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More to life than just measuring Success September 20th, 2011

Vinod Kumar

There is always more to life than just running behind success. When I wrote this very post around “What does it take to become successful?”, a lot of you did comment on that. Interestingly enough – PASSION is a key tenant in building your brand but there is always more to life than what meets the eye. Let me take a stab at some of these in this blog post which I felt like sharing – Call it my top 5.

“Just do it” – Nike way

I just love the way Nike used this line. Have used it at tons of places and seen millions use it. You might get surrounded by zillion thing to do but sometimes it is the drive to do it that matters. With all that surrounds you, if you need to hit the gym (well you got to make time and DO IT). This is true for most of the activities we do everyday.

When it comes to success it is fundamentally increasing your chances on probability. A really successful person is more like to have tried and failed more than the number of times he has succeeded.

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucious

Most of times we see the things as we want them to be seen as rather than seeing them as they are. I remember times in R&D role in one of my previous employer, given any problem I used to solve it inside SQL Server even though it might have not been the right solution approach. But the crux being, it is a beautiful mind that always is looking out for solving problems and rather than looking at the facts in hand we are out there solving problems to save the world :).

Don’t get distracted or overwhelmed with the finer unimportant details but move on.

“Becoming a child”

I love to see kids and how they are so excited by the mundane things that we see. A balloon hanging from the ceiling is never interesting till it gets to the hand of a kid. So how about appreciating the things around us which we take it for granted?

So, when was the last time you went about appreciating the food made you ate, the rains, drive to office, your health, your friends & family and the things about you that make you what you are?

“I remember the story of the old man who said on his death bed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened” – Winston Churchill

Most of the times it is the uncertainty surrounding us that make life interesting and challenging. There is no point pondering over past or getting confused over what will happen in the future. Did you have any control over – getting laid off, catching a flu, flights getting cancelled, rushing to office and you see a flat tyre etc. Getting superstitious is only going to drive negative energy and these are something created by our mind.

Most things we fear never happen. Worrying is waste of time, so let us enjoy today for what it has given us.

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – M.K.Gandhi

No one is perfect and what ever you like to do, there will be someone who is not going to be happy. This is very normal and so move on. Failure is not in failing in your attempts but failure is not even making an attempt. As point 1, do it and be the change you want to be. If you change yourself then you will change how you feel and what actions you take and ultimately carve the world you want to see.

Every time I sit with Ranga (a great friend, mentor and guide), I learn something new. I remember him once say, just because you are moving doesn’t quite mean you are making progress. Don’t get lost in your busy work schedules, improve on your productivity and never lose focus on the priorities in life.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

I wanted to write more on this but will refrain from making this long and boring :). Maybe will reserve it for the next post. So feel free to pass your comments and what you have experienced.

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