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ISSB Story 2

Imagination is the main spring of our actions. It gives rise spontaneously to expressive thoughts. If we can give positive shape and direction to our imagination the results will be positive and successful. The direct our imagination in the optimistic channel we need faith, self confidence and enthusiasm Even in the face of setbacks and difficulties one can bring his imagination to play on a successful note. When we thinking positively, constructively and hopefully we are using our imagination in a constructive manner. When we picture successes, achievements and accomplishments, our imagination and thoughts flow in a positive stream and enable us to realize those things in actual practice. On the other hand we will use our imagination negatively when we contemplate a defeat and worry ourselves instead of attempting to solve the problem with patience, determination and courage. According to Dr. Maxwell Maltz ‘the human being always acts and feels and performs with what he imagines to be true about himself and his environment.” The Great Albert Einstein once observed that imagination is even more important than knowledge. It is this imagination which has made the poets, artists, engineers, authors, statesmen and soldiers to work miracles inspite of physical and other innumerable environmental handicaps.

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It is essential for a leader therefore to develop a habit of thinking and acting in a positive and constructive manner. He should not be cowed-down by the obstacles and difficulties. He should not regard anything as impossible. A leader must face the realities with courage and determination. He should strike out boldly and start tackling the job with complete confidence and positive outcome. He will soon find that the apparent difficulties melt away just like morning dew when they get exposed to the rays of sunlight. As we have seen in the past, the projective technique affords a best opportunity to assess our thinking habit 4 subjects were asked to write a story on the picture which is produced below. Their stories and the expert comments on the same are reproduced for careful study and analysis of thinking habit of the subjects. Before you proceed to read the stories you can write a story yourself after observing the picture for half a minute. You must complete the story within 5 minutes. Thereafter you red the stories as well as the comments. Now judge your own story in relation to the rest. You will know whether you are thinking on the positive lines or not. In case you find that your imagination is not flowing in a positive stream you should make deliberate efforts to become optimistic.

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Javed is a college student .One day he accompanied his friend Shaid and went to the employment exchange. Shaid could not continue his studies due to his family circumstances .Sine he had no experience of the employment exchange activities before he asked Javed to accompany him. At, the employment exchange Javed saw queue. Thousands of people were patiently waiting in the queue to find some job. Javed then and there determined that he should create vast scope for employment when he grows up. He wanted to help all the unemployed people. He realized that it would take considerable time for his friend to get a job in the’ prevailing unemployment situation. With this single goal in mind, i.e. creating vast employment opportunities . Javed studied hard and eventually qualified himself as a first class engineer. Then he started an automobile workshop. Soon it became a success and he expanded it into a huge industrial concern which manufactured automobiles, scooters and many other industrial goods. He was thus able to offer employment to several lakhs of people.


The hero of this story is warmhearted and reveals a helpful and sympathetic attitude. He has been depicted as a purposive and determined individual. He proves to be hard working and very resourceful lie is able to think positively and constructively. His imagination is backed up by, sustained effort and hard work. He sticks to his goal resolutely and ultimately succeeds in accomplishing his aim. Thus the author presents a good story attributing optimistic and leadership motives to his hero. In fact the story has as sound plot, proper sequence and a systematic approach. The individual displays ability to lead and co-ordinate the members of a group. He will respond to training and emerge as a successful personality. Recommended.

Nazia was studying in high school. 1-us father suddenly lost his job because of a violent quarrel he had with his boss. Nazia “s father went to the employment exchange and registered himself there. However, he could not get any job readily. Since he was reluctant t go there and enquire everyday himself, he asked Nazia to go to the employment exchange and find out whether any jobs had turned up for him. In the picture we see Nazia at the employment exchange. There was a long queue. He did not have the patience to wait at the queue and make enquiries. He went back home and told his father that there was no job. But actually on that day there was a job available. The opportunity to get a job was lost since Nazia did not have the patience and the determination to do his job in a sincere and loyal manner. When Nazia grew up his easy going tendency also grew up with him with the result that he was not able to stick on to any single job .He liked easy jobs and finally ended up as a poor unsuccessful individual.


In this story we find the negative imagination of the author at play. A defeatist attitude is running throughout the story. First we find the father losing his job because of a violent quarrel he had with his boss Next we find the rather too lazy to go and enquire at the employment exchange himself We find the son also to be equally irresponsible and careless. The ending of the story has also a negative trend. The author is averse to hard work, sincere efforts and determined approach. This candidate is of an easy-going type and will not be able to make the grade. Rejected.

Hafeez belonged to a well-to-do family and he was the only son of his parents. He demanded a motor-cycle from his father, but his mother though that it was rather risky to give him a motor-cycle since he was too young and temperamental. He was reckless and was likely to meet with accident and injure himself and also possibly others. His father therefore told him to wait for a couple of years more till he grew up. This made Hafeeaz angry and therefore he ran away from the house. We now find him standing at the employment exchange contemplating what he should do. He did not know what job he could get. He hesitated a long time before he finally picked up courage and faced the officer at the employment exchange. But, he could get only a job of a casual labour with a road building contractor. He found the job to be very difficult and gave it up. At the same time he was too proud to return home. When he could not find any better job he got dejected and finally ended his life by falling before a running train. He though he could teach lesson to his parents in this manner.


This story indicates an embittered and disappointed personality. We find lack of harmony among the characters of the story. Hero has been depicted as a spoilt child who a accustomed to too much indulgence. He is extremely obstinate and prove to be rash in his approach. He is not able to think constructively and positively. He is unable to understand the view points of other.In the face of defeat he is not able to sand firm and fight on till the end. He gives up too easily.The author thus displays an anti-social and defeatist attitude.

Jamal was compelled to see employment since his father who was in the army was Myprodm in military encounter with the Indian soldiers. Jamal is a courageous and determined person. He has a smart appearance and attractive personality. When he went to the employment exchange he saw a large crowd queued up there. He, therefore, decide to join the Army instead. In the army he distinguished himself well by displaying indomitable courage in the face of danger. During his spare time he also read and educated himself as a graduate. Soon when there was an opportunity for commissioning, by his hard work and imaginative performance, he rose to be a very senior officer. Finally, in a subsequent battle with Indian soldiers he was able avenge the killing of his father by the enemies. He led his troops to a glorious victory in the war. He thus became a hero of the entire country.


This story brings out the dynamic and courageous attitude of the author. The hero of the story is able to think independently and act with enterprise. When he finds that chances of his employment through the employment exchange are almost blocked, he takes definite risks and joins the Army. There he works with determination and courage and quaIifies himself for greater responsibilities. When the opportunities are presented to him he seizes them with pluck and swjftness. He is able to adjust himself readily to changing situations. He has definite goals. And he makes determined efforts in a methodical and planned manner to realize them. We get the impression that the hero is a warm. Accommodative, and sociable individual and has the ability to face problems with courage and solve them in an imaginative and constructive manner. The whole story sparkles with optimism A success oriented candidate who is strongly recommended.

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