Believe In Yourself And Become a Winner
Lessons from Hollywood
Priya Florence Shah
A while ago I made it a point to watch the movie "Legally
Not just for the bright, chirpy and eminently watchable Reese
Witherspoon, but also because I loved the message it sent
If you didn't see the movie, all you need to know is that
it's about a smart, fashion-conscious blonde who's told time
and again, by her family and friends, that it's impossible
for someone like her to go to Harvard law school.
That she's just not smart enough and doesn't have what it
In the movie, the character played by Witherspoon not only
goes to Harvard law, but also through sheer determination
and intuition, graduates at the top of her class.
It's just the sort of movie people love. Because it makes
us believe that we too are capable of achieving anything we
It reminds us how we often let ourselves, and others, underestimate
our own potential.
And how we undermine our own sense of self, because of what
we look like or where we came from.
But why just let it remain a movie, when it can be the story
of your life...
Have you ever asked yourself what it is that keeps you from
reaching your full potential?
From doing what you are inherently capable of?
For many of us, it's a lack of belief in ourselves. A lack
of confidence in our own ability to succeed.
And because we believe we will fail, we usually do.
But there are people who have succeeded beyond all expectation
- no matter what they look like, or where they come from.
One of my favourite role models who comes to mind is another
Hollywood celebrity, Barbra Streisand.
Indeed, one of my favourite films of all time is her movie,
"Yentl," about a courageous, intelligent woman trying to fulfill
her capabilities, in the face of overwhelming odds.
"Yentl" was also the movie in which Streisand became the first
woman ever to produce, direct, write and star in a major motion
Streisand carved her own path, and broke the mould.
She showed how a woman with unconventional looks can make
it in a field where beauty is more important than brains.
So, if you believe that you are less than someone, because
of your lack of education, looks, talent, background or ability,
take courage from her achievements.
They are an inspiration not only for women, but for everyone.
Because all it takes is a belief. The belief that you can
do what it takes.
Don't wait for someone else to give you an opportunity to
prove yourself. Stop depending on others for handouts.
Don't wait for the right opportunity to fall in your lap.
Because it never will.
All you need to carve your own path, is the confidence and
the belief that you can succeed at anything you set out to
do, no matter what the odds.
So start today. Choose a mentor.
Learn from the masters. Re-invent yourself.
Create your own opportunities and forge your own future.
Your belief in yourself, coupled with the courage to see it
through, is what will carry you from a life of mediocrity
and under-achievement, into a world where you can be the winner
you aspire to be.
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