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Conversation with God on success

india Updated: Feb 09, 2010 01:08 IST
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Chetan Bhagat had doubts whether he should use his (and his characters’) conversation with God in his book One Night @t the Call Center. The reason: His readers may or may not take it favourably. Anyway, he used it (all about success in life), and this is how I look at it:

God tells him that there are four ways to be successful in life. Take first the first two obvious ones: a, a little bit of intelligence and b, a bit of imagination.

And then God goes to narrate the third and the fourth. The third, God says, is what one of the characters had lost : self-confidence. God says that the character has gone down so much in his confidence and self-esteem that he believes he has become a good- for- nothing fellow.

God gives him the reason as well: a bad boss. A bad boss, God says, can be “like a disease of the soul, and if you have one for long, you get convinced something is wrong with you.”

And the character asks God how to get his lost confidence back so that he could lead a normal life. God says, “Don’t be scared and you will get it back. And then there won’t be any |stopping you.”

Asked for the fourth and the last ingredient for success, God says, “ The fourth ingredient is the most painful one. And it is “something all of you still need to learn. Because it is often the most important thing.” It is, God says, failure. “To be really successful, you must face failure. You have to experience it, feel it, taste it, and suffer it. Only then can you shine.”

Before any of the characters responds, God adds quickly,” For, once you taste failure, you have no fear. You can take risks more easily. Then you don’t want to struggle in your comfort zone anymore — you are ready to fly. And success is all about flying, not snuggling.”

Dear Chetan, I don’t take your God business, but must tell you that was the only part of the book I enjoyed reading. Thanks.