In a world where technology has given us effortless access to enter people's lives and dreams, we are easily driven more towards successes than failures. We invest our interest in staying up-to-date about successful people's lavish lifestyles, daily routines, and day-to-day activities, which eventually inspire others to walk the same path. The one thing we often overlook is the kind of hard work they had to put in or the challenges experienced before they finally hit the bull's eye. The question here is, how many of us find interest in learning about how life after failure looks like at each step for an ordinary human being? How do successful people transform their failures into stepping stones to get closer to success?
As I gazed at the view outside, I see the morning sunlight piercing through the foggy winter of November, 87' in the city of Bikaner, Rajasthan. I am in 9th grade, sitting in the classroom with my friends when my math teacher walks in. He politely asks me to stand, "Sandeep, do you want to compete with the 10th-grade students in mathematics?" "Yes, sir." I blurted out without thinking twice about his imprecise inquiry. As I follow him down the stairs to the 10th classroom, my heart starts to pound. Even while mathematics is my favorite subject, I was nervous about what I signed myself up for. I am sensing an unknown fear now, but for some reason, I continue to walk fast as I approach the class and sit with 10th-grade students. A few minutes later, the teacher wrote few arithmetic problems on the board that everyone starts to solve, including me. Five minutes later, I stood up, "Sir, I have solved all of them." Everyone in the class immediately looked at me in utter confusion and disbelief. I felt euphoric and immediately became the talk of the school.