Being Successful…

Most of us keep running after success throughout our lives knowing not what it is and it keeps eluding us. Mostly, we define success in terms of positions that we attain or physical facilities like a palatial house, a big car, a fat salary, a huge bank balance, etc. We keep working very hard without any respite to think as to what exactly this success is all about. In this “Bhagam-Bhag” (aka Rat-race), we have little time for building relationship, being busy from morning till evening acquiring more and more physical facilities endlessly. If we carefully look at our daily schedule, we would find that our major chunk of the time goes towards accumulation of these physical facilities. And when we attain them, we, for a while do get pleasure but that is very short-lived and yet again, we restart this cycle to look for something that will give us a feeling of having succeeded. The primary reason for this feeling is that we do not allocate our time wisely towards nurturing our relationships with our family members, friends and colleagues. I am not trying to suggest that these physical or material things have no importance at all. They do play a significant role in our lives and are important to lead a decent life style but the problem starts when they become the only focus of our life  totally ignoring our relationships. So, we need to define first what “Success” means to us.

According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great American philosopher, Success means:

“To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of elder people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty and goodness in others;

To find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know that even one life has breathed easier because you lived.

This is to have succeeded in life.”

Lastly, When we succeed, Success makes us feel Happy. Happiness is a feeling within; it has nothing much to do with physical or material things. When there is caring, appreciation, love, and affection for others; when there is trust and respect in the relationships, we are happy and successful.

Harmony in relationship is the key that opens the door to Success and Happiness.

Be successful…Be happy…Always.





7 thoughts on “Being Successful…

  1. So true Sir.
    Entire lives are spent in attaining something which they thought they wanted and in the process missed those things which they needed.
    People consider money as happiness and not as the means to happiness which is sad.

  2. yet another of my poems that i felt relevant with this post.. 🙂


    “A feeling so abundant,
    Yet a regret of its absence,
    Always amazes me when I hear…
    Prevailing in every nook and corner,
    It’s always reflecting, it’s always there…

    Though in some way it disguise,
    Yet in plenitude it lies,
    Still for its absence the world cries…
    It’s the happiness…. profusely I cite

    In the talk between father and son,
    In the walk of grandpa and the little one,
    On the shoulder of your best friend,
    In the food cooked by mother’s lovely hands
    Isn’t it the happiness… that’s copious around??

    Caressing a baby in your arms,
    Or when you go frolicking across roads and barns…
    It is the beauty of flowers,
    In the chirp of birds,
    All signifying bliss, felicity and mirth

    The pleasure of company,
    The touch of a lover,
    Affection of elders and your reverence thereafter
    The taste of success…
    Even the lesson of failure…
    The belief of your mentor…….
    Whether you win or face a failure

    These petty little things that we fail to see…
    And we miss these moments in the longevity you see…
    For happiness is not defined by the big events to occur…
    It lies in these glimpses of life
    Which are simple and mediocre…
    Simple and mediocre…

    • Dear Yash,

      Life happens only in the present and if we are either in the past or in the future, we will never experience it. Happiness can only be experienced in the present moment that’s happening Now, Now, and Now…Thanks for contributing such a beautiful poem to my blog. I experienced Happiness whilst going through your poem.

      • sir you always lift up spirits of everyone around you.. thank you for your appreciation…. 🙂 and its true sir happiness can only be experienced in the present

  3. Dear Sir How a man can get succeed to get success without knowing his purpose of existence …..we need to define first our purpose of existence if we are capable to fulfill our purpose of life then ultimately we get success otherwise not …..hope your next article would be about Purpose of Humans….

    • Dear Ziaur,

      Your purpose of life is to serve, to be valuable to others by serving or adding value to them. When you conduct your life in this fashion; when you serve others, there is harmony in your relationships and that brings in success and happiness…So, be successful..

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