You will be what you want to be
I remember my school days when teacher used to tell us about the wonders of the world and the inventions and discoveries people made. Somehow, to me the fascination was more in knowing how the these great people reached this milestone than the invention or the discovery in itself.
Even till date I have keen interest in digging the stories behind every outcome than the outcome itself. The journey taken to Antarctica by Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen or the mysteries of how Pyramids were made or even the story behind how the most used word ‘OK’ came into existence. To me, the failures of great explorers even if they could not become the first to get their invention or discovery is a matter of research than simple history normally ignored.
After reading so much about the history and digging deep into the times since human civilization is getting recorded, I could only see one difference between those who have been successful in getting whatever they attempted to, and the vast majority who simply came and went without leaving any trace of their existance. All those who explored had a deep desire to do what they were doing and firmly believed that “they will be what they want to be”.
History shapes the future. What has been happening since ages will continue to happen even though the context may change. Human beings will continue to behave in similar manner with common traits of being happy, being sad, being jealous or being angry. These traits have not changed since time immorial and will never change unless we become robots.
Coming to present world and what we face in our lives day to day, it is common to see that urbanization and free market economy has been giving a gift of better quality of living to masses. At the same time, the pressures to perform or perish are at the highest. The strong family and government support systems are slowly getting diluted while the competition is no more local. It is commonly known that the jobs we have would vanish sometime in future as automation and globalization would continue to play their roles as they have played in making our lives better.
To thrive in this world, it becomes even more important for us to look out for changing and fine tuning our behavioral traits that can give us an edge over the rest. I would discuss more on what elements in your behaviour would help you to start working on the path of professional success with a clear focus on “Be what you want to be” and would sum up the entire exercise in something what we call as “Attitude Engineering”.
Over my next few blogs, I will take important elements of building up a winning attitude that I have adopted myself and practice in my day to day life.