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A good coach can offer the inspiration and push one needs to do well in any aspect of life - not just sport; a few learnings from the movie Dangal.
A good coach can offer the inspiration and push one needs to do well in any aspect of life – not just sport; a few learnings from the movie Dangal.
Dangal – there are a ton of reviews and much praise as well as criticism of this biopic everywhere on the ‘Indian Internet’ (if that exists). I’m not trying to write another review! All I can say is that it was too hard to ignore its presence!
Why did the little girl Suneeta get married off so young, while Geeta and Babita ended up winning Olympic medals? How many Indian women actually won Commonwealth or Olympic medals before Geeta Phogat (or recently, Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu) did? In a patriarchal society, how many girls receive this kind of ‘coaching’ in any realm of life? Can girls really make something of themselves and do whatever they ‘want to’ in today’s cut-throat world?
There was a chain of thoughts that struck my mind and lingered on; this was about the importance of a ‘life coach’.
What we typically obtain from a coach are the vision (if it’s not organically present) and nurturing that nudge us whether the chips are up or down. If you find the right coach early on, your life is made!
For girls growing up in a society that sends confusing signals about their ambitions and ‘self-fullness’, support and guidance are vital.
It is important to identify ‘right coaches’ and funnel out right advice. Although Geeta learns what worked for her the hard way, atleast she had the courage to experiment, learn and confirm her thoughts! While this is hard to do, talking to family, friends and well-wishers can bring more views and opinions, helping make better decisions.
The simple, rather conservative Haryanvi village setting kept screaming ‘common girl’ aspect to me. It’s important for a common person to believe in self! No amount of external vision and nudging can help if this doesn’t happen! Introspection and self-belief are game changers.
Even everyday aspects like day-to-day life management capabilities can improve big time with the right guidance and support. In the end, it’s all about the quality of our lives!
The support and faith one needs can come from different sources/people. Remember the cousin who supports the Dangal girls all the way, never for once considering his own success in wrestling? We can all appreciate and absorb any tiny bit of positivity that comes our way from others.
Last but not the least, ‘the coach finding’ doesn’t always have to be organic. One can always network and consciously attempt to interact with inspiring people. This could be done in multiple ways. School events, clubs, friends’ parents/families, and teachers – all offer excellent channels of ‘networking’ in early years of life. And the channels only increase as one grows up!
Requesting introductions, building connections, and seeking help are all ways to expand one’s societal contact, exposure, understanding of the world and ultimately, success!
After all, we all know that ‘we are the people we surround ourselves with’. The people we interact with either elevate or worsen our standards by rubbing themselves off on us. And a coach can only make a very direct impact!
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I wanted to scream with excitement that my daughter chose to write about her ambition and aspirations over everything else first. To me, this was one of those parenting 'win' moments.
My daughter turned eight years old in January, and among the various gifts she received from friends and family was an absolutely beautiful personal journal for self-growth. A few days ago, she was exploring the pages when she found a section for writing a letter to her future self. She found this intriguing and began jotting down her thoughts animatedly.
My curiosity piqued and she could sense it immediately. She assured me that she would show me the letter soon, and lo behold, she kept her word.
I glanced at her words, expecting to see a mention of her parents in the first sentence. But, to my utter delight, the first thing she had written about was her AMBITION. Yes, the caps here are intentional because I want to scream with excitement that my daughter chose to write about her ambition and aspirations over everything else first. To me, this was one of those parenting ‘win’ moments.
Uorfi Javed has been making waves through social media, and is often the target of trolls. So who and what exactly is this intriguing young woman?
Uorfi Javed (no relation to Javed Akhtar) is a name that crops up in my news feeds every now and again. It is usually because she got trolled for being in some or other ‘daring’ outfit and then posting those images on social media. If I were asked, I would not be able to name a single other reason why she is famous. I am told that she is an actor but I would have no frankly no clue about her body of work (pun wholly unintended).
So is Urfi Javed (or Uorfi Javed as she prefers) famous only for being famous? How does she impact the cause of feminism by permitting herself to be objectified, trolled, reviled?
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