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Unlock Your Future: How to Turn Career Setbacks into Success Stories!

Quote “I have wasted my 6 years for preparing for a government exam but did not succeed. Now I am 28 years old. What should I do?

I'm 29. I have wasted 7 years for government exam preparation. What should I do?

I am 26 now. I have wasted my 4 years of my life on government job preparation. I had put all my effort to get a job, but did not succeed. What should I do now?

I prepared for a government job and wasted 5 years. I am a BTech graduate in 2016. Is there any career option left for me?

I'm 29. I have wasted 7 years for government exam preparation. What should I do?” Unquote


So many queries have been posted by people about wasting their precious years to achieve a certain goal. They might have worked real hard all these years but didn't get any success.

And therefore, a realistic assessment of this will surely help a lot others and that's why this post focuses on sharing success stories.


When we start doing something, do we need to have some fixed timelines? Like I will give only 2 years to this and move on… Or the feeling that “Kaash ek aur attempt de Diya hota” will haunt afterwards? How to address this? Say we decided to give 3 attempts. Failed in the first 2 and now is the last attempt. Have we gradually improved in the last 2 attempts? Have we been able to assess where we went wrong? Did we have a “Plan B” or a backup option, while attempting this goal? Will it be better to have some backup option? Can it help to reduce our anxiety while we attempt the main goal? Or will it be a distraction?

Can we have a back up option which can aid our main goal? Say for example, in the movie “12th Fail”, the mentor was preparing and helping others. Though he didn't succeed himself, he had already realized his “purpose” in life……to help others. Thus his back up option was aligned towards his main goal. I had a friend who did the same and while he was coaching, he was earning also. Ultimately he did get selected too!!


Ok. We planned. We failed. Then what? Shall we give up? No, not at all. Career/ Life is a journey. We need to just reboot and RESTART as in the movie “12th Fail”. If required, seek help from a counselor or a mentor.

These 2 or 3 or 4 or whatever limited years SHOULD NOT define our entire life. We should take these years as a learning curve and chart our path to success.

We are always the MASTERS OF OUR DESTINY.


I am sharing a real-life story of a close one who succeeded in REBOOT and RESTART!!

Mr. Hardworker (name changed to preserve identity) was a good student till class 10th and had scored 60%. Since everyone in his family had science medium, without much thought he opted for science in class 11th. It was a bad career decision. He failed that year. Next year he passed 11th. But then he again failed in class 12th!! He didn't give up and somehow barely cleared 12th class board exams next year. Then he joined BSc Animation as suggested by his friend. After somehow completing the graduation, he tried his luck in a few companies. Life had been cruel to him and so he was low in confidence. He was getting low paid jobs and so he used to quit within 15 days. Ultimately he gave up animation and decided to try his luck at government exams as most of us in our 20s do. He tried and tried every year without any luck. Finally, when he was 27, I told him enough is enough. I advised him to prepare for the MAT exam. He joined MBA and finished it in 2019. He didn't get any campus placement as it was an ordinary college. This was 2019 and the corona pandemic struck!! But somehow with his efforts, he secured a job with a starting salary of 30k. From there, he has reached a respectable and much higher level now in 2024.


Lessons that we can learn out of this

Never ever give up in life. God is always with you. Here, he never ever gave up, kept on trying, and ultimately made it.

As the saying goes, “If fuck is inevitable, just ENJOY it!!” Here, he took everything in his stride, never got into any bad habits, worked hard, and ultimately the opportunity came to him!!

Always be ready for course correction! Here, he tried science and failed twice, tried animation and failed in jobs, tried government jobs and kept on failing…..but then he got the right guidance, accepted the course correction and ultimately made a good career.

So, my suggestion to you is, please do a thorough analysis of your aspirations, strengths, weaknesses, and available opportunities.

Once you do that, and if it's required, DO NOT REMAIN STUCK!! Seek a course correction.


Here are some steps that I suggest you take to explore your career options and plan your next move:

  • Set measurable goals for yourself related to your interests with a winner's mindset. A winner's mindset is one that focuses on the positive aspects of your situation, rather than the negative ones. It is also one that embraces challenges, rather than avoiding them. To develop a winner's mindset, you need to set SMART goals for yourself, which are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. For example, instead of saying "I want to find a new career", you could say "I want to research three career fields that match my interests and skills by the end of this month". Setting SMART goals will help you stay motivated, focused, and accountable for your career development.

  • Come out of self-pity. Self-pity is a natural and understandable emotion, but it can also be harmful and limiting if you dwell on it for too long. Self-pity can make you feel helpless, hopeless, and unworthy of success. It can also prevent you from taking action and pursuing your dreams.

  • Nowadays there are multiple opportunities outside. So struggling to get selected amongst 1000000 candidates for just 100 seats while preparing for 6 years is not at all the only solution. So please look at other viable options as per your interests and capabilities.

  • Lastly, DO NOT chase money. Chase perfection and satisfaction in the job and name, fame, money will come by itself.


I do hope that someone will get benefited by the success stories above. I wish all the best to all those who are seriously interested in building their careers."


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