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Exam Results: Don't let those Random Numbers on a piece of paper define your life!
So once again it's the exams' result time….it's that insane part of the year when students who appeared in the board exams for X and XII and their parents and teachers become anxiously excited.
Those who scored better grades are quite elated with a time for celebration. But those who scored "no better grades" are sad and depressed. After all low marks tag you as "Not Good enough...more clearly bad" and an indicative of a difficult carrier path way.

Again after the results 'college hunt', 'stream selection' (Science, Arts or Commerce), selecting subjects, cut-off marks are some of the routine things that adds some more fret to the already apprehensive minds.

Since last few weeks as the results of different boards got out, I'm coming across with many articles/opinions or advice/suggestions from experts, academicians, TV shows and discussions, congratulating winners and consoling losers. On Sunday…even PM Narendra Modi came out with his own message for the students through his Man Ki Baat.

Undoubtedly it's a very transitional period of life which every student experiences at one point. It is that period of life when those random numbers on that piece of paper called as report card/ mark sheet almost appears to be the only vehicle in hand that decides the journey of life…more clearly a better life.

Those who scored high, they have the privileged of their choices of branded colleges, streams and also subjects of their liking. Those who scored low, it seems the life of compromise starts for them.

It appears as if those random numbers on report cards more often acts like a travel document defining the journey.

For high scorers (more than 90 per cent) …it's a plane ticket

For mediocre scores (from 60 to 89%)…its train ticket (again here the class depends on the marks as AC first class, AC second class, sleeper class or general class etc.)

For low scorers (less than 60%)…it may be a two wheeler (again marks decide if it is a bicycle or a scooty or a Bike)

And those who failed to pass…Nothing remains for them other than their own feet.

We know our society is obsessed with high scores. Even our education system is also infatuated with good grades or marks. Branded colleges, institutions or best branches or streams always give preference to highly weighted report cards.

That's why students who didn't get good marks or grades…i.e better numbers have to compromise in terms of their choices of college, institution, streams or subjects of their liking which adversely affects their minds. It seems as if it's the start of learning about compromising choices!

But the reality is very different. Because marks or grades in various exams just provide a citation of one's capabilities or intelligence and of course an affirmation of the fact that hard work pays. But they definitely don't define one's actual potential. Had it been so I think Mrs. Smriti Irani would have never been our HRD minister.

There are number of people around us. The eminent writer Chetan Bhagat in one of his articles himself admitted that he had scored a mere 76% aggregate in one of his board exams. But today he is the most successful writer in India.

No doubt Academic performance is an indicator of potential success in life as it paves your way reasonably in a simpler manner to good jobs, good income thereby making life happier and hassle free. It acts like a lubricant in a mechanical system performing motion. Though motion can still be performed without it, but having it just makes job much easier.

But the real potential of a person is accessed while one venture out in the biggest institution called life. Life is the real institution and every happening event is its exams. There is always something to be learning in life.

For those who scored well, it's time to discover their life path correctly, because a 90 per cent aggregate has become as common as a potatoes or tomatoes. Sometimes I feel as if all these high scoring students are automatically pushed into a rat race without looking at their own choice and areas of interest.

They tend to follow what the crowd follows. For example a high scoring student chooses Science while his/her interest may be in Arts or languages only to satisfy his/her surrounding. That becomes perilous in the later part of his/her life. So it is very important to enter the race but with your own pace and interest.

However for those who scored reasonably low or even failed in the exams, it's not the end. In fact it's the time to rediscover yourself and finding out own faults through introspection….PM Modi said in his latest Mann Ki Baat.

The world is a changed place now. There are many options available that don't need academic excellence. In a TV discussion I was listening to a RJ's views. According to him many people call him with blues of results and he reiterates the same while talking to them as life doesn't stop with one result.

In reality academic performance is only one of many indicators of potential success in life because potential success is an amalgamation of many ingredients.

It is the ability to work hard,

Succeeding at the workplace through excellent communication and inter personal skills.

Having a strong internal motivation

Ability to take risk

And a constantly intuitive mind… to be listed few.

Life is the best institution and it gives equal opportunity to everybody, no matter what score your report card possesses. Those random numbers have no role at all while one becomes a student of life. This is the reality. So let those random numbers never define you or your life!

After all it's not the vehicle but it's you who should chose your destiny....vehicle to aate jate rahenge (vehicles will come and go)!

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