The way we react to opportunities that come in life depends a lot on our attitude. In fact, the world is nothing but our vision covered by our attitude.
In the Mahabharata, the great teacher Dronacharya told his disciple Yudhisthira to go into the world and find one person who was worse than him. And at the same time he asked Duryodhana to go and find at least one person who was better than him. Both had learnt from the same teacher and both had become competent in their own ways. But the way they saw the world showed that they were in totally different frames of mind.
Yudhisthira came back and reported his findings. In spite of carefully searching, he claimed that he could not find even one person worse than himself; everyone he met had some good quality which he himself did not possess. So his constant observation was of his own personal defects and others’ good qualities. On the other hand, Duryodhana came back and claimed that he could not find even one person better than himself; he had tried his best, but he had realized that every person had at least one defect that he himself did not possess.
What determined their different conclusions and visions of the world around them? Their attitude, which was controlled by the culture in which they were raised, the kind of circle of influence they had around themselves, and the inner desires they nurtured.
– Radhanath Swami