The word ‘Teacher’ transports me back to my childhood days, when I was excited to attend school. My school was my sanctuary, where I got the much needed attention, love and care. I loved reciting the nursery rhymes along with my teachers, giving all those cute and naughty expressions. I remember playing teacher-teacher with my childhood friend Smita. Growing up I always wanted to be a teacher, because it was the only profession where one could talk a lot. But life had different plans for me and I ended up being an Accountant and later a Research Associate.
As a student, I was quite mischievous and I enjoyed imitating and irritating my teachers. I remember making fun of one my Maths teachers in college and I was suspended for a week. Many years later when I met the same teacher in a mall, she recognized me immediately and said that I was her best student. I still smile when I think about her statement.
A great teacher is someone who inspires and I am glad to have had some of the best teachers in my school and college days. As a student, I have learnt a lot from my teachers and on this teacher’s day, I wish to share those lessons with you all.
Believe in yourself
They say, ‘your I can is more important that your IQ’ and I completely agree with this. Our beliefs are the strong foundations of a successful future. Beliefs add more power to our dreams and increase our risk taking abilities. Beliefs shape our destiny. My teachers believed in the potential I had and that helped me to explore various opportunities and carve my own niche.
Our mind has the wonderful capacity to focus, if only we train it well. Our ability to focus completely on a given task helps us to achieve even more success and maximum productivity. I realized that with 100% focus, I could complete tasks much quickly and easily.
Failures are lessons
I remember my English teacher telling once, that ‘It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, what matters is how many times you got up’ . How easily she explained to us the importance of learning from our failures. She strongly advocated that failure teaches us to do better the next time and it unlocks the creative abilities within each person.
To achieve anything great consistent practice is a must. We all are unique and are born with some specific skill sets, but with continued practice, we can enhance our performance and hone our skills. By doing this we can accelerate our growth and take our personal and professional life to a next level. My dance teacher says that we must practice as if it is a live performance.
The best part about learning is that it is a continuous process. Each person we meet teaches us something very profound and all we need to do is be a curious student forever. There is no age limit to learn anything new. If it interests you, then you must go ahead and learn it. As we continue to learn and enjoy, we must also share our knowledge with others. This will in turn build leaders for a wonderful future.
Let us keep the curious child within us alive and continue to learn and inspire others in our own little ways. Happy Teacher’s Day!
A curious student of Life, Gayatri believes in the power of Dreams. She quit her career as a Research Associate to follow her passion of writing and interacting with people. A Master Practitioner of NLP, she is a NLP Healer and a life coach. She can be found at “Outside the Kitchen Window” (firstname.lastname@example.org ) wielding her magical wand to pen her thoughts, poems, fictitious stories, mouth-tingling recipes and book