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What is Success?

I was trying to define success – how can I live a life that really matters. Are we living the most optimal and effective life? I am trying to discover what matters most in my life, how can I live better – and it is an endless process. Thought to list down some of the lessons I learned:

  • The real definition of success is having a life and work that bring personal fulfillment and lasting relationships and making a difference in the world in which I live.
  • Just give an honest answer to this question: When you look at yourself one year back, do you see someone who is much less experienced and knowledgeable than you are now? If your answer is yes, then you grow. If your answer is no … well, I won’t say that you don’t grow, but your growth is not significant enough.
  • Successful people are more emotionally committed to doing what they love than being loved by others.

Few tips from Matt’s Idea Blog, as expressed elegantly in a terrific 1997 Inc.com article by Peter Drucker: My Life as a Knowledge Worker:

  1. Strive for perfection throughout life (even though it would surely elude)…
  2. … and do it “even if only the gods notice.”
  3. Study deeply one new subject every three or four years.
  4. Set aside two weeks every summer to review the preceding year’s work (things done well, poorly, or not at all).
  5. With new work ask “What do I need to do, now that I have a new assignment, to be effective?”
  6. Keep a decision log and after nine months trace the results back.
  7. Ask yourself what you want to be remembered for, allow that to change, and value making a difference in the lives of people.

Great suggestions! Here are few basic improvements I can make in my life:

  • If I should be greedy about anything, it should be about acquiring “intellectual capital” for my dream. Being my best at what I do is essential to long-lasting success.
  • Reduce my idle time.
  • Improve the value addition quality of my travel time.
  • I should have integrity to what matters to me. I do not waste my time if it doesn’t matter.
  • Spare a little time each week to experiment in some way with one of my other passions.

We all think about our life, but do we really living a life worth living? What can we do today to make our tomorrow better?


About Bikramjit

Please read a more interesting introduction at "About Me" section. I am an abstract thinker who is fun to watch in action. I not only generate new & better ideas for how things can be improved, but I also offer empowering courage to pursue them. I am exceptionally encouraging & motivating, and sometimes help others to reach their goals & dreams. People probably see me as a good mentor due to my patience and talent for giving direction. I am more expressive than introspective, more deliberate than spontaneous, more passionate than composed – and an assertive personality who does not hesitate to challenge anything in life!


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