It has been observed that successful men never say they’re successful. That’s because they know success is a shifting goalpost. Bill Gates had actually once said, “640 kB of hard-disk memory ought to be enough for anyone,” a laughable quote? Not really, hard-disks with memory spaces of 640 kB WAS actually the cutting edge of technology in the good, old days. After achieving 640 kB, Gates never said he was successful but shifted the goal-post. He then said, “Success is a lousy teacher, she seduces smart men into thinking they can’t lose”, and asked his engineers to write software that would need 1 GB+, and more, memory. Maybe, that’s why he is today the second-richest man in the world, valued at USD 72 Billion. The richest man is, of course, the Sultan of Brunei, but he’s out of the scope of this article because he inherited money. Never earned it.
Success can be looked at holistically, but holistic views do not hold much water in the real world. Anyone who wants to be a successful has to roll up his sleeves, get down in the mud, and chase success. There is simply no other way. Holistic views cannot adapt to how success is defined differently in every geographical location, and how this definition is dynamic, constantly changing.
Here are a few pointers that can help you succeed. There are a whole lot of other pointers also, but the list in this article deals with pointers that are time-proof and geographical location-proof.
Tighten your seat-belt, you’re about to encounter a very rough air-pocket because the pointers listed below are so obvious that you overlooked them.
The mantras of success:
• Believe in yourself and in your will to succeed. Trust your gut feel. Gut feel is not divine intervention, it’s something that your subconscious mind registers every moment of your life, analyses them and uses these analyses whenever if sees a red flag;
• Winston Churchill, also a brazen India-hater, did actually manage to come up with credible ideas at times. He said, ““Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Success requires that you continue chasing it even if you fall flat on your face and break your nose. Consistency is a trick that has to be mastered if one is to succeed.
• A healthy body houses a healthy mind. If you cannot keep yourself fit, then rolling over and dying is what we recommend. Success needs a lot of footwork. Be prepared for it.
• Before going to work in the morning, take a look at your tasks-list for the day, and manage your time properly. Also make sure you stick to this time-table unless and until you are attacked my Martians and have a 20 kTon nuclear device dropping on your head. Deadlines are sacred; deadlines are sacrosanct; a deadline is a holy virgin, not to be touched.
• Celebrate small successes too, that will arm you with a feel-good attitude, ready to take on the world. If you’re a Greenpeace activist, celebrate that you saved a whale that was washed ashore. You objective could be to bring about world-peace, but that shouldn’t stop you from patting yourself in the back. A journey of a thousand miles starts with that small insignificant first step
• Success happens when you are at ease with yourself. When you’re working towards success, ignore all pressure from your management, your wife, and even your sweet old mother-in-law.
Try not to become a successful man, but a man of value is what Einstein said. Can the very thin dividing line between success and value be done away with? Stay tuned to this page.
These pointers are definitely not the entire list. If you have followed a pointer to succeed and that is not listed here, do mail us your ideas and we’ll definitely incorporate them in upcoming articles on how to succeed.
This article has been written by Sakshi Bali. To read more upcoming posts from her. Please subscribe feedburner Emails.