To Be Or Not To Be


Life, as we all admit, is full of challenges day in and day out. For some, living itself is a huge challenge whereas there are those that go hunting for challenges and find ever new obstacles that they must cross to get the much -needed adrenaline rush.

Some of the biggest challenges faced by the common men involve the day-to-day drudgery of providing the basic necessities for their families. Some of us find it a challenge to get a better paying job while others are faced with a challenge meeting their budget obligations and paying their high-interest Credit Card debt.

The above situations do not necessarily leave any choice whether we want to be in that particular situation or not. Of course, no one wants to be faced with the daily dilemma of affordability. For them the question: ‘To Be or Not to Be’ may be a moot point. However, what I am going to share in here might motivate a few of these unfortunate souls to pick up the gauntlet and make onerous efforts to get out and BE the Winner that they were destined to be.

How could one ever challenge the universally recognized wisdom of the ever-green 16th Century English Poet, Playwright, Actor and Writer par excellence that Shakespeare has been recognized as, over the centuries by one and all alike?

In “Hamlet” Act 3 Scene 1, the dilemma faced by Prince Hamlet of Denmark while considering avenging his father’s murder by his uncle, Shakespeare presented in these beautiful words “To Be or Not to Be” shall always hold true as long as civilization exists. The only difference is that some of us recognize the challenges and actually do something about it while most others fail to do anything. Those that do, take necessary steps to address the situation head-on whereas the others end up losing more than they could ever imagine.

Think of the three most important things that you always wanted in your life, first as a child, then as a teenager and last, but not the least, as an adult. Have those three things always remained constant until acquired or you ended up compromising per given situation and settled for something else instead?

I am sure by now you must have realized that life is subject to change at every step. Those that understand the cycle and learn to flow with it win the game while an attempt to go against the system poses challenges that we are seldom prepared for.

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PLEASE take note: I am not implying failure by the longest shot. Instead, my observation is that our preparedness to change the course of the tide is in our own hands and the only thing we need, first and foremost, is to learn the techniques rather than getting carried away by the strong currents of the tide, into oblivion.

We can find umpteen numbers of examples of ferociously raging rivers that have been tamed with ingeniously crafted dams, bridges, culverts and specifically added/diverted tributaries, all for the benefit of mankind. These amazingly thoughtful and determined individuals, the thinkers, the designers, the architects, the hardy teams and the labour force, they have also risen from amongst us. This goes to prove my point that no matter how difficult a challenge, once we take it upon ourselves to face the same head-on, our willingness to learn the techniques, to acquire the necessary skills and then to gather enough hands to assist us, all come together to support us. The first and foremost necessity is our own willingness “TO BE”, rather than “Not to be”.

In simple terms, it is entirely up to ourselves whether we want “to be that daring soul to face extremities or life’s challenges or we do not want to be” in that enviable position of a WINNER!


Bharat Mathur
Bharat Mathur
WHERE goal setting and systematically achieving each one of them has been the ‘Mantra’, where earning trust by delivering value has been an uncompromising principle and where deeply impactful experiences have made an indelible impression to look directly into the eyes of toughest problems and tackling them head-on has been a major cementing glue in the foundation, Bharat Mathur fits the bill, hands down! Creating value for others, out of the challenges his career in the “C” Suite kept throwing at him left, right and center, Bharat now finds solace in being a ‘Guide by Your Side’ rather than a ‘Sage on the Stage with An Eye on What You Buy’! Past 4 decades of Bharat’s life have been no less eventful than that of anyone else in similar circumstances. However, the way he lived from one challenge to another and stayed focused on his goal is clearly visible as much in his Coaching as in his #1 Best Seller Book: “you Are YOU-nique: Realize Your True Worth”! His next book project tackles ‘Internet of things’ (IoT) from the viewpoint of a layman and helps understand this fast-approaching revolution in simple, easy-to-understand language with live examples: “SMART PHONE + I o T = INCOMPARABLE OPPORTUNITIES” Nurturing a number of successful businesses, mentoring a lot more towards astronomical growth and helping them identify and eradicate trouble spots, Bharat has rightfully earned the nickname: ‘Achiever’ Send him Bouquets or Brickbats, Bharat loves it all!

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    • Thank you, dear friend, Larry, for your valuable suggestion. I believe we need a change of attitude in looking at every obstacle as yet another opportunity. Progress is really difficult unless we take such an approach in handling life’s problems.

  1. Thank you for this article Bharat. This sums it up so well, “no matter how difficult a challenge, once we take it upon ourselves to face the same head-on, our willingness …” and that is our truth. I had separate discussions with three different people just yesterday about feel stuck. One overspends continually and is in serious financial trouble. One complains constantly about her job but doesn’t take any steps at all to find another one. One knows she should learn some new technical skills but it’s just too much effort. In every case, I tried to offer options, one step at a time, from saying no to unimportant purchases to my help with learning some new things. Challenging? Yes. Doable? Yes. Willing? Well as you said. To be or not to be.

    • First things first, Ms. Jane, please accept my sincere apologies for the inordiante delay in my response. As you must have already guessed a long time ago, it was a sheer oversight rather than an intentional neglect that failed me. To come back to your observations on three different fronts, it is one’s own attitude that dictates how they want to handle a particular situation. No amount of guidance, cajoling or threats ever seem to work until the urge comes from within.

      Thanks a million for your magnanimity, an abundantly generous attitude, and of course, for being a valuable supporter of my thoughts. I humbly pray to Dear Lord Almighty to Shower His Divine grace on you and all your loved ones, always!

    • Bharat, you are the epitome of kindness and generosity. No apology is needed or expected. Had you not responded I’m sure I wouldn’t have noticed. I understand how comments can be missed and that isn’t the same thing as ignored. I comment on articles to show interest in the subject and respect for the writer. Responses are icing on the cake. I appreciate you and your work. I thank God for your life. Be blessed and encouraged.

    • I humbly pray to Dear Lord Almighty to give this Universe as many of your clones as we humans, so we could all learn a lesson or two in humility.
      God Bless you and yours, Ms. Jane!