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It has been 16 years since I left Goa and the memories of working in Goa is as fresh as it were yesterday. I was working for a telecom operator and 2001 heralded the entry of the third operator in GSM.I was staying in a rented accommodation and one of my former senior had joined the third operator and he had a junior who had just joined in Goa under him. He came up to me and asked if I would be okay with sharing the accommodation with the new recruit.

Though this new operator was competitor to our company, the relations with the personnel was friendly and professional.Since most of the employees had joined this new operator from my existing company at that time. I found my new roommate very outgoing and a strong fearless character. He was elder to me by 2 years and had earlier worked in Paging industry before joining the cellular industry and was familiar with Oracle and OSS administration. My stay in Goa did not last long as I was called back to Pune within a year of being posted there.

During my stay in Goa ,we used venture out on weekends and mostly enjoying the evenings sitting in Dona Paul enjoying the ocean sunset and the crowd. My roommate used to talk about owning big car, wearing designer clothes and affording the best things in life. We hardly used to get 10K salary and affording even a mobile phone was prohibitory at the time with our salary. My roommate being from a well to do family had spent a lot of money during his college days taken from his family and was now working on a salary far from his family business to mark a place in industry in his own way.

One day, on his birthday he wore a new designer shirt worth 10K and I was very pleasantly surprised and happy for him. He told me that it was a lone piece and none other in the world would wear a similar one.What was very clear was that my roommate had a strong conviction of making big in life and his dreams were very big. He had an unflinching self-belief that he would make it big in life far from the financial support of his family.

After about 8 years and in 2009, I got a call from my Goa roommate from UK and he had made it big in life, rising from an OSS Radio Engineer to head the OSS product division for a prestigious company. He now had accomplished the impossible.

How did he do it? He narrated me the pains he took to connect with the right overseas consultants. He had prepared very well professionally putting in a lot of effort to learn OSS in his first job in paging industry. Most importantly he was very affable with everyone which allowed him to get support from his colleagues to learn a lot on OSS and databases in his short stint.

I quoted this story from my personal experience since many of us hear stories of success from whom we have never met and this one was something surreal. What does it take for someone to reach the pinnacle? It is pure conviction in one's own ability with a dash of intuition.

Coming to conviction, how do I correlate it? Just like when you are overtaking a car ahead of you and there are several vehicles big and small coming at you from the front, you know that you will make it past the car in the nick of time. It is your muscle memory , an ability. This positive reinforcement over a period allows you to race ahead of everyone tackling all kinds of obstacles along the way.

I would like to quote a final instance from sport which shows that conviction is the epitome of success which allows you take challenges of all kind head-on in life.Simply mesmerizing and I love these lines and am sure you would!!

Great lines from Muhammad Ali before he won the won the big bout with George foreman in 1974.

"Imma show you, how great I am.

Last night, I cut the light off in my bedroom and was in bed before the room was dark.

Imma show you, how great I am.

Only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick.

I'm so mean, I make medicine sick.

Imma show you, how great I am.

This kid's gonna be the best kid in the world.

This kid's gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew.

Imma show you, how great I am.

I have wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale, I done handcuffed lightnin', thrown thunder in jail.

Imma show you, how great I am.

All you chumps are gonna bow when I whoop him, all of you.

I know you got him, I know you've got him picked, but the man's in trouble. Imma show you how great I am"

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