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Failing twice to Canada’s most innovative university

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25th Apr 2018
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Writing is not an easy task, it takes a lot of effort, it is completely energy draining and takes even longer if the thoughts are not well structured. So was the case with me. It took over a year to write a project with over 110pages. Things can seem impossible and practically not doable, especially when you talk about ideas to other people. Everyone will say, you got no experience, no credibility, no track record of building stuff but all that you have to do is take a sheer leap of faith in it and jump all in. 

In fact, some people will cross boundaries and attack you personally but guess what? You must not let anyone tell you, what to do? if they haven’t achieved or done it in their life. All that you need to do is “BELIEVE” in yourself. Things will come along. 

One last thing, you also don’t have to wait till 40 to write a story or about your autobiography, “Make your own life story a worth telling” and have great experiences in your life which can impact people’s lives positively and inspire them to chase their dreams.

My Story: I grew up in a small village of Chhangla with a population of 1500 in the state of Punjab in Hoshiarpur. I have lived there till 18 years until I move to Canada to start post-secondary education. I remember how it felt like to grow up in a village with many things to do outdoors. I used to go out for cycling in the evening with my friends and roam around other villages. I had a lot of fun during my childhood but I would say, I was very poor with academics and I failed “TWICE” in grade 2. I know it sounds unrealistic but that’s how I used to be like with zero knowledge of basic maths and English. 

My mom was really pissed about my condition so she changed my school from St. Paul’s convent to a regular school as she was under the impression that I might have an inferiority complex due to higher standards of the school. I also remember that my mom took me to one of my Aunt’s for counseling that is a professional psychologist and explained my situation and it was my aunt who advised her to change my school. And now here I am, A proud graduate of Canada’s most innovative university.

Now let’s get to the point and talk quickly about how young people like myself can write effectively and the things I learn over the course of the year.

These are top three things which you should definitely get rid of:

1. The lazy habit of not inputting the work every day:

Routine is critically important in a project like this. It doesn’t matter if you write a page or two in a day. If you are not consistent and haven’t developed a habit, it will cost you a lot of time. It takes minimum 66 days to develop a habit, so make sure, you should definitely write something on every single day even if it is half a page.

2. Poorly structuring chapter’s plot:

Having a brainstorming session is also important as it will keep you guided on the journey of writing. A plan without strategy is meant to fail. Make sure of having all the possible ideas scribbled on a piece of paper before you start writing anything.

3. Get rid of (I could have/ I should have/ I would have/ I had it too/ negative) people:

This might not look like a big deal but trust me, it should be taken into consideration. Practically, this is something which you need to work around yourself. Negative people can certainly tarnish your richness of ideas with their negative remarks and immature habits. So, you definitely wanted to make sure that you are away from these people and instead have a well-accomplished mentor to guide and support you from time to time.

At Victoria Park in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

At Victoria Park in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

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https://startupheretoronto.com/partners/accelerator-centre/engineers-hope-bring-clean-water-sanitation-facilities-underprivileged-communities/

http://acceleratorcentre.com/engineers-for-hope-bring-clean-water-and-sanitation-facilities-to-underprivileged-communities/

https://www.tedxkitchenered.com/speakers.html

http://speakingminds.com/Speaker/Trainerdetails?id=422

https://www.nirbhay.ca/

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