On Tuesday morning we had a wonderful talk by Ms. Lavanya about the importance of an attitude of complete sincerity, commitment, and passion towards our work in our lives.


Here’s the story of a carpenter which teaches us these values.

The Carpenter

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer/contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business and live a more leisurely life. The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one last house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career. When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. “This is your house,” he said, “my gift to you.” 

What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known that he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built which was not too good. So it is the same case with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points, we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized, we would have done it differently. 

Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the only life you will ever build. It is your work that speaks for you and who you are. It defines you completely. If you take your work for granted and not pay much interest in what you do, however small it may be or whoever may benefit from that work, it is all going to reflect upon you.

Who could say it more clearly? Your life today is the result of your attitude and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitude and the choices you make today.

Ponder over the following quotes,

    • “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” – John Wooden,  college basketball coach
    • “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker, and author
    • Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz, pro football coach and motivational author

Ms. Lavanya Raghavan is very passionate about teaching Science and Mathematics. Currently, she is handling Physics for High School and Mathematics for Middle School.

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