“Skill development is necessary, but what is even more important is a good education with discipline and superior character. It is better to be uneducated than poorly educated,” said motivational speaker and author Shiv Khera.
Shiv Khera, 61, was speaking at a two-day workshop organized by the Department of Basic Education, at the Indira Gandhi Pratishthan, Lucknow on Saturday.
“It is a teacher’s responsibility to provide the best possible education to their students,” he said. Shiv Khera also mentioned Guru Nanak, Dayanand Sarswati and Vivekanand, and asked teachers to learn from their teachings and incorporate them into their teaching process. He also talked about superstition and said that you have to be practical about everything. Quoting from an article, he said that natural childbirth has dropped to 80% in India, mostly in the south of the country, as people prefer the newborn to come into the world on a specific date which they think is the ideal.
While addressing the audience, he also walked down memory lane and talked about how he had to face various challenges during the initial phase of his life after his father died at a young age. How he worked as a car cleaner and then worked as a life insurance agent in Canada. “I failed many times and kept blaming others for my failure, which I later realized was an even bigger problem. That’s why it’s important to analyze yourself rather than blaming others,” he added.
“If I can’t change something, take it as a gift from God, but if I can, give me the courage to do it and make a difference,” he said. This was in keeping with the idea that one should not think about how and where they were born, whether black or white, small or tall, because thinking that way will hamper one’s thinking and actions.
He also stressed that his word must be spoken through his actions and quoted his famous lines, “Winners don’t do things different, they do things differently.”