Bill was on the path to discovering his career. In that pursuit he had read several dozen books on ‘inspiration’ and ‘how to win’ this, that and the other. Yet he felt something lacking, something missing. He talked over this with Alex. Alex: What happens when you read an ‘inspiring’ story? Bill: I feel like becoming the hero of the story. Alex: Isn’t that imitation? Look how many around you are behaving as their favourite film stars, calling it their 'own' style. You are living like a 'revised version' of your ‘hero’. And you write 'your' story on becoming successful. Then some other chap reads your story and imitates you. Bill: Doesn't inspiration work, ever? Alex: Yes, it does when it ignites the potential in you. It goes waste if it puts you to sleep. Then you hover from one ‘inspiring’ story to other. Bill: How can I become ‘successful’ without being inspired? Alex: Telling you the ‘how’ are instructions for imitation. Y
Student: Who is a teacher? Master: From whom you learn something, though his intention may not be to teach you. He just points out. Student: Why? Master: Because no one can teach you anything, really. Whether you learn or not, it’s your responsibility. Everyone is self-taught - whether one believes it or not. Student: But there are many who claim to be teachers. How do I know the genuine? Master: He's not the one trying to sell you an idea and make you feel comfortable - as is in most cases. Learning is transformation – which may be painful. A teacher, sometimes, even makes you feel miserable for you to come out of your cocoon. If you feel happy in someone's company, if he makes you feel good all the time, he is either your friend or a salesman in disguise.When you can clearly see the fault in your past thoughts and actions, even if you feel uncomfortable in his company, you have found a teacher.
Ajay was fed up of solving the algebra problem which was taking so long. His friend approached him to have a chat. "How do I solve this? I am really getting nowhere even after these dozen attempts that are lying in the trash can", he complained. His friend answered, "If you do not understand where you are at this moment, all efforts to solve this problem are in vain. "This is a simple problem, but look how people are exploited socially because of their ignorance. When a student wants to become an engineer, he will be in good company if he finds someone who can stimulate the love of engineering, not a salesman in the guise of a teacher. Look at the problem solvers around us who have made things and events happen. Wonder what our surroundings would have been, if they didn't know how to take the first step. "So when stuck with a problem, use the key 'Where am I?'"