Friday, 17 July 2009

Thoughts for a New Academic Year..:

Dear Students,
Welcome to another dynamic year of Academics. For some of you this may be the last year of your graduation, while for some others, you've still got a year more to go..!
Either way, I thought of enumerating below, Seven golden principles for my students, which I'm sure would effect a lasting transformation in YOU.

1. Always march to the beat of your own band - The most satisfying experiences in our lives are when we are engaged physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, or intellectually. Life is meant to be effortless. If you're tugging and pulling, and everything feels like an uphill battle, then you're doing the wrong thing. If you don't like a class, quit it. Don't try to march to the beat of your teacher, chugging and pulling, and distracting the attention of others around you in the process.

2. Dedicate Quality Time - Life is so precious; make the most of each and every day. Rise early, spend some quality time by yourself as well as with those you care about. Go for a walk, workout, read a book.

3. Be Passionate in Everything you do - Show passion in everything you do. Let it show in your body language, in your smile, in your voice. Let your eyes sparkle. Let the world see and hear your enthusiasm and let it feel your passion.

4. Always be true to yourself - Live a life of integrity. Take pride in whatever you do. Be proud of who you are and what you represent. Accept others with all their flaws. Show compassion and goodwill to your fellow human beings. Be dignified. Lead a life of purpose and be proud of your values.

5. Don't take yourself so seriously - Recognise that perfection isn't always the only option. Don't let life's imperfections bother you. Lighten up and see the funny side of things when they go wrong, the learning in them. Be tolerant, smile...don't waste your energies on the small stuff, you have much bigger fish to fry.

6. Show gratitude and say thank you to the people who have helped you along the way. Send a handwritten letter to someone who has touched you. Call up a friend or loved one and tell them how much they mean to you. Compliment a friend or a class mate on a job well done. Show people you appreciate and care about them. Acts of kindness cost nothing but mean everything.

7. Be a role model and mentor for people - Serve others. Volunteer in your community and help others achieve their goals. Your world will be enriched and a better place for sharing your talents and giving freely of your time. Leave a lasting legacy.

Have a dynamic and lovli year ahead! All the best..!

Regards and all best wishes in all your endeavours...
- Rufus

(With due acknowledgements to Prof.Charles Marcus for his lively inputs)

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