difficult circumstances, no matter what they are or how cumbersome they seem. 
An indomitable spirit and a never-say-die attitude always hold one in good stead. Dalai Lama once remarked that no matter what sort of difficulties one faces, if one loses one’s hope, that is one’s real disaster. One should always cling on to hope even in the worst of circumstances because it what makes life livable.
Difficulties are actually opportunities in disguise. They are blessings from God and gentle reminders that we are alive, on this earth, for a noble cause which we need to achieve. Difficulties are intended to make us better, not bitter. Difficulties might delay our progress, but they do not make things impossible.
Difficulties teach us to make the most out of what we have, and not pay attention to what we lack. Because what we lack is not ours at the present moment anyway. So, we need to grab whatever tools and opportunities that the present moment offers us, and make the best of our limitations. Working within our constraints and limitations helps us to grow into mature human beings, capable of dealing with adverse circumstances.
Samuel Smiles believed that the battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved. In times of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our previous accomplishments and the successful examples of people around us who shone through the worst circumstances. These should be our guiding light, our spiritual guides.
There is truly no greater joy or pleasure in one’s life than having overcome a difficulty on one’s own. It lends one great will power, self-belief and self-worth – all of which make life meaningful and worth living.
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