Success – Worthy Idea Achieved
I have been talking and writing about success since few years now. It is not that I tasted success from day one. However sustained work and my focus helped me get success in the area I always dreamt of and became passionate as my profession.
Most of us equate success to money and social status. However few of us really understand and feel the true meaning of success. There are several definitions of success. The most apt one I have got so far is “Success is progressive realization of a worthy idea”.
This worthy idea can be anything that can bring a positive outcome to our lives and that to other’s life. A worthy idea need not always be about being wealthy or being a business honcho, but as simple as being a great father, being a good family person, a good painter who can bring smiles to many who see the paintings and so on. The worth of the idea is upon the individual to understand and decide.
When I look back in my own life, probably the only difference I saw in myself as compared to most of my colleagues is that I always had a vision and a dream. This vision and dream was my worthy idea of becoming someone that would help bring benefits to myself, my family and to several others who would get associated to my idea as it progresses. My idea of becoming a corporate leader was more to do with a worthy idea of creating thousands of jobs and create immense value to my stakeholders and customers by bringing creative minds through my company. Over last several years, this worthy idea continued to get realized progressively, generating more than one thousand jobs and bringing prosperity to all of them including myself.
In my lectures, I regularly ask my team and others “What do you want to be in life.” I am not surprised when I figure out that hardly any one has given a thought about it. Almost everyone flow into the ecosystem just because they see others doing it. They earn because they have to pay their bills and because they are not sure of what else can they do. Almost no one has so far come out with any worthy idea about themselves.
If you do not have a goal based on a worthy idea to pursue it means you have no aim in life. Such people become aimless and drift where the current flows. That way, they can make a living, but can never be successful. In my life, I have never seen a person who is successful but does not like their profession. On the other hand, every successful person I have met has only one thing to say that they were passionate to do what they are doing now and they love their profession.
I remember my interaction with great badminton player, Paula Gopichand. He mentioned that I am one of such lucky person who is doing what they like the most. In his case, it was playing badminton. Needless to say, he has all riches he needs, a name, social standing and everything what a success calls for. Achieving happiness however remains the most important achievement for a person like Gopichand.