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Waiting room

November 17, 2014 Leave a comment

Good things come to those who wait. “Do you agree?  How long is it reasonable to wait for something you really want?

Patience is a virtue so important that we ignore it most of the time.  It is true that persistence and determination and focus are traits that the great scientists have shown us.  But besides this they had another trait – patience.  Archimedes and Kekule had taken a step back fom their relentless pursuit of the truth and it is at this time that they had the intuition.   Archimedes was sitting in his bathtub when he had his ‘Eureka’ moment.  Similarly Kekule was resting beside the fireplace when he dreamt of a snake coiled up with its tail in its mouth – which gave him the answer to the structure of the benzene molecule.

Enthusiasm and dynamism are important to success but we have to also keep our emotions at check.  What we are seeing today is a mad rush without a goal in mind.  People are rushing after their dreams putting their work life balance in jeopardy.  This results in stress, anxiety and depression.  So it is very important that we learn to rest, to sleep, to breathe,  to watch squirrels hide their nuts in grass and watch streams full of stars like skies at night (Leisure, WH Davies)

“Life is real failure when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up” – Audrey Wilde.

At the same time lethargy and laziness is also dangerous and will not get any results.  So while patience is important we cannot wait forever hoping that the sky will drop money on us!

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://frenchtouchincebu.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/good-things-come-to-those-who-wait-but-better-things/
2) http://lsanderford.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/wishing-and-hoping/
3) http://wileyschmidt.com/2014/11/16/those-who-wait/
4) http://rowjie.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/waiting-game/
5) http://www.kansamuse.com/2014/11/patience-is-so-hard/

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The Spice of Success

November 5, 2014 Leave a comment

If “failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor” (Truman Capote), how spicy do you like your success stories?

Oxford Dictionary defines Success as:
i) the attainment of fame, wealth, or social status  or
ii)the accomplishment of an aim or purpose

We are everyday fed with images  of successful people – celebrities,  royalty, millionaires, sportsmen, technopreneurs etc by media and newspapers and our notions of success are largely influenced by these media.  We have always equated success with economic freedom, career and money.  We cannot forget that such a definition of success creates also a very bad image of one who is not successful as a ‘loser in life’.

We  create icons of celebrities and sportsmen and we expect them to be ‘’ideal’’.  But, we later come to realise that they have their own set of problems.  Our parents, teachers and role-models shape our ideas of success from very early in life.  So some concepts are driven in our minds from young.  It is important to unlearn these ideas and break out from these moulds if we are to be successful.

We forget that it is impossible to be successful at everything in life.   A person who is highly successful in his career gets to spend very little time with family  Do we enjoy what we do in life?   Are we contented with our achievements ?  Are we happy and can we share this happiness with our family, friends and society?  These are some questions that also define how successful we are.

It is not wrong to be ambitious and to create wealth.  But when greed takes over and we try to be successful by any means then success can also corrupt.  Billionaires like Bill Gates and Warren Gates have pledged more than 50% of their wealth to charity and this has spurred billionaires  in many parts of the world to do the same.   Social responsibility has become a key component of a successful business practice.

What makes you most happy and feeds your soul? By pursuing  goals that align with our values and  nature and not living on borrowed goals,  by giving our best shot and sharing our joys with family , friends and society we can become more happy and contented.  One mans  idea of success may differ from that of another.  What does Success mean to you?

Here is an interesting TED talk by Älan de Botton on a kinder, gentler philosophy of success:

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://lostinamazing.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/a-degree-of-success/
2) http://lekhamisra.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/success-through-my-eyes/
3) http://joatmon14.com/2014/11/04/success-starts-now/
4) http://alexxasays.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/the-spice-of-success/
5) http://barbarapyett.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/sweet-and-spicy/
6) http://theimaginerybureau.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/daily-prompt-the-spice-of-success/

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Mistakes – stepping stones to success

November 17, 2011 3 comments

Albert Einstein said: “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new”.

If we look at the milestones in a child’s development A child learns to crawl, stand with support, walk freely and talk by taking risks making mistakes and falling along the way.

Learning any new skill involves taking risks and making mistakes. The important thing is to learn from our mistakes and start afresh. A person who is afraid to take risk and make mistakes will find it difficult to learn any new skill.

When making a choice there is no right or wrong. We have to exercise our choice after discerning with our intellect and also taking a balanced decision using our mind and heart to make a choice which we think will be the best for us. However, there is always the possibility of errors of judgement .

Our great scientists and innovators like Edison, Einstein, Newton etc have experimented and failed repeatedly before success came to them.

Before Thomas Edison made the first light bulb, he made several thousand unsuccessful ones. When he was interviewed by a reporter about his many failures, Edison is said to have replied, “I have not failed. I’ve discovered ten thousand ways which don’t work.”

We have to teach our children to embrace mistakes and grow with confidence after learning from them.

Grandmaster Gary Kasparov talks about the importance of making mistakes, analysing the mistake and learning from them to continuously improve in the game of chess –

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What does Success mean to you?

April 10, 2011 8 comments

Oxford Dictionary defines Success as:
i) the attainment of fame, wealth, or social status  or
ii)the accomplishment of an aim or purpose

We are everyday fed with images  of successful people – celebrities,  royalty, millionaires, sportsmen, technopreneurs etc by media and newspapers and our notions of success are largely influenced by these media.  We have always equated success with economic freedom, career and money.  We cannot forget that such a definition of success creates also a very bad image of one who is not successful as a ‘loser in life’.

We  create icons of celebrities and sportsmen and we expect them to be ‘’ideal’’.  But, we later come to realise that they have their own set of problems.  Our parents, teachers and role-models shape our ideas of success from very early in life.  So some concepts are driven in our minds from young.  It is important to unlearn these ideas and break out from these moulds if we are to be successful.

We forget that it is impossible to be successful at everything in life.   A person who is highly successful in his career gets to spend very little time with family  Do we enjoy what we do in life?   Are we contented with our achievements ?  Are we happy and can we share this happiness with our family, friends and society?  These are some questions that also define how successful we are.

It is not wrong to be ambitious and to create wealth.  But when greed takes over and we try to be successful by any means then success can also corrupt.  Billionaires like Bill Gates and Warren Gates have pledged more than 50% of their wealth to charity and this has spurred billionaires  in many parts of the world to do the same.   Social responsibility has become a key component of a successful business practice.

What makes you most happy and feeds your soul? By pursuing  goals that align with our values and  nature and not living on borrowed goals,  by giving our best shot and sharing our joys with family , friends and society we can become more happy and contented.  One mans  idea of success may differ from that of another.  What does Success mean to you?

Here is an interesting TED talk by Älan de Botton on a kinder, gentler philosophy of success:

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