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IAS Officer Shares 10 Life Lessons on How to Navigate Challenges in Society

IAS Officer Divya Mittal’s personal journey inspired her to believe in the impact of kind actions and words. She shares 10 life lessons to inspire others to follow suit.

IAS Officer Shares 10 Life Lessons on How to Navigate Challenges in Society

The naysayers might tell you life isn’t always cut out to be easy, but IAS officer Divya Mittal believes otherwise. The IIM Bangalore graduate often takes to X — formerly known as Twitter — to share her learnings on life and work.

In one thread, she shared 10 lessons she learned over the years, reflecting society’s behaviour. Here, we take a deep dive into these:

1. Believe in yourself

Society has funny ways of making one question their worth. But IAS Divya Mittal emphasises the importance of self-belief in such times.

2. You are beautiful

As unrealistic beauty standards dominate social media, it’s easy to go down a negative spiral. Mittal talks about not letting conventional standards cloud your judgment.

3. Be proud of your accomplishments

Nothing that you have accomplished is a waste. Mittal emphasises celebrating the wins and the losses as each shapes you in its own way.

4. Believe in the goodness of people

“Don’t give up on people and humanity,” shares Mittal.

5. Stand by each other

The value of human connection must not be misunderstood, says Mittal, as she goes on to highlight everyday instances of how people can lend a shoulder to each other.

6. Don’t compare

Tracing back to the point of social media, Mittal notes how easy it is to begin comparing your worth to what you see on a screen. “It is a trap,” she notes.

7. Being sad is OK

Sadness is a part of life, and like all emotions, it will come and go. Stay strong.”

8. Learn to like what you do 

Mittal highlights the evils of running after instant gratification and how toxic it can be.

9. Be grateful

Always show gratitude for the things and people around you, notes Mittal. “Make it a point to appreciate what you have.”

10. Depression

Mental health tops everything. Mittal encourages people to talk openly about their feelings especially if they persist.

Edited by Pranita Bhat

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