By T G L IYER:
M arlon Brando once said of a cinema actor “He seems to be superhuman in his endless struggle to inform himself ”. Such learning means personal growth and making the most of your opportunities. Successful people believe that their education has only just begun when they leave school or university. They continuously learn from their failures as well as successes. They are fanatical in their belief that every experience is a learning opportunity.
It means that if you stagnate you no longer live. Better concentration is an obvious way to improve learning. You can do this by concentrating, by really loving what you are doing. It is much easier to be engrossed in something which you think is first, enjoyable and worthwhile. Think about the benefits of concentrating on something. Also think about concentrating on failure, on your family and so on. This may motivate you to learn and start an assignment as quickly as possible. The happiness of life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind and has give up worrying once and for all. No single man can be taken as a model for a perfect figure. No man lives on Earth who is endowed with the whole of beauty. It is no use growing older if you learn new ways of misbehaving yourself. Helen Keller said: “Your success and happiness lie in you alone. Resolve to keep happy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. Every day is a journey and the journey itself is home! When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favour.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. It is not the man who can dispose of the most details with his own hands who is sought for the job higher up. It is the man who has the ability plus a good judgement to get others to take care of details. If you are aiming for a promotion, it will be well for you to begin now to teach others how to handle the details of your present job. Laziness may appear attractive but work gives satisfaction! One of the outstanding benefits of goals is personal happiness.
Life is too short to be unhappy. You will never be happy until, you are achieving a worthy challenging goal. A worthy goal will benefit you and your family your abilities are very closely related to your desires. If you desire little, you will exercise little of your capacity. Remember, that when you were young all the ability you had is not properly used to grow in stature. We have often heard that rich people are not happy. No man is happy who does not think about happiness. A man may have riches and yet could be miserable. The man who has set a dynamic goal is happy because he is persistently achieving that worthy challenging goal. Happiness comes in the attainment of our desires and in having only right desires. No matter of the world laughs at you; take your own seriously. The mob laughs what it does not understand and ridicules what it cannot comprehend.
Too many men who have the fire of genius within never let it kindle into flame, because they fear the laughter of the crowd. Forget what others think. The thing that matters is what you think of yourself and that you believe in yourself. ‘Do the hardest thing first’ is the motto hanging above the desk of every successful person. A popular saying is “Fortune favours the bold”. The ideal time does not exist; the ideal time is now. Stick to your final decision. Success depends on snap decisions. Stick to them and jump straight to action. All success stones are punctuated by failures. For tough people life is a test. Acknowledgement has amazing powers.
A way to promote the gap is to promote core-values. If everyone sees himself as a leader, the relationship will bond, cement and hold together to protect the values and beliefs. A healthy organisation thrives on a climate of openness. One indicator of healthy climate is to ask Why? How? Where? and What? People must open up to one another. To promote values, do the right thing. Every man has to do one thing well, not only well in itself but well in relation to the way that other men do it. My teacher used to say “Heroes are not persons but ideas; thoughts are not ideas but events. Some people choose to live by complaining; other people choose to live. Success is a choice. The Heaven is full of people who chose to be there. Happiness is an attitude. Happiness is always up to the individual.