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Valuable Insights to Succeed in Life #AtoZChallenge

Very important lessons could be learnt from the successful. Five lessons are all that I shall talk about.

In my blogging journey I have come across many inspiring stories- of the disabled overcoming their handicap, of sportsmen fighting their way to the winning spot and of simple human beings etching their mark in careers of their choice. I try to pick out positive qualities from these success stories, which I feel are the prime forces in guiding them to the top. Read on below Ruveda Salam’s story that gave me five valuable insights into making life more meaningful and successful.

Who is Ruveda Salam?


She is a doctor, who first created history by becoming the first Muslim woman from the remote Farkin village in the border district of Kupwara, to have cracked the Civil Services examination back in 2013. Today, she is the first woman IPS officer from the Kashmir Valley.

Lessons to learn from Ruveda

Lesson 1: Set goals for yourself- short term or long term. It gives you a direction in life.

Ruveda’s Story: “When I was growing up in Kashmir, my father often used to say that I should become an IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer. That’s when I first thought of becoming one. It inspired me and I decided to go ahead and aim for it”, says Ruveda.

Lesson 2: Take risks and chase success.

Ruveda’s Story: Before becoming the first woman to have qualified for the Union Public Service Commission examination in 2013, Ruveda got her MBBS degree from the Government Medical College in Srinagar. She wasn’t content with her success here. She cleared the UPSC and was then allotted the police services.  After the completion of her training, she was the lone Muslim woman police officer to be put in the Tamil Nadu cadre.

Lesson 3: Surround yourself with positive people who would guide and encourage you. Surrounding yourself with people who inspire you at every step helps you make your way towards success.

Ruveda’s Story: It was Ruveda’s father who encouraged and pushed her to succeed, giving her all the confidence she needed.

Lesson 4: Strive to be successful for the right reasons.

Ruveda’s Story: Having served in Tamil Nadu cadre for the past few months, Dr. Ruveda has realized that there is nothing more satisfying than serving humanity, whether it’s in Kashmir or Tamil Nadu. She now wishes to see more girls from Kashmir scale new heights of success.

Lesson 5: Be focused on your goals and make your life goal oriented.

Ruveda’s Story: And she doesn’t stop here. Ruveda has passed the UPSC exam again this year for a second time. Needless to say with an improved rank and much bravado. She now dreams of making becoming an IAS officer, utilizing her acquired skills from being in the police services.

So have a goal, get focused, be around with those who care and, strive to achieve. The sky would be the limit for you!!

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