Dedication to Duty

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


About John Parankimalil

John Parankimalil, SDB, M.A. (English), M.Ed, Ph.D (Education), popularly known as P.D. Johny is a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He is presently the Rector and Principal of Don Bosco College, Tura, Meghalaya and Director of Don Bosco College of Teacher Education, Tura. He received the 1st Computer Literacy Excellence Award from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the President of India in August 2002 and the Guruvar Best Teacher Award from Shri Kapil Sibal, HRD Union Minister in 2009. He was formerly Principal of St Anthony's Higher Secondary School, Shillong and National President of All India Association of Catholic Schools (AINACS), New Delhi and the Charter President of Rotary Club of Orchid City, Shillong. He has authored several books. He is an Eduationist, Story-Teller and Leadership Trainer. He conducts seminars for Principals, Teachers, Students and Parents. His popular books include, He Can Who Thinks He Can (Macmillan), An Elocution Manual (Orient Longman), Progressive Parenting (Unicorn), Inspirational Stories for Purposeful Living (Babhani) The Way to Success and Happiness (Savio), How to Win Over Your Problems (Babhani), The Secrets of High Achievers (Babhani).
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