Motivation Story: “You can do it!”

Motivation Story: “You can do it!”

Balu Sathya
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A child, a teacher, a book, a pen can change the world.’ – Malala Yousafzai

Every person in the world has a teacher who has had some important impact on their life. Some teachers go beyond the subject and the classroom and are concerned with the individual lives of students. Many people’s lives will be changed later on by them. Many of us have been motivated by teachers to achieve many successes in life and to rise even higher. That is why our forefathers placed the teacher after the mother and father and before the deity as `Mata, Pita, Guru, Deiva’.

Times are changing. Lifestyle changes. The classroom is also changing. Technology has also made it possible to study online. But the teaching method continues. Whether it is music, dance, school subjects, college subjects, extra studies, whatever you want to learn, the need for a teacher has not changed. There were, are and will be teachers who do not stop with just the subject boundaries, but also plan and shape the future of the students.

Mentioning the name of the teacher brings back memories of school days. Many incidents come to mind. One such incident… This is the story of a teacher who changed the lives of a generation of children.

Johns Hopkins University is located in Baltimore, USA. A university created by Johns Hopkins for students who want to engage in research. A statistic says that the number of students studying here in the year 2022 alone is 30,549. It was the 1990s. A professor of that university gave an assignment to his students.

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“You must go to this area I am referring to. It is an area where oppressed and poor people live. Select 200 boys in the age group of 12 to 16 years there. Inquire about their living conditions and background. Then, assess who they will become in the future and submit a report as a report.

The students also went to the oppressed, poor area that the professor mentioned. They spoke to children of the age specified by the professor. They gathered all their economy and lifestyle into statistics. Then they compiled the data they had collected and submitted it as a thesis to the university. The conclusion of the study told a Sethi who was shocked to read it… “90 percent of the children in the area will spend at least some time in prison.” The thesis is that they will later become those with such a criminal background.

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Twenty years later, the same Johns Hopkins University. Also a study. Same area. Another group of students was sent by the university. The children who studied the first cohort were now adults. Many of them still lived in that area. Only a few had died; Some had migrated to other areas. However, the present visiting team was able to meet 175 of the 200 originally surveyed. After talking to them again and again, inquiring and gathering statistics, we got a surprising information.

Of those who had previously been investigated, a group of people interviewed reported that only four of them had been to prison. The reality was that it broke the previous study’s conclusion. The team investigated further. The first group stated in its report that “90 percent of children spend time in prison”. However, even 15 percent of people did not go to jail. What or who is the cause?

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75 percent of the people there waved someone. A single man. She is a teacher. “He is the one who led us to a new life,” said one, moved. The research team was shocked. He inquired where he was. Searched for him. He was staying at an Asian retirement home. The research team spoke openly with the teacher. They praised him heartily. Finally, one of them asked the teacher… “Can you tell me the reason why so many people remember you so far?”

“No, no. I can’t give a single reason for that,” he said, closing his eyes for a few minutes. He shook the memories. Then he said to himself as if to make his face bloom with happiness… “I really liked those charms. Loved them so much…”


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