5 Essential Life Lessons You Need To Know

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5 Powerful Life Lessons Everyone Should Learn!


We all have our list of values & beliefs that we have grown up with. These values & beliefs come from our various experiences right from childhood. We observe our elders, peers & surroundings and derive life lessons that stay on with us as we go through the adolescent stage & become adults.

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Our Life Lessons cover three critical aspects of our personality – Mindset, Motivation & Management. Whether I am a working professional or a homemaker, married or in a relationship, parent or caregiver, I need the above 3Ms to be a happy, compassionate and complete human being. If we can master these, we can achieve success across any field and any role.

In this post, I want to touch on five core values that have influenced my mindset and have been my lifelines during my personal & professional space.

I feel these are basic yet essential life lessons to lead a blissful and enriching life.

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Today all our family groups are flooded with the Good morning messages. These are mostly ignored & some even consider these spamming. How is my life lesson different then? Well, my life lessons come from what I have seen people do in different walks of life. I have admired them for the efforts put in to live these values every day. And now, these life lessons are etched in my mindset and have become a part of my everyday habit.  I am sharing my Top 5 with you, hoping that you will resonate with the same thoughts.


1. Every Incident In Your Life Has A Purpose – Good or bad is how we interpret the result

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While most of us realize this in retrospect, it’s those difficult moments and living through them that define our belief. This may be as simple as not getting tickets for a much-awaited holiday or an unfortunate event. I have been through both the extremes of a missed holiday & grave illness in the family.

But what we are facing today is something that probably our generation had yet to witness. Our daily life has got disrupted & the entire world has got engulfed in this pandemic. But if we look beyond the apparent negatives, certain positives emerge out – a cleaner environment, more family time & time to re-calibrate our priorities.

I came across this interesting article that talks about the pandemic’s positive side-effect, and I could not agree more (The bright side of Covid19). Therefore, a healthy mindset that we will overcome this & re-iteration of my faith in the larger purpose helps me go through this phase of life.



2. Form Your Own Opinions – People, Events or Things

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Opining is especially true for the corporate world as we all like to carry through the perceptions /opinions handed over to us. We prefer that rather than looking at the people/situations from a fresh perspective. You will be surprised how things change with the latter.

I have worked with people who were entirely written off by my predecessors. Their feedback was taken in the stride, but it did not influence my judgement. I gave them a fair chance to prove themselves again & they went on to become top performers.

Still, with due respect to all concerned sometimes, it’s all about how you groom and interact with people & a situation. If you genuinely want to work with a person, listen to your heart & mind and not all the voices from all people around you. An open mindset is a key that makes a difference. But, that’s not all.

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3. Believe In People & Their Capabilities

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Believing in people corroborates the point made above. Especially in the role I played in the corporate world of working with people from different streams to manage large scale projects.

Everyone has their priority list & every time it may not match yours. Hence when they don’t do or delay the work, which seems to be important from your perspective, pause & reflect rather than react.

When someone tells you they are too “busy”, it’s not a reflection of their schedule. It’s a reflection of your spot on their schedule. It’s just a mismatch of the priority list & maybe a discussion over coffee will help. It always helps :-).

Re-align and see the same people work for you with you together. Our values need not match always, but we still need to believe in another person’s capability. And this can be a crucial life lesson for us. Think about it.

4. Charity Begins At Home

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A cliché yet so very powerful. I saw it being practised by my Mom during my growing up years & has stayed with me since then.

It’s essential to treat people who serve us – our helpers with dignity and respect. They are the reasons we women folk can go out and work peacefully. We know that our family & house is in excellent and safe hands. There is no point in donating to charitable institutions when we can support our domestic helper’s families in securing education & better life.

Again this becomes very relevant in today’s time when we all are re-thinking our priorities. Remember that our actions are being closely observed, analyzed & imbibed by our children. And this one virtue will help our children stay grounded and compassionate to their support system. They will appreciate their privileges and, at the same time, learn to share these with the ones who need them the most.

Charity Begins at home and will move beyond if inculcated the right way & right age. Remember, you can be someone’s lifeline. And don’t underestimate that.



