Thursday, 28 February 2013

ABCD [Any Body Can succeeD]

[Any Body Can succeeD]
Anybody can succeed, and no one needs to wait for luck to knock the door. Here's your ABCD philosophy to greatness!

A few days back, I chanced upon this impressive movie ‘ABCD’ (Any Body Can Dance). This movie really hit me somewhere deep inside. In particular, this movie focuses on a gang of aimless youngsters who are somehow blind to their own caliber and are unknown to their ultimate destination. And finally they got guided by a MasterMind (read: Master Dance Trainer in the movie, a role amazingly played by Parbhu Deva) and he made them realize their true potential and of course they were the winners of the grand title of some mega event because of their superlative performance. If you relate the same plot to our ‘as-usual’ life, you will get to see for yourself a lot much similarity. Let’s see how one can relate this ‘ABCD philosophy’ to achieve greatness in one’s life,

A = Attitude Matters
Iceberg Theory says that one tenth part of an iceberg is visible while the nine-tenths of an iceberg is out of sight below water. It remains hidden. So is the case with us. Most of the human beings just remain unknown to the tremendous amount of potential sleeping within them. Talking about the same bunch of carefree and happy-go-lucky young boys and girls as depicted in the movie, one can easily see the spark in them (as Prabhu Deva did) but ironically these very gifted teenagers were unsure of their own talent. That’s what depicts the tragedy of a ‘common man’. He leads his entire life utilizing just a very small part of his true potential. And finally approaches the end of his life remaining ‘common’ throughout being unsure, insecure and underachiever. Even if he tries to move forward, a few initial twists and turns seem to be enough to kill his spirit. It’s quite critical to know your actual worth. Believe me, this could be the real breakthrough of your life in the very first place. And sometimes a simple insight is all it takes.

"It’s quite critical to know your actual worth."

Here the clue is to have a positive outlook, a positive self esteem and a positive approach towards life. This attitude is enough to guide you on your way up to success. History of mankind is replete with examples of such great souls with the same ‘never-say-die’ attitude. Bill Gates didn’t seem like a shoe-in for success after dropping out of Harvard and starting a failed first business with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen called ‘Traf-O-Data’. While this early idea didn’t work, Gates’ later work did, creating the global empire that is Microsoft. Soichiro Honda was actually turned down by Toyota Motor Corp. for a job as an engineer, leaving him jobless for quite some time. He started making scooters of his own. Spurred on by his neighbors, he finally started his own business, but had to go through several failures before his billion-dollar business really kicked off. Jack London, a well known American author wasn’t always such a success. While he would go on to publish popular novels like White Fang and The Call of The Wild, his first story received 600 rejection slips before finally being accepted.

B = Be Yourself
I believe, ‘Be Yourself’ could be the most misinterpreted or misunderstood phrase. As per my understanding, this has been a rule of thumb for the greatest achievers in the history of mankind. In nut shell, being yourself directly relates you to any job or a particular work which suits you best as per your interests, choices and likings. I hope you remember this dialogue from the same movie, “Jis Kaam Main Mann Nhi, Wo Theek Se Nhi Hota. Isliye Wo Hi Karna Chahiye, Jisme Man Lagta Ho…Hai Na ?!!” Dale Carnegie says the same when he talks about success, "Find yourself and be yourself; too many days are wasted comparing ourselves to others and wishing to be something we aren’t. Remember there is no one else on earth like you. Life is all about being yourself. Everybody has his/ her own set of strengths and weaknesses, and it is only when you accept everything you are-and aren’t. Someone only you can be...Someone only you can understand...Someone that is unlike everyone else...Someone that doesn't copy others to look the same...Someone who is extremely unique...Because you are you...Be Original...No matter what happens, always Be Yourself-that you will truly succeed."

"Your work is to discover your work."

This world would be a better place if more people were doing what they love. Because we are happier when we discover our passion. Because life is more interesting when we open our hearts and minds. Because magic happens when we follow our dreams. Remember, the world needs you to do what you love. It will bring out the best in you. It's not selfish. It's not crazy. It's your life. To paraphrase Steve Jobs, “Your time is limited and your work is going to fill a large part of your life, so don't waste it living someone else's life… love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Even Gautama Buddha has emphasized on the same, “Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. That’s the mark of true success.”

(to be continued)