Success, Failure, Power, Recognition, Fame, Money - these are some of the common words that we tend to limit our life to as we grow older and older. When we are children none of these words seem to exist for us. We live life to our fullest, do what we please and are happy with the smallest of joys. Then some incident happens in our life that kind of seals our fate and then on life becomes a never-ending race. School life is a race to excel in studies and get good marks - and as per Indian education system the upper limit of good marks is 100 %. People would be happy if it could be 110 or 120 % also.Then comes professional life and here it is a race for fame and recognition. All of us run behind this one question : "What is it that will make me the favourite of the management?". Everyone wants fame, recognition, and power. If a fellow colleague is complemented for a job well done then all the gossip windows open up. It goes like this : "He/She must be partying with the boss" or "He/She must be a close friend of the boss that is why.... blah blah blah" and it continues. I read somewhere that "Success is just a matter of luck, just ask any failure." --- and its so true.
How many of us really look into ourselves and ask these questions: "What is lacking in me?" "Where have I failed where this person succeeded"? "What can I do to improve myself?" Success and failure are nothing but two sides of the same coin. If we put in our 100% in anything we do, we succeed, and if we don't we fail. It is as simple as that. So it is all within us. Hardwork and committment are two words that seem to have completely vanished from our dictionaries. We have to generate ourselves every single day and put in 100% of ourselves in everything we do - be it cooking, having a bath, going to work, and sitting in office to start our work day. It is difficult task indeed but it works wonders if we really manage to do it.
I was recently given an award at my work place for a work in which I least expected any recognition - let alone getting a "Director's Award" which is like an 'Oscar' in our oprganization. When I looked back, I realized one thing - I had put in my 100% in that piece and as a result not only helped myself but helped my team in my own small way. I never bothered or cared for the result. But there it was- when my name was announced along with the other team members, it came as a complete surprise package to me. I was thrilled to be recognized by someone outside of my team and my management. Amazing indeed. The secret was application of the lessons taught in the Gita. Do your best and don't bother about the result. 99 out of 100 times the result is really sweet. And I get this recognition after 14 years of hardwork and committment and constantly regenerating myself every single day. And just as they would say in the Oscars -- I owe this award to you Mom and Dad for making me the way I am :), you my dear hubby for constantly being my guiding light, and you my dearest mom-in-law for giving me all the support possible on this earth to give my 100% to everything I do.