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The world is full of Cactus, but we don't have to sit on it

Published: Thursday, 22 June, 2017 11:00 AM

The world is full of cactus, but we don’t have to sit on it

IIMs and top B schools do conduct WAT also along with GD & PI.

Written Ability Test or Academic Writing Test or Written Analysis Test (WAT) has become a tool to test MBA aspirant on assessing overall communication skills and personality hence, it is also equally important and crucial component of MBA admission selection process.
Develop points for discussion and read WAT topic:  The world is full of cactus, but we don’t have to sit on it.

Life is not easy. It is not meant to be.It tests the best of us. The struggle for sustenance and survival in this ruthless world zaps us completely. How we deal with the challenges thrown at us by life, define our calibre and mettle as human beings.

Life can be explained with the metaphor of cactus. A cactus grows in extreme conditions and is characterized by spines. Similarly, life is characterized by obstacles, hardships and an endless struggle. It is very easy to allow life to dictate terms to you, but difficult to mould life and live it according to your terms.

Pessimism and optimism are two sides of life. You can either drown yourself in misery all the time by looking at the negative side of things and imagining everything that can go bad or you can look for that silver lining in everything and convert even pessimism into optimism. It depends on how you want to live life.

Today’s world, in particular, is defined by a sense of ruthless competitive spirit. The sense of community has given way to individualism, leading to a change in disposition of people towards one another. With self-interest being the guiding force, people do not mind resorting to extreme steps to the extent of harming others, in order to stifle competition and safeguard their own interests. Such people do not think twice before laying thorns in the path of others. For instance, a businessman would do anything to maximise his/her profits, a person working in a corporate might hurt the image of the other to stall his/her promotion. Situations like these are within the realms of possibility, and, therefore, it is upto the individual to steer himself/herselfaway from the many cacti in his way.

The choice is personal. When something bad happens to you, you can either get bogged down and slip into misery and depression and curse your fate. The other option is to fight it out and change things around. History is replete with examples of people who have overcome all odds to become successful and, in fact, changed the course of history. Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, even the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, have all overcome obstacles and the cactus thrown in their path to redeem themselves and reach the pinnacle of success. They continue to inspire.

The clichéd proverb that ‘life is not a bed of roses’ is absolutely true. Each step is a struggle. A person who is determined and ready to overcome hardships will seldom be on the losing side. On the other hand, it is the uncertainty of life, the many challenges that one needs to overcome, that make life exciting to live.

The world will be what it is. The coming time will be harder than today. But the idea is to create our own spaces of comfort, our own den of happiness, where we can escape whenever life gets too much to handle.

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