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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Trust Yourself (Posted by Priya Deelchand)

A young man, a graduate of a large university, after searching 
  for several months for a job, became discouraged. 
    He was too proud to ask for assistance. He had worked his way 
  through college and had no reserve capital; he had practically 
  nothing but his diploma and his courage; and now his courage had 
  left him. 
    He had gone 2 days without food, and had been obliged to give up 
  his room because he couldn't pay his rent. He had slept upon a park 
  bench for several nights. It seemed to him that the bottom had 
  dropped out of everything. He didn't see any use in a college 
  education, and felt that the world didn't have any use for him 
  or any place for him. 
    He was completely obsessed by discouragement, and by a frightful 
  fit of the "blues," which had stuck by him for days, balking his 
  efforts at hunting for a job. He couldn't see any light in the future, 
  or any prospects ahead. 
    He had a horror of finally drifting into the ranks of the unfit 
  and the failures. His clothes became faded and wrinkled from 
  constant wear without change. He couldn't keep himself in a 
  presentable condition, and he was turned down everywhere. 
    At last he got a job washing dishes in a cheap restaurant, which 
  at least provided him with his meals; but he continued to sleep in 
  the park.
    One night, in the midst of his wretchedness, he had a sort of 
  vision. He saw emblazoned in letters of fire across the sky these 
                          "Trust yourself." 
    He slept no more that night. At dawn he got up from the bench, 
  went to a watering trough and washed his face and hands and shaved 
  himself as best he could. He made friends with a bootblack who 
  allowed him to polish his shoes. 
    Then he set forth determined to get a position that very day. 
  Fortified by his vision he did not go slinking into any office 
  as though he had been a thief; but he entered with an air of 
  confidence, of expectation. 
    There was grit in his very expression. 
    That day he got a place. 
    It was not what he wanted, but it was something, an opening wedge. 
  Best of all, he had solved a problem; he had learned the great 
  lesson of trusting himself, of believing in his own powers. 
    The vision of that night never left him.
    This young man has climbed to an enviable position today, and 
  he says he owes it all to his vision, "Trust yourself." All his 
  early life he had been a victim of diffidence. He had suffered 
  greatly in school and college. 
    The calling of his name for recitation was like sticking a knife 
  into him. He had never dared get up in any public meeting. 
    It paralyzed him to think of being singled out, of having attention 
  called to him. Although he had ability, he gradually became so 
  disheartened that he didn't believe he could succeed under any 
    He accepted as a fact the estimate that discouragement pointed 
  out to him. It kept whispering to him that he could never do that 
  which he was undertaking, that there was no use in trying.
    But once with his feet on the upgrade, he began to awaken to 
  his powers. He began to trust himself more and more, instead of 
  standing back or relying upon others. 
    This self-trust has grown until now this man is so self-reliant 
  and has such a vigorous initiative, that no one would dream he had 
  ever been a victim of timidity and discouragement.
    The "Know yourself" of the Greek sages is but another expression 
  of this universal truth. We say today, "He can who thinks he can."
  "Didn't dare to begin" would make a good epitaph for multitudes 
  of people.
  "He was discouraged" is on the tombstones of countless others.

- Author unknown -
Posted by Priya Deelchand

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