What is Success? We all view Success in a different way and interpret it in a different way. Parnil Yodha writes about the topic of success giving some great examples.
‘Success’ is a word which has become the most significant factor in our lives. We all think about it, almost everyday and aspire to attain it. The difference is just that our definitions of success vary. Success for an urban-construction labourer, for instance, would be to earn as much wage as required to feed his family with a full-meal twice a day. On the other hand, success for a graduate, residing on the outskirts, would be to find a job for himself with a decent salary, in order to lead a modest life. For a big corporate, success would be to make big fortunes with maximum profits possible; whereas, for a clerk, it would be to be able to make a good fortune of his children by providing them with good education.
Can you figure out that what do Mahatma Gandhi, Dhirubhai Ambani, Bill Gates, Amitabh Bachchan and Sachin Tendulkar have in common? The answer is simple, all of the above have challenged the firmly established norms and perceptions of the society and have pushed the limits by proclaiming to the world that people make the world, the world does not make people. None of the above have followed someone else’s trail but all have explored their own trails. They all have been trend-setters rather than trend-followers. They are unconventional. Most importantly,they all have dared to dare!
It was said that no individual alone can make a change. Mahatma Gandhi made the whole country follow him and brought the colonial empire down with his two weapons, namely, truth and non-violence.
It was said that only rich people can make big fortunes. Dhirubhai Ambani, who was a son of a village school teacher earning meagre income, started his business with just rupees fifteen-thousand and went on to own a business empire, the RIL conglomerate, worth sixty billion dollars.(approx)
The people remarked that “One needs to be highly educated to make it very big in life”. Bill Gates, the co- founder of Microsoft and the second most richest man in the world, is a Harvard drop-out.
The world pronounced that “People should retire at the age of sixty”. Amitabh Bachchan has, lately, won the prestigious National Film Award for the Best Actor at the age of sixty-eight beating actors of almost one-third of his age.
It was claimed that one needs to be experienced to be successful in life.Sachin Tendulkar at the age of sixteen, scored a hundred not out on a debut first-class match for Bombay against Gujrat. He become the youngest Indian to score a century on a first-class debut and the rest is history.
“Success comes to those who stay while others have left”- anonymous. One needs to be patient, persistent and persevered to be successful. Let me substantiate this by narrating an anecdote to you. Auditions for the male lead in a TV serial were taking place. All the contestants had assembled. The director of that TV soap opera had organised a marathon for the contestants. He declared that whosoever would win the race, would get the role as the role was of an army officer and hence, demanded physical fitness. All of the contestants ran away amidst the race saying that the director was fooling them and the audition was an eyewash as the role had, already, been conferred to somebody. After sometime, the director saw one boy running towards the finishing line. The director rewarded him with the role. That boy was none other than the King Khan himself, Shahrukh Khan and the daily soap was ‘Fauji’.
All of us have many dreams. But we abandon them in the chase of practicality. A friend of mine is an impeccable illustionist, for instance, but she went for engineering after twelfth because it appeared more lucrative to her. She took this so called ‘practical decision’ not because she feels engineering is better but because the world says that it is the need of the hour. Consequently, solving a differential equation does not lighten-up her face with a broad smile and more than that, with an expression of complacency which a completion of a painting used to do.
Many a times, we don’t try to trace new paths because of the fear of failure.We tend to think that if, today, we will choose to follow a new path against the will of the world and if we will fail, tomorrow, we would be laughed at.In short, we accept defeat, before actually tasting it. The fear of the failure is more dangerous than the failure itself. Just keep in mind that a person who has never failed, has never tried anything new. Do experiments in life and see how life surprises you at every point.
At the end, I would reiterate what the ‘Blackberry’ says “Do what you love, love what you do”. Do everything with dedication and diligence and always give it your best shot. Never forget, success touches the feet of those people, who make their own footsteps.