Is Success In Interviews Eluding You? Well... Think Positive!


Dr. Radhika Krishnamoorthy
Asst. Professor & Head
Department of English
Prathyusha Institute of Technology and Management

Tired of trudging up and down, in and out here and there, searching for a job? Are the magic words 'Appointed!' and 'Success' eluding you? Are you sick of realizing that your attitude is just not right to land you in the just right job - the dream of your life?

Well then, read on… There are hundreds of qualified youngsters desperately looking out for the plum jobs that good quality and technical skill can get them. And yet, they are left behind in the race. The bewildered multitude then start looking around to see just what it is that they don't possess, and finally realization dawns… They just don't have the RIGHT ATTITUDE that the HR person is looking for! And dejection… depression… failure… STOP! Do not fall prey to this lacuna. Understand that the right attitude, especially a positive attitude, can take you a long way in life and lead you to success after success…That is the POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING!

Attitude is a way of thinking or a behaviour reflecting thinking. This 'attitude' affects the way we act, what we expect, what we get and what we become. To be a successful person, then, we need to infuse in our minds a strong feeling that we 'can', for

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don't:

But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can…

In a world filled with negativity and a society that forces self-criticism and is obsessed with faults and weaknesses, you can go ahead only if your mind is tuned to think positively.

Positive thinking is a mental state that consciously admits into the mind thoughts, ideas and images that are conducive to liner growth, success and happiness. It foresees images and revels in a successful outcome of efforts, and as a result, experiences happiness and health. When a positive attitude is adopted, the mind expects and finds success. Positive thinking brings optimism into life and helps us cope easily with all those troublesome trivials that fill our daily lives. It motivates and drives a person to achieve. Constructive changes appear, bulldozing negative thoughts into nothing and a gush of 'I can achieve anything' fills the mind. Perseverance comes easily and success becomes no longer elusive.

Now, how can you train yourself to think positively? Think more and do more of those in which you excel. This brings in more energy, boosts the self and allows you to prepare well for what you feel you can't. In fact, you start walking tall. The self- confidence that you get, triggers a button in you, and off you go to success!

Your first few and easy steps to positive thinking:

* Visualize victory in your minds' eye. Suggest to yourself that 'You Can'.
* Lay aside laziness and procrastination.
* Disregard depressing, demotivating and discouraging elements.
* Negate those negative notions into nothing!
* Consciously choose to be confident and calm.
* Be happy and recapitulate inspiring anecdotes and quotes.
* Seize opportunities and solutions. The world is for you!
* Believe in your SELF, your ABILITIES and your Power To Achieve!
* Master your mind. Tell yourself that you have nothing to fear.
* Persist in positive thinking!

… Did you notice? You're already near success!

Results may not be instantaneous; remember, Rome was not built in a day. You will slowly feel palpable positive changes around you and things will soon turn your way. Your positive attitude will start spreading, contagious as attitudes are, and presto! Everything around you will soon be glowing with success. The world starts respecting you and your self-esteem goes up a steep incline: you reach new heights you never knew existed and a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment suffuses your entire being. You now realize that YOU CAN. So go ahead! Think positive! Think Success! And kick start the never ending success story of your life.


It's been nearly 2 decades since I first stepped into the world of teaching English as a Second Language, and during all this time I have been facing young minds, eager to learn a totally strange and foreign language but unable to comprehend the logic behind certain concepts in grammar.

I say strange and foreign because, to these minds, the mother tongue was nowhere close to the totally bewildering, unphonetic and sometimes unfriendly but endearing English language, mastering which was becoming an uphill task. To them, their mother tongue or their regional language had grammar concepts which were altogether different from this strange giant and so, their struggle was a desperate one as they grappled with totally different linguistic concepts. Till date, my interaction with such students continues and makes me realize, through empathy, their genuine difficulty. Here are a few blunders that most of us, even learned ones, commit, making us trip in our journey with a lingua franca like English. Go through them and learn to consciously (and logically) avoid them.

* I want to discuss about---- (Drop the 'about' for 'discuss' itself means 'talk about'.)
* Suppose if it rains… ('suppose' and 'if' - both words express suppositions. Drop one of them).
* The team comprises of … (Drop the 'of'. Comprise does not take an 'of' after it).
* She could not able to do it (cannot/could not just don't accept 'able to' after them: If you want to use able to, use… 'She was not able to…')
* Everyone are/were… (Everyone takes on only a singular verb. Everyone is/ was ---)
* They doesn't know… ('They' takes on only a plural verb.)
* Free gifts (Our marketing giants are responsible for this one! A gift is always free; so drop the 'free'. )
* I have not seen a more worse situation.('worse' itself is a comparative; so drop the 'more')
* Who is the best of the two friends? ('best' must be used only if there are more than 3; for 2 , better needs to be used)
* One of my relative is here. (When 'one of the' is used, the noun it relates to must be plural. So,'relative' should be 'relatives'; only then 'one of the' can apply)
* I will be returning back shortly. (When using 'return', the word 'back' becomes redundant. Just 'returning shortly' will do)
* He cannot repeat the sentence again. ('Repeat' means 'again'. Hence, drop the 'again'.)

Once the concepts behind these sentences are drilled into your minds, you will never repeat the blunders, even unconsciously. So, what's stopping you? This is only the beginning. Learn to look for the concept and logic behind a sentence construction and you'll never make a mistake. Mastering English is in your hands!

Dr. Radhika Krishnamoorthy
Asst. Professor & Head
Department of English
Prathyusha Institute of Technology and Management

Source: E-mail November 4, 2008


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