Once I had my cycle, I was very happy .I remember, a friend of mine making fun of my cycle. I ended up challenging him in a race, which I won. Over the next few months my passion and craze evened out. I had my cycle and there was nothing so great about it because my dream was achieved and my passion fulfilled.
Buying a new cycle would also not have given me that pleasure as I had with the junk one.
Over the next few years, I started thinking bigger, my close friend who had means to spend a lot more bought a scooter and I wanted to have a scooter for myself too?
My dream and passion to ride scooter followed the same cycle, which I had done for my bicycle.
You may wonder why I mentioned this example of my childhood.
“ Creating a vision and dreaming is the basis of success and happiness for every professional .“
This was just to illustrate that our dreams and vision generally happen in incremental packets. While this is normal, happiness and success would be easier when we streamline these incremental packets to align with a larger vision, which in general we fail to think of.
Most of us live life as it comes and keep figuring out next dream when we have achieved one. Most of them may not even align with each other. My friend who once owned a scooter and was large hearted enough to give that to me to learn scooter riding is such an example, which represents millions of young professionals today.
He was lucky enough to have best things in life because of his father’s income. However, his vision was limited to his immediate needs and zeal to copy his colleagues. When I played badminton, he wanted to play the sport himself too. When I wanted to get into Air Force, strangely he wanted it too. When he saw his relative being successful in doing work with a medicine company, he changed his vision quickly. Within a year, when I got admission in engineering college, he too forced his father to get him admission in a private college, only to quit from there before completing his education.
The reason of this change of mind was that he found stock broking far more lucrative and better profession than becoming an engineer and he landed himself doing just that for several years and loosing most of his property in debts and litigation’s.
While, one may wonder why this guy was so fickle minded, it is not strange enough to see a large number of such strange guys all around us, desperately trying to copy passions and dreams without even bothering to set one of their own and aligning the small incremental dreams and visions to reach out to the larger one.
A friend of mine, who is very successful in business and had earned millions by selling his company and starting a new venture, told me his secret of success.
In his words, he always wanted to be his own boss, but lacked money and knowledge to do so. He joined companies and worked hard to learn everything he wanted to do on his own. He was passionate to learn the most challenging and difficult solutions, which in general were not touched upon by most. This hard work gave him bigger assignments and helped him learn fast. All throughout his vision to be his own boss remained intact. He kept looking for the right opportunity.
It was not long after that he was invited to join a startup where he was given some equity. Being his own boss was almost done, but he had to work harder. If not for his passion and desire to fulfill his ultimate dream, he would have been better off with his previous job.
In few years, this startup did well and was acquired by another company. The money he made from this, he invested in his own company along with few others. The success continued and he repeated his success in few years time. All throughout he remained focused and kept his vision and dreams focused. His incremental dreams and their fulfillment just acted like steps towards his success without losing the way as in the first case.
Creating a vision and dreaming is the basis of success and happiness for every professional. Only few are able to reach where they wished. Aligning the smaller dreams to the ultimate vision only helps getting success faster.
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