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  • Divya Mohan

What did success and failures teach you? Read this story of how Value Buds came to life

Updated: Apr 25, 2019

As a child, I was a rebel. I wanted to be the best at everything I did. I worked very hard to compete and I did succeed. My parents always encouraged me and spoke highly of me. I got a lot of attention from people around. But all these happened at a cost…

At times when I did not succeed, I lost my self esteem. Furthermore, if someone did better than me, I used to feel jealous and left out.

As I grew up, I started meeting several people who were better than me at a lot of things. I realised that I couldn’t be the best at everything. I started looking for ways to excel but only struggled with more pressure, stress, anxiety and depression. I had begun to feel lonely without attention.

That's when I started looking for wisdom to improve my feelings. I read and listened to inspiring people. I realised that my feeling of loneliness was not caused by the world around me, but it was caused by cravings of my own mind.

I started training my mind to feel good about myself and people around me, irrespective of successes and failures. I started using my successes and failures to reflect on and understand my strengths and weaknesses. I used values and techniques like gratitude, respect and empathy while dealing with people. I improved my self esteem, began to value relationships and started feeling amazed by what people do. I changed my perspective towards life by constantly reminding myself of human values.

I wish I had learnt this wisdom to feel good earlier on in life.

I created Value Buds with the intention of encouraging children to understand and practice these priceless human VALUES, at a young age, so that they are equipped to face any challenge in life. My dream is to see children grow up FEELING INSPIRED to dream big and achieve their dreams - without being affected by ill feelings like jealousy, depression or loneliness. Early childhood is the time when a person learns the most. Why not learn and practice Values that helps develop positive attitude to life?

I'm an author, a self publisher, a business analyst, a software engineer and a full time working mom, living in Melbourne, Australia. My purpose is to add a little value to someone’s life every single day.

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