You may have heard of the famous American Football Player - O J Simpson. Let us view him only as a great football player. He played like a tornado on the football field. When he played, the opposite team was as helpless as cotton wool in a storm. He achieved great victories. He earned millions of dollars and reached the zenith of his career at supersonic speed.
Simpson was born in a poor family. He was physically weak. He used to be teased as pencil legged as he had bone deformity. When he was a boy, he could not afford to buy a ticket for a football game.
During those days, the most famous player was Brown. One day, after a great game, Brown came out of the ground carrying an arm load of cups and shields. A little boy, who was just knee high, touched his leg. Brown bent down.
‘Sir!’ said the boy, ‘I am your fan. ‘Ah, is that so?’ said Brown and began to move away. Again the boy stopped him and said, ‘Sir, I have all the details of the number of goals you have scored and the victories you have achieved from the beginning of your career!’ Brown said ‘Good!’ with a casual smile and moved on but the small boy stopped him again and said, ‘And one day I will break all your records!’ Brown patted him on his shoulders in astonishment.
That little boy, on growing up, really broke all the records of Brown, just the way he had declared! That boy was - O J Simpson! A person’s life will be meaningful only if he has a goal in life. Now tell me.
What is the goal of your life? The essence of one of the letters I received goes like this, ‘Swamiji, I will be completing 35 years of age. I have changed many jobs such as an insurance agent, a cosmetics salesman, a field representative…. When I look back, I spent more money than I earned. I have become very depressed. What shall I do now?’ Anything material, money, car, house, position, etc.can be gifted to another, but there is only one thing that cannot be gifted to someone on a silver platter - ‘Success.’
One can achieve it only if one works hard with smartness.
Swami Sukhabodhananda is the founder and chairman of Prasanna Trust. He is a respected spiritual leader who is often referred to as the ‘Corporate Guru