Belief, this may be a 6 letter word for many of us. But look closely this isn’t just a word from an English dictionary. This can propel a person to unimaginable heights and unfathomable success. If you take the examples of famous personalities this becomes even more vivid. Let us take the example of Apple Inc Founder, the iconic Steve Jobs, a Stanford dropout who changed the way the world looked at technology. I can bet for a million bucks that not many of his peers may have given him a chance when he dropped out. But hey, that turned out to be the turning point in his career. He had his ideas like all his fellow batch mates but the one thing that stood out was his belief. He had his share of ups and downs but that didn’t deter him from achieving what he set out to achieve. He failed a hell lot of times but he held on to his greatest asset and that is belief. He is an icon, a role model for the generations to come. He may have left us but his legacy will go on and the next time when a kid looks at a half-eaten apple, we will all know that the kid will be looking at the legacy left by a certain man who goes by the name Steven Paul Jobs.
If we talk about sports there are many that come to my mind. Let us take our very own Sachin Tendulkar, a 5’5’’ random bloke from India’s commercial capital city, Mumbai who took the cricket world by storm during his playing days. He started playing at a young age but he never really may have dreamt that he would end up as the highest ever run-getter in Tests and ODIs and the only cricketer to have scored a century of centuries. He is also the recipient of the coveted Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour in India among other national awards. The winner of 2011 World cup may have added numerous feathers in his highly decorated cap but while he was a child the only thing he ever wanted to do was to wear the Blue jersey of his nation and take the field in front of a packed Wankhede. When he debuted at the age of 16 against Pakistan in Karachi, they already had a fearsome pace attack led by the legendary Wasim Akram. He failed in his initial days and given his age could have given up altogether. But he held on to his belief, worked hard on his game, piled on the runs and never really looked back. He had broken numerous records, set new records but he himself had said: “Records are meant to be broken”. Even during the twilight of his long illustrious career, he was among the first person to come for practice and one of the last to leave. Such was the dedication of this Mumbai boy who always believed that he can chase his dreams and make them a reality.
Such instances are numerous. We are all born with certain talents and abilities, the ones which we don’t have control over. But the one thing that can be inculcated among all of us is belief. We will all have our bad days at some point in our lives, that time when will think about giving up. But its only belief that can hold our hands and let us cross the troubled waters and we have to remember there is always light at the end of a cave. No matter what happens, we have to promise ourselves that we will never stop believing. We will never back down and never give up because we need to push ourselves by believing that we are closer to our success than we think. Every little step will make a difference, and with a strong belief, we can even surpass the toughest barriers coming in our way.
“The absolutely awesome incredible power of belief is the genie in your life.” – Eldon Taylor
Article –Sankhadeep Dey