In the heart of Mumbai, Shubh Patel lived in a world of dreams and plans. A college student with a gentle smile, Shubh was known more for his elaborate plans than his actions. His notebook was filled with diet charts and exercise routines, yet his life was a stark contrast to these meticulously drawn plans.
Shubh’s battle with his weight was an open secret. Friends often saw him lost in thought, debating whether to go for a run or indulge in the tempting street food that Mumbai is famous for. His internal debates were legendary, “Should I start my diet with a morning jog,
or maybe next Monday would be better?” But, alas, Monday never seemed to arrive.
One sweltering afternoon, as Shubh sat under the shade of a banyan tree in his college campus, he observed his classmates playing cricket. Their energy and agility struck a chord in him. It was a simple realization, but it hit him hard – life was passing him by while
he was just planning.
That evening, Shubh decided to make a change. He tore out the pages of elaborate plans from his notebook and wrote down five simple rules:
As you begin your journey, remember, that your path ‘FROM ZERO TO ONE’ won’t always be straightforward. Starting out, things won’t always go smoothly, and that’s normal. Sometimes, you might not do as well as you hoped, and that’s part of learning.
What matters is that you keep trying and putting in the work every day. Don’t worry too much about the perfect grades. Instead, pay attention to what you’re learning and how you’re improving. Success is about hanging in there, not just the marks you get. Be proud of every little step you take, because that’s progress.
Ishita Kishore, an economics graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, emerged as the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2022 topper. Her journey to success was not straightforward; she failed to clear the prelims in her first two attempts. However, her determination and resilience shone through in her third attempt, where she not only passed the prelims but also topped the examination.
Her disciplined study routine of 8-9 hours daily, along with her involvement in extracurricular activities, laid the foundation for her success. Before her success in UPSC, Ishita worked in risk advisory at Ernst & Young and was known as a versatile sportsperson. Ishita’s aim to empower women and uplift the neglected in her administrative career is a testament to her commitment to societal betterment.