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Scholar-Journalist of the Week: Key to success? Hard work and positivity

This week’s winner, Simarpreet Kaur, shares how being optimistic has altered her life



A class 11 Commerce student at Apeejay School, Rama Mandi, Simarpreet Kaur, has recently begun to read a few self-help books. She stumbled upon ‘The Secret’ by the renowned author Rhonda Byrn, in which she learned about the power of positive thinking. What Kaur describes as a ‘life-altering change’, the book helped her look at daily situations and challenges in a brighter light. Its effect? Kaur describes in an interview. Read On:

Please tell us about your interests/hobbies.

I am an avid reader. I am keen to read books related to investments, finances, autobiographies, etc. I play Basketball too. When days get dull, I like to dance it out to my favourite music. It simply makes me happy!

Which is the last book you read?

The Secret’, a book by Rhonda Byrn. In the book, she discusses the power of positive thinking. If hard work is paired with the right attitude, one can be happy and successful. The book has really opened my eyes!

Earlier, I used to worry often and have several negative thoughts. But, the book has helped alter my perceptions and improve my outlook. For example, I recently attempted an Accountancy paper and I realised that I can do better than how I performed in it. So, instead of pondering on why I didn’t prepare too well, I am now looking at areas in which I can increase my knowledge.

What is your writing process?

Once I have a thought, it doesn’t take me much time to pen it down. After I read the book by Ms. Byrn, I wrote two articles, The power of saying, ‘Thank you!’ and Key to success? Hard work and positivity.’ Both the pieces captured some crucial learnings from her book.

Your career goals?

I want to become an entrepreneur. I am interested to learn more about businesses, management, profits and finance.

Writing tips for fellow students?

Put forward your truest thoughts on paper and share learnings that can help others.

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