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“Growing up, I would be a big people-pleaser. I would just want to do a good job, cause no harm and make sure everyone’s happy. The one learning that took me quite some time to adjust to was, you cannot make everyone happy, even if you are doing the most right thing in the world”—shared Deepak, in the third episode of Project FUEL’s “50 Toughest Questions of Life” in which he had asked us a very simple yet profound question i.e. “What is a lesson that took you the longest to learn in life?”

And amidst all the heartfelt, enriching lessons people shared with us on the group [The Wisdom Nest] and on the comments section of Project FUEL’s IGTV, we decided to pick some of our favourites and share them below:

  1. “The hard path becomes easier, once you step forward towards it.—Crossbow Miles.
  2. “It is perfect to be imperfect and to focus on one’s own journey. For, the journey is much more important than the destination.”—Ishan Jhunjhunwala.
  3. “Never judge people. Irrespective of their situation, background and habits”—Ayushi Jaiswal.
  4. “Being panicky never helps. It further worsens the scenario.”—Mehak Sharma.
  5. “To not let anyone treat you in a way you wouldn’t like. And to always pay heed to your gut feelings. If the equations aren’t healthy in a relationship, you ought to get out of it, immediately.”—Chaitanya HR.
  6. “Self-love is the greatest love”—Neha Gupta.
  7. “How to be strong and be patient, when you lose everything in life.”—Abhishikha Das.
  8. “Perfect doesn’t exist”—Akhil Wazir.
  9. “You can’t have it all. So maybe, choose your strength and work on it?”—Chhavi.
  10. “Learn to say ‘No’. You cannot make everyone happy. So, it is really important to understand where to draw the line and actually revert with a firm ‘No’.”—Vidushi Jajoo.
  11. “Whatsoever we plan in life will not come easy to us. We need to get out of our comfort zone to get that thing done.”—Akash Khandelwal.
  12. “Not every friend who makes you feel good is a friend for life”—Archanaba Kher.
  13. “You cannot depend on others to be happy. It is your own responsibility to make yourself happy.”—Kinjal Pandya.

Intriguing, aren’t they? And these are just a few. For more of these learnings, hearty conversations and questions—do follow our series [50 Toughest Questions of Life] on IGTV and on Project FUEL’s curated Facebook group i.e. The Wisdom Nest. And maybe, we could seek our answers (to the 50 Toughest Questions of Life) together?


Compiled by:  Suhasini Burman

Image 1 credit: Calcum Macaulay

Image 2 credit: Thought Catalog





About The Author

Project FUEL, founded in 2009 by Deepak Ramola, collects life lessons from people all over the world and turns them into interactive and performance activities, to pass on the learnings. The passing on happens by way of workshops, seminars, and sometimes even over coffee. Every life is important and so is what each person's life teaches them. At FUEL, life lessons are continuously collected, documented, thought about deeply and then turned into performance activities. This ensures that you don't just hear someone's lesson in words but experience it tangibly, and apply it practically in your own life. The organization seeks to build a community of young adults who live, learn and share in order to make meaningful psycho-social and emotional contribution to their lives, and the society at large. A life lesson that comes to us from another human being can shine light on the understanding of our own life. Hence the name FUEL, which stands for Forward the Understanding of Every Life Lesson.

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