5. I,Me,Myself

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Sound selfish, right?  Again some golden words from my Mom –”If you will not take care of yourself, how will you take care of your family .. you need to be strong to be their anchor”. While this holds for both genders, it is especially relevant for women. Women tend to ignore their health, nutrition, fitness & social needs while managing home, families, work & kids. This sacrificing mindset does not help anyone. Therefore it’s essential to take care of your self first. Do what makes you healthy & happy before trying to solve the world’s problems. I quote, “We can only give away to others what we have inside ourselves “…Wayne Dyer.

I want to share this amazing TED talk by Cleo Wade, who says that if we want to change the world, we should be brave enough to care .. care for ourselves & the people around us.  I feel this summarizes my Life lessons aptly. I hope you enjoy this.


So .. what do you think .. do any of these resonate with you? Do you agree/disagree with some of these lifelines? Let me know. I want this to be a platform for sharing thoughts, opinions and learnings from each other’s practical experiences. Maybe you can add a few more.

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PS: while I was going through the blog again, I realized I probably listed my life lessons in reverse order of importance … exactly the way we treat them in our lives :-).

5 Essential Life Lessons you need to know & practise daily for a blissful life.



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Rippy Gauba
Rippy Gauba

I am a working professional and a mom of 2 teen daughters. I realised my passion for writing during the pandemic and thus My Ripple Effect was born. Though my corporate commitments take a major part of my day, I am very particular about spending quality time with my family, my pet CoCo, painting and blogging.

I write on Mindset, Motivation & Management. These are everyday, practical tips I picked up from my personal & professional life. These learnings have impacted my life as an individual, as a parent and as a working professional. I am sure these will be useful for you too and help create Ripples of change in your lives & that’s my intention.

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38 thoughts on “5 Essential Life Lessons You Need To Know”

  1. Dr. Jyotsna Jain

    Rippy you have put the daily life challenges beautifully.
    Where there is a will there is way.
    People do and achieve once they are ready for it.
    Your words may ape for many to choose the right directions towards their positive growth and mental well being ?

  2. Dr Sangeeta makkad

    Read your blog ! Very honest share and I loved your reference to *Mum* Bachhan Bhua ! ??
    And yess ,I also learned quite a few insights shared by you !
    Lovely inspiring read !

    1. Thanks Bhabhi, yes my Mum has been a big influencer & as per Pankaj he sees so much of mom in me. This is a huge compliment for me. You yourself have been a path-breaker and an inspiration to many in the family.

  3. Prateek Kapoor

    Write up didn’t let me blink my eyes
    Can correlate to your experience mentioned under ”Form Your Own Opinions – People, Events or Things”. This certainly a blog which makes you re-evaluate the purpose of your life and what difference you create by your actions & thoughts
    I concur all what you have tried to illustrate

  4. Every word resonated. “Form your own opinions”… I know you do that and I have always respected your maturity and clarity. Amongst many other qualities and value. Keep penning…these are everyday choices/ decisions we all make…your thoughts will inspire us during these times

  5. Lovely write up! Each person is an amalgamation of their own experiences through life and may react differently to the same situation. How you react to a situation truly reflects the kind of person that you have become. I always admired you and look forward to more insightful thoughts from u you.

  6. Dr.Komal Merani

    While reading your blog, the image of your beautiful smiling face in my mind instantly created a ripple effect of joy in all the cells of my body !!?

    Honestly, so apt–named
    Ripple effect!!

    To add to your life lines…..

    Each one of us in this universe is unique and has a special role to play !
    If we truly believe this, then only we will be able to accept and appreciate each ones’ individuality!

    Yes……enjoyed reading again in the reverse order!!
    I,me myself ..is the only thing we need to take care of… not only the gross but also at the subtlest level.!!

    A positive thought starts off a chain reaction of goodness all around!!

    Keep writing !!!?

  7. Dr Shalini Mukherji

    Beautifully penned Rippy
    I Me Myself… if we are healthy and happy from within we will spread positivity to everyone around us
    Believe in people and their capabilities…Learn to share our thoughts and priorities in a simple and clear manner and be open to the perspective of others. We can never stop learning.

  8. Hi Rippy great reflections ..we have always known you as a thinker , a compassionate listener and a person who lives life on your own terms and conditions after reflecting and giving a ear to everyone’s opinions. That’s very much what you write on your blog. I wish you all the best.

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