Long ago in a small village in a distant countryside, there lived a teacher. The teacher was a simple man who believed in minimalistic living. He was always available for his students and the students in return loved and respected him a lot. The school bulletin boards were filled with posters which read ” We love you to the moon and back dear sir!”
The students who graduated from this school did wonderfully well in their respective lives. They kept coming back to meet this teacher who according to them played a very important role in moulding their lives.
One day his curious colleagues decided to sit in one of his signature classes. The teacher had absolutely no reservations about letting his colleagues sit through his class. The class that he called “My Potential Energy” was his most talked about class.
Student 1: “Sir, you are not our science teacher. Why have you named this class as “My Potential Energy” ?
Student 2: “Sir, we have already learnt about potential energy in our science class. Can we talk about something else in this class.”
Teacher: (smiling!) “Yes dear students. I know that you have all learnt about the the topic. Just hear me out for 15 minutes and then you will know the importance of this topic in our life. ”
Teacher: “Energy is a very interesting topic to learn about. The fact that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, is such an awesome concept. Even more interesting is the concept of potential energy. The energy possessed by a body by virtue of its position relative to others, stresses within itself and other factors is called the potential energy of that object.”
“P.E= m*g*h where m is the mass in kilograms, g is the acceleration due to gravity (9.8 m / s2 at the surface of the earth) and h is the height in meters.”
“So, if we lifted a ball of say, 2 Kg to a height of 10 m, then the potential energy of that ball becomes 2*9.8*10 = 196 Joules.”
“And if we lifted the ball to 20 m, the PE changes to 392 Joules.”
“That’s so amazing. We can decide the potential energy by varying the height at which we hold that ball.”
“Now, if we could equate these variables to measure the potential of each individual, this is how it would be:
Potential of a person = mgh.”
Teacher looked at the class and stopped.
He continued , ” So does that mean the heaviest and tallest student has the maximum potential ?”
The entire class burst into laughter.
Teacher ” In this formula, I give the following connotation to m, g and h:
h is the height to which a person decides to climb. It is the goals that he sets for himself. It is the amount of risk a person is willing to take. It is the circumstance that a person puts himself in. ”
“m is the skill set he acquires in order to fulfill his goals. The more skills that he acquires, the more his PE becomes. Any skill that a person has, directly or indirectly helps him in increasing his PE. That implies that a person with zero skill cannot obviously hope for an infinite Potential energy.”
“g , a constant, is the grace or blessing that each individual has on the surface of this earth. I truly believe that this plays an important role and is equally showered on every individual on the surface of this earth. And there is no reason to think otherwise”
“Just like how a ball has to be lifted to a certain height so that the ball possesses that amount of potential energy, the circumstances that a person is in, the challenges that are thrown at a person, the hurdles that come in his way, the opportunities that knock at him, the situations that he has to handle, all of these act as the trigger for a person to recognize and utilize this true potential.”
“A ball has no idea how high I am planning to raise it. But it knows that the potential energy stored in it is directly proportional to the height to which it has been raised. And that is the confidence with which the ball comes down. ”
“If only we were able to understand and imbibe this point in our “ever thinking”, “ever doubting” mind that our potential is directly potential to the risks we take, to the aspirations we have and the targets we want to meet, there is no stopping us. ”
“Hence, for any person on the surface of earth, the highest potential that he can reach clearly depends on either m ( the skill set that he has) and h ( the risk, the opportunity, the ambitions, the goals) “.
“And remember to never compare your potential with that of your peers. What you want(h) and what you have (m) need not be identical.”
When the teacher put down the chalk and announced that his class was over, no one moved. His colleagues were the first ones to stand up and clap for him. All the kids left the class full of confidence and promising the teachers to work and achieve their full potential.
The session was for about fifteen minutes. But the impact that this knowledge had on the kids was immense. Each of them :
- truly believed that the grace quotient was equally showered on each of them.
- worked on setting high goals and ambitions in life.
- worked on acquiring the skill sets required.
- were not scared of taking risks whenever required.
Your Potential (Totally in your hands) , Your Hard Work( Again in your hands) decides Your Future….