I was slapped so hard, that I fell on ground and it was painful. This is a true story, my story. I had just completed graduation, and entered in new phase of responsibility, social norms & society. And suddenly I got a tight slap, from life (little dramatic I know).

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As I entered this new phase of life called adulthood, I felt that I don’t know so many things around social & life skills:

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Before adulthood: Learned to be strong
Later: Learning to be expressive

Before adulthood: Learned competition
Later: Learning collaboration

Before adulthood: I need to make a girl friend
Later: I need to make my wife my friend

Before adulthood: Learned friends are essential
Later: Learning Family and friends, both are essential

Before adulthood: Learned to talk to others
Later: Learning to talk to myself

Before adulthood: Learned economics and civics
Later: Learning how to manage budget and save for future

Before adulthood: Learned about physical health
Later: Learning what is mental health

Before adulthood:  Learned to respect elders
Later: Learning to respect everyone irrespective of age, people with different financial status, cab driver, cobbler, househelp, shopkeeper…

Before adulthood: Learned to manage notebooks and assignment
Later: Learning to manage Time

Before adulthood: Learned to work hard and become topper
Later: Learning to rise along with my family, and help them grow

Before adulthood: Learned money is important
Later: Learning money is not that important

Before adulthood: Learned to come up with excuse for mistakes
Later: Learning to own my mistakes

Before adulthood: Learned to listen properly
Later: Learning to listen to unsaid things

Before adulthood: Learned failure is bad
Later: Learning failure is part

Before adulthood: Learned not to cry
Later: Learning, it is ok to cry

Neither the education system nor the parents are responsible for things I didn’t learn, its me, my mistake, I own it and I will learn it.

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Rakesh Kalra

Hello, I am Rakesh Kalra. I have more than 15 years of experience working on IT projects, where I have worked on varied complexity of projects and at different levels of roles. I have tried starting my own startups, 3 of those though none of it were successful but gained so much knowledge about business, customers, and the digital world. I love to travel, spend time with my family, and read self-development books.


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