The brief that is given to me by Dinamalar for this 20-article series on Motivation is that I should pick up motivating incidents and anecdotes from the net and add parallel incidents that I know and finally draw my inference for the readers. This prelude is necessary because the incident I picked up this week has already been posted in this site. In the <st1lace>Andes</st1lace> there were two warring nations, one was on the mountains and the other, on the plains. One day the mountain-people invaded the country downhill and while plundering their wealth also took a child along with them. The Elders of the country in the plains deputed a task force comprising of able-bodied, highly skilled men to retreive the child. The high-level task force left their place loaded with all equipments and implements necessary for climbing mountains besides their usual weapons. They had climbed up half the distance but then there was no way to proceed further. They camped in that place and explored all possible ways to reach the mountain top. They failed. They finally decided unanimously that it was mission impossible for them and started to pack up their things for the downward journey. As they were about to start they saw a person coming down from the hills. The leader asked them to stop so that they could enquire the person about the way up. To their surprise the person who came down was the woman whose child was kidnapped. Safely strapped to her back was the kidnapped child, alive and kicking. “Lady, we are the best in the country. We have the best equipments. Still we could not conquer this hill. How come you did it so easily?” The lady replied with a derogatory smile. “It was not your child, after all.” This happened in the late seventies. My friend who was doing B.Com. with me got a job in a nationalised bank. We had just finished our second year. Due to his family circumstances he had to take up the job. Afraid that he might not be able to finish the degree later, he enrolled himself for the Correspondence Course in MK University. He wanted to write the third year examinations of B.Com. in due time. But there was a snag. He had done his first two years under the Semester System. The Correspondence Course was on a non-semester basis. So the university official told him that he could not simply write the third year exams. Exasperated, my friend asked, “What other alternative do I have to write the exams this year itself?” The official let out a wicked smile and told him half in jest,”If you can write all the 22 papers of the entire B.Com. Course in one sitting, then you can get the degree this year itself.” That was his way of saying no. My friend was undaunted. “I am ready to take up the challenge.” The Official was impressed. He issued hallticket for all the 22 exams. My friend went on a loss-of-pay-leave for a month, prepared well, wrote the exams, cleared them all and he also secured the University’s First Rank. Several months later when he went back to the University to collect his degree, the official congratulated him and said, “I could not have done that at all. How did you manage? 22 exams in one go, with a University Rank…” My friend replied with a smile, “It was my child, my future that was in trouble. There was no other way I could get the degree. So there was no choice for me.” Look at your life, at your problems, as your child, as your B.Com. exams. Then not only can you find the way out, but also the strength to walk in it. For others it is just an administrative question; but for you it is a question of life and death. If you have this attitude then no one can stop your success. Best of luck.