Live By Your Convictions

Polyclitus of Sicyon, a famous sculptor, once worked at the same time on two similar statues. One in public and the other in secret. For the latter he consulted only his own genius, but for the former he accepted every bit of advice and made every little adjustment that the critics suggested.

After finishing both statues, he exhibited them in public, side by side. One statue that had been the fruit of his genius was extolled endlessly, but the other was criticized brutally.

‘Athenians,’ said Polyclitus, ‘the statue you criticize is your work, and the one you so admire is mine.’

Excellence comes not from listening to everyone but from acting according to one’s convictions. It is indeed important that people know what you stand for, but it is equally important that they know what you won’t stand for.

Quote: “In the matter of principles, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.”Thomas Jefferson


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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