Tag: Success

Where do you see yourself?

Where do you see yourself in the coming ten years? A very common question being asked in the job interviews to most of the business graduates. I still remember the day when I appeared in the interview for the first time in my life. It was for Tata Consultancy services HR assistant. I answered almost all the questions like what is 360 degree appraisal, Syndicate training and bla bla. At the end the interviewee asked that very simple question which was quite expected to be asked. Like every average student, I replied, “I want to be a successful person.” Then she asked, what is success?” I was totally blank at that time. She smiled at me and I never got a call back. Now 10 years have passed since I did my post graduation. I don’t have an appropriate   answer of that second question yet. People define it in their own ways:

Barack Obama, “Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in People’s life.”

Stephen Covey, (writer of the book “7 habbits of highly effective people”) said, “If you carefully consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience you will find your definition of success.”

Bill Gates, “It is also nice to feel like you made a difference — inventing something or raising kids or helping people in need.”

Warren Buffett, “I measure success by how many people love me.”

Thomas Edison, “Success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.”

Winston Churchill, “Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”

I also did my self-introspection and found a few answers from within. Success doesn’t have any one definition. Success is the alternative word for satisfaction. A person is successful when he/she is satisfied with what he/she is doing and his/her achievements. Don’t forget to tell me in the comment section about your viewpoint of success.

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Persistence is the key to success.

Success does not come overnight. In childhood, I tend to believe that   “Hard work is the key to Success.” Because I was taught in the school. When I ended up my post graduation, suddenly the so called notion gets changed.  Now “Smart work is the key to Success.” How confusing it is.  Everyone defines the ways to be successful in his/her own way. But one thing which is common amongst all the great leaders and entrepreneurs of the world is; Persistence. Every winning story has a lots of failure attempts in the background. To name a few:

Thomas Edison failed a thousand times before inventing light bulb.

Stephen King, a famous writer, was not as famous in the early period of his career. He faced a number of rejections before getting famous.

J K Rowling faced many problems in her personal life. Before Harry Potter came to limelight, she was divorced barely living on charity/welfare.

George Luca famous for Hollywood movie franchise Star Wars was initially rejected by three famous studios: Disney, United Artists and Universal.

Walt Disney was fired from his newspaper job because his boss found lack of creativity in him. He disapproved it and the rest is history.

Jack Canfield famous for Chicken Soup series was rejected by 144 publishers.

Amitabh Bachhan famous for his acting in Indian cinema was rejected by a radio for poor voice quality. But he proved them wrong. Now his voice is his identity.

Rudyard Kipling the person who introduced Mowgli to us in his famous publishing “The Jungle Book” was fired from newspaper by the editor because his English was considered to be very poor.

So friends, don’t lose hope if you are facing struggle and failures in life. Never give up. Keep trying. Because “Persistence is the key to success.”

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