Different people give different meanings to be successful. They have different priorities and expectations from life, or where they might want to see themselves five to 10 years down the line. But as students, what you all probably have in common is a vision, fuelled by ambition and idealism. In today’s socio-economic milieu opportunities abound. There is no limit to what you might achieve; but to achieve, you need to know what you are looking for. There is no such thing as dreaming big or dreaming small – what matters is what you are passionate about and what makes you happy. There is no harm in dreaming, but you need to be careful that you do not spend all your time dreaming. Rather invest your energy in making the dreams come true.
1 Have a clear vision: You will never be able to score if you do not know where the goal is. For you to attain any kind of success, you first need to figure out exactly what it is that you want from life.
2 Be realistic: Big dreams can sometimes involve taking a non-conventional path; one that may be fraught with risks and uncertainties. Weigh your options and understand your strengths and weaknesses realistically. It is important for you to be prepared to take the responsibility for your decisions and actions.
3 Make an effort: It’s not enough to just dream big – you need to back it up with effort. Remember that there is no substitute to hard work.
4 Be open to new experiences: Dreams can keep changing. It is better to have a vision that is based on one’s experiences rather than by observing others’ success. Be open to new experiences, get a practical understanding of what you are looking for and make an informed choice for your future.
5 Think out of the box: Your ideas will only be as big as your dream allows them to be. Do not get bogged down by what society or others around you think or expect you to do. Think out of the box and set your limits.
6 Give it your best: Not everyone is lucky enough to have a clear vision or to be able to follow their dream. If you know what it is that you want, put in your best effort.
The author is director, mental health and behavioural sciences, Fortis Healthcare