All of us tend to take our lives for granted. Even when we are grateful for our professional and personal lives. Once we have a job we love, hobbies and creative pursuits to engage in from time to time, we tend to live life one day at a time and not think about the future. Planning and saving for the future is the last thing on our mind. What we tend to miss out is that financial planning for the long run will not only help us pursue our dreams and passion but will also help us survive any setbacks in life.
Don’t believe us? Watch the story of Indian classical dancer Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant who is also serving as the first lady officer of the South Central Railway. A dancer since the age of 4, her hobby became a passion and she chased her dreams and joined the famous Kalakshetra dance school in Chennai. At 17, she realized that the income one can earn from a dancing career is not enough when taking into account the outflow required for a dancing career. In order to fund her passion, she sat for the Union Public Service Commission Exam (UPSC) and she got selected there and went on to join the Indian Railway Traffic Service. Little did she know that this one decision would help her in a big way someday.
Meanwhile, she won many awards for her dance and even went on to receive the fourth highest civilian honour-Padma Shri in 2007. In 2008, she was diagnosed with cancer, but she decided that cancer is just going to be a page in her life and not the whole book. She braved all odds and her love for dance superseded the pain and agony she was going through. Plus, she had done her financial planning so meticulously, that her needs during that difficult hour were well taken care of.
Watch Ananda Shankar share her inspiring story of combatting cancer and turning her life around is something we all can learn from.
Indeed, Ananda's determination and courage has made her an inspiration for millions of people around the world. You are no different. Plan your finances in such a way that no setbacks can every stand between you and your passion because you never know how your life will turn out to be tomorrow.
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