Sardar Patel, better known as the ‘Iron Man of India,’ was noted for keeping his calm at the time of crisis. Before he joined the Freedom Movement under the leadership of Gandhi, he was a practicing lawyer with a very good income.
One day he was arguing a case before the judge. In the midst of the argument he received a telegram. He opened it up, read it, steadily placed it in his pocket and continued the argument. When the hearing was over, the Judge called him and asked him about the telegram. Patel said, “It’s a message informing me of the death of my wife.” The judge expressed his condolence and admired the extraordinary dedication he had for his professional duty.
Though his wife was dead, Patel knew he could not undo it. At the same time he should not allow his mind to be disturbed by it and fully concentrated his mind on the argument to defend his client and win the case.
Those who have honesty of purpose and devotion to work will always carry out their tasks passionately and diligently. On the contrary, the less committed will always have excuses for not performing their assigned duty, thus bringing inconvenience to others.
Quote: “Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.” – Andrew Carnegie