Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved. - Helen Keller
I told him, we have already put in a kiosk in the cafeteria, why don’t you go buy a piece of motivation for yourself. He looked at me superciliously with bewilderment.
Then I explained that motivation is not something that you need to look out, it is within yourself, and you need to find it. And once you are motivated, you need to ensure that you give all that you have to achieve the goal. Let me explain through a story : -
A Boy who was not moving in fast enough in life, went to meet a Saint and asked him that most of his peers are successful, however, despite all his great intention and hard work, he is just not successful. Saint asked him to come and meet him next day in the morning at 4 AM. It was a chilly winter, however, this Boy was determined to learn the formula for success. In the morning this fellow met the Saint. Saint was going to take bath in the river and he asked the Boy to follow him. They Boy who really wanted to be successful, followed with vigor and anticipation.
When the water reached to the Boy’s neck, this saint took this Boy by surprise and put his head under the water. He did not leave him until he turned blue.
The guy asked , what nonsense is this?. The saint was calm and asked, “what is that you wanted most when you were under the water?”. The boy responded, I wanted to breath?
Saint said, your body, soul and mind was working in one direction that is to get the air. For success you have to ensure that your objective is clear (Air in the case) and body, soul and mind needs to synchronize to achieve the desired objective.
Aspiration is very high amongst our folks. However, when it comes to perspiration, they shy away. It is said that inspiration worked 10% however, to be successful perspiration which constitutes ~ 90% is needed. It is imperative that to get success, we have a long term focus. Success is nothing but progressive realization of our worthy goals. We must look beyond short term and ensure that we leverage the experience of our senior people both in the organization and society.
Kicking yourself is not the easiest thing to do, however if you do not do this, you will find it difficult to reach to the top of the pyramid. There are broadly 3 levels – staff (~ 90%) , Middle Management (4-7%) & Top Management (2-3%) and broadly 90% people fall in staff level, 5-7% in Middle Management and 2-3% at Top Management.