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Measure of success

Success is usually thought to mean having wealth and social status. But are these really good enough? As Albert Einstein said, we should be men with values rather than be merely successful. A sense of values, good relationships and noble work should get our top priority.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2012 22:50 IST
Pankaj Kumar

Success is usually thought to mean having wealth and social status. But are these really good enough? As Albert Einstein said, we should be men with values rather than be merely successful. A sense of values, good relationships and noble work should get our top priority.

A successful man is one who does his best at work, fulfils his responsibility towards his family and strives to grow as a person. One has to be successful in one’s own eyes and do the best one is capable of.

Mahatma Gandhi said success can be judged from the effort one makes to achieve a worthy goal and not always from the result. So long as we make the right effort, we can consider ourselves to be successful.

We have to strive for some goal that involves the welfare of others in addition to our own. We also need to set and try to achieve individual targets like, ‘Am I able to control anger and lust?’ ‘Am I regular with my efforts for a better world around?’

The criterion for success prevalent in our society can be misleading. An ill-paid teacher or social worker may be considered a failure though he makes a contribution to society; but a well-off criminal may enjoy social prestige.

While selecting our goals, we should see that they incorporate the well-being of others too. Then we have to make an effort and ask ourselves whether we are progressing or not. If we consider the fact that in our society, film stars and cricketers enjoy more popularity than intellectuals and scientists, we will realise the need for deciding our own goals and not going by social attitudes.

In a poor country like ours, we need to strive for a degree of worldly success. Only then can we get basic comforts to work for others.

We need to make a correct assessment of ourselves. And if one fails after trying hard several times, there maybe a need to change the direction. Repeated failure suggests that our efforts could perhaps be better placed in some other task.