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Modi and the famous half filled glass

Modi and the famous half filled glass

“An optimist would say the glass is half full, while the pessimist would say it is half empty. I have a third point of view. For me the glass is always full – half with water and half with air” – Mr. Narendra Modi, SRCC College, 5th Feb 2013.

Now you have three different types of people – optimist, pessimist and modi-mist.

Going by the old fashioned way, one may say that seeing the glass as half full is the best positive way to look at it. But isn’t that sound little contented? Will this work in the professional world which is target based and year on year it increases? More sales, more revenue, more salary and so on. If I see the glass as half full, what will I think next? Drink the available water or filling the remaining portion? Most likely I will be happy seeing it at least half full.

When you say the glass is half empty, it certainly sounds like you are not happy and if I could sense a desire in you to make it full, I guess you would be the right candidate in the world I have mentioned above.

But how do I read what Mr. Modi has told? Does he trying to say that accept what it is (the reality) and move on for better or by saying that the glass is always full is he refereeing to a limitation and asking the youth to identify opportunities within? Or, maybe it is simply an another politically correct statement.

There is always a third way to look at a particular subject and If nothing else, Mr. Modi just reiterated that.

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2 thoughts on “Modi and the famous half filled glass

  1. It’s just a metaphor on motivation open to wide interpretation. One way to looks at it as, rather than looking at emptiness within you, nurture a vision to see that there is “something” within the apparent “nothing”. Bit more scientifically looking at it, your glass is filled with matter half with relatively condensed one. The motivational thought behind is that the inspiration is within you, if you look for it.

    Posted by Shardul | February 12, 2013, 4:45 pm
  2. @Shardul – yes you are right. There is perhaps no right or wrong but as you have mentioned in your last line – look within yourself.

    Posted by bhrrigu | February 13, 2013, 7:07 am

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