ALL OUR DREAMS CAN COME TRUE, IF WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO PURSUE THEM
A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
Since my husband came from the defence background we were travelling on and off. But with my dedication and hard work I was successful for all the jobs that I handled, be it as a lecturer or a school teacher or a Principal.
Hold fast to your dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
I always felt my dream of being a part of hospitality was not fulfilled.
I was confident that I would be extremely successful and will be able to give my best in this industry.
“my dream finally came true”…….
ITC hotels offered programmes for defence officer’s wives who would be interested to join the hotel industry.
By then I, was a mother of two kids, but still decided to go for an extensive interview.
I cleared all sets of written and verbal interviews and had to move to WMI Gurgaon for further training. This was indeed a tough decision. I was in a dilemma as to what to do and what not to do. Again both sets of parents were not too happy about my decision.
But I had a strong, energetic and positive person in my life, my husband, who said, ‘Go ahead and fulfil your dreams, I shall stand with you.” And I flew to fulfil my dreams.
Finally, I chose a new mantra in my life.
A successful hospitality professional is goal-oriented, driven, hard-working, and eager to learn. Both hands-on practice and classroom learning is needed to pave the way for a successful hospitality career.
Every day is a new beginning. Take a deep breath and start again.
Life was not easy during the training days. I was competing with students who were young and were dedicated to make their future and career in the hotel industry. The youngsters actually thought that I was crazy to join this industry as a married woman.
“In life, sincerity is always the best strategy to win people’s heart!”
With my great communication skills, positive attitude and energy I became the favourite of all the staff members and my colleagues. I guess with the age difference my maturity level was better than the others which eventually became my positive point.
I developed the quality of winning within myself and never gave up on what I wanted.
The early days of training included all odd jobs, night shifts etc. Here, I wanted to prove that there is no age for learning if you wish to do so. One should be clear as to what they want to achieve in their life.
- Don’t be afraid to sometimes challenge the status quo.
- As a student I would take on a new initiative and Ask for additional tasks on my own. My goal……..
You are never too old to set up another goal or to dream another dream.
“Someone was investing in my career. You have to go into it with the right mindset, one of taking advantage of all that is being offered to you through this program. You need to go in with an open mind. Especially in an industry which is open 24 hours per day. It is hard to pause and identify moments for professional and personal development. Programs like this one teach us behaviors to pause and invest in our careers.”
And time flies just like a melting cube of ice.
I was a part of the ITC group as a Housekeeping Executive. Whoever challenged me, I proved them wrong and became an inspiration for many married women. ITC gave me what I always dreamt off and I have no words to thank the wonderful set of staff and colleagues who stood by me during the good as well as the bad days. “There is a lot of value in the relationships that you can build with people advocating for you and helping with your career.
Hospitality doors had opened for me and there was no reason for me to look back.
I ensured that I gave my best at work, participated in all competitions, enjoyed every moment at work and within no time I had promotions and increment added in my kitty. I enjoyed and thanked the Almighty with every success that I achieved.
With my sincerity and dedication, I was promoted to Executive Housekeeper of a five star deluxe property .
I climbed the ranks of hospitality patiently and humbly.
My advice to young talents? Don’t think about the top or you will be frustrated. Have pride and passion in your work, and enjoy what you do, and things will happen naturally.
We have to follow our dreams. Many obstacles will block our path. You have to overcome every hurdle to reach your destination.
- Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.”
- “Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine.”
Even today when I meet youngsters, my only advice to them is
Try, Try, Try again, Victory will always be yours.