You Can Win – A book that changed my life

This is an interesting memory to write about. Thanks to @bananafish for the contest. It was during my college days, I was fascinated about anything that motivates me. Especially quotes are something that attracts me so much. I used to make a note of quotes from the SMS that I receive on my mobile phone. It was early days of mobile phone. One of the quote have been following me from the school days and attracted me so much.

Winners don’t do different things, but they do things differently.

– Shiv Khera

This is something that attracted me so much because I’m someone who is not part of the usual or normal crowd. If there is a group of people with some ideology, I have always been someone with a different one. In my early days, I was afraid that something was wrong with me. I tried really hard to gel with people and try to be like them. I always pushed myself hard to become someone part of the crowd instead of being unique. This happened to me during my school days and continued till my college. But someone introduced me to this quote way back in school and it stayed strong in my mind.

When I came to college, I really wanted to explore the world and see the world with my own eyes instead of seeing it with other’s eyes. That is when I showed more interest in this quote and started analysing. I explored more about this person Shiv Khera. Then I came to know that there was a book called “You Can Win” and this quote was part of the book. I was so enthusiastic to read this book. The book was a bit costly for me and was not affordable because I was studying only in college and I was dependent on my parents for my day to day living. Then one of my friends told me about a place where we can purchase second-hand books for cheaper rates. I rushed to the place over the weekend and bought the book from a shop that sold the same book with a low-quality print. I did not mind about the print of the book but was more into the content of the book.

So that is how my reading habit started. It was the first ever book that I read in my lifetime fully. I can even say that it is one of the few full books that I have read so far. I’m not a book reading type. I do a lot of reading but not someone who has the patience to read a book completely. For me, if I read a book, the content of the book should always stay in my mind for years. I read it with so much concentration. It was really a motivating book and I also got the opportunity to introduce many of my friends and family members to that book.


Glimpse about the book

People who are less motivated in their life usually get benefited from that book. I was not a great student who ranked top in the class. My interest towards studying was very weak during those days. People told me that if I continue to be like this, I will never be able to be successful in my life. Those words really made me feel even low. But after reading this book completely, I really admired the unique talents that I had with me. It inspired me to show more interest towards my in built talents instead of worrying about what this world demands.

The requirement from the world can be subjective. People struggle a lot to become engineers and doctors even though it is not their best thing to do. They would have wanted to become a musician but they will end up becoming an engineer. This book really motivates saying how unique every individual is in this world. Its been more than 10 years since I read this book, but I’m able to remember the traces from the book and I still find the book really motivating. In those days, it was one of the top-selling books in the world. The author is a public speaker who educates people on various topics.

The book can also be used as a gratifying handbook of reference towards successful life as a winner. I will not be able to explain each and every detail from the book because I recommend you to read the book once. Some of the things that one can gain from the book are as follows:

  • Approaches for self motivation
  • Importance of motivation
  • Positive thinking
  • How you can be a winner?
  • Goal setting
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Moral based explanation of concepts
  • Story based explanation of concepts

I would say that You Can Win is a book that should be read by everyone in the corporate world to take things easy and be successful in their life and career. For people who are confused about their path in their life, this book will at least give them the first step that they should be taking towards their life goals. I understand that there are so many motivating speakers nowadays but for me Shiv Khera was the best at that time and he really triggered my thought process very well and helped me think in a clear fashion. I recommend everyone to read this book.

Thanks to @bananafish, @f3nix, @calluna, @marcoriccardi and @hidden84 for this opportunity to write an article digging some of my old memories. It was indeed interesting to write on this topic.

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